Two months ago I started measuring my waist to hip ratio. Last month I checked again and discovered I had lost an inch around my stomach. Today I checked again and I have lost another inch! This has all happened without losing a single pound. Crazy.
40 waist/42 hip
New ratio = 0.95
Two more inches off my stomach and I’ll be in the fit range.
It’s still weird to go shopping in normal person stores. I haven’t set foot in a “Big and Tall” store in over a year. I still get junk mail from those places occasionally but I guess they didn’t get the memo. It’s kind of funny but also kind of sad. It’s a reminder that I used to be really, really, really fat. Now I’m just regular fat.
People always talk about holding off on buying new stuff until you reach the size you want to be but that doesn’t work for me. There comes a point where you just look ridiculous. When your shirt’s too big you look fatter then you are. Not acceptable.
Polo’s came a few weeks ago. Today I went and bought the button downs. I’m down to a 17 inch neck, size XL now. The crazy thing is that this was the size I saw most often. I literally had my pick of any shirt I wanted. It’s like I’m an average sized guy or something.
Last month I did my waist to hip measurements. Basically you take your measurement around your stomach at the belly button and divide that by the measurement of your hips. 0.92 is supposed to be healthy. My ratio was 1.
Today I checked again and found out I lost an inch in my stomach.
New numbers – 41 waist/ 42 hip
New Ratio = 0.98
0.92 here I come!
P.S. What I consider to be my actual waist is now 38 inches. That’s a full inch smaller too.
I bought a ton of 1X shirts yesterday. I’ve been wearing 1X white T-shirts for a long time but I finally bit the bullet and got a bunch of polo’s and other pullovers.
My 2X’s were getting rediculous. It looked like I was wearing a tent. Feels good to have shirts that fit again.
This is a really weird step for me. I’ve worn 2X and over ever since I was in high school. Even weirder is the fact that I’ve still got a lot of weight to lose. One day soon I’m going to buy a size L shirt. That just blows my mind.
My size 35 jeans are getting loose as well. I don’t really know where I’ll end up on those but I think I’d like to at least get down to a 32 waist. I might go look for some 34′s in a month or so.
Interesting article at Men’s Health about waist to hip ratio.
I’m always on the look out for things like this so I can measure progress somewhere other then the scale. The gist of the article is that you measure your stomach at the belly button and divide that number by the size of your hips.
0.92 or lower is ideal.
My waist at the belly button is 42 inches. My hips are 42 inches. After a lot of complicated math that I won’t bore you with, I figured out that my ratio is 1. If I lost 4 inches on my stomach I’d be able to hit that ideal mark.
After watching a bunch of episodes of X-weighted on the Discovery Health channel the wife and I decided to take out the tape measure and take our measurements. As for her measurements, I’m sworn to secrecy under penalty of death. I promised to take my knowledge of those numbers to my grave and I will.
As for my numbers, well, I’m a little bummed out. They are depressingly similar to what they were the last time I checked a little less then a year ago. This is weird. I’ve always heard that you’re not supposed to pay attention to the scale but instead to the tape measure. Somethings up. I’m 30 pounds lighter. I think it’s undeniable that I look 100% better today then I did a year ago with these same measurements! Do I have some kind of reverse body dismorphia? Am I fatter then I think I am?
Last time I took these measurements by myself. Maybe I pulled a little too tight for the best results. My wife took them this time so maybe she wasn’t as generous.
Whatever. Here they are.
Chest – 46 inches
Stomach (around belly button) – 42 inches
Waist – 39 inches
I went shopping last week and bought two pair of pants and a belt. The final bill was $200. My mouth kind of hit the floor but that’s what you get when you actually pick out what you like instead of just picking the first thing that comes in your size.
My slacks have a 36 inch waist. My jeans have a 35 inch waist!
I also finally bit the bullet and ordered a ton of 1x shirts. The 2x’s are too big now and it’s time to move on.
For the past couple of weeks I’ve had that familiar feeling of having the neck of my shirt fall down my shoulder when I run. My 2X white tees are too big now.
I tried on the 1X white tee I’ve got in my closet and it fit great. About a month ago it was a little too tight so I was psyched to see the difference. I also tried on a couple of problem shirts that for some reason have been too tight around the stomach in the past. All of them fit now. Awesome progress.
I’m probably going to wait a few weeks before I spend another 100 dollars on a bunch of t shirts. I bought the 2X’s only two months ago.
I’m going to try to do measurements at the first of every month to measure progress. This month my only progress is 1 inch lost in my chest.
Neck – 17 inches (new measurement, -3 since November 2006)
Chest – 45 inches (-1 inch since May 7, 2007)
Stomach - 44 inches (no change since May 7, 2007)
Waist – 39 inches (no change since May 7, 2007) – there was actually a little progress here. It was less then 39 inches but not quite 38 1/2 .
I haven’t been real diligent about keeping track of my measurements. I’m going to remedy that from here on out. I’ve added a “measurements” tag. No excuse not to keep them up to date now.
I checked today and it turns out that I’ve made some good progress.
Waist - 39 inches (-3 inches since March 11, 2007)
Stomach – 44 inches (-4 since April 6, 2007)
Chest – 46 inches (-5 since November 25, 2006)
For some reason I’ve managed to gain about 5 pounds. Can’t really explain that.
The crazy thing is that I measured my stomach again and it’s 47 inches. That’s 1 inch smaller then it was 5 days ago. WTF? I sucked it in really hard and it was 44. Last time I could only get it down to 46.
I’m starting to wonder how accurate this tape measuring thing is now. Chest and waist were the same size. Whatever. I’ll keep this up for a little while and see what happens.
For some reason I’ve gained a lot of weight in the past few days. I check everyday and I’m usually good for about a 5 pound swing depending on the time of day. For some reason I’m weighing in at 280 at certain points. This bothers me a great deal because I can’t figure out where those extra couple of pounds are coming from. I changed a few things in my diet but I don’t know if that’s the reason. I’ve also been lifting pretty heavy this week so maybe I’ve packed on some muscle. Who knows.
I decided that I need to do some measurements to make sure that I’m headed in the right direction. So here they are.
Chest – 48 inches
Stomach (at the belly button) – 48 inches
Waist – 41 inches.
Those need to drop. I’m going to check again in about a month and see if I’ve made any progress.
I’ve noticed recently that my belt is pretty much worthless. I can pull it way past the last hole so it’s more of a fashion accessory now then an actual useful piece of clothing.
I broke out the cloth measuring tape and discovered that my waist is now 41 inches. That means I lost an inch in a little less than a month. Not too shabby.
I also measured my chest and it’s now 48 inches. I remember looking for a suit during Thanksgiving and I couldn’t find one because I was just a shade too big for the 50′s. They were the biggest ones available.
I got my white t-shirts in the mail and I looked at the little sizing info box on the package. It says that someone with a size 48 chest should wear a 1X. I’m gonna stick with my 2X’s for a while though. I like them to be a little loose. Especially at the gym.
I took a cloth measuring tape to my waist and it turns out that it is 42 inches. Those pants companies are using funny math after all.