One year anniversary in WA and what a year of change!

This has been an exciting week of reflection and celebration.  Matt turned 16 on June 28, and we surprised him with a 90 minute flying lesson on June 26!



Michael snapped a picture of Matt that also captured me from behind – I wish I could report more visually stunning weight loss results – but these are the jeans I referenced earlier that I was able to squeeze into for the first time since 2002!


I also went through another week of Boot Camp classes, approaching the end of the 6 week challenge. I didn’t get all the check in’s posted, so my word is my bond when it comes to verifying attendance 🙂


This week also marks the one-year anniversary of our move to Washington from California.  I have been reflecting on the perceptions vs. reality of the past year, with some disappointments with job market in higher education, and personal victories with finally moving forward in my weight loss goals.  Every year I have battled with hypothyroidism, I have hoped that new efforts and ideas would yield positive results, and this is the first year in 10 where I am finally feeling optimistic about progress!


Brought my son to boot camp

My son, the athlete, who is in terrific shape from track and football, went with me to boot camp to see what it was like.


Matt validated my perception of difficulty, because I thought it would be really easy for him. He has been super supportive of my efforts, while not a huge fan of crossfit in general.  I was kind of mortified having him see me struggle so much with the WOD, particularly with the burpees.  I took a picture of the whiteboard, and this is what we did:

6/24/11 WOD

It was very intense!! I was so proud of Matt’s athletic ability, and when I was watching him I felt overwhelmed and grateful that he is in such great shape at his age (given how I was NOT even remotely athletic or in shape at 16 – I was thin but not muscular at all!).


It was an emotional day, after an intense prior week of classes that have pushed me into this second month of my journey of significant change!  If anything, at least I am determined and consistent with the effort!

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First month done!

One full month of boot camp is behind me, and what do I have to show for it? As of today, June 13, 2011, I have lost 12 pounds and 5% of my body fat!!  61311061311_post

I had hoped that losing 12 pounds would be more visually dramatic, and that is so disappointing!  The numbers keep me motivated to continue the torture because at least they are going in the right direction – finally!! I have put in this kind of effort with exercise many times before without any changes, so I will take any objective indication of progress as winning!! patience

But there is some good news with progress that I posted on Jeff’s Facebook page, and then he reposted on the JTS page:

061111FBPostI think I was so excited when writing that I made a mistake and should have said “muscle replacing fat” – but point made!! In the meantime, I wish my cats would move because my legs hurt so bad I can hardly step over them when they block the stairs …cats


Down 7 pounds!

Another week of boot camp classes, and I’m ever so slowly starting to see some objective and measurable results from all this effort.  That is truly the only thing that helps me stick with it through all the agony!

Monday I posted on Facebook about my weight loss thus far, and had a nice vote of confidence from a good friend of mine!


Wednesday was same old thing … and burpees still suck!


And Friday, yeah, Friday was the running day that I will never forget for my entire life.  I don’t know how my brother runs marathons, I just don’t get it.  The WOD today included 5 laps around the block, which each lap is about 1/3 of a mile.  I seriously thought I was going to die!


But Jeff is right, how long did it take before I started, and how far ahead am I now after a month of this? I am still struggling to do the workouts, and I still feel frumpy, fat, out of shape, and disgusting – but I’m here and I am doing it anyway.  It totally kicks my butt and I wish it would take chunks of my butt off with each “kick” – a visual representation that adequately reflects this extreme effort would be appreciated at some point!


I didn’t puke, or faint, or die after this week – so I will keep going! Thank you Jillian!



Will I ever be an athlete?

I went to Matt’s track award ceremony for pole vault yesterday, and his coach had such great things to say about him and how he just blew them away with his learning curve just starting out this year for the first time.  I sat there listening and was so proud of him – and hoped someday that maybe he would be able to listen to someone important talk about my skills as an athlete.

Matt and his track coach at Kentwood High School

Matt and his track coach at Kentwood High School

I guess it could happen, but I’ve never, ever been even remotely considered athletic; even when I was on the track team my freshman year of high school (because I basically sucked!).  So I guess I am officially on record making a wish that my son could someday be as proud of me as I am of him for athletic ability and effort.



So I went to boot camp again today with sore muscles and knees, and some glimmer of hope that results I am dreaming about are actually possible if I just keep focused and determined to succeed!



Then later today I heard my mom was having emergency surgery because she may have thrown a clot after the minor surgery she had earlier.  I know what is ahead of me genetically if I don’t fix this now, I am all the more determined to move on from the pain and make significant long-term progress in weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight for the rest of my life.  I want to be there for my kids, and my future grandchildren.  I want to be active and healthy well into old age, and I want to enjoy getting there without weight-related health problems like my mother is dealing with.  Aaaaaaaaaaand, there is also this …


Boot camp and knee problems


I don’t know what I am doing wrong, or why karma is turning on me, but my knees are killing me.  My right knee is particularly bad, and is now snapping when I move it.  It starts to really hurt when I have it bent when sitting or driving, and when I straighten it out it clicks/snaps.  Box jumps, squats, lunges – could be any one of these or all of them.



It was a nice rest to have Monday off, it gave me a little time to heal/recover.  We saw Hangover II and that was pretty funny, not as funny as the first one but it was still better than most sequels are. The rest was not long enough to eliminate all my aches and pains – maybe that is the reality I face from now on trying to get into shape …


Sometimes I feel like I am going to die when I am doing the workouts, but I’m not dead yet …