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!

072611_doctorAfter I left the Polyclinic, I went to Pikes to walk around and then I got to Virginia Street and just HAD to see if all this fitness effort I have invested would show itself worthy by testing my ability to get up that hill!  Every time before I have been winded horribly trying to walk up that hill – aaaaannnnd, I nailed it!!

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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 …

Video of a typical workout

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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Boot Camp 6 Week Challenge Results

Final results for the 6 week challenge are in – I am down 16 pounds and have lost 6% of my body fat!

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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!

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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!

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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 🙂

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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.

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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:

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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!).

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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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