Thought I'd make my first blog post with a little about me, for anyone interested :-)
I graduated from architecture school in 2007. The last year of school was tough. I was not getting enough sleep and not making healthy food choices; when you’ve been up all night in studio, the McDonald’s drive through looks pretty good at 5am. I gained about 25 pounds. I took a job in a place where I didn’t know many people, and though I made lots of friends, I always seemed to have tons of time for myself. I joined a gym, started running, and also joined Weight Watchers. In a few months, I had lost more than I had gained, become a Lifetime member of WW, and run in my first 5k race. I was quickly a fan of both Weight Watchers and road races. After toughing out my first job out of college for a year, I decided to change jobs and locations. I found a great job in a city where many of my college friends now lived. However, I never found Weight Watchers meeting that I enjoyed as much as my previous one – so I stopped going, thinking I keep at it on my on. Slowly, the tracking stopped, the hanging out increased, and the pounds crept back on. I would get back on the wagon for a little while, lose a few pounds, then stop tracking again, and gain a few back.
Now here I am, 5 years since graduating and back at my heaviest, once again getting serious to shed those extra pounds. But this time, it’s going to be a little different. While I do want to lose those pounds, I am going to be focused on creating a healthy lifestyle – not just the number on the scale. Weight Watchers always emphasized that, but I was able to lose my weight through exercise and portion control more than making lasting dietary changes. I also know that I cannot go at it on my on – literally or figuratively. I am recently married and lucky enough that my husband (and biggest supporter) also wants to start eating healthier. While he doesn’t have weight to lose, he does understand the importance of nutrition.
So what’s the plan? Well, the husband loves Crossfit, and I’m some-what of a fan. We were doing WOD (workout-of-the-day) regularly, or at least a modified version for what we could do…until this spring when we signed up for a marathon and training for it took over our lives. We ran the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC in October (which was amazing and humbling all at once – a great experience, but don’t think that marathon training leads to weight loss – IT DOESN’T!), so now we’d like to focus on weight training again. Before we dive back in to Crossfit, we are commiting 90 days, starting TOMORROW, to P90X.
In addition to the workouts, Crossfit emphasizes healthy eating – using the block method of the Zone Diet. I’ve got a little more research to do about this, but also starting on December 1, we are going to start following the Zone, or at least a version of it modified for our lifesyle. I realize that, with both, I need to start small and build up, that this journey is about progress, not perfection. While I do have a ideal weight goal, instead of focusing on it, I will make performance goals instead. There are other ways to measure progress than only by the number on the scale.
My first progress goals are to lose 5% of my body weight (8 pounds) and to be able to do at least 3 pull-ups (assisted with a pull up band). You'd think pull-ups are a necessity with P90X, but I will be doing their modified band version until I can do assisted pull-ups.
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