Setting Goals & Making Progress

I never really bought into the whole New Year’s resolution tradition, but mainly that is because I’m Jewish and celebrate my new year in September.  While I have no issue making resolutions on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, it seems almost cliche to do so on January 1st.  But, one of the things that this surgery taught me – as well as the play RENT – is that there is no day like today.  There is never a bad time to look at where you have come from, reassess, and set goals for the future.  That especially applies to important days and milestones in my weight loss journey.

plank challenge

Therefore, today is my two month surgiversary, and what better way to celebrate than to share my progress and set a goal for the month to come.  I think setting a goal each month will help ensure that I don’t become complacent and give me something to focus on – just like in the beginning of this process, when my biggest goal was somehow getting in my 64 grams of protein or making sure to take all of my vitamins.  This month my goal is to complete the 30 Day Plank Challenge.

Although it seems like common sense, I did not consider that my surgeon would have to cut through my stomach muscles to do my surgery.  This resulted in some pretty unflattering stomach rolls immediately following surgery, as my muscles were no longer holding me in, and extreme pain when doing even the most basic tasks like laying down or standing up.  Simply put, my abdominals were weak.  My obsession with walking in the days and weeks after surgery, coupled with my recent return to CrossFit, has definitely helped build my muscles back up, but I’m still not where I was.  This month’s goal is designed to help correct that.  Right now I’m pretty sure I would cry if I had to do a 1 minute plank, so holding that position for 5 minutes seems almost impossible.  But, I love a challenge!

Starting Numbers (taken 5 days before surgery)

  • Weight: 252.8
  • Fat: 56%
  • Chest: 42.5 inches
  • Bust: 44 inches
  • Arms: 15.5 inches
  • Thighs: 31.5 inches
  • Calves: 19 inches
  • Waist: 42 inches
  • Hips: 55 inches
  • Neck: 15 inches

Two Months Post-Surgery

  • Weight: 211.0
  • Chest: 36 inches
  • Bust: 39.5 inches
  • Arms: 13.75 inches
  • Thighs: 24.5 inches
  • Calves: 17.25 inches
  • Waist: 34 inches
  • Hips: 49.5 inches
  • Neck: 13 inches

Totals

  • Weight Lost: 41.8 pounds
  • Inches Lost: 48.5 inches

xo – SavvySleever

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