RESET – FINDING MY MOJO
Thursday, June 19, 2014
I’ve been around SP awhile. It was an extremely effective tracking, accountability and cheerleading tool for me when I lost 60# back in 2009-2010. I went from 220# down to a low of 160# over the course of a little more than 1 year. I’ll be honest – it was the first time I ever tried to lose weight – and it was easy. I tracked calories, I worked out hard, and week by week I lost weight.
I was only 160# for a few weeks – then I leveled out around 165-170# for about 2 years. Then over the past 2 years, I’ve slowly been regaining – 175#, 178#, 180# then a rapid 14# weight gain bringing me up to 194# most recently.
Why did I gain weight?
1. At the onset of the regain, I hurt my shoulder/upper back/neck. It hurt like hell and really affected my workouts. Despite MRIS of my neck and shoulder, it was all just muscular – no tears, no herniations. Rest and physical therapy/massage and muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatories were the prescription. I’d get better then workout and get wore again. Eventually I became scared to workout….that was the decline. I have a personal trainer 1 day/week – but I’ve noticed she too is taking it easier on me for fear of hurting me.
2. Nutrition – I have to say, my nutrition for the most part remained good. I tend to eat clean. However, I started noting I was not eating enough many days and I think that I probably damaged my metabolism. Then somewhere in the mix, the nutrition started slipping – 75% of the time awesome, 25% of the time eating crap that I wouldn’t have eaten during my weight loss (ie breakfast sandwich at DD days in a row, etc). Many times my crap eating was a result of undereating/underpreparation resulting in starvation at the end of my work shift.
3. Apathy – then apathy set in. I would try to eat well for a week, and nothing happened. No weight loss. Pants didn’t fit better. Shoulder hurt after a workout. Why try?
So, I’ve been thinking the past month about how to get my mojo back. This time weight loss is HARD, not easy like the last time. I’m not going to use age as an excuse – yes I’m 42 – I know that my metabolism may have changed – but I know I can fix it.
I had a breakdown one day and talked to my husband about it. That night, when driving home, I saw a sign on the side of a road for a new Crossfit gym that opened 1 mile from my house. I saw it as a sign, and contacted the box right away.
Fast forward 7 workouts at the next Crossfit box. I’M ADDICTED. I’ve ‘drank the Koolaid’ as many people will say. It is hard! I’m the slowest but not the weakest. The group of people (coaches, athletes) at the box come from all walks of life – young, old, elite athlete, just starting out. They are the most supportive group of people I’ve met. If I’m struggling at the end of a workout – they are pushing me to finish and high fiving me when I’m done. I love it so much I’ve gone 3X this week – twice after a long day at work – something I’d usually avoid!
I was worried with ARMAPS and workouts for time would injure me. But the coaches know my issues and know I’m always going to use good form and not sacrifice form for time. So far I’m feeling great. No aches to speak of.
On Monday we are starting a 6 week Paleo Challenge. I’m not a huge believer in Paleo long term. I’m not one that thinks oats or whole grains are bad – I don’t have a gluten intolerance or allergy. But I think it is a great way to commit to healthy eating and accountability. And the sugar detox is a good thing!
So, I’m starting early to prep for Monday. But come Monday its baseline pictures and benchmark workout. Then 6 weeks later I’ll repeat pics and the benchmark workout. Good things are happening and I’m truly excited about this for the first time in a long time!
Follow my progress – I’m going to try to be a lot more active here again!