Slim Down Sunday Kickoff

One of my ongoing plans from year to year is to get myself in shape.

Unfortunately, I have not managed to make good on those plans.

That ends now.  I am sick and tired of feeling sick and tired.  I left out my sore lower back since you can't see it from this angle...

Here are my measurements as of today (January 30, 2011):

And here's my weight (and BMI) as of today:
Here's my side view, and the size of my purple pajama pants and my navy v-veck t-shirt as of today:

Funny weird (or haha - you decide): I bought the same pajama pants and the same navy v-necks in XL, L, M, and S so that I can keep taking my photos on Sunday as I lose weight.

My current BMI is 34, which qualifies me as obese.  A healthy BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9 for my height (5'4"), which is a weight range between 110 and 140.  I am looking to land at 134, which would give me a BMI of 23.

Since both of my parents died before retirement age (my dad of a heart attack and my mom of a ruptured brain aneurysm) and since I would like to think of myself as more active throughout all of my much longer life, I had better get busy living...or get busy dying. (Name that movie.)

My current plan:
Calories: 1500 per day; I'm automating my breakfast with 2 slices of toasted Ezekiel bread, 2 tbsp peanut butter, and a sliced banana.  I'll be eating Lean Cuisines for lunch and dinner and eating 2 more fruits and 5 servings of veggies.
Exercise: by the end of each week, I plan to have walked 14 miles starting out.

I'll keep you posted on my progress every Sunday!

Are you trying to get healthy?  What steps are you taking?  What's working for you?


  1. Funny that you mention Lean Cuisine.... I also was tired of being tired two years ago when I hit 200 lb at 5'9... started eating Lean Cuisine each day as my main (largest) meal, which I ate between 1 and 2 pm. Dinner was much lighter, some WASA bread with some spread. -- Okay, I had some troubles with my tyroid too, which I guess made the weight loss easier... but all in all I just started to read the labels of yogurts, figuring out that there's HUGE calorie differences in some... within one year I lost 50 lb. That was without exersize, but really just watching calories (I aimed for about 1100 cal/day) and educating myself about healthy versus junk food. Making photos like you are doing, on a weekly basis, kept me totally motivated, as I saw a visible difference. These days, two years later, I am somewhere around 154 lb, which still puts me at BMI 24. I was classified as "obese" too, although if you would have asked me then, with all my 200 lb, I would have never admitted it or really admitted it to myself. But anyway... with your family history, it surely can make a difference to pick up some different habits and get the blood pressure under control. Good luck! I hope you suceed! P.S. I would also recommend the books "Eat this, not that".... what a simple concept, but soooo true! Conny

  2. Make sure you have good shoes/insoles. Walking will cause your plantar fasciitis to flair up (it is what caused mine). Also do not go to fast or hard on your feet. It does not matter how fast you go, just that you go the distance.


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