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Staci’s story came across my news feed on facebook today. I follow Eat Fat Get Fit, and they were the ones to post her story. I felt like it was a perfect story today following my “counting calories” post on Friday (considering she eats 3,000-4,000 calories/day). I also have a problem with frequently stepping on that scale. Her story reminded me today that the scale shouldn’t determine how “in shape” I consider myself to be. I should just throw it out. Instead I should focus on what my body can do now that it couldn’t before.
Here is Staci’s story (copied from here):
Staci’s story is awesome for a number of reasons, but a few in particular stand out to me:
- Working a sedentary desk job, Staci slowly packed on weight and ate like a typical unhealthy American.
- Before getting educated, she tried to get in shape by doing what 95% of the female population does when they try to lose weight: she ran a lot and essentially starved herself – Not surprisingly, she dropped to an incredibly low and unhealthy weight.
- She educated herself, cleaned up her diet, and immediately started feeling and living better.
- She found the Nerd Fitness community, discovered a love for barbell strength training, and started lifting HEAVY weights.
- She’s now in the best shape of her life, healthier and happier than ever before.
For the women out there who are scared about “getting too bulky when lifting weights,” this article is for you. If you’re curious what happens to a girl who packs on twenty pounds of muscle and starts lifting heavy weights, you’ll find your answer here…I have no doubt it will surprise the hell out of you.
Staci in 2009 – 170 pounds
This is a picture of Staci back in 2009 before she decided to make some changes in her life.
As I said previously, Staci works a typical American desk job where she spends all day in front of a computer screen.
Starting around age 16, she started to put on weight relatively steadily through high school and college and after, when she reached her peak at 170 pounds in 2009 at the age of 25.
Here’s her background:
“Growing up I was never comfortable in my own skin. Never. I was always the weird one. I mean, I raised rabbits for a hobby! RABBITS. The only after school activity I did was band, and never participated in any sports. I always thought I was fat. I always hated my legs, and would refuse to wear shorts in the summer because I was so uncomfortable with them. If we went to the beach, I’d wear shorts over my bathing suit bottom.
I was super timid, super shy, afraid to talk to ANYONE I didn’t know, even if we were all out with a group of people.”
I asked her what a normal day used to be like for her back in 2009:
“I’d get up at like 9, go to work, have a Slim Fast shake because I never had time for breakfast. I wasn’t a big snacker but I ate a lot for my meals – I’d typically go out to eat for lunch every day and get a sub or something from D’angelos or Subway – and it was never the 6″ one, it was the big one. And chips. Lots of chips. Or french fries. Getting home I’d either go out to eat with friends or plop in front of the tv playing video games for hours.
My favorite meal was tacos and nachos. I just asked my old roommate what I used to eat because I didn’t remember, and she said ‘oh, you used to plop in front of the TV with a big plate of meat and cheese, and go ‘Hm, I guess I should have some chips with this.’ On many occasions we’d order pizza around 11PM too. On top of all of that, I used to smoke a pack of cigarettes a day!”
I’m sure this is a daily scenario that you can relate to: too tired in the morning to eat a healthy breakfast, lots of unhealthy meals, general apathy towards what you’re eating and when, and no real direction. She went to the doctor, who told her that she had high cholesterol and needed to lose some weight if she wanted to live a long healthy life.
Except that she wasn’t really sure how to lose weight and get in shape. And she certainly didn’t want to get bulky by lifting weights (gasp!), so she did what most women do when they want to lose weight: eat way less and run way more.
Staci in early 2010
To get started on her weight loss journey, Staci joined a gym and started doing the elliptical as much as possible (because that’s what you do when you want to get skinny, right?). She said:
“At first I was only able to make it like, 10 minutes, but eventually got up to about an hour a day. Keep in mind though, I’d smoke a cigarette walking up to the gym, and light up again immediately after leaving.”
I always thought that being super skinny would make me happy, like it was the one missing piece of my life. I bought countless exercise machines for my apartments, which all ended up sitting in the corner gathering dust. I bought DDR thinking that if I could exercise in a video game, that would do it. But it didn’t. I even tried “Sweatin to the Oldies” (which, for the record, everyone should do, because it at least gets you laughing and moving). But nothing stuck.
Until I was finally ready. I can’t say what it was, but I just got up one day and said “ok, I’m going to do this now”. I can’t tell you what it was – I didn’t set a date ahead of time, I just woke up knowing it was time. I went on weight watchers, I started running. But as I started to feel the effects of the weight loss, I got obsessed. I’d weigh myself every day, I got a scale that measured every ounce so I’d know what I lost.
Following this unhealthy plan, Staci went from 170 pounds all the way down to 117 pounds over the course of a year. And then she started to open her eyes…
“I did lose the 50lbs that I needed to lose, but instead of ‘finding myself’ and becoming comfortable in my own skin, I ended up being LESS comfortable. Everything I did was based on appearance. I couldn’t do certain things because I was afraid I’d gain an OUNCE back. It got to the point where a friend of mine would IM me all the time with just “EAT SOMETHING”. I was tired all the time, I had no energy to do anything even when I was sleeping like 10 hours a night. the bags under my eyes were insane – I simply wasn’t getting the nutrients i needed.
It was at this point that I dated a bodybuilder for like, three weeks (hey, we all make mistakes, right?). He informed me I was doing it all wrong (but didn’t tell me what to do right, just said “youre doing it wrong). That made me start researching nutrition and strength workouts because I was so incredibly unhealthy, tired, and weak all the time. I got a set of 5lb dumbbells and a Jillian Michaels DVD and tried doing pushups. I remember struggling doing chest presses with the 5lb dumbbells. I was so weak. And I wouldn’t use weights at the gym because I was so scared of all of the boys on the weight floor. SO SCARED.
As I found more info on nutrition, I started questioning Weight Watchers, and finally stopped going after I asked a question on how something was healthy and he pulled the line, “we’re not trying to get healthy here, we’re just trying to lose a little weight”. I started doing more research, read Good Calories, Bad Calories, and started my transition to eating more Paleo in April or May 2010. I upped my calorie intake to like 1500 a day and immediately started to feel better.”
[Steve’s note: I understand that this representative of Weight Watchers certainly doesn’t reflect the beliefs and views of all employees at Weight Watchers. However, I do think WHAT you eat is very important along with how much you’re eating.”]
Staci starts weight training, goes full Paleo, finds Nerd Fitness
On June 1st, 2010, Staci’s work office opened up a gym with free weights. Because she was working out with coworkers rather than random strangers, she felt comfortable with strength training; she felt okay asking coworkers questions on different exercises. Over the next few months, from June until late August, she continued to educate herself on eating better and getting stronger:
“I finished the paleo transition in August or September, and stopped counting calories. One of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life; it’s a freedom I can’t even describe. I just…ate when I was hungry. I gained weight, but I stayed the same size clothes, so what the scale said didn’t matter. I went from 117 pounds (at my lowest) to around 130 pounds and felt GREAT about it. My scale broke in May, so I threw it away and only weigh myself probably once a month these days out of pure curiosity.”
This is Staci at 117 lbs. on the left (doing her best “deer in the headlights” impression), and 131 lbs. on the right.
It was right around this time on her search for Paleo diet information that she stumbled across Nerd Fitness and saw my latest article about the Legend of Zelda(her favorite video game series too). She joined our community, signed up for one of the monthly challenges, continued to put her focus on strength training, and made sure she ate enough to fuel her workouts.
And then things got interesting. After tons of encouragement from members of the Nerd Fitness community (thanks Dantes!), she began a torrid love affair in October that most women would scoff at.
Staci began barbell training.
And not wimpy barbell training either. I’m talking old school heavy deadlifts, squats, overhead presses, and bench presses – the exercises usually reserved for strongmen in the back corner of the gym:
“When I say that the second I touched a barbell I fell in love, I’m not joking. When people say to me, “oh, its not healthy to lift that much, etc…” Lifting to me is like going and playing basketball is to someone else. Its a hobby, and a passion. I’m not doing it because I have to, I’m doing it because I want to. I’m simply happier days that I deadlift.”
Staci gets super strong.
Beginning in October 2010, Staci jumped headfirst into the world of power lifting. Over the following six months, she strength trained like her life depended on it, keeping track of her gains and making sure she ate enough to continue getting stronger. I honestly cannot tell you how refreshing it is to hear that from a woman! She packed on another ten pounds of muscle and got incredibly strong.
Seriously, how many 5’4″ females who weigh 140 pounds do you know that can deadlift 315 pounds?
Here are her weight training stats for those six months:
Over those six months, Staci put on ANOTHER 10 pounds of muscle while strength training like a World’s Strongest Man contestant and eating A TON of food to make sure she could continue to get stronger. She raised her deadlift from 135 pounds to 315 pounds, added 50 pounds to her overhead press and 50 pounds to her bench press.
You’re probably wondering what happens to a woman’s figure when she goes through this transformation.
Prepare to be shocked.
Believe it or not, she’s 11 pounds HEAVIER (142 pounds) in the picture on the right (May 2011) compared to the picture on the left (131 pounds, October 2010).
So what the hell happened? How the heck does she look like she weighs less even though she weighs more?
She packed on the right kind of weight while getting rid of the wrong kind.
When you strength train with very heavy weights for low numbers of repetitions, you build incredibly DENSE, tight muscle. It’s funny, but if you really want that toned look in your legs, stomach, and arms – picking up small weights and doing lots of repetitions isn’t doing anything – it’s really heavy weights with low repetition that will sculpt the body you’re after.
On top of super heavy strength training, Staci had to eat between 3000-4000 calories per day (all healthy calories, mind you) to put on the extra weight. Had she not overloaded her system with calories, she wouldn’t have gained an ounce.
As we’ve learned from Mark Twight, trainer for the actors from 300, “appearance is a consequence of fitness.” Rather than worrying about every calorie, every ounce of food, and every pound on the scale, Staci put her focus into getting stronger – she ate to get stronger, she exercised to get stronger, she lived to get stronger.:
“The thing that I really gained the most in all of this is that I’m now comfortable with who I am. I’m comfortable in my skin, I’m not nearly as shy and awkward as I used to be, I’m not afraid to try new things. I stand up for myself. I learned about failure and success, and I’m not afraid to try something (and fail) over and over again even if people are watching. My attitude for life pretty much just changed. I still remember the day I looked at my legs and said “you know what, these are the legs that help me deadlift, so who cares what they look like.
So the whole point in all of this is really that yeah, appearance is one thing, but it’s not the main goal. I would gain ten pounds tomorrow if it meant I could add 50lbs to my deadlift.”
Staci is now a machine that can’t be stopped. She joined a Crossfit gym back in March and now does crazy things like “1000 burpees on the 4th of July” for fun. Yeah, she’s nuts…in the best way possible
To read more about Staci, you can finish reading this article here.
You must tell yourself that YOU CAN…
Too often I find myself thinking “I don’t know if I can do this…” or even “I can’t do this….” It is in those moments that I have killed any hope I could have had of progressing at that time. I have found that when I go into something thinking “I’ve got this” that I find success!
Just for the record: I PR’d today on hang squat cleans. My previous max was 65#. Today I made it to 75#! It was awesome!! I honestly probably could have done the 80#, but I started that negative thinking….
If you are in the mood for a few good before & after pictures like I was today, you can click the link below!
I miss Jamaica. A lot. I miss having someone fix all my food for me. I miss getting to choose from LOTS of good foods (a lot of them Paleo, too). I miss having drinks served to me non-stop. I also miss the waves, sand, random musicians, etc…. Ahhhhh….Jamaica!
BUT I’m back here in America sitting in my house. My house that needs cleaning. My house that needs to be packed up and ready to move….so, I might as well do something productive. I’ll cook….and maybe clean and pack and CrossFit.
Speaking of CrossFit…I’m a little mad at him right now. I did this awesome WOD on Tuesday. 3 rounds for time: 50′ handstand walks, 25 wall balls (15#), and 25 box jumps (24″). Well, I decided to be a brave little girl and do things I’ve never done before. Brave and- maybe stupid? First of all, I cannot do handstand walks…yet. Even as a child I couldn’t do them. A couple or few weeks back we had handstand practice. I couldn’t even kick over into a handstand position against the wall. One of the modification for doing the handstand walks is to do a 30 second handstand hold and then a 25′ vertical crawl (which I don’t know exactly how to describe). Well, it did take a few times to kick myself over, but each time I did I held there for 30-35 seconds without breaking the hold! My shoulders burned like hell, but I did it! The vertical crawl was a real leg burner, but whatever! For the wall balls, I have always used a 10# ball (lighter sometimes) or started with a 15# and quickly scale down to 15#, but this time I used the 15# for every single one of those. The thing I am most proud of, though, were the box jumps. In case you don’t know what a box jump is: Lifting both feet at the same time, you must magically spring yourself high enough and over enough to land on top of a box without falling a scraping your shins and busting your face. Then you must not fall and straighten up completely making sure that your hips reach full extension. Well, I have always used an 18-20# box. In addition to that, I’ve only ever done one WOD (I’m pretty sure) that I didn’t sub in some step-ups for the jumps. Well, on Tuesday I used the 24″ box and didn’t step-up one single time. Partly because I don’t think my legs will step that high. I’m amazed that they magically landed on top of the box with a jump. So, I’m kind of pumped. and more than kind of sore….really, really sore. I haven’t worked out since. Once I regain the ability to stand up and walk, I’ll probably go back.
Enough of my WOD work, most of you probably are curious about these jerk burgers….and you should be. They’re delicious!
While in Jamaica we bought some jerk seasoning made in Jamaica by Walkerswood. Here are the ingredients: scallions, scotch bonnet peppers, black pepper, salt, onion, all spice, nutmeg, cane sugar, citric acid, thyme leaves. Yes, there is a little bit of cane sugar… oh no! I’ll probably get really fat! and DIE! …seriously, it’s hard to find a lot of 100% paleo stuff out there and we wanted a taste of Jamaica, so just deal with it! :)
I did find a jerk seasoning recipe for you guys, though, in case you want to make some jerk burgers! ..and I strongly suggest that you do!
Jerk Seasoning recipe
2 tablespoons dried minced onion
2 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 teaspoons ground allspice
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
If you wanted to try this one a little differently, I’d suggest taking out the cinnamon and adding a pinch of nutmeg. If you’d like to put a drop or two of agave, that would probably be delicious, too!
Anyhow, to make these burgers, you simply mix all of the above ingredients and then knead some of it into your ground turkey, ground chicken, or ground beef. Unless you are making several burgers, don’t use all the seasoning! That recipe above makes 1/4 c. I’d say I used 1 T per burger and they were well seasoned! After that, simply grill them until they are done! I used my George Foreman (always do for turkey burgers).
They are delicious served with mango papaya salsa (recipe coming tomorrow) and homemade sweet potato chips. The potato chips were SO SO easy! All I did was slice the potato into thin little slices (about 3/8″) and placed them on a dehydrator (directions for specific foods are in the instruction guide). I dehydrated them at 140 degrees for 2 hours and then at 130 degrees for another 6 hours or so. I didn’t blanch or season them.
I hope you enjoy your Jerk burgers!
I ran across the link to Claire’s blog and success story on the Women of CrossFit=Strong facebook page. Her story is about her first 90 days of Paleo and CrossFit. I’ll let her tell you her story, which she has titled 90 Days of Awesome (which I think is pretty…well, AWESOME)!
90 Days of Awesome
So I wasn’t going to do this. And I REALLY wasn’t going to post photos. But I want people to know that they can do it too. So if you are a random person searching the internet for Crossfit and/or Paleo before and after photos (like I was 3 months ago!), here you have it!
Today marks 90 days, the end of the beginning of my journey into Crossfit. 91 days ago, if you had told me that I would be doing the things that I can do today, I would have laughed at you. If you told me that I would stop eating bread, I would have laughed even harder. If you told me that I would be wearing clothes I have not worn since before Ollie was born, I would have told you to shut the front door. But I am doing it!
Let’s start at the beginning…
I first discovered Crossfit by trolling a women’s workout page on Facebook. There was a post looking for women who do Crossfit that would like to try out for American Ninja Warrior. I LOVE that show! Those normal, everyday people, are amazing athletes! If there is some form of exercise that would get me into that type of shape, I would do it! I forgot all about it until I saw a photo on Facebook of a friend from high school (Casie P!) at her Crossfit gym. She was on gymnast rings, and it looked fun! So I started digging around online and discovered a CF gym (or box, as they are called) right around the corner from me! After reading about CF online and some of the before/after testimonies, I knew without a doubt that this is what I wanted to do. I would gladly give up my beautiful globo-gym membership with it’s spin classes, Zumba, “weight training” classes, Pilates studio, shiny mirrors, army of elliptical machines, hot tubs, spa, and even watersides to “become a Ninja Warrior” (ok, that’s a little dramatic, I’m not REALLY going to be a Ninja Warrior. Or will I?….)
I was completely intimidated by everyone and everything the first time I walked into The Garage. However I was shocked to discover how friendly and down-to-earth every was! Every single person came to shake my hand and welcome me. I could immediately get the sense of a team atmosphere. Bruce was my coach and I as the only person at the 7:00pm class. As he took me through my first warm up, I began to wonder what I had gotten myself in to. 1/4 mile run, bear crawls, mountain climbers, squats, push ups, and burpee broad jumps. And that was just the warm up?!?! The WOD (workout of the day) was scaled down to accommodate to my fitness level. It was 12 minutes for time: 50 wall ball shots (squatting low, then throwing a 12 pound medicine ball to a 9ft mark on the wall, catch, squat, throw, repeat), 100 single jumps with a jump rope, 10 pull ups. Repeat if time is not up. About 3 minutes into it, I wanted to quit so bad. I needed water so bad. I thought I was going to vomit and faint at the same time. Bruce, Simon, and Tim kept telling me I was doing great. Keep moving, even if it is slow, just keep moving. When I couldn’t get my chin up over the pull up bar anymore, Bruce physically pushed me up over the bar. He would not let me stop. I suffered through 1 round + 13 more wall balls. When it was finally over I was delirious. I took a spot flat on my back on the floor. I can’t tell you how long I laid there trying to catch my breath and stop my flailing legs. When I finally was still, I felt…different. I have had many exercise induced “endorphin highs” before, but this was different. The only way I can accurately describe it was sort of euphoric. And it lasted the next few hours. I was hooked!
That same day, I began “The Paleo Diet” (but it truly is a Paleo lifestyle). The prospect of it was horrifying. Before, I used to drink 4-5 diet cokes a day, cookies every night after dinner, a giant dessert once a week, and my family still lovingly (yet truthfully) calls me “Biscuit Butt” because I LOVE biscuits, bread, and pretty much anything with a carb. Seriously, if I can give up grains, ANYONE can give up grains. I expected to feel awful for a few weeks, especially since I was starting Cold Turkey, however it was just the opposite. I felt amazing from the very beginning! I had tons of energy, I was not hungry, no headaches, and very few cravings. I lost 7 lbs the first week. I then began to research the diet, and I decided to eliminate all gluten from my diet. Let me tell you, this was one of the best decisions I have ever made! I have always been what my mom calls “a worry wort.” And when I was 18, I began suffering from panic attacks and severe anxiety. I have never accepted prescribed medication at multiple doctors’ advice, but rather I have tried to manage it on my own. Since I have been eating Paleo, I have had ZERO anxiety. And that was even through weathering the storm of unexpectedly losing my brother-in-law. I absolutely will eat this way for the rest of my life. (Don’t get me wrong, I do allow myself 2 treats a week, just to keep my taste-buds happy!) All of the work I do in the gym is fueled by my food choices. And now, 3 months later, junk food makes me literally sick! MAJOR lifestyle change for me!
I can not talk about my experience with Crossfit and not talk about the people at The Garage. There are so many characters who effect me in different ways. Some keep me laughing, some keep me going, and some and just plain inspirational. There are a few in particular that I want to note, just in case they happen to read this: My #1 coach, Travis, for having confidence in me and making me “lift that grown woman weight.” My lifting partner Susan, for calling me on my B.S., constantly reminding me of my goals, and never, ever, ever letting me sandbag. And so many other women who celebrate my victories and serve as daily inspiration. I hope that one day I can lift like Jennifer, do pull ups like Angel, be fast like Laura, explain things like Aubrey, and be an all-around bad ass like Jamie. After I’ve had 4 kids, I hope I look like Verity. Then when I “grow up,” I want to be just like Renee, still Crossfitting! (I didn’t mention the guys here, but they are awesome too!) Those are just a few, but seriously, I could not have my rear in the gym and keep going every day without the Crossfit community. So if you are reading this, thank you for being you!!
So that brings me to the big evaluation. How awesome did I really get in 90 days? Pretty dang awesome from where I began! My goal for the year (which I reached in 2 months!) is to do 1 unassisted pull up.. check, I can string together 12 in a row! I can front squat 165 lbs. (started at 70 lbs). Back squat 185 lbs (started at 135) I can easily run 3 miles (0 before). I can do toes-to-bar. I can hang squat clean 110 lbs. I can do real chest-to-ground push ups. I am no longer afraid of box jumps. I can do 50 1.5 pood unbroken kettle bell swings. The word “tabata” no longer makes me weak in the knees. I have discovered that I love rowing. I LOVE olympic lifting. Most importantly, I have learned to *RESPECT* this one body that God gave me by filling it with nutritious food and using it how it was meant to be used so I can live a full life in all areas of my life. It is funny how when I sit down to write my accomplishments, I begin with my working gains. The weight loss is truly secondary, in my mind. But just for the record, I have actually only lost a total of 16 lbs, but I have lost MAJOR fat! I went from approximately 34% body fat down to 27%. I have gone from a size 12 to a size 6 (in my favorite brand). And for the first time since I was 22, I am very happy about my body. Sure, there are still changes I want to make, improvements that will happen, things that will never be the same after having 2 babies (helloooo falling center of gravity!) but I now value my body not for what it looks like, but for what it can do! That is priceless.
I don’t plan on slowing down any time soon. I can only imagine what I will be able to do 6 months from now! And one year from now! Muscle ups. Yes, mark it down, in one year, June 14, 2013, I want to be able to do a muscle up.
The proof (in my old bathing suit. It’s kinna ugly but I wanted to do it for consistency) The side photos are not very good, but you get the idea:
|Day 1– size 12|
|Day 90– size 6|
Check out Claire’s blog at http://claireetc.blogspot.com/
Well, Brett and I are back from vacation. I have no desire to do anything productive today…except maybe get a meal plan and recipes together. There are tons of things I could be doing: unpacking luggage, doing laundry, packing for the move. Maybe I’ll get around to those, but I’m in no hurry. I do plan to work on getting some posts together for the blog, though, since I’ve been MIA for the past week. :)
Just so you know, we pretty much abandoned Paleo for the week. Yep, I gained three pounds, but I think it was worth it. The food tasted great. We didn’t really eat large portions and even skipped lunch most days, so it was rarely enough to make me feel sick. I definitely can say we made better choices about food due to our paleo convictions, but still had some white potatoes and bread now and then. :)
I found an awesome CrossFit video for today’s motivational Monday. It was posted on the “Women of CrossFit=Strong” facebook page. You should definitely like their page and tell them that “CrossFit + Paleo = Winning Combination” sent you! You should like their page even if you don’t do CrossFit. The motivation they provide to workout is AWESOME!
While on vacation I got a message from one of my BFs saying she felt like a failure during one of the WODs (welcome to the club). We all fail sometimes. CrossFit is hard. There is a saying that goes something like this:
“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would be doing it. The hard is what makes it great.”
I love that quote from A League of Their Own. I’ve failed on my front squats three times in the past couple months, only to PR when I tried again while on vacation. Some, or most, WODs kick my butt, but I’m always stronger the next time.
Watch these two videos!
and the CrossFit FAIL video….
If you’ve never failed, you’ve never lived.
JUST FYI: These before and progress pictures are taken in minimal clothing (beach wear). If you will be offended, don’t look.
Brett and I have been taking pictures every month to help track our progress through our CrossFit/Paleo journey. I had this plan to place them all (each month) side-by-side for you all, but I can’t get them to work that way in wordpress, so I’m just going to post our before and current pictures. We don’t call them “after” pictures yet because we both still see ourselves as works in progress.
We started getting serious about CrossFit and Paleo in February. However, due to an unfortunate event my phone (which the February pictures were on) was destroyed. So we only have pictures from the beginning of March to use as our “before” pictures. Oh well!
Here goes…. early March pics and early June pics…..
Brett (Front Pics)
Brett (side pics)
Brett (back pics)
Brittney (front pics)
Brittney (side pics)
Brittney (back pics) BEWARE!
and a few random ones from this month…
We don’t by any means consider our physical changes to be “drastic,” but we do feel that they are worth being proud of.
I am most proud of the fact that I work out regularly. That in itself is a big deal for me. I look forward to seeing more changes in my mental and physical shape.
Brett is most proud of the fact that at age 30 he is in better shape than he was in high school. He enjoys being able to do some of the CF WODs as prescribed. He looks forward to more defined abs. :)