Joining the DietBet has really helped me focus on cleaning up my diet. I tracked calories on MyFitnessPal for about 3 days before I couldn’t take the tedium anymore. I decided to just continue being committed to basic healthy habits that secretly help me cut calories. I was successful in limiting treats to very small things daily (~100 calories). I also scaled back a bit on my protein portions and measured out carb portions (like rice and pasta) to limit that dense source of calories. I *love* rice (brown or white) and potatoes and I refuse to give them up. I’m not a big pasta person, but I happened to make spaghetti last week and then used up the leftover noodles to go along with this cold chicken salad (chicken breast, broccoli, onions, vinaigrette dressing) that was in my Urban Pl8 proteins for the week. The net result of two weeks of good focused eating is that I’m down 4.4lbs (188.8->184.4)! Hmm…maybe I should try a little harder all the time, no?
I’ve been running sporadically but most of my exercise comes in the form of CrossFit. I just find it virtually impossible to motivate myself to run in the evenings after work. However, I have no trouble going to CrossFit. I think I need the group atmosphere to inspire me to exercise after a long day. Morning exercise has only recently become an option for me, so I’ve been pretty heavy on the CrossFit since I was cleared to exercise @ 6 weeks postpartum.
I used to primarily attend the bootcamp CrossFit class which focused more on metcons than the more technical Olympic lifts. Attending evening classes has been a really good thing for me. The classes are longer so we have ample time to do pure strength work before metcons. The other women in the class are tough and strong and they inspire me to work hard and get better every day. Getting the chance to practice my technique frequently has obviously led to some improvement. Finally, focusing more on lifting than running has been beneficial as well. When I was training for ultras, CrossFit naturally took a backseat due to limited time and a desire to not trash my legs too badly for runs. All of these changes mean that I’m lifting more than I ever have with (relative) ease and I love it! I’m particularly about this because even though I’m getting lighter, I’m still lifting heavier I ever have before.
|Hanging Power Clean||115->120|
These are just some of the improvements that I’ve seen. Some PRs have come over the years and +2 kids +150 lbs pregnancy/misc weight – 125lb postpartum weight loss. Others have only come in the past year after having Peri. Numbers aside, I love feeling more comfortable doing things like power cleans, snatches and overhead squats (my nemesis lift!).
I feel like I have a ton of room to grow here and I look forward to seeing what I can do. I have a few more months before I have to split my focus for marathon training so I want to accomplish some lifting goals. First up is a 300# (minimum) deadlift. The day I hit my PR of 290#, I first loaded the bar with 305# by mistake (coming off a 275# warmup). I had my trainer tape my attempt because I wanted to make sure I didn’t bail out of fear. I was only able to get the bar up a little bit and was annoyed with myself that I couldn’t manage a 5# PR. Of course, my trainer then pointed out that I had overloaded the bar. Doh! I went back the other day to look at the video (below) and I got it higher off the floor than I thought! Had I not jumped up 30# from the prior lift I just might have made it. I *will* get that 300# by the end of the year, mark my words. And I’ll get it at an even lighter weight than I’m sitting at now.