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Getting Fit- Welcome to ONEderland

You may recall that in October, in an All About Me post, I shared this picture that made me sad.

In December, my Mom (who is only 63) had a heart attack and received a new diagnosis of Diabetes.  Sitting in the hospital with my Mom for several days, I was forced to evaluate some things.  The fact was, I could picture myself sitting in that hospital bed with the same fate, and it scared me.

So, I determined to make some changes.  So, in January I posted about Getting Fit and the new elliptical that we purchased.  I didn’t have the nerve to post a current photo of my actual weight in that post, so I re-edited the prior photo and added the word HELP to the scale’s digital readout.

It was so hard to admit that I had hit 225 pounds over the holidays.  I was ashamed to admit it to myself, let alone any of you.

But, I stuck to my guns and have been consistently making lifestyle changes since the beginning of the year.  I started talking to a weight coach every three weeks via telephone, which is a benefit afforded to me through my husbands work.  I started using the calorie and exercise trackers at  And since we purchased the elliptical, I have been working out at least 90 minutes every week.

I am now proud to say that for the first time in nearly FOUR years, I am back in ONEderland.


I can’t even begin to tell you how I felt this morning when I stepped on the scale and saw the number dip below 200. I literally stepped off and stepped back on at least ten times to make sure the scale had it right (our scale is a bit wonky at times). I even jumped in the shower and weighed again afterward.  Same number.  In just over three months, I reached my first short term goal of getting under 200 pounds, and my BMI is down to 33.2.

Here is what I looked like just a few months ago…

before weight loss

Here is what I look like today…

getting fit getting fit getting fit

You may not be able to see the difference, but I can sure feel it. Anyway, for accountability purposes, I’ve decided that I want to be completely open on here about my weight loss and journey to being fit.  With that being said, I’m about to get personal—as in measurements…

As of today my measurements are:

Weight- 199.8 pounds
BMI- 33.2
Neck- 14
Right Upper Arm- 14.5
Left Upper Arm- 14
Right Wrist- 6.75
Left Wrist- 6.75
Bust- 42
Bra-line- 37.5
Waist- 38.5
Hips- 46.5
Both thighs- 29
Both calves- 16

Now that I have a handle on the cardio with the elliptical, I need to start doing some strength training.  Trouble is, we don’t own weights or anything like that.  So, we have to work on that.

So, what strength training exercises do you recommend?

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About Virginia

Hi there! My name is Virginia, and I am the author/owner of That Bald Chick. I am a Christian, wife, mother of three, full time homemaker, homeschooler, and ministry volunteer in addition to being a blogger. In my free time *cough* I enjoy reading, writing, taking walks with my family, and listening to music.


  1. Congratulations!!!

  2. Congrats! You’re doing great!

  3. Holy cow! That’s awesome to lose 25 lbs. YAY!!!!!!!!!

  4. That is amazing, Virginia!!

    For strength training, try Kettleworks! I did the whole 6 week program, and lost almost 20 pounds!

    Here are the posts I have on it, if you are interested:

  5. Way to go! That is awesome! I love inspirational moments because it motivates me to keep at it too.

  6. Congrats! Pics help a lot just to see what you’ve accomplished.

    No weights? The thing about buying some for at home use, is really you’ll outgrow them faster than you think (I’ve found). But I hear great things about Kettlebells and you can get a set from CSNStores. 🙂

    Other than that, you might want to go “old school” with body weight exercises. Check these out on YouTube if you don’t know the term, some of them you’ll recognize, though.

    1. Push Ups (Chest)
    2. Dips (triceps)
    3. Pull-Ups (Biceps, Backs) – you can get a bar to attach in a doorway.
    4. Plank (abs)
    5. Ball Squats/ Wall Squats (Legs)

    I would do 4 sets of each exercise – repetitions of 10.

    HTH! Good luck on your journey!

  7. Congrats to you. I am in the same boat. But, I am in chronic pain and I can’t do what I wish to lose it. I am so glad you are on your way. Great job. Without health we have nothing.

  8. Oh yeah, how did you get all the measurements?

  9. Erin has some really good ideas! Great job you are doing! My favorite excercises are the arm weights. I recently bought the “shaker weight” that you see on tv, LOL, and I am really liking it so far. It also comes with a dvd and shows you some great workouts!

  10. Go girl! 🙂

  11. Congrats!! I had a 5 lb loss this week bringing me down to onederland, too! I’m at 195.

  12. Wohoo…you go girl!

  13. Wow Virginia – congrats! You’ve made amazing progress for in such a short period of time. I admire your openness and commitment.

  14. Great job – you’re doing amazing! Keep up the good work! I really like Erin’s suggestions – YouTube and Netflix on demand are great resources!

  15. woooohoooo congrats

  16. Nice job in such a short amount of time. Hurrah!!

  17. CONGRATS!!! I can’t wait to see that number on my scale, it’s been far too long!!!

    I do my strength training at the gym, but at home I love resistance bands and my kettlebell workouts!

  18. Be proud 🙂 What an accomplishment!

  19. Congrats on ONEderland. That was cute!

  20. Congrats! That’s a fantastic weight loss so far! Keep it up.

  21. FANTASTIC! And kudos to the online accountability. I know from experience how vulnerable it makes one to post pics and cold, hard numbers, but it wonderful for maintaining accountability.

    So proud of you, Virginia!

  22. Good for you. Congratulations! You are so brave!

  23. WOW!! You GO GIRL!!

  24. Michelle says:

    That is wonderful. It feels so good dropping weight and you will be the first one to tell the difference by the way your clothes fit. Keep up the awesome work!

  25. This is just awesome! I’m trying to revamp my weight loss plan (that has gone out the window) and you are an inspiration to me!

  26. Keep going and good luck

  27. Hooray! I’m so proud of you! You should apply for Mamavation! 🙂

  28. You are ROCKIN’ this! I can definitely see how your waist is coming in and giving you a really pretty shape. How fun that you’re sharing with us!

  29. awesome job! Keep it up!!

  30. That is absolutely ONEderful! I am right there with you so I know how darn hard it can be! The last couple weeks I’ve made some changes, decided to not go on a “diet” just change the foods I am eating and try to get some working out on the elliptical done. I hope to hit ONEderland soon!

    Good for you!!

  31. I watch your tweets (I follow you of course) and know how hard you are working. I see you tweet what you have done & the calories you have burned.
    You are doing great! And to be in the ‘onsies’ again is fantastic.
    One of these days you will go for the Mamavation thing & I am gonna vote for you!!!