I forget what I have told you guys because I'm a bad blogger. I share so much of Facebook and Instagram, so you really should be following me there. Get to it. So I don't think I've mentioned this on the blog.
I signed up to do a 6 week weight loss challenge at my CrossFit box. I'll be honest. I didn't want to do it. The thought of tackling all my food issues and cutting out all the foods I love to eat was daunting. I believe I pouted as I signed up. I knew I needed to do it, however, my clothes were all getting tight. I'd slowly been creeping up over the last 2 years.
So here is me at the start (9/22):
|Ragnar September 12th or thereabout|
Weight: 140 lbs (it should be noted that's on the CrossFit Scale, but my scale has always been right on with the Dr's scale and it said 144. YIKES)
Body Fat: 25%
So what did I do to lose weight? You're probably going to be shocked, but... EAT RIGHT AND EXERCISE. I hate to use the term clean eating (because I don't always eat CLEAN) but that's what I tried to do. Lean protein, fruit, veggies, and very little carbs. I allowed myself one cheat meal a week. I ate what I wanted then, but I kept it to one meal (most of the time). Last week, I had a bad week and let the weekend get the best of me. I slipped up and ate a reese cup here and there. I ate things I shouldn't have, and I wasn't perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but I made it.
Guess what? It was hard, really hard. I find that I obsessed about food and texted my friends Tracey and Kim (in this challenge with me) FAR MORE than I should have complaining. That's the thing though, knowing I was in it with these two ladies (and more) kept me motivated to keep going. A) misery loves company and B) accountability. I didn't want to admit to binge eating so instead, I'd send them messages telling them all the BAD (read goooooood) things I wanted to do to food. I might have said I wanted to rub my face in the donuts. True story.
Sadly, here is a sampling of pictures I've sent to Tracey and/or Kim with temptations I found EVERYWHERE. Food is everywhere and I couldn't avoid it. Luckily most times I just complained over the food and didn't actually eat it. MOST times.
So did passing up ALL that food pay off? You be the judge:
Ending weight: 134 (Tammy's scale) 135.9 (my scale) Worst case scenario, that's 6 pounds down.
Body Fat: 22% DOWN 3%!!!!!! Woo to the hoo!
Chest: 34.75 Down .75 (as if I could stand to lose any there)
Waist: 30.5 Down 2 inches!!!
Hips: 37.25 Down 2 inches!!!
Thigh: 20.75 Down 1.75 inches!!!
Arm: 10.5 Down .5 inches
It may not look like a big difference in these pictures, but people have actually noticed changes. I have lost 6 pounds, 3% body fat and lost 7 inches off my body! Think about this. 3% body fat is 4.2 pounds. Think of 4 packages of hamburger hanging off my waist, hips and thighs. I think it's pretty remarkable. Not as in I'm so great, but as in 4 pounds of fat, is a lot of damn fat if you think about it in terms of ground beef. haha
I've never measured weight loss success by body fat and inches before and I think it's so, so, so inspiring and motivating. I'm excited to see where I can take this and I'm going to keep going. Won't you join me?
You can find me on myfitnesspal.com. My username is: Momswimbikerun