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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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:

070811 071311I think when I use Foresquare it doesn’t always show up the same on the newsfeed.  I did not win the 6 week challenge, and was not part of the final voting on the JTS facebook page because only photos were used to select the finalists.  These are the finalists that were selected

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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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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I don’t know how the contest works, but hope that my numbers mean something because the visual is not nearly as noteworthy …losing-weight-meme

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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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!

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Wednesday was same old thing … and burpees still suck!

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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!

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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!

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

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