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Who am I now? (Part 2)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Can no longer afford to get sloppy with food and sleep on the weekends. Weak. Slow. Clear cause/effect. NOT. havin. it.
After crappy performance on 7am WOD (see previous status), went for 2nd attempt at 5pm. Awwwww yeah, THAT'S how we DO it! 45lb heavier and FOUR MINUTES FASTER, baby!!! Suckit, WOD! Roarrrrr!
STREAKFREAK is getting it DONE!
Chris Downie is an extraordinary human being. Role. Model.
12:05am... too late for a run? mmmyeah, probly. :-/
LOTS to do today...
Haiku on a Great Run: Lungs like bellows breathe / Apple-faced, electric skin / Wet. Hot. Spent. Alive.
My first Rx'd WOD evar!!! Woohoo! 20mins, as many rounds as possible: ten 75# push presses, ten 35# kettlebell swings, ten 20" box jumps. Score: 5 rounds. Roar!!
For time: thirty 25# dumbbell presses, 300ft. farmer's carry w 50# load, 75 squats w 50# load. 11:47. Satisfactory.
For time: fifty 20" box jumps, 40 air squats, 30 situps, 20 pushups, 10 pullups. 10:53
During short 400m warm-up run this morning, pants and undies would. not. stay. up. Lol, guess it's time to go shoppin'...
"Medium?" ~department store sales woman, eyeballing me and guessing my size. Not XL, not even L... she said Medium!!!!! (and... it fit!) Roarrrrrrrrr....
Guy who hasn't seen me since July: "WOW, what a difference! Congratulations!" Roar.
Great blog for a great life: http://30sleeps.com/blog/
"You look AMAZING!" ~woman at gym who hasnt seen me in many weeks. Roar.
Box squats to 5 rep max load: 115#! (failed 125 on 3rd rep). That's a PR baby! Roar.
Took new measurements while shopping online for tops. Down another 2" in waist, bust, and hips. Woot! (No wonder my panties won't stay up... ;)
Hungry girl's dream: 2C spaghetti squash (gut, nuke 10min, scoop out), 1C "meat" sauce w heap of sauteed mushrooms equals *gigantic* dish of delish! /-384cal, 56carb, 8fat, 32prot. ? Body DEF happy.
For time: thirty 20# dumbbell presses, 60 pullups, 90 situps, 120 air squats. 17:53. Roar.
STREAKFREAK ate an @$$load of chocolate cake today. Oh well....
Kiss me! It's my birthday...
STREAKFREAK is making kale chips!
Wading through dark moods after a few days on the "birthday diet." This morning for breakfast: fresh veggies (yes, really), a flood of pure water, vitamins. I already feel the light returning...
For time: 500m row, fifty 35# thrusters, fifty 35# good mornings, 50 double unders. 15:22. Roar.
Steamed brussels sprouts and baked sweet potato. Breakfast of champions.
I am barely breathing and I can't find the air...
Just saw friend-of-friend's FB post: "40 lbs lost in less than 6 weeks." :-o Doesn't say how, but I'm having to remind myself that it in NO WAY diminishes my own slow, hard-won success. Press on!
Massage therapist, while working on my upper back, shoulders, and neck: "You've been lifting weights." mm-hm, roar.
One glob at a time, takin off the goo. Not easy or quick but little by little we're getting there...
Finally stepped on scale after about 3 weeks of reckless misbehavior. Damage? Only 2lb. Pretty lenient sentence considering... Now, time to forget it and press on...
Gotten sloppy with tracking. Gonna start posting daily nutrition stats again for awhile. Watch this space after dinnertime. :-)
Today's nutrition stats: 1500cal, 18.8%prot, 21.1%fat, 60.1%carb. Not the *best* quality today (eatin' on the run...), and a little carb heavy... I give myself a C.
Today's nutrition stats: 1530cal, 21.9%prot, 19%fat, 59.1%carb. Still carb heavy, but whole foods. B
Thirty-five 75lb. clean-and-jerks, 10:43. 60 pullups, 17:00. Roar.
STREAKFREAK won 50 SparkGoodie Points on the SparkPoints wheel!
For time: Forty-nine 55# thrusters, 49 burpees. 15:37. WOD bless us, everyone. Merry Christmas, Sparkfriends!
Relief to wake up actually hungry for breakfast again after all the holiday excess.
Heading out for the last WOD of 2011.
For time: 100 double-unders, 75 (14#) wallballs, 50 pullups, 25 (65#) thrusters. 26:34. Bit slow. I blame it on Christmas.
Back squats to 5-rep max. Was up to 5 at 145# when time ran out. Not a true max, but super happy with that.
For time: 150 20" box jumps, 150 36# kettlebell swings, 150 situps. 46:08. I'm a slow box jumper (I step down instead of jumping down, to protect my ankles)......
5K from home to gym: ~33mins. Then, for time: 500m row, 10 rounds of 15 double-unders & 7 burpees, 1 mile run. 34:52. Roar.
Don't eat crap. Don't buy crap. Don't take crap when it is handed to you. (That's in life in general, as well as on a platter at a party.) ~Lisbeth Darsh
Bella's workout of the day: 70 ball fetches down the stairs and back while mommy did 100 air squats.
STREAKFREAK has come a long way...

  
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KATV865 3/1/2012 10:40AM

    Great recap!

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    Great year great blog emoticon

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ADVENTURESEEKER 1/12/2012 4:25PM

    "Don't eat crap. Don't buy crap. Don't take crap when it is handed to you. ~Lisbeth Darsh "

THIS.

...oh and of course....you're awesome!! keep up your hard fought for victories, however big or small emoticon emoticon

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DEE0973 1/12/2012 4:19PM

    Awesome year in review---

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/12/2012 4:12PM

    I remember many of those!

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KKINNEA 1/12/2012 4:01PM

    Love the retrospective - great job!

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ASHIKIME 1/12/2012 3:11PM

    That's fantastic! I love love that you really can see the difference!!

I also had a question, from time to time you post up some status for workouts that you do and I've seen your reference them as WOD... what is that? Is it workout of the day? Is that a site? something you make up? Just curious... I'm always looking for new workouts lol

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MOSTMOM1 1/12/2012 1:46PM

    What a YEAR! Wahoo!
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Who am I now? (Transformation in a year of Spark statuses...)

Thursday, January 12, 2012



Monday this week (January 9, 2012) marked the one-year anniversary of the day I started my Spark journey in earnest. I'm delighted to report that I'm halfway to my weight-loss goal (I refuse to be disappointed with not being farther along). But what's really remarkable is how much I am changing in other, non-physical, ways.

I am acutely aware of being in the middle of an inside-out transformation that I only dimly understand at this point. It's not reflected in my weight chart or nutrition tracker but it's happening. I feel it, and I can see a reflection of it in the 360-or-so verbal snapshots I posted this year in my Feed. There's something of a growing confidence and momentum in their tone as the year goes on. A gradually shifting energy and change in focus from thinking and feeling toward BEING and DOING. This year I even changed my name...

Day 4 on the wagon, and I am 1% of the way toward goal.
HILARYMD restarted P90X today. X for X-treme! I'm being patient with myself.
HILARYMD has just posted to my blog for the first time. Please check it out and share!
HILARYMD is going to demolish P90X today!
HILARYMD hasn't lost too many pounds yet, but definitely already feels slimmer...
HILARYMD kicked KenpoX ass today!
Weekends are dangerous.
The intelligent want self-control; children want candy. ~Rumi
A huge breakthrough: I'm right back on program today after a too-big dinner out with family last night. There was a recent time when it could have taken me days (or weeks!) to reset.
Non-scale victory: Arrived 40 mins early for a class, so used the time to get a little cardio. Just ran up and down the stairwell 10 times. Beet red and legs of rubber, but proud of myself!
Do emoticons work in a status update? emoticon ...hmm, guess not.
HILARYMD is hungrier than usual today, but still stayed within calories...
WI day is Monday. Fearing Superbowl fallout, I put it off till today (but did NOT lowball my calories yesterday). Drumroll please.... I'm down 3lbs, Superbowl be damned! Woohoo!
HILARYMD is watching Biggest Loser.
I'm ready for my goal weight now. Please deliver it to me at my home address immediately. Thank you.
What beverages do you count in your water tracker? Only plain water? Coffee/tea too? Diet soda? Juices? Regular soda? Just wondering what folks do...
Tonight in acting class our teacher lined us up in order by bodyweight. I was third heaviest, standing between two men almost a foot taller than me. Mortifying. This is the last straw. Done being fat!
Roar for today's NSV (walked to/from doctor's appt for a total of 4.4 miles): Rrrrrroar!
HILARYMD broke a new decade this morning! It's not my WI day but I had a feeling, so I checked. (I won't log it until WI on Monday.) ROAR!!!!
NSV: Got off metro a stop early, added 1.5 mi walk to my day. FML: my panties kept falling down (I mean completely off my tush) inside my pants. Either the elastic is shot or they're too big now...
I used to hate walking but now, surprisingly... I kind of love it. 5.6 miles today. RRRRRROAR!!
HILARYMD is done with calories for the day, but still a bit hungry. Guess I'll have a big glass of water, go to bed, and dream about breakfast...
TGFS - Thank God for SPARKPEOPLE! I'm down another 2.2 this week! When I think of all the money I spent on Weight Watchers.... well. I just *won't* think about it.
NSV! Two things that did NOT derail me this week: baking a batch of amazing cupcakes, a birthday party with lots of delicious pizza. Roar!
By Friday, March 4, I WILL be under 200lbs.
Stupid weekends... gotta get a handle on 'em. Back in the saddle now, but don't like this tendency to kick off the week in need of damage control.
Help! What's your strategy for weekends when the usual routine is interrupted and hard-to-track eating opportunities are abundant? Huge stumbling block. Suggestions desperately needed!
Stumbling a little this week... Recommit. ReRecommit. RererererereRECOMMIT!
Giving myself awards... need all the positive reinforcement I can get.
For support in being more active, hang out with active people. Problem is... I honestly don't know any. All my friends are suburban, restaurant-going, theatre-loving sitters like me.
Yesterday I was off-center and in danger of sliding into the abyss. Clung to my food and fitness trackers for dear life. Today, equilibrium seems to have returned.
HILARYMD made a veggie pizza from scratch for 334 cals per huge, loaded slice. I feel totally indulged and still have 176 calories left in my budget for the day... THIS I can sustain.
To do: 5 miles - CHECK! (And a gorgeous sunny day for it here, too!)
Awesome NYT article: Can exercise keep you young?http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/0
3/02/can-exercise-keep-you-young/?ref=
health
HILARYMD is going to give the SP meal plan a try. See if tracking the week ahead all at once is less tedious...
Loved today's lunch! Black beans and brown rice on a bed of field greens with feta cheese and balsamic dressing. 2 clementines. 482 cal altogether. MMM!
Woke up hungry... a good sign I think. Breakfast time!
Just curious... what is your SP recommended calorie range? Mine is 1200-1550.
Yeah, planning the week ahead is the way to go. Soooo much easier just to check off boxes than sit down and log recipes and meals from scratch three times a day. I get a big "Duh!" for this one!
Woohoo 19 points till trophy level 6...
It's Monday and I feel fiiiiine....
In general, mankind, since the improvement in cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires. -Benjamin Franklin
HILARYMD planned ahead and feels good about it!
HILARYMD is looking forward to breakfast.
Spark wheel teased me with the prospect of 1000 points only to give me a grudging 2. :-/
Love how many animal lovers there are on SP. Paws up for our furry friends!
Feeling neither hungry nor full, and totally nourished. Great. Dinner.
HILARYMD wants to stay up and spark some more, but eyelids keep falling down. Goodnight, sparklers...
Mornin' Sparkfamily! Let's make it a great day!
"I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'" -- Muhammad Ali
Way off my menu plan for today, BUT still within calories. Roar.
5'5", 205, Sz 18-20, wrinkles, chin hairs, freckles, scars... I love my body.
Anyone else lose appetite when Aunt Flo visits? Can't get excited about food today... :-/
HILARYMD is praying for friends in Japan.
Was hoping to see 205 this morning, but I'll take 206 and -1lb.
While I was meditating last night at 3am (during insomnia), I heard the following words: "Self-discipline is an act of love." and "When you truly want it, nothing will stand in your way." WO.
Note to self: the amount and rate of weight loss is NOT proportional to time spent browsing on Sparkpeople. Try a walk instead, girlfriend. SP will still be here when you get back. ;)
HILARYMD is curled up with hubby and pooches. Cozy Saturday night.
Plannin' my work, workin' my plan, and the plan is workin'!
Just discovered SP's quote library. Cool! http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/quotes
.asp
Suddenly I'm being taken back to the SP login page every time I click on anything. My cookies are enabled. It hasn't been doing this previously. Confused and annoyed. Ideas? Help!
HILARYMD sings... "We keep on waiting (waitiiing), waiting on the weight to change..."
SP appears to be experiencing technical difficulties today.
HILARYMD is turning in early tonight.
HILARYMD sees new definition in her abs. Too sexy! ;)
Gooooooood mornin' Sparklers!
Strawberries plus chocolate soymilk plus blender equals 161 calorie blisssssssss...
HILARYMD needs more rewards. Guess that means it's time to set more goals...
Quizzes sure help with points. Only 236 left to trophy level 7 already!
"Yesterday I was clever. I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise. I am changing myself."
Before: Couldn't keep any cheese in house, would eat whole block/bag at once. Now: Keep a few kinds of cheese on hand. Track w/ SP. Use 1-2oz at a time. Feel no temptation. Truly miraculous!
Sweet potatoes are a gift from God.
HILARYMD is working today.
HILARYMD is watching Nurse Betty. LaBute is a freak of nature.
Surrender. Acceptance. Peace. Love. Focus. Action. Surrender.
Rainy Monday mornin'...
HILARYMD is 8 sparkpoints away from trophy level 7...
If you do the things you NEED to do when you need to do them, someday you can do the things you WANT to do when you want to do them.
What are your go-to treats for sweet cravings?
HILARYMD is antsy.
HILARYMD going DRESS SHOPPING!!!!
HILARYMD sings: Where is the sun (doo doo doo dooo) Where is the sunnnn?
Check out my latest blog, y'all... I think it might be my favorite yet. (And not too long)...
If you can lose 5 pounds, you can lose 50.
Of all the sunny and glorious days, today must be the sunniest and the gloriousest!
Whoahhh, what is THAT?! That hum of wellbeing flowing through my body...? That warm, streaming charge of health, joy, peace, love... OH! Right... that's the Spark.
Reason number 1*10^100 why SP is more awesome than FB: I have never been friended or left a comment by Mark Zuckerberg. (And I'll send a goodie to anyone who gets my silly math pun.)
Want to buy some new workout T-shirts with inspiring/motivational quotes or designs on them. Slim pickin's so far online... ideas?
New one for the collection: You cannot STRUGGLE your way into JOY; you can only JOY your way into JOY.
HILARYMD has square eyes. Time to log off and go to bed. Night, sparklers!
HILARYMD is having a delish quiche for lunch while catching up on SP messages. Thought I'd finished my slice, but just looked down and found one bite left! Happy surprise... yummmmm....
HILARYMD gets on "food kicks" where, for days, all I want is a certain dish. Eventually I'm satisfied and can move on to something else. Now, it's quiche (mmm!). Before it was burritos. *shrug* What can I say?
Negative thoughts don't just sit there harmlessly; they multiply, infect other thoughts and motivate negative actions. ~Carolyn Hax
The obstacle is the path. ~Zen proverb
Family drama. Friend disappointment. Ugh. Tiresome.
Dear Hilary: Remember, you're not perfect either. You disappoint your loved ones sometimes, too. Have compassion. Breathe. Forgive. Love, Yourself
HILARYMD is having her odd-to-rare cup of coffee and totally gets why people love The Joe so much.
Life's too short to regret a cookie. ~Melanie Vincent Jarvis (random sparkler)
Last night's fortune cookie: "Force equals too much; effort equals too little; BEING equals enough." wise, wise Confucius...
"Check all judgments at the door." ~SPRINGHAZE. Woot!!
HILARYMD is going to weigh-in daily for awhile as a re-set button to tighten up the routine. I've gotten loose...
HILARYMD 's mom is visiting and brought chocolate covered marzipan. My favorite. :-/
Sometimes all it takes is a perfect red lipstick to make you feel like you can take on the world... ~Jesse Nersesian, owner, Salt & Seaweed, Charleston, SC. Woot!!
Noddin' my head like, "yeahhh...." Moving my hips like, "yeahhh..."
HILARYMD wonders where my consistency award for March is...hmmmmm....
HILARYMD loves measuring cups. Precision is SEXY!
Today, The Lazy Song is my anthem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FZtN7T5PXM
HILARYMD is menu plannin'...
What if I really just... CAN'T?
I *think* I can, but I don't *know* it, and I'm *scared* I can't...
Lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng day.
My favorite dress FITS AGAIN!!! RrrrrrrrrrrrrrrOAR!!!
Sometimes I think the Sparkwheel is Downie's way of inoculating us against disappointment at seeing smaller numbers than we hope for.
Impress yourself!
MARMAK's Vegetarian Meatball Stew on Sparkrecipes is awesome!!! Easy, delicious, filling, and right on calorie target. Check it out.
Pardon my mess; REINVENTION IN PROGRESS.
SURPRISE yourself!
15 minutes of stair climbing is totally do-able.
A wedding haiku: bobby pin mountain / happy throbbing feet danced raw / all alive with love
I know my Spark fam will appreciate this: Hotel has no fitness room, so I climbed 40 floors of brick and mortar stairs (up and down) this morning (and yesterday morning too). RRRRRRRRRRRRROAR!
Procrastination makes me FAT!!
RIP, Uncle Jim. You will be missed.
Eyes front. Right foot, Left foot, Track. Repeat.
New blog entry today, check it!
Got my first "hey you look smaller!" comment TODAY! Rrrrrrrrrrroar!
Great success story: http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/04/22/weigh
t.loss.anita.mills/index.html?iref=NS1
HILARYMD is a tough cookie.
It's actually HOT in the house... phew!!
HILARYMD posted new pictures today, check em!
My goofy friend Adam's goofy video about soda addiction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33Fb8p0E4iM
Day one of 28-day bootcamp challenge, and 10 minute daily streak IN THE BAG. RRRRRROARRRRR!!
Geez, what is UP with these MOOD SWINGS!?
Git up offa dat thang! Dance till you feel bettah! Ever'body: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ROzGihgCj8
Yesterday the stairmaster kicked my ass. Today... PAYBACK BABY!!! Don't MESS wit da LioNESS!! ROAAAAAARRRRR!
Wo ooh Wo ooh, you got the besta my love... Wo ooh Wo ooh...
Me, to the scale staring up at me from the bathroom floor: "I promised myself I won't weigh until MAY 7 when the Spring 5% challenge starts, and DANGIT I'M NOT GONNA! So there."
HILARYMD finds herself in the mood to go shoe shopping. (Wonder what I saw/heard/smelled... that made my amygdala suddenly crave new shoes?)...
Boom boom boom, even brighter than the moon moon moon...
Milestone!!! Lost another 2% body fat, which brings my total chub fraction from ~50% to ~48%! UNDER HALF! RRRRRRRROARRRRR!!!
New level on the stairmaster AND finished the program without a break. RRRRRRRRRoarrrrrrrrrr!
HOLY SMOKES BIN LADEN'S DEAD....
Time for bed. Sweet dreams, sparklers!
At the rate this world and this weight loss is going, I should be at goal just in time for the apocalypse.
I don't want to die trying, so I guess I better just DO IT!
28-day bootcamp challenge, week 1 in the bag. Week 2 starts tomorrow. ROARRRR!
HILARYMD is having a low self-esteem episode.
For a change in honor of just because, let's name things that are RIGHT with the world. Ready GO:
Hey, it's Thursday again!! Time for another DANCE BREAK, come on... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XN14Kdo6PZE
If you want to climb a wall, first throw your hat over. I have just signed up for the National Press Club 5K and Bootcamp Workout with TONY HORTON. Bring it, baby!!!
Sometimes, getting sick of being disappointed with myself is all the motivation I need. Disgust is a powerful emotion. So... go ahead, DISGUST yourself.
11:50PM and my fitness goals for the day are MET! Better than not at all, I say...
"Are you losing weight?" Second unsolicited comment yesterday. Woot!
What's in green tea that makes me a bit giddy? ...teehee! I think I feel another DANCE BREAK coming onnnnnn.... www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KSMG8mCzN8
Friday night apps & drinks with friends, came home for a (literal) midnight interval run. RRRRRRRoarrrrr!!!!!
Wouldn't it be awesome if we felt as amazing DURING running as we do after?
HILARYMD is DELIGHTED!!
Energy from last night's midnight run is staying with me. Great sleep. Body feels ALIVE this morning. And I looooooved the peaceful solitude running at that hour, past all the sleepy houses.
NEW video blog today!! Check it out...
Woohoo! Goal #1: MET! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_j
ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=4217161
A free Sunday night with no plans.... NICE!
I really don't have any willpower. I have a cause instead. Maybe that's the secret, to find your inner cause. What takes a higher fitness level that you are passionate about? ~INDYGIRL
Happy Monday! now..."Let's burn some goo."
HILARYMD is out running.
HILARYMD is plum wore out!
HILARYMD still has such a lonnnnnng way to go...
A good plan violently executed today is far-and-away better than a perfect plan tomorrow. ~George S. Patton
My adorable Chinese massage therapist: Waaauuw you lose lot weight! how much? 20 pound?! good keep a-going!
Ran into a friend I haven't seen in a couple of weeks. He kept saying "Wow!" and looking me up and down. I think he was afraid to ask, but I could tell what he was thinking...
My friend Michael: You look great, so keep doing what you're doing!
STREAKFREAK was HILARYMD. New user name to kick off a new commitment to STREAKIN'!!!
Just put a Streak Tracker app on my Blackberry. I'm an X-checkin' fool!
Running sure does clear the sinuses... ew!
In spite of the progress I've made to date, I find I still avoid my reflection :-/
STREAKFREAK did 4 miles today. RRRRoar!
hmmm, what shall I blog about this week...?
Third spontaneous comment: "Have you lost weight?" Yes! Yes, I have! Thank you for noticing!!
Why does walking / running in humidity make your hands swell up like sausages?
STREAKFREAK did 6 miles today!! RROARR!
Half-a-cup of Grape Nuts has 200 CALORIES???!!! WO.
STREAKFREAK is another half-inch down in waist and hips. ROARRR!
STREAKFREAK won 100 SparkGoodie Points on the SparkPoints wheel!
STREAKFREAK is pooped!
O. M. G: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaIvk1cSyG8
IF YOU ONLY CELEBRATE MAJOR MILESTONES... YOUR HAPPIES WILL BE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN. ~yoovie
Strawberry chobani plus fresh kiwi = O ma ga!
8.5 hours to National Press Club 5K... rrrrrrrroarrrrrrrr!
STREAKFREAK is so sore it hurts my abs to fart... TMI??
STREAKFREAK is feelin' good after a short run... wonder if I could go around again...?
Dogs got sprayed by a skunk tonight. Oh joy, peroxide/baking soda/dish detergent baths for all... and probably a carpet shampoo tomorrow. Oy.....
No news... just a big WHAT UP, Y'ALL?!
Is that a collarbone I see?!?
It's happenin'! Sloooowly. But it's happenin'!
STREAKFREAK lost 1 pound! Congratulations from yourself, because for some reason SP isn't posting it...
Baby greens w/dill plus mozzarella plus spinach/artichoke hummus plus kalamata olives equals bliss in a pita pocket
Husband, today: Look at that CUTE BUTT!!!
Hubby, outside, turns around to come in and sees me leaning against the door jamb: "F***, you look good!" WO.
STREAKFREAK can cross her legs comfortably now!
STREAKFREAK is .8lbs away from 30lb goal. Look for a new reward video blog THIS WEEK!!
STREAKFREAK is -31.7 lbs this morning!! (5.1lbs less than my wedding weight!) ROARRR! Let's FINISH THIS! I appreciate my body for its beauty and abilities more and more every day. Happy Sunday, y'all.... now, LET'S BURN SOME GOO...
Don't mean to be vulgar, but WHERE is this... er... *desire* coming from?! Since starting this WL/fitness/wellness journey my body has come alive, holy smokes!
STREAKFREAK is kickin' @$$ today.... RRRRROARRRR!
Strength, check. courage, check. optimism, check. Welcome, Monday morning...
Hubby said, "You're getting cuter by the day!"
Picked up parents from airport; haven't seen em since Christmas. Both their eyes popped, "WOW YOU'VE LOST WEIGHT!" Rrrrrrrrrroarrrr!
OK, I've been the fat chick long enough. I know what that's like. I think I'll be the hot chick now. Find out what THAT's like...
Seeing some thrilling body changes... maybe time to take another set of progress photos...?
Two awesome comments at church this morning: "You've lost a lot of weight!!" and (my favorite) "You're a string bean! Smaller and smaller every time I see you!!" Rrrrrrrrrooarrrrr!!
STREAKFREAK NEW video blog posted TODAY! Check it...
STREAKFREAK is feelin' pretty good!
Father-in-law's birthday dinner. Haven't seen the fam since April. Nobody could shut up about how great I look. I said STOP it, you all are embarrassing me. But I secretly loved it. Is that so wrong?
STREAKFREAK can't get this junk off fast enough!
STREAKFREAK won 500 SparkGoodie Points on the SparkPoints Bonus Wheel!
3 mile bike, then for time: 150 kettlebell swings, 150 box jumps (25:06), then 3 mile bike. ROAR!
Keeping my promises to myself and meeting my own expectations makes me love myself. Loving myself makes me keep my promises to myself and meet my own expectations. Upward spiral!! Zoommmm!!!
Hubby said, "You look great, you're doing great, you seem really motivated. I'm proud of you." *grin*
So excited for a GREAT night out tonite. Dinner with one old friend and a bunch of new friends-to-be, then to see Cate Blanchett in Uncle Vanya. Friends plus great theatre = blissssss!!!
11am and already past 900 calories. Baby shower this afternoon. Anyone wanna wager on whether I stay in range today or not??
Think I strained achilles tendon. Pain flexing, pointing foot, as when descending stairs, but oddly none when walking. Minor swelling toward medial side of tendon. Rest, ice, Naproxen. Other advice?
What should I have for lunch?
John (who's been away for many months): "When did you get so skinny?!" Me: "Stop it or I'm gonna have to kiss you." Rrrrrrrroar!
STREAKFREAK won 25 SparkPoints on the SparkPoints wheel!
Retail therapy. Rockin' new jeans in a rockin' new size! Rrrroar!
There is no longer anything in my closet that is too small for me. (Woot!) There are, however, lots of things that are dated and have gone out of style... :-/ O well, time for another PURGE!
STREAKFREAK is 5lbs away from 40. Woot!
Morning wake-me-up: 60 kettlebell swings, 60 wallballs, 10 minutes. Now, breakfast.
"Filthy 50" (50 reps each): box jump, jumping pullup, kettlebell swing, walking lunge, hanging knee-to-elbow, 45lb push press, back extension, wallball, burpee, double under, puke. 49:47. Roar!
Intensity a bad thing?! Passion, zeal, fire, spirit, vigor, commitment at least are NOT BLAND. I crave intense experiences. Maybe that means I am intense. So be it. No apology. Dispassion is not me.
Strong people are harder to kill than weak people, and more useful in general.
"Wow, you've lost so much weight!" ~lady at the gym who I haven't seen in several weeks.
STREAKFREAK basically ate my way thru the hurricane. Damage recovery time inside and out!
FOCUS - Follow One Course Until Successful
Ran 900 meters with a 25lb sandbag. I used to actually weigh this much... no wonder running sucked then.
I think I'm lonely...
Gotten sloppy with nutrition. Time to tidy up! Gonna post stats daily for awhile to refocus... Soooooo today: 1463 cal, 20.7%protein, 33.9%fat, 45.4%carb. Roar!
STREAKFREAK is heartbroken.
Nutrition stats for today: 1055 cal, 29.9% protein, 23.9% fat, 46.1% carb. I might still eat a little more if I get hungry before bed. We'll see.
3mi bike, then: For time: 45 thrusters (45#) and 45 pullups (7:06), then 3mi bike. Roarrr!
Today's stats: 1340 cal, 19.2% protein, 35.5% carb, 45.3% fat. Cals are ok, but a bit too greasy today...
My friend Stephen said I look "wild and sexy" today. Luvit! *That* is gonna stay with me and make me work even harder... ROAR!
Guy at the gym, after class: "Dang, you're FIT, girl!" Roarrr!!!
SELF-ACTUALIZATION FEELS LIKE GLOWING IN THE DARK ~Yoovie
Sometimes all I want is broccoli.
Friend me on Facebook (let me know you're a Sparkfriend): http://www.facebook.com/hilarydean
Today's nutrition stats: 1364 cal, 30.4% protein, 27.4% fat, 42.4% carb. Everything right in target range. Woot!
My nutrition stat updates always get a flurry of responses and questions from my Facebook friends. Who knew they'd be so fascinated by what I eat?!
Today's nutrition stats: 1459 cal, 32.3% protein, 26.9% fat, 40.9% carb. Satisfactory.
Posting today's nutrition stats early because I undid my whole day at a thai restaurant at lunch: 1980 cal, 17.3%% protein, 29.4% fat, 53.3% carb. Oy!
For time: fifteen 85lb cleans, 100 burpees, 20:22. Faaaaaaaark.
Hiloise's tip for the day: Sleeping in your gym clothes makes it easier to get out the door for a cracka dawn workout.
Now... to nourish!
STREAKFREAK won 50 SparkGoodie Points on the SparkPoints Bonus Wheel!
Today's nutrition stats: 1250 cal, 26.3% protein, 24.9% fat, 48.9% carb. If I get hungry again, I might still eat a bit more tonight. If not... yesterday's drunken noodles will hold me till tomorrow.
Lost another inch in waist and two in hips. Whut, whut!!
Guy at church who hasn't seen me since last spring: "You've always been lovely, but when I saw you tonight... I kinda got a -er- *feeling*, if you know what I mean." Pahaha! ROAR!
Sent two new SP referrals today... ppl blown away by my results wanted to know what I've been doing. Spread the Spark!! Roarrrrrr...
If you haven't heard yet, this just in from Coach Nicole: A big THANK YOU to my followers for being awesome! Got word today that I will appear on a Times Square billboard thanks to YOUR votes! :-)
Today's nutrition stats: 1711 cal; 24% protein, 25.9% fat, 50.1% carb. Bit o' guesswork and ballparkin' re dinner out. Can't be perfect...
8 min: fifty-two 55lb push presses, 72 jumping lunges. Then 60 pushups and 60 inverted burpees in 15mins. Roar!
Long. Hot. Bubble bath. Ahhhhhh....
As much as possible, avoid breaking your own heart.
GAWD this is taking forEVARRRRRR!!!
How many times does a friend have to be too busy to see you before you back off and leave the friendship in their hands?
Decided I need a sport in which to use my newfound and growing fitness. So I'm starting Karate classes on Tuesday. Excited and nervous!! Hope I can handle it... will report.
Today's nutrition stats: 1248 cal, 23.6% protein, 28.3% fat, 48.1% carb.
100 pullups, 100 pushups, 100 situps, 100 air squats. Roar!
Karate... eek! WHAT have I gotten myself into...????
Somebody goose me. I'm draggin...
SP's new iGoogle Gadget is aWeSoMe!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_j
ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=4449834
Sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug. :-/
"Hold on. Your video is almost available." Love, Sparkpeople.com
Ahhhh, finally, she's live!
Baked sweet potato (8 mins in microwave) plus dollop of unsweetened apple butter plus sprinkling of cinnamon equals Oh Em Gee
STREAKFREAK is still hungry.
5Ton 5K! Playin' all day in the box with awesome crossfitters! Only thing that could make me happier is playin' all day in the box with awesome actors...
STREAKFREAK is really not ready for winter yet.
STREAKFREAK is gonna call it an early night.
He said I liked him too much. Well... he's nipped that in the bud by becoming one of the most unlikable guys I've ever known.
Time to make the donuts...
STREAKFREAK is happy to see the sun!
I'm all warmed up by a lovely compliment from my friend Gabriel: "You have a lot to offer. I am impressed by your metamorphosis."
Been looking forward to the day when someone would say, "Oh my God, I DIDN'T EVEN RECOGNIZE YOU, you look amaaaaaazziiiiiiingggg!!" It happened TODAY!! ROARRR!
My friend Jodi tonight at choir: "Honeyyyy, *please* buy some smaller jeans. Those are falling off you! Or are you going gangsta?" LOL!!!
Mandi, the owner/trainer at my crossfit gym: "Gurrrrl, you are disappearing!" LOL! RRRRROARRRRR!!!
Heard in church this morning: "You are a mere shadow of your former self!" "Who's that skinny chick sitting in the soprano section?" Roarrrr!
Depending which meter you trust, my body fat is down 7 or 9% since last check. And 16-20% since I started. Hard to compare readings from different sources, but the downward curve is awfully pretty!
Breakfast of champeens... Baked yam and seared "beef" strips with coconut oil. Cal 273, carb 17, fat 13, prot 21. Mmmm, body happy.
Peace, bliss, peace.
STREAKFREAK is officially 40lbs. down (finally!). Milestone video blog will post TODAY! (Or possibly tomorrow...) Rrrroar!!
For time: 18 muscle-up body rows, 18 pushups, 90 wallballs, 36 dumbbell presses, 60 power cleans, One puke. 29:50. Roarrr!
90 sumo-deadlift-highpulls, 75 pushups, 15 minutes. Roar!
For time: 100 toes-to-bar, 25 push-jerks, 11:30. Roar!!
Filthy 50 PR: 46:29! Roar!!
STREAKFREAK is OUT of the 180s, baby!! By .1 pounds, but still! I haven't seen a 7 in the tens place in almost 10 years! Roarrrrrrr!
Trying to do Paleo as a vegetarian is no picnic. All best veg protein sources are not allowed. Only spirulina. I'm gonna be drinkin' a lot of pond scum this next 8 weeks... ughhh...
STREAKFREAK is pleased with progress.
Nonfat strawberry greek yogurt with a splash of coconut oil... no longer nonfat, but good macronutrient balance and tastes like tropical heaven. Mmmm...
Doctor at annual checkup: "You've lost a lot of weight! Wo, look at your muscles!!" Bwahahaha! Roarrrr!
STREAKFREAK is NO LONGER OBESE, BABY!!! ROARRRRRR!!!
Motivator?!?! Wowwww, y'all... thank you!!! xoxoxo
Man at church, looking me up and down: "Wow you REALLY look, uhh..." Me: "The word you want is HOT, *winkwink*" LOL!
BIG bowl of "beef" with broccoli. Make body happy.
STREAKFREAK won 1,000 SparkGoodie Points on the SparkPoints Bonus Wheel!
Yesterday's beautiful 90 minute yoga left me sore all the way around my core... front, sides, and back. And hamstrings too. Today, rest...
Chaos! Pandemonium! Disorder! Tearing around the yard like banshees! Bringing sticks into the house! My dogs are crackin' me UP!
STREAKFREAK is 46lbs down but still fat. Feeling very impatient lately...
For time: 5 Ton, 5K! 55:24. Roarrrrr....
Two medjool dates one hour before a tough workout just might be the superhero secret...
Mentally tough, physically hard, spiritually strong. roar.
Are you losing weight? [Me: yep!] Looks good! --guy I haven't seen since end of July. Roar!
Me, to a friend I haven't seen since summer: "Hi, lady!" She just stood there agog, looking me up and down, saying WOWWWWW... Me: "Yup, 47lbs!" She: "I didn't even recognize you!!!" LOL, ROAR!!!
Oh Em Gee. Just graduated from girly knee pushups to proper badass full-plank ones. ARR OH AY ARRRRRR!!!
If the recent pattern continues, I should hit my 50lb mark end of next week. Yeeeeeeeeee!!!
STREAKFREAK is filling her life chock full of things that make her heart sing... (thanks, Dave!)
Everybody head over to OHMEMEME's page and give her a ROAR for reaching ONEDERLAND!!! Woohoo, Tricia!!!
This has absolutely nothing to do with WL or fitness. It's just hilarious and I can't stop watching it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9qYF9DZPdw
20 minutes, as many rounds as possible: 3 wall climbs, 10 up-downs, 5 paralette swings, 10 grasshoppers. Score: 4 rounds and 13 reps. Satisfactory.
GREAT team WOD today!! In pairs, for time, 2 rounds: 200 double unders, fifty 55# overhead squats, 50 pullups, 1 mile run. 51:52. Amazing afterglow... Roar!
Monday! Fresh start! Kickin' off with a killer dawn WOD... 30 handstand pushups, 60 deadlifts, 150 double unders. Let's do this.
[See next blog: Who am I now? Part 2]

  
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    This is inspiring to read! Thanks for posting!

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    what a journey. Congrats

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This is why I post like a freakin' lab rat pounding on a treat lever...

Sunday, October 23, 2011

It's all about the ripple (and boomerang) effect! A note I just got from an old friend:

Hi Hilary,

I have to tell you that I'm so so so impressed by you, not just by your weight loss and by all of the discipline that it took to get there, but also by all of the joy and pride that come through in your posts. I absolutely love it. It seems like you love yourself, and wow - what an accomplishment that is in and of itself.

Every time I read one of your posts, I am joyful and proud of you, and I just love you so much! You are contagious and inspiring. Thank you for that.

I have lost some weight recently myself (and am still in the process) and you definitely deserve some of the credit for my weight loss! My scale, mirror, and clothes thank you!!!

Congratulations on all that you're accomplishing. Don't underestimate the ripple effects!!!
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RUNNERRACHEL 10/28/2011 12:30PM

    I LOVE THAT YOU LOVE YOURSELF!

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ANNALISSAS 10/24/2011 10:26PM

    Wow, that is an awesome note to receive! So great you inspired and so sweet that your friend imparts such an open and honest thank you.

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MRS_EVA_K 10/24/2011 11:53AM

    your enthusiasm is contagious!

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    I love your"RRRROAAAARRRS," make me laugh every time

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NEW-CAZ 10/24/2011 3:03AM

    wonderful, nice note to send to a friend.

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MEDDYPEDDY 10/24/2011 1:35AM

    Yes - that is the spirit I am after! Thanks!

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PAMNANGEL 10/24/2011 12:36AM

    Isn't it wonderful when someone not only notices, but is inspired by our efforts?

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VANILLABEAR 10/24/2011 12:31AM

    Aww! That is so sweet.

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BIGGEEKDAD 10/23/2011 11:55PM

    I was just telling someone about the whole "rat pounding on the lever thingy" - I love that analogy. I also love the encouragement I've been getting from this and from posts like yours.

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MOSTMOM1 10/23/2011 11:51PM

    Love it!!

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    Great tribute!!

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ANDEENNATE 10/23/2011 10:25PM

    Wow, what a great letter from a friend!

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SASSYTHING52 10/23/2011 9:38PM

    aweome

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40 POUNDS GONE FOREVER (formerly titled Woohoo...)

Friday, October 14, 2011


Join me for a little milestone celebration! If you're just tuning in now for the first time, here's the history of this little game...

The game:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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20lb celebration:
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30lb celebration:
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By the way, if you're wondering about the strange little smudge on my collarbone... that's a barbell bruise, baby! Crossfitter badge of honor!
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METAMORPHUS 10/29/2011 3:49AM

    YES U DID SAY "YOU LOOK BEAUTIFUL"
AND BOY DO YOU!!!!
CONGRATS ON YOUR LOSS
O AM STEALING UR IDEA.......ALL MY FRIENDS + MY SISTERS WILL START GETTING ME GIFTS FOR MY LOSS( A GREAT MOTIVATION AND I L.O.V.E PRESENTS)
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    Congrats on your latest milestone!!

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SILVERCATSPARKS 10/20/2011 8:44PM

    WooHoo! Congratulations! You look wonderful! I love your videos, and you are such and inspiration to me. Thanks for being awesome! emoticon emoticon

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KLONG8 10/20/2011 12:08PM

    Well, this was the most fun. Congratulations!

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IRISHTROSE129 10/19/2011 12:13PM

    40 pounds gone forever!!! that's fabulous!!! can't wait to see the 50 pound video... or hear about the 2 month nutrition challenge!

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COACH_NICOLE 10/19/2011 6:03AM

    Awesome! I still love this reward idea--sooo cool. Congrats on another 10 pounds gone!

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TWNOMWE 10/18/2011 2:16PM

    emoticon girl!!! emoticon emoticon
See you at 50 very soon. emoticon

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CHAMILTON50 10/18/2011 7:30AM

    emoticon emoticon 40 pounds lost is (not that you want to find it again....lol emoticon
Getting presents is exciting can't wait to see what 50 will be.
I am doing something similar with my daughter (who is also my best friend) ...... I don't have that many friends and the ones that I do have I don't trust to shop for me.....lol....they don't like shopping anyway. emoticon
Wishing you all the best on the next 10!
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GEOLOGY_ROCKS 10/18/2011 12:41AM

    Awesome blog! Good job!!!

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MRSWANSON 10/17/2011 10:14PM

  Congratulations! 40 pounds is quite an accomplishment!

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SEDGEY 10/17/2011 7:49PM

    I swear I look forward to your reward presents almost as much as you do! I love that you're video taping them too. Your progress and your sparkling personality really show through. Thanks for sharing!
Can't wait for the next one. Good job on recognizing the celebratory sabotage!

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  Congrats!!

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Loved your blog....good luck and can't wait to see what you get at 50!

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LUVMYCRAZYKIDS 10/17/2011 3:53PM

    Great blog! Congrats on hitting your milestone!!

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    What an awesome idea! Congrats! You look great! emoticon

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LUEYGIRL 10/17/2011 12:20PM

    Love, Love, LOVE this idea! I may borrow it, as I think the same away about rewards as in your initial post about the game.

Keep losing!



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  I LOVE your blog! Congratulations! emoticon

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WARMSTRONG2 10/16/2011 11:04PM

  Congratulations for a well deserved reward! My friends only want to take me out to Morton's to celebrate and I cannot face that yet.

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KAREN_NY 10/16/2011 9:40PM

    You ARE so beautiful! :) Too cute - I love seeing you enjoy your little celebrations. Thanks for sharing! and yes, CONGRATS!!!!!


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    Yay! That's amazing!!!

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    Very cute blog - Fantastic job - Congrats!!!
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FITKAT62 10/16/2011 6:59PM

    Congrats! I've lost 20 and need to lose another 23. I've hit a long plateau and your video has inspired me to keep going and not give up.

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    Congratulations!! You are doing fantastic.

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    Congratulations! That's awesome!

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    I LOVE your spirit!!! You Ooze Optimism!!! Keep on sparkin!!! emoticon

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And you do look beautiful!!

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ARCHIMEDESII 10/16/2011 1:48PM

    I don't know... I think WOO HOO is a totally appropriate title !!

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SCRAPPINPOLLY 10/16/2011 1:15PM

    Congratulations on your loss!!

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    Great job!

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JOAN_HEO 10/16/2011 12:25PM

    Fantastic!!!! Congratulations on your loss! Here's to the next 10! Four bowling balls gone, one to go!

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    Congrats on 40 lbs gone. waiting for your next blog, good luck. emoticon emoticon

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CRYSTAL8488 10/16/2011 12:17PM

    I love the gift idea. Congrats on your weight loss!! You are doing great, keep it up! :)

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    Just wonderful - great achievement! emoticon

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    awesome job! we'll see you at 50!

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    Great job! Enjoyed your video - looking forward to your next 50 pound celebration!!

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LAURIE-RN 10/16/2011 7:42AM

    Woo Hoo! Congratulations on your 40# loss. I am so excited for you!

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MARKSTIPANOVSKY 10/16/2011 6:42AM

    Well done you...

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    Good for you!

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FLGIRL1234 10/15/2011 3:51PM

    What a really great idea with the gifts for weight loss!!! You are so inspiring. Looking forward to your next celebration!

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CCHELLEZ 10/15/2011 1:45PM

  Right On!

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    Good for you for the loss. And HURRRRRAAAYYYYY that you posted your video blog. Very inspiring! emoticon

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Such a neat idea! Glad you have decided not to celebrate for so long as I just can't wait for that 50 lb. video!!!

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/15/2011 10:30AM

    What a beautiful pashmina gift selected by Nancy (I’m currently on holiday in her great state . . . although I was wondering if she lived near “Packer” country with the beautiful green and gold). I love pashmina and also have a collection of a dozen (or so) . . . originally getting one to go with just about every outfit.

Congratulations on exceeding 43% of your goal to lose nearly a hundred pounds. You’re so close to being at the halfway point! (Sounds like another celebration!)

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One woman's take on Crossfit

Sunday, October 09, 2011

[NOTE: Open dialogue and exchange of (preferrably fact-based) opinions is fine. But antagonistic comments from users with no Sparkpage or other means of receiving a response will be immediately deleted.]

I wrote this as an e-mail response to a Sparkfriend who wanted to know about my experience with Crossfit. Sharing it now with the broader Spark community... for whatever it's worth to you all! xoxo ~Hilary

Hi Paula,

Sorry for the delay responding to your question. I love crossfit! It's NOT just a men's thing. And I would be surprised if you didn't find lots of women going to the crossfit gym near you as well, if you started going and got to know the people there.
I understand being nervous about going into a gym where there aren't many other women, but I would encourage you to go for it anyway. My very first crossfit workout, I was the only woman (just by happenstance that day), and it made me nervous at first. But I just jumped in, and now realize that no one else was even thinking about gender. Everybody was just there to get (and help each other get) mind-blowingly fit. In my experience, people who go to crossfit gyms are serious about fitness, and that alone is what they are there for. Sometimes they are athletes in some other sport as well, and use crossfit for general training. So, you are not likely to find men on the prowl or any of the other off-putting gender dynamics that you can sometimes find in other co-ed gyms.

Why I like crossfit:
1. The workouts are tough. I know I am not wasting my time.

2. The workouts are "scalable," i.e. adjustable to whatever your present abilities can manage. Everyone does the same workout, but each at his or her own level. Sometimes that means substituting an easier similar exercise, sometimes that means using a lighter weight, sometimes that means doing fewer repetitions. Depends on your needs. But this adjustable design means that truly, literally anyone can do crossfit. There is a way to scale the workout for any fitness level or physical limitation.

3. Structure. The WOD - workout of the day - all planned out for you. Just show up and leave everything you've got in the gym.

4. Community - people with similar goals helping and encouraging each other. The owner of my crossfit gym actually e-mailed me when I didn't show up for a week (holiday travels) to make sure I wasn't giving up. And I'm on an unlimited membership, so they make their money whether I show up and use the membership or not. No other gym I've ever belonged to cared or even noticed whether I ever showed up or not. Also, as I am still a beginner and still a good 40lbs overweight... I am often one of the last finishers in the class. Very often this means one or two of the more advanced members will come over after they've finished the WOD and coach and encourage me as I push through to the end, which is often the hardest part -- finishing, when you're tired and getting close to the end. And then, once I crank out my last rep... they cheer and there are high-5's all around. To me, that's so much better than a solitary run. I LOVE the personal connection/community aspect of crossfit.

5. The workouts are... um... fun? OK they can be hellaciously difficult. But they're all achievement oriented, so it becomes a bit like a game. Seeing whether you can beat your last time, or weight (or both)... There is a goal within each workout, which encourages you to put a higher level of effort and intensity into your workout, and makes it ... yeah, fun! Each workout is a race or a competition of some kind, against your own personal best. Never just a long boring slog through a workout. If you're watching the clock, it's because you want to try and BEAT it... fit in one more set, or one more lap, or one more REP... before time runs out. Not because you're counting the minutes till you can stop.

6. I am getting "hotter" by the day. Seriously, I have been seeing changes so rapidly in my appearance and in my fitness and strength, etc... that it has become easy (!) to stay motivated (never thought I'd say that about exercise) and keep showing up and working hard. Of course consistency is the key, so having such a clear connection between what I'm seeing in the mirror, how I'm feeling, and my hard work has been a big factor in my ability to sustain crossfit as my fitness habit.

7. It's great mental training. Pushing yourself past your personal best on a regular basis takes a kind of mental toughness, both in terms of tolerating physical discomfort (nope, running with a 25lb sandbag doesn't get any more fun the more you do it; but you get less sensitive to the discomfort and more able to push yourself through it)... and also in terms of overcoming sabotaging thoughts and feelings like doubt, fear, pre-conceived ideas about what you can and cannot do... Crossfit requires you to learn how to control and push through any mental blocks that may hold you back. That's a valuable skill across all areas of life.

Things I'd caution anyone about re crossfit:

Don't be in a hurry to progress. Learn to work with good form before you increase loads, durations, or intensities. If there are moves you just should not do for any reason (injuries, etc)... *you* have to be the one who knows it and adapts the workout to your needs.

Every crossfitter has to balance the task of challenging him/herself in each workout (which is important -- you can't expect much of a result if you aren't giving your all in each workout), with the responsibility to his/her own wellbeing. Those who rush, want to be a hero, try to do more than their bodies are truly ready for, or who sacrifice good form for faster speed or heavier weight... GET HURT, and can get hurt badly. This IS considered an extreme fitness activity. You have to become the expert on your own body, its needs, its capabilities... and know for yourself the difference between giving yourself a good challenge and being foolish. You are your own advocate. The trainers will coach you on form, and help you choose appropriate scales as needed, but YOU are the one who has to set the limits. Nobody else knows your body well enough.


Take a look at this article from the Crossfit Journal, What is Fitness? It will give you a good sense of the crossfit world view: library.crossfit.com/free/pdf/CFJ-tr
ial.pdf


And then... go do the rookie's or beginner's program at your local gym. Usually a 6-workout series... depending on the way they structure it at your gym. You can always stop if it's not your cup of tea. But that's the best way to find out.

Annnnnnnnnd.... let me know how it goes!!!

Spark on, sparkler!
Hilary

  
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KASSAY25 10/12/2011 9:56AM

    Great Blog !
I think this is a great representation of Crossfit for anyone interested in trying it out. I agree with it all!
I myself have been Crossfitting for about 8 months therefore i can completely relate to everything you said. The results i have gotten have been unreal! I am so happy i have found this wonderful place and community of people. The people i CF with have become like a second family to me. Love it!

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TJBLEEKER 10/12/2011 9:47AM

    You hit it spot on! It's exactly how it is for me. I especially love the community. I'm oftentimes the last one done and there is no shame - just fellow CFers urging and cheering me on.

It is very addictive!

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BNSUHAS 10/10/2011 1:50PM

    Thanks for this blog! I found it very informative.. Congrats on your success! That sounds like a great workout emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 10/9/2011 9:18PM

    Wow thank you sound intensevand u are haing awesome success!!!

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NEW-CAZ 10/9/2011 4:05PM

    Thank for the info, great blog!

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ANDEENNATE 10/9/2011 3:53PM

    Thanks for the i fo!

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ISHIIGIRL 10/9/2011 3:37PM

    Thanks for the info. I have been thinking about trying this out. I just might give it a try when I am done with my current program. Have a great day! Paige

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