Thursday, February 6, 2014

It's Update time!!!!

Week 2 About Sept...

So isn't life grand?!!!  I have to say not in a bragging way, but in a way that encourages myself, that I am proud of what I have accomplished in the last 6 months.  In two weeks I will reach my 6 month mark of doing crossfit!  And man has my body and my self image, and my energy and my ... everything changed!  Lets refresh your memory...

February 4, 2014... 5 /2 months
Septemberish (I was sucking it in!lol)

 Here are some of the stats...
Total inches lost approximately 20
12 around the waist
4 around  hips
4 around the chest...

My arms and thighs have gotten bigger... because I have such awesome muscles now, but that doesn't bother me.  my calves have also gotten smaller... this I judge by my knee high boots!  Yay!

Weight lost... 32 lbs total.

So as you know during the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas I was doing my Paleo Challenge.  This was hard, but I felt really good eating so clean!  Then to start off the new year at Teton CrossFit we did another 30 day Paleo Challenge competition.  I really enjoyed it this time for the most part.  I had a few times that all I really wanted to eat was ice cream, chocolate, treats... anything bad for me.  And I have to say a few times I gave in a little.  But one day, January 26th I went o my Aunt Dianna and Uncle Ron's mission farewell. (It was AMAZING)  and the food afterward was really not a thing allowed on Paleo.  But I ate anyway because I was STARVING...

After eating I felt so sick.  Just kind of miserable.  And I just decided it was definitely because my body was not used to all the sugar, gluten, dairy etc.  So I went home and lazed around the rest of the day.

At 2:00 AM I woke up with the worst pain I have felt since my appendix... or maybe labor in years... well actually when I herniated the discs in my back that was worse, but this was bad.  I felt nauseated... and all the goods that come with that.  I thought maybe I have the stomach flu.

Long story short for days, no matter if I ate or drank or what I would have this cramping in my stomach like contractions... but way up high... and there is no way on this earth that I am pregnant.  LOL

Well, the saddest week of my past 6 months came and went, and I didn't make it to crossfit a single day.  My mood and self esteem started to plummet.  And then my wonderful aunt told me about a supplement to try because she thought it might be my gallbladder.  I tried the supplement and within two days I was back to myself again!  YAY!

Leaning to overcome this way of thinking... Don't let one setback stop your progress. Get up. Dust yourself off and start again!!
I was so happy to be able to get back to work in the gym, catch up with all I had missed in school and just get back to normal life.

So my weightloss was helped greatly this week... of being sick and miserable... 5 more pounds gone! haha

Then I went to CrossFit Monday morning... worked hard, felt great, and found out that I won the Paleo Challenge!  YAY!  And then Jennica took this great pic of me!

I love this picture because it epitomizes the changes in full view.
 #1 Check out that smile!
#2 Look at my waist, sure there are still some rolls, but who cares... they will go away eventually.
#3 Nice arms, and legs with great improvement.
#4 Confidence!

I just think that this picture is for more than the fifty bucks in my hand, it is showing the total physical and emotional change in my life!
So I also thought that for those of you who wonder what I do on a normal basis at crossfit, here are some pictures... I never look pretty while doing them, but I am sick in the head and LOVE doin it all!
Dead lift to power clean front rack.
And to top it all off... I conquer my fears!

These pictures are part of a workout called the Bear Complex.  It is a combine lift of a dead-lift, power clean, front squat, front press, back squat and back press.  I'll try to attach the video.  It is one of my favorite types of WOD.  If feel like I get such a fantastic workout... and I feel strong and powerful!
power clean, front rack to do front squat
 Today one of the guys who is a regular with my group... asked, "Jess how many sizes have you gone down?"

Photo: Jess is the self described warrior princess in training.It was so great to realize that others are noticing that all the hard work is paying off!

My totally incredible coach Jennica said to me, that most people who start where I did (which I couldn't even squat with not weight and sit on a ball and stand back up) just give up because it is just to hard.

If there is one thing that I really hope from all that I am doing... other than the sheer fact that I feel better and am able to live a much more active fun mom role with my kids; is that I hope and pray that someone will see my success and have the same desire and drive to make the changes they need to in their own life.  I have definitely found that when you feel good about yourself, (and I am not meaning you are puffed up and think you are the bomb) you are able to better take care of everyone and everything in your life.  Life is just plain FUN to live!

I know that crossfit and the Paleo diet are not the best thing for everyone!  But I do know that taking care of ourselves so that we can take care of others and enjoy life, is for everyone! 
Photo: Happy Birthday, jess!
I'm the one in the gray shirt and climbing the rope!!


Life is so crazy, busy and difficult.  But as a single mom, I have found that if I take that hour every day for me.  To go out.  Get my sweat on! And do things that I never ever could have imagined myself doing... I think that it has made me a better mom, friend and person overall! 

Please don't think of all this as a "I'm better than you thing~"  This is something I have done to make my life so much greater and worthwhile!  It is something that I have found to be my "addiction".  My drug of choice!  Maybe you love to run, maybe you like to walk, maybe you like to ride a bike, or do Zumba!  No matter what you do, I encourage you to get out there.  Do something for you! 

Whatever makes you happy.