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Still Working Hard... And Making Progress (with pics)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

I am still going strong on CrossFit.. still wearing my heartrate monitor.. two weeks ago or so I started adding 3 "home" workouts in addition to the 4 CrossFit workouts I do.. This week two of my three "home" workouts have been walking more than 10k a day... I won't be having a 4th CrossFit workout because everyone is on a float trip.. so I'll add a fourth "home" workout.. currently, the plan is to do a bike ride.

If you remember, I'm working on a couple of goals to meet by mid August:
Complete 20 push-ups in 1 minute (modified to knees) (PR 15)
Complete 30 CrossFit style sit-ups in 1 minute (PR 17)
Complete 40 air squats with proper depth in 1 minute (PR 27)
Row 500m in sub 2:00 minutes (PR 2:07)

I'm progressing towards my goals... Today, I finally was able to do 30 consecutive CrossFit situps without a rest... now, I just have to work on my time!! YEAH ME!!..

Then, tonight I did some rowing and I was able to go sub 2:00 for about 20 seconds!!! Here's the proof!

Paleo is going great... my "struggle" is the exercise not the diet.. I continue to have ZERO cravings.. and I still feel so well nourished.. no swings in energy.. just a nice constant flow to keep me active all day long.. I love it!

okay okay... today I wore a rather form fitting outfit to work.. and it was black.. and dozens.. and I'm not exaggerating.. dozens of people commented on my weight loss.. to the point where it was a bit embarrassing.. which is something I never thought I'd say! I just don't see it.. so I finally asked a friend of mine to take my picture.. and I held my breath as I looked at it.. BUT I COULD SEE A DIFFERENCE!!! I had to excuse myself and go to the bathroom and cry a bit.. I just felt like a huge exhale- a SIGH of relief.. I can finally SEE that my body is smaller.. I mean I knew it intellectually (I've gone from a size 24 to a 18)... but I couldn't SEE it.

Here's a picture of me at around 310lbs (size 24)

And here I am today at 267lbs (size 18 and 12 lbs from my Zipline goal!!!) Still have a long ways to go.. but I CAN SEE A DIFFERENCE!!

July's Oxygen magazine has a quote in it that I adore! It speaks to how I feel right now..
“More than a trophy, more than a medal, self-mastery is what defines a winner. She competes against none but herself, because there is no other like her. Each struggle, each victory is her own. The challenge pushes her past her limits, as she fights to turn yesterday’s weakness into today’s strength. Progress drives her. To be victorious is to be at her best - more rewarding than defeating the rest.”

57 Days Til Africa
12lbs to go to ZipLine Goal
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    How did I miss this blog??? Hot Dang you are tall, blond and AWESOME! Woooosh!!! Did you hear that??? It's Annie flying down the zipline in Africa!!!
    1808 days ago
    You DO look GREAT! Awesome work, awesome results!
    1815 days ago
  • AWOLF24
    You can totally see a difference - and you look fantastic! Nice job on all of your hard work!!! I bet it is very gratifying to be able to enjoy the results off all of your effort!!! emoticon
    1824 days ago
    HUGS .. Woman you are Awesome and Beautiful and I am so glad I get to see and read about your wonderful JOURNEY !! YOU are in Control of your Ride..

    You can see the difference , but i think the biggest difference is on the inside.. you are facing those fears and overcoming them.. you are making the inside stronger and it is showing..

    Keep rockin Annie.. you're doing Fine !!

    1826 days ago
    I'm so glad you can now see what is obvious to everyone else. But I must include that besides the difference in your size--your skin looks beautiful and you look strong and healthy. No doubt about it, you can achieve your goals--you are doing it and you look fabulous!
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    1827 days ago
  • ANNMACP0212
    I'm so happy tht you too are seeing a difference, not just folks around you!! You look terrific!! emoticon on the new crossfit milestones you're hitting! You continue to inspire me...
    1828 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    I love the picture contrast! emoticon
    1828 days ago
    Yes, you can see the difference! I wonder-have you been taking your measurements & keeping track of that too?

    Pictures tell a lot though, too!
    1828 days ago
    Hell ya you can see a difference.....who the hell have you been seeing in the mirror!?!?!?!?

    10K steps a day is tough to do, but power on! Those other goals (pushups, situps, etc) are solid'll need those if you're going to wrestle down an oryx, or row across a gator infested river, or swing across the jungle from vine to vine!

    Congrats and well done!
    1829 days ago
    Love seeing your pictures & the HUGE difference!! I also like the sassy blond better than the red - go girl!!
    1829 days ago
  • ADZY86
    Wow! The change is immense! You look absolutely stunning and happy and the blonde hair looks amazing on you. Look at the difference in your face especially? You can DEFINITELY see how far you've come, it's amazing. I love seeing progress pictures like this: reminds me to keep going. emoticon
    1829 days ago
    I cheated and skipped right down to the bottom to see how far to the zipline goal: 12 pounds!!!! SQUEEEE!!!

    Then I scrolled back up and caught my breath. You are pretty no matter your size, but that last picture is just stunning! Enjoy the congratulations!

    I think you can expect to be embarrassed by positive attention more and more as the months go by. Might want to invest in a baseball bat to keep the men in line....
    1829 days ago
  • -AIMIE-
    Great quote and you are looking SAUCY!!!!! Love your new photo! emoticon
    1829 days ago
    I love the quote and you are looking fantastic Annie. Glad to see you are feeling better after your Chicago trip and that you are back on game !
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  • SUGAR0814
    Looking good! Keep it up! emoticon
    1829 days ago
    Nice job!
    1829 days ago
    great progress
    1829 days ago
    You can tell the difference! You look great!
    1829 days ago
    Well clearly you will need to wear that outfit EVERY SINGLE DAY! :) You look terrific but of course as you already know, the most important part is how terrific you FEEL in your body. I'm proud of you!
    1829 days ago
    You look great Annie!! emoticon
    1830 days ago
    You can definitely see a difference! You're so determined that I know you're going to reach your goals. Keep up the good (hard) work! emoticon
    1830 days ago
    You look great! And I really like your hair the way it is now. Keep up the good work!
    1830 days ago
    You don't really look like the same person (except the smile, of course).

    It took me about 25 pounds before I really noticed a difference in my body in the mirror. I think we are so used to what we see from day to day in ourselves and others, that until a fairly big change is made, we overlook it. We keep seeing ourselves in our "mind's eye" and not what is really in the mirror in front of us.

    Keep up the good work, I know that you will make your zipline goal.

    1830 days ago
    There is a huge difference between those two pics! It looks like way more than 43 lbs. Working out really makes you look so much smaller than just dieting. Congrats!
    1830 days ago
    Wow, Annie! You look spectacular...and chic! And svelte. "How could you NOT see the difference" sounds rude & I don't mean to be rude....but you look terrific! And you deserve to look great and feel great about yourself. YOU are THE reason...the only reason this has happened.

    Keep up the tremendous physical and emotional work-outs. You are gonna love that zip-line...and every breath you take in Africa! emoticon
    1830 days ago
    You look lovely, Annie! Way to go!
    1830 days ago
    Glad to see that you haven't lost that great smile. emoticon on the weight loss! You are trimming up all over. You look terrific!
    1830 days ago
    You look great. Isn't it funny - how we can't always see the changes, until we see a picture - even though we look in the mirror every single day :(.

    You can DEFINITELY tell, especially around your face and neck. You look fantastic! Keep up the great work!!

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    1830 days ago
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