No, I haven't fallen off the face of the Earth, although you may have thought that thanks to my lengthy absence. I'm on Instagram and Facebook a little more than I'm here, so if you'd like to keep up with me, free to follow along there. :)
I am actually really excited about the progress I've made, and I'm proud of the work I've put in.
My biggest new accomplishment is this:
It took months before I was able to comfortably jump the small box, and that video is me conquering THE BIG BOX! It is higher than it looks in the video. It took so much encouragement, some hand holding, and many false starts, but I finally did it by myself! I have been riding that high ever since. Today the boyfriend and I went to the gym, and I made him watch me do it. He had to hold my hand a few times, and it took a while to work my courage up, but I did it again! It'll be a while before I'm completely comfortable doing it, but I know I'll get there.
I've been participating in my gym's Biggest Loser Challenge competitions, and I love them. You never know what the workout will be, and they are always so creative and tough! At the last one, we had to run to a cone with a chain harnessed to us, use our arms to pull the chain in past the cone, then run back to the start and pull the chain in again. It was so tough but so fun! Here's a few random pictures from the other stuff we've been up to.
She makes the farmer carries look easy, while my face says it all. Haha.
We got to pick which step to jump, and of course I went with the highest possible for the most points!
This was taken during a nutrition knowledge competition. Whether you got the answer right or wrong, you still had to do the exercise. The catch was you had to do extra if you got it wrong. I'm in the yellow shirt.
Here's a group picture after one of the workouts. I'm toward the right in my lime green Austin Half Marathon shirt.
Other than stepping up my workouts, I have also revamped my diet.
At the beginning February, I was weighed in, and I was told that while I went down around 4 pounds, I had gone UP .5% body fat. To say I was discouraged is an understatement. I had put in a lot of work, so to hear I not only went up in body fat, but I also lost lean mass??? That was extremely disheartening. The very next day, I revamped my diet completely.
Before, I was eating around 1,400 calories a day. The smart part of me knew that wasn't enough, but I had a hard time letting go of the eat less = lose weight mentality. Since it obviously wasn't working, I completely changed things. I now eat from 1,800-2,000 calories a day, and I have doubled my protein intake.
Relatedly, these are amazing.
I was weighed in and measured again recently, and my results were much better this time around. According to my most recent pinches, I am down 3.5% body fat. Hooray! I took this picture of our Biggest Loser weigh in board. I am 3445. As you can see, there are definitely people ahead of me, but I am not even worried about that. I'm just happy that I'm moving in the direction!
The Biggest Loser competition has been a huge motivator, and while winning would be awesome, that isn't my big goal. I want to see long term changes and success. I love that it has led me to amazing people that motivate me every day, got me to revamp my diet, and has given me knowledge that has set me up for lifelong changes. I have also accomplished huge personal goals, like being able to jump the big box and doing real push ups. I'm doing things I've never been able to do before! This is more than just losing weight now; it's me becoming stronger and healthier overall.
What's next? I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing. I will admit that I need to get in more runs. I have been doing short runs and sprints, but if I want to be ready for my next half marathon, I need to get in some long runs. My next 5k race is this weekend, and I genuinely have no idea what to expect as far as time goes. Either way, I'm going to keep doing what I can do to become the best version of myself that I can be!