Inch by inch

The one thing I didn’t do when I started my healthy living journey was measure. You know, take a tape measure and wrap it around my hips, waist and chest. For some reason, when people decide to do something about their weight, they only think of the scale, not a tape measure. 

Well, in February of 2009, we did this eight-week program at work called NATS, which is led by Natalie Heckert, a fitness guru! She is the inventor of the NATS Total E Fit Gym, among other products. NATS stands for Nutrition and Aerobic Training Service. She’s from Alexandria and is full of energy and has an unending passion for fitness. If you want to know more about her, log on to her website,

So, at any rate, when I signed up to do her eight-week program at work, she had us fill out this paperwork, which included her taking our measurements, among other things like age, height, weight, body fat and so forth. My information was taken on February 18, 2009, here is what it was:

Height – 5 feet, 6 inches. Yep, that stayed the same. Whew, I haven’t any gotten any shorter!

Weight – 174.6. Nope, that’s not the same. That has definitely changed! I am 145 pounds now. 

Body fat – 37.9 percent. Yes, that’s right, nearly 40 percent body fat. That’s kind of yucky. The last time I checked, which was on April 25, my body fat was at 25.2 percent. That’s 12.7 percent less. TWELVE POINT SEVEN!!!! Crazy. And, kind of cool, huh?

Chest – 39 inches. Yep, that, too, has definitely changed…big time. I just measured it today and it was 34 inches. That’s a five-inch difference. FIVE INCHES. I guess that explains why I am now a 36B instead of 38D.

Waist – 33.75 inches. Yep, another big change here. Ummm, it was nearly six inches…SIX!!! When I measured it today, it was 28 inches. TWENTY-EIGHT!!! Hello. That’s a difference of 5.75 inches. Seriously. Are you kidding me? Oh, it makes me so excited.

Hips – 44.25 inches. Yep, I had some big ol’ hips. But, guess what, not anymore. The difference between then and now…like my waist, it was nearly six inches. My hips today measured at 38.5 inches! Not bad, if I do say so myself. A loss of 5.75 inches. Yowsers! I really can’t believe it. 

I wish that I would have taken my measurements when I started because when the February measurements were taken, I had already lost 15.6 pounds. Whew! It’s still unbelievable to me. So, what about the sizes of my clothes? Well, when I started Weight Watchers in November of 2008, I was a 14/16 and now, I am 6/8. Who would have ever thought? Me, wearing a size 6? Seriously. Unbelievable. 

My suggestion to all of you who are just starting out, don’t only weigh yourself, but take your measurements. I would even measure your arms and legs. Sometimes, the scale doesn’t move much, but an inch or two can mean quite a bit. So, take my advice and grab that tape measure!!

One thought on “Inch by inch

  1. Wow, I love reading your blog! I have been an on again, off again weight watchers goer oh for the last 4 years or so now and when I have a bad week, I just quit, and all the weight starts to come back. I just started back again a couple of weeks ago and look to your blog for inspiration..thank you. I am in it for the long run this time…lifestyle change this time instead of just a “diet”. Reading your blog is what gets me through some of my frustrations. Thank you!


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