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Losing the Weight, Finding Myself: Week 35

Submitted by Bethany on Sun, 09/23/2018 - 09:00

Well we have officially arrived in Wales (though not all of our luggage made it with us), we've settled in a bit to our new housesit, and while it is all around lovely and very comfortable there is one drawback - no scale! Whomp, whomp. We are here for 10 weeks, so it is officially time to find a new way of keeping track of how my body is changing. I can tell by the way my clothes are fitting that I've gained back a few of the pounds I lost in Cyprus, and I have no intention of letting that slide continue. 

So, thanks to a friend's suggestion a few weeks ago, I've decided that while in Wales I will do body measurements! In some ways it is better than the scale, as it measures changes that occur even when the scale stays the same. As you lose weight, sometimes you are losing fat but gaining muscle, leading the scale to stay constant even as your body composition gets better. Many experts advocate tracking measurements along with the scale, and if you don't have a scale, they make a decent substitute. We still might look for somewhere public we could access a scale once a month or so (the chemist? [aka pharmacist] maybe a dr. office?), but until then, this will suffice. 

So without further ado, here are my starting measurements taken today, Sunday, September 23rd, 2018:

Bust: 47
Chest: 39.5
Waist: 38
Hips: 51.5
Thighs L/R: 31/31
Calves L/R: 16.5/17.5 
Upper Arm L/R: 17.5/17.5
Forearm L/R: 10.5/10.5 

So there we are, as good a starting point as any. I kind of wish we had taken some way back when I started this journey, as I'm sure we would see some major differences. But alas, I'll just have to make sure we see some major differences going forward! I'm not sure I'll measure every single week, maybe just every other week. It is interesting to note my right calf is a full inch larger than my left calf - my right leg is stronger so I use it for more things, I'll have to start trying to even that out! 

I am bummed I don't have a scale here, but I won't let it be an excuse to backslide. My plan here is to do daily yoga, walk as much as possible, drink plenty of water, continue intermittent fasting, and add in more fruits and vegetables! There is a farmer's market open every Fri/Sat a 5 minute walk from our house, and last week we got potatoes, garlic, tomatoes, and the biggest zucchini I've ever seen for less than £5 total. That should help make it easy! 

XOXO, Bethany