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July Recap - 13lbs gone and 16.75 inches

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Better a bit late than never... here's a recap of July. in the month of July I lost 13 pounds and lost a total of 16.75 inches!! The Dexascan I had done shows I lost 10 pounds of fat and .75 pounds of muscle. I was pretty worried about the loss of muscle especially since I gained two pounds of muscle in June. However, my coach isnít worried at all because my performance at the gym is improving steadily. I was under the impression that in order to gain strength you had to put on muscle and this is not true. I can gain strength by increasing the contractile ability of the muscle I already have! This was a huge relief.

My CrossFit training for July was very heavy on weight training. I was a back squatting fool! Due to an achilles injury that I got back in late May that wasnít healing, we dropped all walking or anything that ďloadedĒ my achilles. Instead, I swam like fish and rowed the erg for my cardio outside of CrossFit. There were no two-a -day workouts during July except for Saturdays where I would do CrossFit and later in the day swim. I did, however, not take a rest day and worked out an hour (at least) everyday for almost 3 weeks.

So here's a list of my accomplishments in July:
1. Down 13 more lbs and hit my 65lb, 70lb and 75lb lost milestones!!
2. Down 16.75 inches in a month.. from all over but big loss in legs! (Lost 14.5 inches in June.)
3. PRíd my 1600m row and improved my time by 1:18!!! Not too shabby!
4. Iím able to swing a pood KB in multiple sets of 20 swings when I couldnít do one unbroken set of 20 in June...
5. Iím able to do 20 unbroken push-ups (from knees)
6. Iím able to do 20 unbroken ring-rows
7. Was able to get below parallel in my Front Squat!
8. Learned to push-jerk and split jerk (have I said how much I looooove weight lifting???!!!!)
9. Established my 1 rep max for my Back Squat of 135lbs near the end of June and then by the end of July beat that PR by 30lbs!!!! 165 pounds!!! I could Back Squat a lot of yíall!
10. But the biggest celebration happened on July 20th when I MET MY ZIPLINE GOAL!!!! That was a great day...

My goals for July
1. Continue getting 450 fitness minutes a week - ACHIEVED
2. 20 push-ups in 1 minute (PR 15) - Still working on it
3. 30 sit-ups in 1 minute (PR 25) - Still working on it
4. 40 squats in 1 minute (PR 27) - Still working on it, PR 30
5. Row a sub 2 minute 500 meters (PR 2:05) - Still working on it
6. 60 second plank (PR 40 sec) - ACHIEVED
7. Continue following Paleo and logging food... - ACHIEVED

My goals for August are simply to continue to workout as I have been, eat as I have been. Lose poundage and build strength up until I leave for my vacation to Africa (August 16th) and while in Africa to soak in the experience as much as I can - as this is a once in a lifetime gig for me.

143 days and 51lbs til ONEderland (1/1/14)
I got this!

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MSKRIS7 8/19/2013 9:51AM


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GETSTRONGRRR 8/12/2013 7:36PM

    You are unstoppable girl! You have done incredible things here lately....all in the name of a zipline! I'm scared to think what you'd do if you were to set your mind to, say, a ride on the space shuttle, or trekking Mt you'll be qualifying for the Boston Marathon!

In case you or I get busy between now and the 16th, enjoy the hell out of your African deserve every minute of fun you've planned out there!

Njema Safari!

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ZEECHA 8/12/2013 8:20AM

    Very, very impressive! So proud of you. I need to rub the top of your head & see if some of what you got will rub off on me.

I really think you're doing this soooo right. The weight work is obviously paying off! I believe that that's how you'll continue to lose inches & weight.

So happy for you!!! xox

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MCONFESSOR 8/12/2013 2:12AM

    Congratulations! That is amazing and it is obvious you are working hard for every bit. Good job!


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STRONG_SARAH 8/12/2013 1:24AM

    I love reading about your successes!

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STEPH-KNEE 8/11/2013 8:43PM

    You are doing so amazing! Okay, I knew that already but I love seeing it in a list/goal form and it just reminds me how awesome you are!! emoticon emoticon

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You are without a doubt the most impressive, most focused Sparker I've ever run across! I hope your trip is a huge bowl of awesomeness with whipped cream and a low carb berry on top!

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FUNLOVEN 8/11/2013 8:23PM

    Thanks for the update Annie and congrats on ALL of your achievements. You are such a SP machine!

I'm starting to wonder if you will go through any kind of SP withdrawal while you are in Africa. I wonder about this only because my DH thinks I spend too much time on SP , but I can't seem to make myself cut back. I feel like it is sort of a life line to me right now.

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TRIXIETEXAS 8/11/2013 3:35PM

    I am so looking forward to hearing all about your trip to Africa. How long are you going to be gone? I'm going to miss your presence here on SP!

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AMARILYNH 8/11/2013 3:02PM

    Annie, I've discovered many heroes here on SparkPeople but none more than you! Your accomplishments just take my breathe away! I look forward to hearing about your Africa trip then traveling along side you on your journey to Onederland! You ROCK Lady!! emoticon

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STRONGDJ 8/11/2013 2:57PM

    Outstanding! You totally ROCK!!!

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COOP9002 8/11/2013 2:56PM

    Awesome job!!!

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SNOW_LEOPARD_74 8/11/2013 2:26PM

    Very impressive!! You are going to have a fabulous vacation and feel great!!

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