I noticed my shirts getting tighter as well. Am I shrinking my shirts? Did I nuke my pants in the dryer? Maybe it’s a good time to update my look. Cycling gear requires very specific measurements if it is to fit properly. I needed to add to my arsenal of bike clothing (I used to be primarily a runner) so I took my measurements. I’m really disappointed after seeing the results.
I balloned a lot. I thought I gained an inch in my waist but it ended up being three inches. The waist and hip measurements is a big tell on health. There’s a strong correlation between our waistlines and health. People with high waist circumference have a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. The danger zone is over 35 inches for women and 40 inches for men. Guess where my waistline is at? Yup. It’s in a bad place at 41 inches.
I jumped on the scale. My height and weight puts my body mass index (BMI) at a 30.9. A BMI over 30 is considered obese. Ouch. It’s time to put my energy into getting back to my September 2012 weight of 187 pounds.
My mood and feeling reflects this weight gain. I’ve been noticeably less confident. I feel lousy everyday. My fuse is getting a lot shorter. I like the patient, chipper, and confident me.
I bought a set of clothing that fit my current body. The gear for my arms and legs were sized for my current measurements. I chose sizes that fit the fitter, stronger, and faster Mark for the rest of my purchases.
I’m on summer break from NIU. I decided not to take classes this summer. The big summer sale ended at work. I’ll have time and energy to challenge this weight gain.
Every goal needs a deadline. Without deadline, goals become unrealized dreams. I’m going to commit the next 60 days to getting myself back to my August 2012 weight of 187 pounds.
Below are my measurements as of May 25th:
- Ankle: Left – 10.5″ Right – 10.5″
- Calf: Left – 16.5″ Right – 16.5″
- Thigh: Left – 25″Right – 25″
- True Inseam: – 33″
- Hip: 42″
- Belt: 38″
- Waist: 41″
- Wrist: Left – 7.25″ Right – 7.25″
- Arm: Left – 7.25″ Right – 7.25″
- Chest: 42-43″
- Weight: 212lbs.
I don’t know exactly what exercises and sports I’ll be doing to shed the weight. I know it will involve cycling and running. I also know that I need to work on my nutrition and time management. I lost a lot of training time last semester from commuting and pledging. I definitely consume more calories than what is needed. Many of those calories are empty.
Sixty days. We’ll see where I will be in sixty days. I promise to document and report my progress often. Does anyone have tips, advice, and experience they can share to help me on my journey?