So it’s the start of Day 3 of the Whole30 and I’m still alive. I’m still not sure if I’m going to post daily updates throughout the week or if I’ll just do a weekly update post. There are several other bloggers who are doing the Whole30 this month so I am going to host a weekly link up for us to check in with each other. Every Monday we will link up our recaps of the week. This way we can stay accountable to each other and get meal/planning ideas! So be sure to come back on Monday for our first link up!
Now let’s talk “before” stats. Here is the deal… I wanted to do this for so many reasons. One of the main ones being that I needed something to boost me to the next level with my weight loss. See, I lost like 20lbs when I first started CrossFit. Those first several months of mostly Paleo eating and CrossFit really shook up my body in a good way. I felt good. Then the 60 day Fat Loss challenge was over and I relaxed with my eating. I was still working out like crazy so I thought it was ok if I had a little bit of this here and there… some FroYo… Ice Cream… ChickFila…. All those things were fine in moderation. But suddenly my weight loss stalled. Then thanksgiving. Then Christmas. Then Costa Rica. Then February was a combination of lots of travel and stress. Then March was my birthday. In between there I did 2 dietbet challenges and lost 5-6lbs both times – only to gain it back with my celebratory splurges. When I ended the 60 Day Fat Loss Challenge in August I was 197. These days I hover from 191-195. So in the last 6-7 months I’ve lost TWO POUNDS. Granted, I have gained a TON of strength since August – but with my body added strength should also shed those pounds. The scale is NOT the only factor in determining progress or health, I know that. But it is still a number that needs to go down for me to be healthier, stronger, faster. And while I’m killing it on workouts it really all comes down to the food.
I read Emily’s blog post today and could totally relate to where she was at. Most importantly I realized that weight loss of this caliber comes in waves, at least for me. When I start losing weight I am super motivated and strict for awhile. I’ll see amazing progress and then start to let up on myself saying well I’ve come so far already… at least I’m not back where I was then! Which is true, but being content stalls progress. I’m not saying to not be PROUD of your PROGRESS. I’m just saying if you want to change where you are, you have to be dissatisfied with your current status.
If I’m Satisfied at 195 there is no motivation for me to lose more weight. If I’m satisfied with a 110 pound Clean & Jerk there is no motivation to work on getting a higher Clean & Jerk. If I’m satisfied with my 8 minute Fran time, there is no motivation to work on getting a faster Fran time. If I’m satisfied with feeling bloated and gassy after eating gluten, there is no reason for me to stop eating gluten.
But I’m not satisfied with any of those things. I want to be a healthy normal weight. I want to have a heavier Clean & Jerk, and a Faster Fran time. So I’m going to do what it takes to get there. This month is my month. I’m going to kill it at the gym and in the kitchen.
In order to track my progress I have to start somewhere. So here is my weigh in and before pictures in all their glory…
I’m going to be doing measurements and pictures each week to chart my progress. I’m also doing another dietbet – it starts today! It’s not to late to jump in, just $25 and you have to lose 4% of your start weight in 4 weeks to win a part of the pot! Sign up now!
How do you motivate yourself? Are you doing a Whole30? Joining the dietbet?
Let me know how your weigh in went this week!