Fitness, Goals & Motivation

February Check-In

Well, here we are again, the beginning of the month and another check-in.  I definitely had a more successful month than the past couple.  The last recorded weigh-in was November 1st, which was 223.8 pounds.  November and December were completely dud months for me, with no weight loss.  Although no weight gain either.  Well, ladies and gentlemen, it is official.  I am below 220lbs!


That is a loss of 4.8 pounds, which I am a little disappointed in, just a little, just because the scale didn’t give me an additional .2 lbs, I mean really scale, couldn’t round it to 5 pounds loss??  🤣 🤣 🤣 Haha  In all seriousness, I am pleased with the loss, however, I know I can do better.  There is always room for improvement.  My total overall weight loss since starting this journey is 23.6 pounds which also means I have officially lost over 20 pounds, another HUGE victory!

November 1, 2017 February 1, 2018 Difference
Weight 223.8 lbs 219.0 lbs ↓ 4.8lbs
Neck 14 12 inches 14 12 inches  Same
Left Arm 16 34 inches 17 14 inches 12 inch
Right Arm 17 14 inches 17 14 inches Same
Chest 43 inches 40 34 inches ↓ 2 14 inches
Waist 37 34 inches 37 12 inches 14 inch
Hips 47 12 inches  46 12 inches ↓ 1 inch
Left Thigh 28 12 inches  28 14 inches 14 inch
Right Thigh 29 inches 28 14 inches 34 inch
Left Calf 19 12 inches 18 12 inches ↓ 1 inch
Right Calf 19 14 inches 18 12 inches 34 inch

Now, if I did my math correctly, I believe this month I lost a total of 5 3/4 inches as well as 4.8 pounds.  Sometimes I know the number on the scale can be underwhelming and disappointing, even though we know it is just a number.  This is also another reason I have been keeping track of my measurements.  It is insane to me that I lost a whole inch in my hips and over 2 inches in my chest (but if I could not completely lose my boobs, I’d appreciate that body lol).

Besides numbers, I’ve been paying attention to how I have been feeling.  I have been using the Elliptical instead of the treadmill (hopefully this doesn’t screw me for the 1/2 Marathon in June) and I have been increasing my time on completeing a mile.  I’m down from a 16 minute mile to a 12 minute mile.  I have been feeling more energized throughout the day and I feel like I am accomplishing something.  I was started to make excuses on the treadmill, not fulling completeing the Couch to 5k program by slowing down.  Sometimes you need to switch out your workout plan and try something new.  I am glad I started using the Elliptical.

Now, with all of that being said, let’s discuss February’s goals!
01. Lose 8 pounds this month.
I know I just discussed that the number on the scale is just a number, but this month I truly want to push myself.  I am aiming for 10 pounds but 8 seems like a good inbetween number of 5 and 10, plus I tend to like even numbers more (like that actually matters Leah, geez).

02. Practice Yoga 2 times a week.
Unfortunately I did not complete the 30 day Yoga guide with Adriene, however yoga is wonderful for the body and mind.  I think 2 times a week is a good, slow number to start out with and hopefully I can stick to.

03. Strength Train!
I have no upper body strenght, like seriously none.  I worked on some of the machines last week.  The leg machines, 70 to 110 pounds easy.  Arms… well, I was lucky if I could do 10 pounds and unfortunately, I am not exaggerating.  For work, I can dead lift a lab in the tub easy.  Past that, nada.  So if I truly want to learn how to rock climb this year, these guns need to be packing!  I am aiming for 2 times a week, just like yoga.

Well, I think that does it here from me.  How did your January go?  I’ve seen a lot of great successes on Instagram this past month!  What are your goals for February?  I hope everyone has a great weekend!  Until next time!

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