Getting Started with Weight Loss

No blog about weight loss would start off correctly without a break down of the starting point. This is the hard part (like getting the weight off will be easy, right?). It’s difficult because, being overweight, the natural inclination is to hide your extra weight. You find clothes that disguise how wide your thighs are, sit at angles that hide your stomach bulge, and avoid tank tops so your arm fat doesn’t show. At least, that’s what you hope is happening. In my case, it’s rarely been successful. I usually leave home feeling comfortable and confident only to have that fantasy deflated the moment I catch a glimpse of myself in a shop window or a picture.

So, why not lay it all out there for the world to see? When I’ve successfully reached my ideal weight I’ll look back on these details as a record of how far I’ve come! Here are my starting numbers and pictures:

  • Height: 5′ 2″
  • Weight: 174.6 pounds
  • Estimated body fat: 30% (On the borderline of obese. Eek!)
  • Total inches: 214 (combination of neck, shoulders, torso, stomach, waist, hips, thigh, calf)
  • Pant size: 16
  • Shirt size: Large

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As of today, I am officially 30 (also eek!). In my entire life, the only time I recall being at my appropriate size was when I was a senior in high school, fresh off a summer of visiting the gym 4-5 times per week and meals that were still cooked by my mom. At that time, I was about 115-120 pounds and a size 5. Most calculators out there will say my ideal size would be between 110-120 pounds.

Outside of that, my next best period saw me at approximately 145 pounds for the first 6-7 years past high school. I count a total of 3 times in my life where I consider myself to have been successful at losing weight. Outside of that period in high school there was one other time that I worked with a personal trainer and a third where I worked with what I’ll call a weight loss consultant.

This is not the time to dive into the details of what I’ve tried before but that time will come. For now, I just want to get my stats out there to kick start my challenge. Now it’s time to get started!


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