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Monday, February 15, 2010


This is one of the songs that I listen to when I race. It's just boppy and poppy and so I can more or less pace to it.

But there's a different purpose to it today.

See, yesterday, Mr. J and I both weighed ourselves.

And we were identical.

Now, I'm up slightly since then. That number was not an official one. But it will be soon enough, and I will, I am sure, go below it soon enough.

He is about 1/2" - 1" taller than me, and is 2 1/2 years younger.

Yes, folks, when I started out, I was almost exactly twice the weight of my husband.

Things have changed.

Yesterday, we went to Harvard Square for a Valentines' Day dinner. That did not work out exactly as we had hoped, but we still enjoyed each other's company, like we always do.

And we decided, first, to walk over the bridge from Cambridge into Brighton.

Okay, so far, so good.

But it seemed silly (and too cold) to stop and wait for a bus. So we kept walking.

It took about 45 minutes or so, but we walked all the way home. That was maybe 3 miles. This is significant not only because we'd never done it before, or because I'm recovering from surgery (I feel fine, by the way, and could do it again today, I figure). It is also significant because the bus (a local) took a half an hour.

Hence the bus doesn't even save us a significant amount of time. We could walk there, and back, and only take an extra 30 minutes. And, since that is a bus that only runs every hour on the weekends, we eliminate potential wait time. Truly, unless we are carrying something heavy, we're in some sort of formal wear, the weather doesn't cooperate or we're just plain in a rush, it makes almost no sense to ever take the bus. Again.

Like I said, things have changed.

And to prove it, here's the month in review.

It also just so happens to be exactly one month since surgery.

Bicep: 10.75" new personal best! (originally was: 19". Difference: 8.25".)
Bust: 36.25" tied for a personal best (originally was: 55". Difference: 18.75".)
Band: 33" tied for a personal best (originally was: 47.5". Difference: 14.5".)
Waist: 33.25" (originally was: 49". Difference: 15.75".)
Belly: 35" new personal best! (originally was: 59.5". Difference: 24.5"!!!)***
Keister: 41.5" (originally was: 64". Difference: 22.5".)
Hip: 41.5" new personal best! (yes, the keister and the hip are identical now, as the apron of skin is gone so there is, therefore, no way to differentiate them) (originally was: 54.5". Difference: 13".)
Thigh: 20" (originally was: 32.5." Difference: 12.5.")

My average difference is 15.72". If you remove the outlyers (bicep and thigh), the average difference is a staggering 18 2/3". And, damn! Look at my belly! I can honestly and without reservation say that only 2" of that was due to surgical intervention. Otherwise, the remainder of the OVER 2 FEET that came off was due to lil ole me.

Like I said, things have changed.

Just a lil.
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    What a surprise to find the time differential is so small. Congrats on those numbers. Wow! emoticon emoticon You're a new chick!
    3929 days ago
    emoticon emoticon I'm so glad you are happy with your progress. It's awesome that your husband walks all that way with you. I'm trying to get mine to give it a go.
    3932 days ago
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    Werd!! Things have changed!

    3935 days ago
    that is awesome progress!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    Lori emoticon
    3935 days ago
    I love weighing less than my man. He's pretty small for dude, but he now outweighs me by about 20 pounds.

    Congrats on all your success!
    3935 days ago
    You are so amazing. I love hearing how well you have done and how well you are doing
    3935 days ago
  • JOHAL52
    Wow that is fantastic! Congratulations!!!
    3935 days ago
    Whoo hoo!!

    It was the same for me. At my highest I weighed the same as my boyfriend and he's a foot taller than me. Thank goodness those days are over.
    3935 days ago
    Oh, the incredible shrinking woman strikes again! Congratulations on those "lil'" changes. I am working towards being smaller than my darling, and we're getting closer... I'll definitely let you know when I pass him!
    Sounds like you had a fab. Valentine's Day. Glad you're feeling better and Boston is such a great city to walk in. I wanna come back and walk some more with you!
    3935 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Just think of he fresh air and sunshine you absorbed too!! What a great story!! I am glad I found this blog!!
    3935 days ago
    Congrats! I am now less than my hubby, which feels great! Somehow that is how it SHOULD be!
    3935 days ago
    Wow, the change in your measurements is just awesome. And it seems like you've got your stamina back, given how far you were able to walk. Your story continues to inspire. Sounds like you had a happy Valentine's day - got to spend some time with your sweetheart, and do something good for your heart too.

    3936 days ago
    This is SO exciting!
    3936 days ago
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    What can I say? YAY! emoticon
    3936 days ago
    That is awesome news. congrats on being able to walk more than just around the block.
    i did that walk sort of last week i usually walk to central square or harvard square from my house in dorchester and last week sometime i left central square and walked straight down western ave well into brighton and then back tracked back to kenmore square and home again.
    3936 days ago
    Just HOW many things can a body CELEBRATE at the same time...?!?! :-)

    Enjoy, savor and THRIVE!

    3936 days ago
    I am glad you are feeling better. It's cool to know your body is shaping up. How cool is it that you can walk just as fast as riding the bus.

    I was about almost twice as big as my husband at one time too, but he is a bit out shape now so I now weigh almost 40 pounds less than him. That's a good feeling. I keep telling I need a "do over" for the whole carrying over the threshold because I walked myself in on our wedding day. You should get a "do over" too.

    3936 days ago
    Aint change wonderful?
    3936 days ago
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