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!


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!!


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

Video of Partner Wall Ball

Video of Boot Camp

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.


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!!


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!


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 …


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).


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


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!


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!



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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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 …




I really thought I would have lost some weight after two weeks of killing myself, but not yet, although I know I am getting stronger.  If this doesn’t work for losing weight, though, I don’t even know what else to do.  I guess I should care more about building muscle and being healthy, but it would really help me psychologically to also see some weight reduction after all this hard work!





This week has been a challenge, but I’m sticking with it! There is no boot camp class on Monday because of Memorial Day so I guess I have a little break, and I am really mixed about whether that is a good thing or not.  I don’t want to go, but I know I NEED to go, and I really, really want to win the challenge contest.  I guess I could do push ups etc. at my house. I just need to really watch what I eat over the holiday weekend …