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Middle aged fat woman making a few "Big Hairy Audacious Goals" to better her body and her life.

Putting it in Perspective

I’m not through with my first week yet . . . but have already felt like a failure on several of my BHA goals.  Maybe they’re too big, hairy and audacious?

I don’t think so.

I think that it takes some time to develop new habits and rituals.  Some of these goals will be much easier than others, I know this.  Today I was writing in my journal and facing down my negativity.  I have a feeling I’ll be doing this a lot over the next year.

This is first week negativity – the “I should be totally perfect my first week at all this stuff” . . . even though I haven’t tried to do this many new things in one week.

Perfection is unrealistic.

Progress, however, is do-able.  I’m aiming for progress every day.  I don’t expect to hit 100% on every goal every day, or every week.  There are plenty of things that can get in the way – I could get ill, I might have a family emergency, or who knows what?

However, even if the worst happens, if it’s survivable, I can keep up with these goals at least to some extent.  I believe this, and that’s my promise to myself.  But I know I may drop below the standards some days or weeks.

That’s why accountability in this forum is so important to me.  Without it, I can just drift along and let things fall apart, which is what I’ve always done in the past.

Thanks for reading this – and I’ll keep everything in perspective today.

Yes, it’s July 4th (here in the U.S. a biggish holiday!) and we have some family stuff including hot dogs and chips and beer for some (not for me).  I’m sure I’ll enjoy the food in moderation.  I mainly plan on enjoying the people, especially seeing my two-year-old granddaughter.  She’s a cutie pie (aren’t all little girls?).

Have a wonderful holiday if you’re in the U.S. today – and stay safe.



Pictures & Measurements – Day 4 (361 Days to Go)

I had some trouble finding my tape measurement (I used it with my knitting, so it was buried in knitting stuff), so have only taken pictures today as well as measured. Close enough.


First picture is taken with my iPhone looking down to my feet – you can see that I’m fairly well muscled in my lower legs and that my tennis shoes are pretty worn (time for new ones).


Second is a front facing picture – what was worn on our walk today (with the dog).



Last photo is side view.


Bust:         53 1/2 inches
Waist:       47 inches
Hip:           53 1/4 inches
Rt Thigh:  26 1/2 inches
Rt Calf:     18 inches
Rt Arm:     17 1/2 inches

My sizes are usually 20-22 or 2X; my bra size is 46DDD and my underwear is usually 10-11.  I recently bought a bathing suit in a 22 as well as shorts at that size.