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August Recap - 8lbs Gone and 7.5 inches Gone (with pictures)

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Again, I'm late in recapping of August.. time is just FLYING BY! I let go of 8 pounds and 7.5 inches during the month... the pounds came off this way:

upper arm -.5
upper bust -1
bust -.5
underbust -.5
waist -.5
hips -2
upper thigh -.5
mid thigh -1
calf -.5
neck -.5

If you're not doing more measurements that just bust, waist, hips - you're missing out on some interesting ways your body lets go of fat... and some motivation to keep going even when the scale is stalled.

You know.. they always tell you to take pictures when you start a weight loss journey.. and well.. at 326lbs I HATED pictures so really it's hard to find pics of me at that weight.. but I did find one. I paired it with a pic taken of me at one of my milestones I hit in August - 250lbs.

I started with my Coach on March 2nd.. he wanted me to take pictures THAT day.. I said NO and he didn't push toooo hard... but every week he'd ask if I was ready and tell me how I would regret not having a visual marker of where I started.. After TWO MONTHs I finally agreed to the dang pictures... the beginning pic was at about 290lbs (36lbs lost already)... then we retake pics at the end of the month.. I hate the process... really.. we do front, side and back... this month was the first time I haven't cried and I'm not exaggerating.. I could go through the list of all I hate about my body but instead I will tell you what I like.. I like that I my badonkadonk is looking much better (thankyou HEAVY back squats!)... I like that my legs are much more shapely.. and I like that I push through the fear every month to take these pictures...

My achilles continued to be a limitation in August.. I did PT up until I left for Africa... lots of limping... no "loading" the Achilles like going down stairs, doing anything that causes me to go up on my toes, fast/dynamic movements are a no-no.. I went to the Ortho Doc when I returned from Africa and had an MRI done.. I have a partial tear of my achilles AND achilles tendonOSIS.. I meet with the cutter next week to talk about options..

The real thing that dominated August was my two week vacation to Africa and I've written extensively about it.. however, what I did not expect was that I would actually LOSE weight while on vacation.. not a lot.. but hey? I expected to gain weight because I chose to eat things I wouldn't normally and enjoyed every minute of it! hehe

Here are things I'm proud of in August
1. Down 8lbs even while taking a two week international vacation! AND I hit 245lbs BEFORE I went to Africa which was 10lbs under my original ZipLine goal!!!
2. Down 7.5 inches with the biggest loss in my hips
3. I was able to progress to below parallel backsquats!!
4. Hit my 80lb and 85lb lost milestones!
5. Proved that I can deviate from my routine and 1) not freak out and 2) get right back into my routine
6. I am trying to be able to complete 30 CrossFit sit-ups in one minute and I'm to 28
7. Another goal is to do 40 air squats (below parallel) in one minute and I'm up to 34
8. Progressing on upper body strength by moving from ring rows to assisted pull-ups with bands!
9. Completed 3 full Farmers carries with 200lbs.. very very difficult
10. Did my first Tabata with planks and was able to finish!
11. and MOST IMPORTANTLY??? I was able to completely enjoy my very physical vacation AND COMPLETE MY ZIPLINE ADVENTURE!!

1. 20 push-ups in 1 minute (July - 15, August - 15) - Still working on it
2. 30 sit-ups in 1 minute (July- 25, August-28) - Still working on it
3. 40 squats in 1 minute (July-27, August-34) - Still working on it
4. Row a sub 2 minute 500 meters (PR 2:05) - Still working on it
5. 60 second plank - ACHIEVED in July...
6. Backsquat goal 1 RM 200lbs (July 165, August 165)
7. Front Squat goal 1RM 100lbs (July 45, August 45)

This month my goals are a bit different.. it's HEALTH MONTH for me.. so, I've scheduled my annual pap smear (sister died of ovarian cancer), colonoscopy (my brother was dx with colon cancer in his 30s and I am 10x more likely to also get colon cx), mammography (mother breast cancer survivor).. seeing the Orthopod and completing tests to finally get my achilles better and I'll also be getting bloodwork done. All of this makes me uncomfortable.. posting half nekkid pictures.. getting all this personal health tests done.. all of it.. but I am convinced that those who are really LIVING life.. and being successful at weight loss or anything else .. are able to do it because they're not scared to make themselves uncomfortable.. and this month my "uncomfortable" is coming from being poked and prodded.. and I've found a side effect is that I'm really missing my sister and my brother.. and i'd be lying if I said I wasn't in a bit of a funk.

108 days and 36lbs til ONEderland,
I got this!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
STEPH-KNEE 9/18/2013 11:03PM

    I just want to say how tiny you look in that progress photo!! Okay so don't take tiny the wrong way, I think you look tiny but you also look strong (I know that is one of your goals, and I know what you are capable of with your strength)... so I didn't want it to come out the wrong way. Hopefully you are picking up what I am putting down because I think you are absolutely fabulous! emoticon

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COLUMBINE2 9/16/2013 11:27PM are Wonder Woman and you're lookin' great!! I mean it! Your stamina is endless and your brain is as strong as healthy as your muscles.

You are one sharp cookie..and I admire you sooooooooo much! You're gonna love onederland and you'll probably arrive ahead of schedule since that's how Annie does things!!! emoticon

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KARLARAMA 9/16/2013 7:06PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You rock! Major kudos to you for doing Crossfit. Not for the faint of heart! emoticon

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MINDYSUE65 9/16/2013 2:50PM

    You go sister! I have to agree with Heidi, you do rock the blonde!!!!

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KAJERO 9/16/2013 12:30PM

    What can say except, emoticon

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ZEECHA 9/16/2013 8:09AM

    You're doing so well, on so many levels!

Good for you for taking charge of your health. I think I'd miss a brother or sister too, especially if I had seen them suffer (as cancer seems to give that). Taking care of you is a tribute to them, in a way.

Keep on sparkin', beautiful, strong woman!

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WOUBBIE 9/15/2013 11:05PM

    What a difference! You're doing so well! Hopefully your sister and brother are smiling, knowing that you're doing everything you can to live a longer and fuller life than they were able to.

And by the way, nice butt! J Lo will be taking tips from you soon!

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LIVESTRONG2010 9/15/2013 10:11PM

    Wow Annie you are looking great!

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WORKNPROGRESS49 9/15/2013 9:58PM

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SUGAR0814 9/15/2013 8:56PM

    You're doing a great job! emoticon emoticon

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MARMAERT 9/15/2013 8:19PM

    You are so brave! I would not be able to let publicly show myself like you can. You look wonderful and I can really see the difference and how many inches you've lost. I am envious of your abdominal loss - that is my weak spot and there is only 2 inches difference between my chest and belly, but yours rocks! Good work!

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EDDYMEESE 9/15/2013 8:06PM

    WOW, WOW, WOW!

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STRONGDAWG 9/15/2013 7:54PM

    You are doing terrific. Good job on taking care of your health. When I look at your pictures, I see a brave and beautiful woman.


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ORCHIDLADY56 9/15/2013 4:25PM

    Amazing! What a difference! emoticon

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MARYBETH4884 9/15/2013 4:20PM

    Wow you are doing great!!

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STRONG_SARAH 9/15/2013 3:28PM

    Great pics. You've come such a long way, it's truly been an amazing year for you. I'm happy I became your spark friend and that I get to share your journey with you! emoticon

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GETSTRONGRRR 9/15/2013 2:48PM

    Very cool! You are still rocking it....and what a difference in those's easy to tell how much stronger you've become from the XFit! You're even standing taller!

Great job....keep crushing it!

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JUNEAU2010 9/15/2013 2:48PM

    I can relate to some of what you said in this blog - discomfort to tears about pictures, tendonitis and cancer in the family (including missing loved ones).

I hate going through those tests, too, but I always tell myself I am doing them so that I have a better chance of being around for my youngest niece and nephews.

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SIMONEKP 9/15/2013 2:38PM

    great progress!

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DRADDIE 9/15/2013 2:22PM

    Well done and phenomenal pictures!!! Way to go!!

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CHATERJOY 9/15/2013 1:48PM

    Looking great. You can really see the changes.! emoticon

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ADZY86 9/15/2013 1:34PM

    Wow you're amazing! You look fantastic. The change already is astonishing. Keep up the great work because you're inspiring us all

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BJPENNY70 9/15/2013 12:51PM

    Looking good! Congratulations on such great accomplishments. Keep going!

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TREE57 9/15/2013 12:30PM

    Your transformation is amazing. Keep doing what you're doing!!


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STRONGDJ 9/15/2013 12:22PM

    Awesome August. Good that you are looking after your health--great goals for September.

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FUNLOVEN 9/15/2013 12:12PM

    Proudly Presenting The "NEW YOU"! emoticon Way to go Annie. September's results are going to be awesome too.

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SNOW_LEOPARD_74 9/15/2013 12:03PM

    You look fantastic!! You can really see a big difference in your before and now photos and you should be PROUD!! I love your drive and determination and I am glad you are doing all of the preventative tests and things that you can do to continue a long and healthy life.

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TRIXIETEXAS 9/15/2013 11:42AM

    So glad you posted about all that is going on with you. Cancer really, really sucks. I lost 2 aunts to breast cancer and my father to renal cancer. Good for you for taking care of yourself and getting all your checkups vs. sticking your head in the sand, which way too many people do.

I know all this has you feeling a bit blue, but think how much more depressed you would feel if you didn't have all those endorphins pumping through your system from working out! You look amazing, and you have so much to be proud of. You are strong and amazing! I am so glad to know you.

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 9/15/2013 11:40AM

    Wow, you are doing amazing! Those before pictures end up being priceless, glad you ended up taking them. Congrats on all your progress :)

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KENTUCKYWOMAN 9/15/2013 11:16AM

    you are so inspiring, what a great job you have done, and I am so glad you did decide to have the pictures made.


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IMISSOATIE 9/15/2013 11:11AM

    As always, you continue to amaze and inspire me. I'm so sorry to hear how cancer has ravaged your family, but I'm so glad that you are being proactive and taking care of yourself. Here's to being uncomfortable!

PS. In addition to your amazing body, one of things I love most about your transformation is your blond hair. Not many people can rock it, but you do!

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FITWITHIN 9/15/2013 10:56AM

    Excellent job! Keep up the great work! emoticon

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    wow!!! inspiring!

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