I have been seriously working on my weight for the past two months. I really started in May with just trying to get back into my healthier eating habits. In July I slowly worked in exercise. By mid-August I bought a scale and tape measure to really be able to track weight loss and body changes.

I would like to share with you my changes in the past two months or so.

Mid August Mid October Changes
Weight 178 167 11
Neck 13.5 13 0.5
Waist 37 34 3
Waist – natural 42.5 40 2.5
Hips 34 30.5 3.5
Bust – fullest 40 38.5 1.5
Bust – under 36 32.5 3.5
Thigh 25 22 3
Total Inches Lost 17.5

I created a basic spreadsheet chart. For the measurements I used waist as where the belly button is (based on how most places measure you) and waist natural is where my waist naturally curves in. Obviously fullest part of the bust is over the boobs. This measurement has fluctuated a bit. Some weeks it goes up and then back down again. Bust under is right under the boobs. Thigh is the mid-thigh based on the pj shorts I always wear. My thigh also fluctuates. I’m not worried about the boobs and thigh as much as the waist and hips.

I weigh & measure every Saturday. I log all my food (to the best of my ability) on my fitness pal. I have calculated my TDEE and eat at around 20% below that. I have started my 5K training plan as I signed up for a race on 11/17. I am running three days a week now. The other 4 days are either rest (usually once a week) and I am going to restart my P90X program. I did two weeks of if, got a pinched nerve in my back and didn’t do it for two weeks.

I am quite proud of how far I’ve come in two months. When I look in the mirror I don’t always see the changes. I can tell I have lost a little. My body looks a little different and my clothes fit better. Others tell me they can see it in my face. But some days I see myself and I don’t see changes. Then I look at my numbers and I feel better. I am making a difference. I am changing my lifestyle and my body. I am proud of what I have accomplished so far. One day I will see the changes and I will be proud to share that day too.


Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.


keepmoving4wd · October 14, 2012 at 10:40 am

Wow that’s amazing, keep up ther great work! Auds 🙂

    heelaholic · October 14, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Thank you! Still a ways to go but I will get there!

Dani Toth · October 16, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Congrats on the progress so far!

And the other day my mom said the same thing about seeing it on my face. I didn’t even realize that I had lost weight (due to some stress recently) but my mom was definitely right when I checked on a scale.

    heelaholic · October 17, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Thank you!

    I hope things get better. Losing weight due to stress isn’t good.

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