Progress! Slow and steady.

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Hey everyone! I’m back to give some updates on my weight loss progress.

I’ve been doing CrossFit for about 3 months now and I’ve probably lost about 5lbs. Not a significant loss, but I’ve slimmed down A LOT. My clothes are starting to fall off my body, especially around my waist. And I’m LOVING IT! Here is a picture of me at the exact same weight, about 9 weeks in between pictures.

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In both pictures I am 170lbs. This is exactly why the scale doesn’t necessarily matter. While I am gaining muscle and losing fat, I am slimming up so my weight stayed the same. But even though I haven’t lost weight in this picture, I FEEL better and healthier!

Since this picture 2-3 weeks ago, I’ve lost another 3 lbs.

My routine lately as been to go to CrossFit 4 days a week, and after each class take a mile jog. It’s definitely tough, but I need the rest of this fat to fall off me! That can only happen with hard work and dedication.

I have a long way to go still, but I know I will get there!

Progress Pic! + Some Advice

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Here I am 15 pounds down y’all!!!

And weight is definitely NOT falling off me either. This took 4 months. FOUR. MONTHS. Of extreme hard work in the gym and changing my eating habits. Here are some tips I learned (and STILL learning) during this whole weight loss process:

1. Sometimes you won’t lose weight right away. I don’t know if my body had to adjust to the workouts or if it was trying to hold onto fat for dear life, but I didn’t lose weight for 3 months! The week I lost weight it was 4 pounds! Just keep working hard and you will eventually drop the pounds.

2. Weight lifting helps! I started taking CrossFit classes and I started to see results in 2 weeks. It really started slimming me out! It’s an intense workout, and it’s not for everybody, but I love it! It’s not just CrossFit that works, because not everyone has the time or money for that, but weights at the gym or at home works too. Ladies, LIFT HEAVY. No you will not look like a dude and you will not get bulky. You will tone up and look all kinds of awesome! Lift a weight that starts to get difficult at 6 or 7 reps. One thing my boyfriend taught me was to do 3 sets of 5 reps at 90% of my max weight and increase your weight every 2 weeks. I did this for bench press and leg press and I increased my weights dramatically in 3 months. I believe I have a previous post on my results from that. I’m too lazy right now to link it. Sorry!

3. Eating healthy is easy if you have a plan. Making dinner for the week and packing lunches everyday makes staying on track SO much easier! And eat breakfast!!! It is extremely important! Lean meats, fruit, and veggies! Stay away from fast food! And if you are going to eat out, eat in moderation. The boyfriend and I share one dish and drink only water. That reduces the calories AND the bill in HALF!

4. I hate cardio. But cardio is 100% something you must do to help with weight loss. What I learned is figure out what you like to do. Some people can run for 3-5 miles everyday. I am okay with doing sprints and watching Scandal on Netflix while on the elliptical for an hour. Do what works for you! Maybe split the hour between 3 different workouts like stairs for 20 min, elliptical for 20 min, and bike for 20 min. Maybe take a spin class or do Zumba! Experiment with different equipment/classes and see what you like.

5. Start off slowly. I know you want to be all gung-ho and cut out all fatty foods and workout 7 days a week. It works for some, but for me, slowly reducing the bad foods and working my way up to an hour of cardio worked. That’s what kept me on track. I tried to cut out everything but that didn’t last long. This is a lifetime change, and I will continue to try and stay healthy every day of my life.

Also weigh yourself once a week, first thing in the morning after you use the bathroom, and measure yourself! It’s amazing what little differences you will see in your body after working out consistently! 🙂

I hope this helps some of you who feel as stuck as I did and think that weight loss is only a dream. Make that dream a freaking reality! Just know that it’s not all about the number on the scale. It’s about how being healthy and in shape makes you feel! You got this!

My Progress!

Hey all! Sorry I’ve been away for a while. I have a few updates to make, especially about my fitness/weight progress!

1. I’M IN THE FREAKING 160s!!!! My highest weight was 184pointsomething last year. As of yesterday morning I am now 167.8! Holy freaking weight loss batman! That’s almost 20lbs! I can’t believe it! This is a huge deal for me. The past couple years I’ve been wanting to lose weight and I would work out hard and just wouldn’t see any progress. I am now consistently losing weight every week ranging from 0.2 – 2 lbs! *fist pump*

What has worked for me:

  • Lifting weights like a BOSS. I upped my weight and decreased my reps. I have muscles again! Ladies you CAN lift heavy weights. It helps with weight loss. It really does.
  • Cardio. Every time I go to the gym I do some form of cardio. It usually switches between the elliptical or treadmill (aka DREADmill, I hate that f*cking machine). I also learned to run outside! I still hate running with a fiery passion, but I still do it. I’m signing up for another 5k in November.
  • Abs & arms. I do ab workouts maybe 1-2 times a week and some arms. A lot of my ab workouts include planking. Gotta love planking! *insert sarcasm here*

2. Medical issues. I’ve been going through medical issues lately that has/will hinder my work outs. I’m trying to get a few workouts here and there, but I may have to have surgery within the next 2 months. I am doing much better now, but I will post details about that later!

3. My clothes are fitting better and I don’t hate looking at myself as much in the mirror as I used to. I’m now able to wear clothes in my closet that used to be too tight! How awesome is that?!

4. I can bench press 120lbs and leg press 400lbs (NOT including the machine. Four 45lb plates and two 10lb plates on each side baby!). My goal is to bench 135lbs. Only 15 lbs to go!

5. I learned that weight loss takes TIME and EFFORT. I literally didn’t see any weight drop for 3 months. THREE MONTHS. And this was 3 months of working out and lifting hardcore. And when I say hardcore, I’m talking 1-1.5 hours of cardio + abs + weights 4x a week! I stopped thinking about weight loss and started thinking about the 5k I ran and the weight I was lifting. My weight loss eventually came as a surprise! A great freaking surprise!

6. I also learned that weight loss doesn’t happen without a good DIET. I’m not even going to call it a diet. It’s more of a lifestyle change. I’m definitely more conscious about what I eat, but I don’t deprive myself of food either. Taco bell? Sure. Candy? Okay. Ice cream? Why not! But I do it all in moderation. I”ll eat fast food maybe 1-2 times  a month, candy every few weeks, ice cream maybe 1-2 times a month. It’s all about portion and knowing how to eat. My daily diet usually consists of:

  • Breakfast: oatmeal or cereal w/ toast, water
  • Lunch: Salad w/ a side of fruit, water
  • Dinner: Chicken/fish, pasta/rice, veggies, water (sometimes juice)
  • Snacks: Cranberries & almonds, peaches, fruit snacks
  • Dessert: ice pops, chocolate milk

So for all those non-believers that you can’t lose weight all I have to say is that YOU CAN DO IT. I honestly thought I was going to stay 184 forever. That no matter how hard I worked out that scale wasn’t going to budge. You have to figure out what works for you and stay motivated! One of my main motivators is my boyfriend. He comes with me to the gym and pushes me hard and I am blessed to have him in my life.

I am so happy right now and I cannot wait to reach my 2nd goal of hitting the 150s! My goal is to reach that by October 31st. Wish me luck!

I’m Starting To See Progress!

Guess what guys? I lost 5.8lbs in the past 2 weeks! I’m now 171.4 and I am SOOOOOO close to my first goal of being in the 160s!

Here’s my workout routine I usually do:

  • MW: 30 min cardio, abs, arms
  • TTH: 30 min cardio, leg press, bench press (3 sets of 5 at 90% of my max weight)
  • Saturday: Bike ride (if it’s not hot) 20+ miles

Lately I’ve been eating like this:

  • Breakfast: Cereal with wheat toast and jelly, or oatmeal with eggwhites
  • Lunch: Salad
  • Snacks: Almonds with dried cranberries
  • Dinner: Small portions of what I usually eat – chicken with pasta, brown rice with chilli, anything really.

I guess SOMETHING is working because for me to lose that much weight in 2 weeks is amazing for me! I’ve never seen progress like this before! And I haven’t been in the 160s for about 5 years so I will be SO excited when I get there!!

OH! I almost forgot. I’m benching 115lbs now and leg pressing 380lbs! I’m a freaking BEAST! Yeah I’m tooting my own horn (hahaha…. “tooting”) but I feel great about my accomplishments. And I’m just getting started! Go me!

The Color Run!

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On Saturday August 4, 2012 I ran my first ever 5k, The Color Run. When we got there there were THOUSANDS of people everywhere!! Many had costumes, tutus, wigs, etc. A lot of craziness! I was waiting in line to start running for over an hour. There were THAT many people at this event.

When it was my groups turn to go we were off! The first color we ran into was Yellow (1k). It was so powdery and I could barely breathe! The next color was Orange (2k) but it wasn’t bad. When we got to the water station they yelled “Keep going! You are half way there!” WHAT??! Half way already?? I wasn’t even that tired! Hard to believe I already ran 1.5 miles! When I got to the next color Burgundy (3k) I was starting to feel it. And I was definitely tired when I got to the last color Blue (4k).

Throughout the run I had to run around people and walk a couple times because it was so packed. But the last 200 meters or so I booked it! I picked it up and ran fast!! I guess it’s the track & field training that was drilled into me. No matter how tired I can always find some kind of energy to push myself at the end.

At the end they gave out granola bars, had music playing, and people were throwing their color packets in the air, covering people in MORE color!! It was awesome!

I am proud to say I successfully ran 3.1 miles and lived to tell the tale! Well technically 3.24 miles since running around people made my run a little longer. I completed it in 42 minutes. Its kind of hard to say what my exact time was because of the crowds and I had to wait for traffic to pass. I can’t wait for my next 5k in November: Run To Feed The Hungry!

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My boyfriend and his dad joined me! So much fun. I can’t wait to do this again next year.

Weight Lifting Progress!

So I have mentioned before that my boyfriend shared some information he learned in one of his Pre-Physical Therapy classes on how to get stronger. Do 3 sets of 5 reps at 90% of your max weight. Here are my results after 8 weeks:

5/22/12
Bench Press: 80 lbs.
Leg Press: 320 lbs.

7/17/12
Bench Press: 105 lbs.
Leg Press: 360 lbs.

I went up 25 lbs. in bench and 40 lbs. in leg press! RAWR! I definitely got stronger and I am living proof that this method works! My goal is to have two 45 plates on each side when I bench, which would be 135 lbs. So I have 30lbs more to go.

Ladies, I know you’re thinking “I don’t want to get bulky, so I’m going to stick with these 5 lb. weights and do a bajillion reps…” NO. NO NO NO. You will NOT get bulky at all. You will get toned, have more defined muscles, get stronger and look like this:

I would LOVE to look like this! So get out there, pick up those weights and lift, lift, LIFT!

Body Fat

I have been working out HARD the past month, which includes running (training for my 5k), weight lifting, and abs. I have not lost ANY weight. I am going to assume this is because of my weight lifting and my fat is being replaced with muscle.

For my weight lifting regimen I am doing 3 sets of 5 at 90% of my max, gradually increasing my weight:

  • 5/22 – 5/24   Leg Press: 320lbs   Bench Press: 80lbs
  • 5/29 – 5/31   Leg Press: 320lbs   Bench Press: 90lbs
  • 6/14 – 6/21   Leg Press: 340lbs   Bench Press: 90lbs

For running I am on a schedule, but right now I am running on the treadmill:

  • 1 mile at 1.5 incline at 5.5mph
  • 12 incline at 5.5mph for 1 minute (3 times)

I am also doing the Tabata Method for the next 3 weeks, along with ab workouts, elliptical cardio, and other weight lifting. I am working out at least 5 days a week!

That’s a lot huh??! I know weight loss is not fast, but I would like to lose these next 20-30 lbs. Though I do see that my legs and arms are getting more defined and I don’t have as much “belly fat” as I used to. I just have to keep pushing along!