One Month Measurements

This past Wednesday marked one month that I’ve been working out with a trainer.  It was measuring day.  Since my aim is to build muscle, we decided not to weigh me but take measurements to track my progress.  I am very excited to report that my measurements showed definite improvement!  I could tell things were changing.  Certain clothes were fitting a little better, I haven’t felt as fatigued and I’ve had more energy.  I’ve been struggling with getting each of my meals in, but I’m trying.  I need to allow a day on the weekends for meal prep for myself.  Still working on it but I’ll get there!

Anyway, get ready (insert drum roll here)!  Here are my much anticipated results after one month of training:




How exciting!  I can hardly wait to see what they are at month two!  I’ve not been perfect; I’ve had a few meals that were probably questionable at this stage of my workout journey, so I need to get better about always having healthy alternatives in my bag when I am out and about.  But if I have questions, my trainer is there to offer his advice, which is great.  I can pick up my phone and message him about anything of which I’m unsure.  He is very positive and encouraging, which–for someone like me who tends to downplay even small victories–is such a huge help.  I need that.  I’m still struggling with water intake.  It’s hard for me to drink that many ounces of anything, so I’ve found that infused waters and adding Spark energy powder makes it easier.   I’m hoping that when I get adept enough at keeping a routine that works–for exercise as well as food prep and water intake–that it will not be as hard.

I’ve also begun taking video of my workouts, so that I can check my form and see my progress as the weeks pass.   Eventually I will put them all together so that my progress can be more easily seen.  Here is my one month photo:




I am sorry for the lighting and for the quality of my pictures.  I hate that I didn’t do a better job, but it is what it is.  At this point I think it’s just important that one can see the subtle differences.  I’ll make future ones better.  I felt it important to post them anyway, so here are the comparison shots:



It will be a slow process, but I already see improvements in different areas and I’m excited for what lies ahead!  Do you have an inspiring fitness story?  Have you been wanting to embark on a journey to become more fit but aren’t sure where or how to start?  I’d love to hear your experiences!



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  1. Earl Lover September 12, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Brilliant, well done! You should be so proud!

    1. Shannon Adams September 12, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      Thank you! I am proud!

  2. De Hufford September 12, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Keep up the good work!

  3. Dachshund Nola September 12, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    That’s fantastic work! Good job!

  4. andrea September 13, 2015 at 8:58 am

    KUDOS to you and the progress you’re making!! Thank you for having the courage to share your photos with us. I’m on the similar journey – overall weight loss (portion control and more cardio). I’ve got muscle, but the extra lbs need to go. My Fitbit Flex has helped me tremendously with real time monitoring of daily progress. Keep up the great work!

    1. Shannon Adams September 13, 2015 at 12:59 pm

      Thanks! I have the Charge. It is a big help. Good luck on your journey! It will all be worth it in the end!

  5. Barbara Rivers September 13, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Very nice job, especially the 2 inches lost around the waist! I lost 20 lb 5 years ago, and they’re still off! I drink nothing my (cool) water every single day (besides my daily coffee, of course…gotta have that!), but never any Soda.

    1. Shannon Adams September 13, 2015 at 12:57 pm

      Thank you! I agree, gotta have the coffee!

  6. 2 Brown Dawgs September 14, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Congrats on your success!

  7. DZ Dogs September 14, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Way to go!!! Good job, keep it up!!