Image: Bill Brown
Now that I have said my farewells to the Scale, I've been thinking more and more about how to measure my progress. I really need achievements to be proud of to keep me going in this whole thing and while I don't need to be a number on the scale anymore I do want to see myself moving forward.
I've been taking tape measurements since the start of this adventure back in November and I have found this to be a good way to see how things are changing.
By far the best way for me really is in the clothes. Having gone from a baggy sized 18 pants being tight, to falling off when I run is surely a triumph worth celebrating. Being able to once again button up my favorite red winter coat really does put a smile on my dial, and watching my all time fattest pair of shorts get so baggy in the arse you could call me MC Hammer, is pure bliss.
I really wanted to post a progress pic today but after running around the house trying a gazillion self portraits, I've conceded defeat. I'll await the return of The Boy for a less arty shot.
So there you have it, progress measured in a way other than the scale. Here are some numbers for those of you that get into that kinda thing, the first number being the starting point and the second number where I'm at today.
Waist at belly button: 114/105cm
Waist at narrowest point: 95/89cm
Upper Thigh: 76/72cm
Upper Arm: 36/34cm
Total centimeters lost so far: 31cm. That's more centimeters than on the 30cm ruler I used in primary school!