This isn’t going to be like my regular posts. It’s going to get a little honest here and possibly long-winded. I am hoping you read on but if you are here just for the recipes, no problem. I will always share recipes with you. It’s kinda what I love to do.
I have always been a confident person. Actually, I’m not sure it was confidence or the fact that I don’t put too much weight on what others think, but no matter. I felt pretty good when I looked in the mirror but, if I looked at myself in a picture, I pretty much wanted to hide under a rock. As long as I can remember, the moment I saw a camera, I would immediately look for a way to make myself scarce. And, that is a serious challenge this day in age.
How My Weightloss Journey Started
I had a long history of starting a workout routine or a diet just to have it fall apart. Be it because I would get bored or busy, I just couldn’t stick with it. Then 3 years ago, give or take a few months, I got on a scale (which I rarely did) and the scale was kind enough to inform me that I was 210 lbs. To say I was shocked and disappointed was an understatement. It was the heaviest I had ever been. And, as I thought about it more not only had I been avoiding the camera lately but I hadn’t really been looking in the mirror either. I knew it was time to do something, anything.
A few days later I joined a boxing gym and I managed to convince my husband to join with me. Over the next 3 months or so, I managed to shed 10 lbs. I stayed pretty consistent with the boxing gym and I was making better choices with food but, I could feel myself starting to get bored. I was dreading going to the gym. I felt it happening again. If I didn’t do something soon, I was going to end up back where I started.
And Then I Joined a Crossfit Gym
About this time, my husband tells me he is planning a backpacking trip with some friends and he really wants to do some strength training, but he’s not sure where to start. I had been toying with the idea of possibly trying out a Crossfit gym close to our house. And, with a little convincing, OB and I joined Crossfit Mansfield and registered for our first elements class in August 2016.
Crossfit Mansfield offers a boot camp program for people to ease into Crossfit if they choose, but OB and I decided to bypass the bootcamp and dive head first into Crossfit. It was hard at first. We modified and scaled everything. We started going consistently 3 times a week. I couldn’t do a decent push-up (still kinda can’t). Doing a push press with just the bar was a struggle. And, at one point, I had to nurse a knee injury (not Crossfit related). It’s now been 2 years and 5 months, I now go to the gym 5 to 6 times a week and I can confidently say I finally found my “thing”.
It was Time to Dial In My Nutrition
But here is the deal, you can’t out exercise a bad diet. Believe me, I tried for years. When I joined the gym, I was eating ok but I knew I could do better. However, I love all the foods! I knew I couldn’t do a diet that doesn’t allow certain foods or food categories. I did some nutrition coaching at my gym and that is when I first learned about counting macros. But as I got closer to my goal weight, I plateaued.
At this point, I had lost a total of just over 41 lbs. Which was awesome! But, over this time, my overall fat percentage stayed the same. And my goals were starting to change. I didn’t want to just lose weight. I wanted to perform better at the gym, get stronger. In May 2018, I decided to join Stronger U for more intensive 1-on-1 weekly nutrition coaching. Eventually, OB decided to join Stronger U too. This is when we started to see big changes. I did two 6-week cycles with Stronger U and I started to perform better at the gym, get stronger and I lost another 21 lbs plus 9.5 points in body fat percentage.
Here I am in all my glory the day before I started at Crossfit Mansfield (August 2016) and the day I finished my last cycle with Stronger U (October 2018).
I also learned a lot about eating right without depriving myself of foods I love. Like Chick-fil-a chicken biscuits. How? I meal prep and tracked my numbers. But if I am craving something, I make adjustments and I plan for it to make sure it fits my macros. Since late October, I have been on my own in regards to nutrition and guess what? I made it through the holidays and maintained my weight. And trust me, I enjoyed my Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Pictures Aren’t So Bad Anymore
This year OB and I went to the annual company Christmas party. And every year they have a photographer to take glamour shots of the guests. (Seriously, my facial features are basically airbrushed out in 2016. LOL) When we got the picture back and compared it to previous years, we were blown away at the difference. I also noticed it was time to get OB a new tie. We have both come a long way and I admit I am pretty proud of us.
I’m still not a fan of having my picture taken, but now it’s not because I don’t like how I look. It’s more because I don’t like the process of having my picture taken. I’m naturally awkward and never know what to do with my hands or how to stand. But at least I am more confident in how I look even if I don’t know what to do with myself.
This year, I turn 40 and I’m in the best shape I have ever been in. I plan to continue my journey not because I feel I have to, but because it truly brings me joy. This year my focus will not be the scale but the barbell and clock. This year I want to get stronger and faster.
If you have set some fitness and nutrition goals for yourself this year, stay tuned. Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing more details about Crossfit, nutrition, and tips on how I stay on track. And if you haven’t, it’s never too late to start. 😉