April was a good month for me. A very good month. Wanted to report in on inches lost in April... drum roll...
Thighs - 1.5
Total 10 inches.
Weight loss as of today is
pounds... 13 of those were in April. I got this in my email after weighing in on my Aria Scale this morning (I weigh everyday but have schooled myself to look at it as data.. but that's another post).
is the number of pounds I have left to lose to meet my August 16th goal. This is completely doable. I have 15 weeks until I leave for Africa... 30 pounds to go... 15 weeks.. that's an average of 2lbs a week!!! YEAH!! For the last 8 weeks I've been averaging 2.9lbs a week... so I think I can do this!!
I have purposefully left all the other blogs I've written from all of my other attempts to lose weight. Why? In part to encourage people like me that have tried again and again to lose weight not to give up. I've received a couple of emails asking what is different this time. It wasn't that I had more "willpower" or even that "this time" felt different. What IS different is my approach. I latched on to the old definition of insanity - doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. I've already outlined in another post the multiple things I have tried to lose weight (
) So, I found something I hadn't tried - CrossFit and CrossFit introduced me to a way of eating I'd never tried - Paleo.
For me, CrossFit and Paleo was the perfect union. The dynamic duo. The intensity of the workouts motivated me... constant change... pushing my limits.. competing with myself.. trying - no DOING - new things I never thought I'd do. Add to that a complete and total disappearance of cravings, a feeling of being nourished, elimination of hypoglycemia, constant energy and a sense of satiety I have never known before... and THAT is what's different this time.
I do not have any more (or less) motivation than the other times. I just found what worked for me! It suddenly was sorta easy (gulp, can't believe I just said that)... from almost day 1 the focus was on what I am BUILDING (strength, endurance, balance, agility) rather than what I was "losing". Because THEN the successes (and most of those successes had nothing to do with pounds at first) began to build momentum and the momentum sometimes looks like motivation... it all started with ACTION... and then momentum... I've still got a long ways to go... but I hope this sorta answers the question of "what's different this time"..
Again, I'm only 40lbs into a much longer journey... so I'm not near done yet... I'm just trying to describe where I am in my mental game right now and why I think this has been my most successful weight loss attempt in decades... yes... DECADES.
My dang app malfunctioned tonight so I don't have any cool graphs - dang it! I did a 500m row, twisting lunges, kicks, then 3 rounds of 10 alternate leg step ups with a 30lb kettlebell with high knees, 7 ring rows and 5 overhead presses (45lbs)... ended with a 500m row in 2:11 which is a PR for me AND coach says this is right in there with all the other girls at the gym.. he says most of them row 500m in 2:00-2:15.. and I did 2:11!!!!! I was ecstatic!!!
105 days til Africa
30lbs to go to meet my Zip Line Goal