March 21, 2007

Since March 12 when I weighed 143, the scale has dropped to 139. It’s been a long time since my weight has been under 140. A looooong time.

The more dramatic difference in my eyes is how I look in the mirror. There are some changes happening, there really and truly are. My jeans are fitting more loosely, my shirts no longer cling to a sausagey roll around the middle. My upper arms are firming up, and they appear to contain a few actual no-shit muscles. My legs look stronger. My stomach isn’t so poochy.

I feel cheesy about posting a photo but I’m going to do it anyway:


Okay, I know it’s not that illustrative (note to self: try a full length mirror next time, jackass) but those jeans used to be too small. And so was the shirt.

They fit now, and I know this because I have been obsessively trying on all my too-small clothes over and over. Those size 8s still don’t fit, but I can by-god pull the zipper up now. Next goal: being able to sit down in them without cutting off my circulation and triggering gangrene in one leg.

God bless Turbo Jam, friends. I hereby pledge my undying loyalty to Chalene Johnson and the entire Beachbody™ franchise for getting me off my ever-widening ass and motivating me to hurl my sweating, panting self around the living room several times a week.

I’m feeling really good about all of it, the exercising and the dieting and the progress I’ve made. I know this isn’t on scale with running a marathon or climbing Everest, but I’m just . . . I don’t know, proud, I guess, that I’ve maintained the willpower. I always think of myself as such a slacker, so weak-willed and self-indulgent, but right now I feel like hey, I can do this.

Also, there is less farting lately. Maybe our bodies are finally adjusting? The other possibility is that there is so much farting, we don’t even notice any more, but that is such an alarming theory I refuse to believe it might be true.

In other news, Riley smashed his head at daycare yesterday and now he looks like an abused child. I took him with me to the grocery store this morning and I kept thinking people were glaring at me. I need one of those “NAOMI HIT ME” shirts for him.

Oh, and on the off chance Riley’s head-bump caused permanent brain damage affecting the motor function in his arms, we taught him some backup drawing methods:



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