Although my weight was up slightly from my Wednesday weigh-in, I’m really happy about my measurements for the month.  I lost inches almost everywhere. The one exception is that I gained a half inch around my bust (where you would measure the band size of a bra).

I’m not sure what would cause me to gain ½ inch there when I lost everywhere else. I guess I could have pulled the measuring tape too tight last month. I’m awfully squishy there so it’s not always easy to get an accurate measurement.

Anyway, here’s the results this month:

01/25/10 07/25/12 08/25/12
Weight 296.4lbs 231.6lbs 226.6lbs
Neck 16 ¼ 14 14
Bust 45 ½ 39 39 ½
Chest 50 ½ 44 ½ 44 ½
Waist   (smallest point) 46 ½ 35 ½ 34
Belly 53 ½ 44 42
Hips 61 51 ½ 51
Thigh 33 28 27 ½
Calf 20 18 ½ 18
Ankle 9 ⅝ 8 ¾ 8 ¾
Bicep 18 ¾ 16 ¼ 16 ½
Elbow 12 ¾ 11 10 ¾
Wrist 7 6 6

I’m pretty darn happy with this. When I compared it to my thinnest, June of last year, I saw that despite the fact that I weigh more than I did then, I’m either at my smallest or smaller than I was in most measurements from that set of measurements. Unfortunately, at the time I didn’t post it, but below is what those numbers were and how I compare now.

06/01/11 Difference
Neck 14 0
Bust 39 ½ 0
Chest 44
Waist   (smallest point) 35 -1
Belly 42 ½
Hips 50 ¼
Thigh 27 ½ 0
Calf 18 ¼
Ankle 9
Bicep 16 ¼
Elbow 10 ¾ 0
Wrist 6 0

As you can see, for the most part I’m smaller. I really can’t complain that my chest is still bigger than it was so, really, I’ve only got two places where I’m behind – my hips and biceps.

I’m really happy to be getting back to where I’m breaking new ground and to be doing it in a healthy way. Back then I was just barely making it through the day and wasn’t really eating. It was a really hard time period for me.

This time around, I actually am eating healthy and taking care of myself.

While on Wednesday I talked about being excited to be so close to my lowest weight, being close to my lowest measurements means a lot more. Weight can decrease because of lost muscle or increase because of muscle gain. Measurements feel like a much more reliable way of tracking progress. They answer the question, “Is my body smaller?”

Why yes, it is.

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