Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Getting Stronger

The CrossFit consistency is paying off. The scale still refuses to budge (except to go in the other direction. I'm actually up 2.5 pounds from the beginning of the month. Le Sigh.) HOWEVER, I have noticed some non-scale victories that are really important:

  • First and foremost, I feel GOOOOOOD! Not just okay or pretty good, I feel awesome. 
  • I feel stronger. This morning I did 50 pull ups. Not just that, I actually decreased the size of resistance bands I've been using to help me do them. This seems like a small thing, but it is actually a really big thing. It has been on my bucket list for a long time to be able to do just one unassisted pull up and it seems like it might actually be possible with some really hard work.
  • My cardio capacity is increasing. Things that were impossible just a few weeks ago are happening now. They happen SLOWLY, but they happen. 
  • Saturday I wore a dress that I had slowly started to phase out of my rotation because it was too tight. It was decidedly NOT too tight on Friday.
I had promised myself that in August, I would commit to eating Paleo and put a focus on CrossFit. My plan was to reevaluate at the end of the month. I still have about a week to decide how to approach September.

I have a very real goal of losing weight for a specific reason, namely hang gliding while in Rio. I absolutely have to lose pounds if I'm going to do that. What I have to decide is whether what I'm doing now is correct and my body will catch up OR whether I need to make some sort of change.

I joined Amy's next diet bet for a little extra immediate motivation. Wish me luck!

If you are interested in the food side of my week, you can read more here.



Tracey@bariatricfoodforlife.com said...

Amazing NSVs. Being strong and happy is everything.

MandaPanda said...

Good luck with the diet bet! I've always wanted to do a pull up. I got very close in my prime but nowhere near it now. Keep up the great work!

Lori said...

You have got to be building muscle mass if your clothes are still fitting, especially getting in to ones that were too tight. You are on the right track. I bet in a few days you'll drop quite a few pounds. Don't give up!