Down 35 Pounds! Bam!

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Still going strong

I have been really struggling with my shoulder pain, but pushing forward as much as I can. I am still attending classes 3 days a week and feel much more confident with the exercises (I still hate burpees, though …) I have a weigh in next class and we’ll see what happens with that.  It is really the first one I am just not stressing out over one bit.

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Boot camp with my sister

My sister Stephanie came to visit with her husband and my nephews, and I was so excited to see them and to see my sister’s reaction in person to my 30 pound weight loss.  She was so surprised, and impressed by what I have accomplished – she is an avid yogi and knows how difficult this has been for me.  She was interested in going to class with me, so we hit the 8:30am class Saturday morning before taking the kids to Seattle.

Stephanie is in amazing shape, and even given that she said the class completely wiped her out.  I loved hearing her say over and over – “I can’t believe you are doing this three days a week – wow!”

We went downtown to Pikes and the Space Needle, and here is a picture of us:

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I still am hiding a bit, not completely comfortable showing how fat I still am, even after losing 30 pounds.  I am proud and happy about the weight loss, but cognizant that I still have a LONG way to go …

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Third month of boot camp

Going into my third month and down 30 pounds – I’m liking all the threes I see right now! I really didn’t think the weight loss would accelerate to this degree after the first month was so disappointing (relative to the effort put in).  Looking at this picture really puts things into perspective, thinking about what I had to replace in order to start losing fat:

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I am having some trouble with a shoulder injury last week after doing some modified push ups.  I felt something snap in my right shoulder, and it hurt, but I thought it was just the “work through it” type pain I have been dealing with all along with my knees and, really, my entire body throughout all this! I also know that my shoulder is weak from the 2006 moving injury, and the pain I am feeling might just be a flare up from that triggered by working the weakened muscle.  Whatever it is, my shoulder aches all the time and really bothers me, but I am trying to work through it and stay focused on my fitness and weight loss goals.

To end on a positive, I did get an awesome surprise from my husband today!

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Injury from a very challenging WOD

I felt a snap in my shoulder when trying to do the pushups from this WOD, and I don’t know if I really caused something bad to happen in my shoulder or what.  I am sincerely hoping it is just sore and not a big deal!!  This was a really, really, really tough workout for me!

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I am including some pictures of recent workouts at JTS to show examples of the exercises we do.  Here are box jumps (and they suck!)

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Push ups are done this way, and yeah – the sweat on the floor is really gross!!

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We workout in different stations, switching around based on the WOD

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And when we go outside, we often do stuff like this:

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And then there is this – always this …

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First doctor appointment since boot camp started

Today was one of those terrific days that is permanently recorded and etched in my memories as one of the best! Usually I dread doctor appointments, I hate being weighed and I hate having to hear negative comments about progress and what is possible to improve with hypothyroidism.  Everything has been so negative for so long, and finally I have turned that around!

My weigh in showed a 27 pound weight loss to date!! Wow! Seeing the nurse double check her results and my previous stats was awesome!

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The entire staff was cheering for me when Dr. Gross highlighted my results.  The level of exhilaration and accomplishment I felt cannot be described in words!

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Video of boot camp class

Here are some short videos from boot camp class in July 2011.  They were posted on Facebook on the JTS page and on the Social Cam website by Jeff.  I wish I would have been there those days so I would have been in the videos, but at least I can post what it was like …

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Another video of a typical workout

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When you click on the links, a new window will open.  This Social Cam website doesn’t have the embed video code available, and WordPress doesn’t auto-embed from that site – so if anyone knows how to do that with Social Cam videos, please let me know.

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Now it is starting to melt off!

It has been a little over two months since I started boot camp and the results are becoming exponential! I am so excited to report 22 pounds lost so far!!

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The check ins are not always showing up on the Facebook news feed to save as images, but I did capture some:

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In talking to others, I found out that my weight and fat loss stats were the second best results, but since I have so much more to lose than most of the others the visual results are not as noticeable quite yet.  I really wanted to win the transformation challenge, but will be happy enough at this point with the personal victory I am enjoying with crossing the 20 pound milestone! It feels good to get this far, and to be seeing these kinds of numbers FINALLY after such a massive effort.  Everyone is noticing the difference now!

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Pushed through a difficult WOD

This was tough – not going to lie! With the 4th of July coming up, it is probably a good thing to get my butt kicked hard before taking a few extra days off.  It took me almost the entire 45 minutes just to finish the buy in …

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Seriously, I felt like such a frumpy loser compared to everyone else (kind of like that every time, but this one in particular was more like how I felt my first day).

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This is the thought that will get me through the really tough days …

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