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So…How was Stage 1?

I know what you’re all wanting to know. “Am I a She-Hulk yet?” Not, quite but I sure feel like a beast!!

Let’s see how my stats are from 6 weeks ago to yesterday’s final workout:

  Start End
Back Squat 45 125
Deadlift 95 160
Push Up 45% Reg
Seated Row 45 110
Step Up 55 85
Shoulder Press 15 27.5
Wide Grip Pull Down 40 105
Lunge 15 27.5

While I’m happy with my leg moves, I’m not that thrilled with the press! I mean, come on…27.5lbs? When I was doing CrossFit my 1 time max rep for strict press with a barbell was 80lbs. So, while I find the dumbbell harder I still thought I’d be able to get up to 35 or 40lbs. That’s alright though, I’ll keep pushing through. It’s shocking how out of proportion my upper body strength is to my lower body!

I have missed heavy lifting. I enjoyed CrossFit at the gym until things just built up to a breaking point. Doing CrossFit at the park was fun, but we could never do more weight than we could put in a sandbag and Neal moved on to bigger and better opportunities.

Honestly, I was a bit afraid to see how much muscle strength I had lost in the last few months. Thankfully, I feel like I’ve caught back up pretty quickly to what I think I could do before. My 1 rep max for back squats is 175lbs, so 125lbs at 3×8 is pretty cool!

In order to be able to workout at home, I had to start getting up at 3:45 with my husband. I always thought he was crazy for getting up that early, but if I didn’t want to die of heat stroke sacrifices had to be made. It’s a good thing there’s a bit of a walk to get to the garage, otherwise I think I would have been half asleep at the beginning of my workouts which could have led to disaster!

My weak areas are obviously the press, but also the step ups. I used the barbell for the step ups, but my balance wasn’t the best. It looks like I’ll continue to do those through Stage 2, so I’ll work on getting better with those. There has definitely been improvement, but there’s plenty of room for more!

My back squats and deadlifts were outstanding! I always felt strong on those moves. My grip tends to give out before my strength does so I’ll have to work on getting a stronger grip too (hello farmer’s carry). A couple of the moves that shocked me were the wide grip lat pull downs and seated row. I was able to do a lot more weight than I thought. Grrrr!

There is no doubt in my mind that my core is stronger. I am able to do the prone jackknife without the ball rolling around everywhere (I do mean everywhere!) and I’m able to do regular push ups from the ground, even if they’re not pretty just yet!

Ok, ok, on to the measurements. These aren’t exact, since I didn’t take the measurements on day 1, but it’s close enough (maybe 3 or 4 days off). There are no huge changes but I feel like my body composition has changed.

  Start End
Arms (left) 13.5″ 13.5″
Chest 39.5″ 40″
Waist 37.5″ 37″
Hips 43.25″ 43.25″
Thighs (left) 26″ 25.75″
Calves (left) 17.5″ 17.5″

I also didn’t take before photos. I know…silly me. However, here is the Stage 1 After and Stage 2 Before. I’m not happy with these photos. In my head I’ve become a World Class Fitness Competitor and these pictures do not support that ideal. But, I had a good “woe is me” moment last night and am choosing to ignore the physical evidence and still see myself as a goddess!

Then, for comparison, here’s a shot of me from May (left) and July (right).

I’m Melting….Slowly

My official weigh in/measure day is Tuesday 1/25/2011. Since I’m normally pressed for time on weekday mornings, I’ve decided to do my measurements and pictures today. I’m still not seeing much of a difference in my before and after pictures, but today my measurements are definitely showing improvement! I knew I had to have lost some girth since I’m not able to fit into a size 16 pants (a little snug). So…let’s see how I’ve done. My last measurement day was 12/22/2010.

Dates: 12/22         1/23

Bust:   42.75        42.25

Waist:  39             38.75

Hips:   49              47

Calf:    19.5            18.5

Thigh: 28.5           28

Bicep:  15.25       14

Neck:  14.25        13.75

Wahoo!! I lost .5 inch off my bust, .25 inch off my waist (would have liked more), 2 (TWO!!!) inches off my hips, 1 inch off my calves, .5 inch from my calves (most stubborn place!), .5 inch from my thigh, 1.25 inches from my arms and .5 inch from my neck. That’s a total of 6.5 inches lost in a month. I am very happy with this! Ok, pictures. We’ll start with the before and after (dec – jan) in my green shirt then show the photos in my exercise top (tight clothes show more…more than I care for sometimes!).

My camera puts squares around the areas that it is focusing on when you’re trying to focus on a subject. Mike said I had two squares on my tush, one on each cheek, on that last picture! hahahaha…not sure what that means!

Checking in

Today was the first day of my 1/2 marathon training. I’m both excited and scared. Part of me thinks “What’s the worst that can happen? You get a DNF” and the other part thinks “Just don’t do it. You’re not ready for it yet”. I’m trying my best to stamp down the negative voice and focus on the fact that competing in a 1/2 marathon and giving it my best is more important than whether I finish or not (I have full plans on finishing though!).

I used the treadmill in our garage since we don’t have a good place to walk/run outside around here after dark. I’m following the Penguin’s plan which called for 8 rounds of walking 3 mins/running 1 min. Unfortunately, I started getting shin splints after the second round. I think the problem is my legs are used to walking/running outside than on a treadmill. So, after a few more days I’m hoping they’ll be gone. It went well other than the shin splints. I didn’t get too out of breath, so CrossFit must be doing some good in that department!

I also decided to do my measurements again. The last time I did my measurements was September 30th. While I didn’t weigh in today, I will be weighing in again (officially) on Christmas Day. However the last time I weighed in (last week….I wasn’t supposed to…whoops!) I was at 225. So, how did it break down?

Dates: 9/30            12/22

Bust:   43            42.75

Waist:  39.5          39

Hips:   49.5          49

Calf:    17.5            19.5 (not sure about this one)

Thigh: 28.5            28.5

Bicep:  14.8            15.25

Neck:  14.5           14.25

I’m not too upset or surprised by these numbers except for the calf and bicep measurements. The calf could be simply that I wasn’t measuring in the same spot or it could be I’ve gained muscle from my strength training, but 2 inches is a lot and I thought they were looking smaller!! I’ve lost a bit in almost every other spot. So, that’s good news. My diet has not been good so I wasn’t expecting a big change. However, after the holidays I’m going 100% paleo which I’m hoping will help peel some of this fat off.

Here are some pictures…the left is from Sept and the right from tonight. There’s not any differences really because I’m roughly the same size, plus a couple of pounds.