Here’s a picture from my girl Beth’s (who has lost 30 POUNDS!!!!) birthday party last weekend!
So I guess I’ll start with what’s new in my fitness world. Last week, the hubby and I started Crossfire at the local YMCA. Think Crossfit, except not in a Crossfit gym, without trx bands, pullup stations, that kind of thing. We have a workout of the day, and it is very similar to Crossfit. I’ve been DYING to try Crossfit, but haven’t been able to come up with the money to do more than just a sample class, and I didn’t want to get hooked on something and not be able to go. This class is only on Mondays, for the month of March. But I’m hoping it’s what I need to boost be past this plateau I’ve been stuck on.
So, we went last week, and…. I LOVED IT!!! We got such a great workout!!!! I can’t wait to go back tonight! Last week, we did a fit test, to see where we start and have something to measure against by the end. Then, we had 20 minutes to do 20 front squats, 20 pushups, 20 wall shots and 20 box jumps. We had to do as many rounds as possible. By round 3, I just knew I could only get one more round in before time was called. Then, I finished round 4 and still had about 5-6 minutes left. I started with the pushups, because I didn’t mind them that much. Then I did my box jumps, because they were my favorite. Then I did the wall shots, because they weren’t too bad. I kept putting off the front squats because they made my wrists hurt, with the way we had to hold the bar. I still had time left, so I started on those too! I got about half way and they called out 1 minute left, and I busted those squats out!!! I couldn’t believe I finished 5 sets! I was sweating, and panting, and gargling my heart in my throat (any Jillian Michaels fans out there?)!
Since we only meet once a week, they email a second workout for the week, so we get at least 2 workouts in. The second one was 3 rounds of 20 weighted situps, 7 pullups, 30 one legged squats and .25 mi run, for time. So, you have to do 3 rounds as quick as possible. I dug deep (any Insanity fans out there?!) and busted that shiz out in 19 minutes and 51 seconds!!! My goal was to get it done in less than 20 minutes! Heck yes!!! My friend Shannon came over and did it with me. Then she puked when she left! It’s intense, y’all! But I need intense! Got a plateau to bust through!
If nothing else, the workouts are toning my muscles! I was soooo excited to see this badass arm pic I took this past week:
And here’s my favorite thing that is new. I have been in the 160s for FOUR CONSECUTIVE days!!! That has yet to happen this go round!!! So, maybe, just maybe, I’m making head way with that damn plateau! Here’s my weight since January, just so you can see what I’ve been struggling with:
So what am I doing differently? Well, I was supposed to be tracking my calories with My Fitness Pal. Yeah, that lasted about 4 days or so. Then I ate out, I didn’t know how to track my meal, and it ended. But, I already had a good idea of what and how much I was eating. Well, by the end of last week, I decided to change it up just a little. Rox (what I call the hubby) has been saying I’ve been eating too much. I think I haven’t been eating enough. He said, “Well you eat all the time, all day long, you don’t need that much food. You don’t need to eat 6 times a day!” I told him he was wrong. Imagine that! I will say that he has lost and kept of at least 55 pounds, so naturally he thinks he knows what to do. Well, in the beginning, he didn’t do it so healthy. He ran with trash bags on, he ate little to nothing. Even now, it’s a struggle to keep him eating enough throughout the day to keep his metabolism up so that he doesn’t get so tired. But through all that, he still thinks he’s right (MEN!). So I think he believes he’s right in what he’s telling me. And after 3 months of weighing between the same 4 pounds, back and forth, I almost thought so too (that stays between us though, never repeat it to him!). So, at the end of last week, one day I was hungrier than normal, so I ate an additional snack. And the next day, my weight was down. I thought I may be on to something! So, I did the same thing the next day. And the next morning, my weight was down again! Since that day, I’ve eaten a little more than I had normally been eating, and my weight has continued to go down, or at least be below 170! Saturday night we went out for a birthday party, and I had a regular hamburger, fries and some beers. My weight was still down on Sunday and this morning. I really think I need to up my calories, and so far, it seems to be working. I do some pretty intense workouts, and I think I need more fuel for my body. Why in the world did I almost let the hubby convince me he was right?! I knew better and I think I’m proving it! I’ve been super stoked about my weight these past few days, and I’ve gotten a TON of compliments and people asking what I’m doing to lose the weight, how to start running, etc. It means so much to me when I see that I am inspiring and encouraging other people. That is one thing that I strive to do. I like to know that I’m making a difference, not only for myself, but for others too.
Here’s Rox and me this weekend:
And here’s a comparison from June 2012 and this past weekend:
And this is one of just me Saturday. Rox got me this super cute Pink Rack Project shirt that he bought from Sassy Does when he was out of town last weekend. This is a XL fitted tee (need the room for the “rack”) and it fits perfectly. A portion of the proceeds support breast cancer research, and I’m a huge advocate!