Because taking down stats every day and posting them has a deleterious effect on my verve, I only weigh myself and unroll the cold measuring tape twice a year. (Why is that damned tape always so cold?) Seeing the large numbers of improvement this way inspires me. I never set any particular goals, just do the best I can and then reward the hell out of myself by strutting around like I'm all that. Strutting is great for the quads.
I take one reading on December 18th, which is my birthday and therefor New Year's Eve for this particular body, and I take the other one midway through on June 18th. I waited for some serious injuries (a separated shoulder and several traumatic brain injuries) to smooth out this year, then jumped back in this past summer.
From June 18th, 2011, to December 18th, 2011
dropped 32 pounds,
15 total inches,
increased my strength by an average of 300%,
increased my cardio strength by an average of 400%,
went from walking a slow, flat half mile to running 2 miles of fartlek training on hills
went from hiking 1.5 miles to 11.5 miles
went from biking 3 miles to 15+ miles
completed my goal of hiking the entire Forest Park trail system, 180+ miles in two months (see website below)
See you in June.