#21 — When I lost my excuses, I found my results
October 15, 2018 – So after 5 workouts a week for six months now in the books now, I’ve had some pretty significant results. Some say, “Don’t tell people your plans, show them your results.” Ok, so here are mine:
- I can touch my toes (you know, with straight legs). I couldn’t when I started.
- I can do a sit up unassisted. Actually, I can do about 100 or more now!
- I can deadlift 100#, back squat 105#, front squat 75#, overhead squat 50#, bench press 65#, sled drag 135# (20# more than I weigh!!!) and more. Not sure what I could do before because I never tried.
- I can run a mile without stopping or walking. 8:43 is my current PR!!!
- Clothes: I still wear 26 jeans and usually a size 0 or a 2 but they fit me much better. The muffin top is gone. I no longer feel a need to donate all of my sleeveless shirts. My long-sleeve blouses use to be very tight in the upper arm. Now they aren’t!
- Cholesterol: 165 to 140 (HDL 67 to 63, LDL 79 to 61) – from very good to perfect!
- Body fat: 26.4% to 21.1% – Oh yeah!!!!!
- Weight: 123 lbs to 115 lbs – Hello!
- Waist: 31″ to 26″ – Holy Moly!
- Headaches and muscle tightness: The professional massage therapist who gives me twice a month massage told me prior to CrossFit, my muscles were extremely tight (petrified is the word she used) and hard to loosen up. Now, my tension headaches have gone away, the massage therpapist says my muscle are much healthier and easier to work on. She is so amazed as my body changes, she says she is going to do CrossFit now!
- Happiness: Not sure if should I file my mood under happiness or free from guilt but I am so happy not to have the guilt of hating myself for putting off what I knew I needed to do.
- Friends: I’ve made new friends going to CrossFit. Obvisously, we have CrossFit in common, but what we don’t have in common is what makes it so wonderful. I’ve met so many STRONG people of such diverse background, ethnicity, and careers! Strong in character, personality, and physical strength. I couldn’t have gotten so far in my progress without all of the very awesome people and coaches.
- Community: It’s a strong community. Not just in our box (Left Coast CrossFit, which is the BEST), but the community through Facebook groups, Instagram, and attending the CrossFit Games. Not sure other “communities” offer up rooms in their homes to total strangers because they are coming to watch the Games, but so many did and do. You have an injury or question about something, throw it on a FB page and get immediate feedback. Have a video of you getting a PR, post that and feel even better about yourself. “Supportive” takes on a whole new meaning.
- Respect for myself: Pride in myself is the biggest bonus of all.
- Going 5 days a week no matter way. I do not cherry-pick workouts and decide not to go if it looks too hard. They are ALL hard.
- Walking into the box the first day with no makeup and hair pulled back, feeling so ugly and out of shape, but kept walking in.
- Stopped being afraid to ask questions about a movement or how to get the weights on the bar. Or asking how many pounds the trainer bar is. 15 if you want to know. Stopped being afraid of jumping on to the 20″ box for fear of falling and embarrassing myself but doing it anyway. I now love box jumps.
- Self confidence to wear clothes I had been avoiding – including a bikini. Boom!
FUN FACT: I’ve only liked country music for about six months now. Not sure what took me so long, but I love it now!