CrossFit Lifestyle Challenge Results:
Weight: -2.8lbs (187.6 to 184.8)
Body Fat %: -.08% (30.2 to 29.4)
Without listing them all (you can zoom in on the photo above if you really want to) about half of my calliper measurements went down and some, like pec and knee, went up. Strangely enough, my lean mass also decreased even though I’ve been feeling stronger and like I’m able to work harder so that sucks.
- If we’re being honest here, I have to say that I’m a little disappointed with these results. I had very realistic expectations going in to this, but I did expect to see a few more changes. I feel SO much better so it is definitely disheartening to not see that reflected.
- That being said, I am going to continue to eat this way. I am far less bloated, my skin is clearer than ever, I can push myself harder in workouts without feeling like I’m going to puke up my lunch which was a legitimate problem before and I have a lot more energy.
- My coach said I should be aiming for 1900-2100 calories/day which is exactly what I have been doing and hitting. At least that is reassuring.
- My initial reaction and instinct is to cut calories further. To drop it down to 1700. But I need to trust Kevin. I know that he is very knowledgeable and he has helped a lot of people at this gym. It’s very difficult for me to want to eat right now though. I just had to choke down dinner and felt sick. Why do I have such a fucked up relationship with food!?
- He said that due to my cheek and chin measurements being so similar and the fact that I carry a lot of weight in my stomach and hips he believes that I have a lot of inflammation in my body and I’m not very insulin sensitive. Both of these factors would inhibit fat loss; especially an insulin resistance because that leads to more fat storage. Insulin resistance is also a first step in the road to diabetes so this is something I’m going to want to discuss with my doctor.
- He recommended that I take magnesium to help with sleep so that my body can recover and repair itself more efficiently. He also recommended taking Vitamin D which will help with insulin sensitivity. Tomorrow I will go buy both of those supplements and begin taking them. I’m also going to do some of my own research cause I’m really curious about this stuff.
- I’m trying really hard to not get disheartened by this. I know that my only choice is to work hard, stay focused and trust in the process no matter how slow. I know that is took me almost 1.5 years (about 15 months) to lose 30lbs which is only an average of 2lbs/month. It’s only been one month. I have to have faith that if I keep putting in the work, the results will come eventually.
I’m going to stick to CrossFit 5x/week. I am going to start running 3x/week as I need to start training for the Calgary Half Marathon. Further into training I may need to reduce my days at CrossFit, but I’ll just see how my body handles the work load as I go. I will trust Kevin and continue to eat 1900-2100 calories/day of quality food. I will focus on consuming lots of eggs, quality meats, veggies, sweet potato, squash, fruits and healthy fats. Clearly I need to continue to limit my sugar intake as I may be slightly insulin resistant. I feel better, more energetic, and less bloated when I don’t eat sugar or grains so I will stick with that. I’m also going to make an appointment with my doctor since I got blood work done about a month ago and I’m interested in seeing if that showed any results that may point to an insulin resistance. If that is the case, I will figure out a plan with her and a dietician. I will continue to track all of my eating. If I don’t see further results in another 2-3 months, I will consult with Kevin, and my doctor again, because I need to figure out how to get this under control.
I’m honestly trying not to cry right now. Sometimes this process is just so frustrating. But I know that it’s not meant to be easy. I feel like I’m doing all the right things. I track everything on here, so you guys see pretty much everything I eat and do. I know I haven’t been slacking. I’ll let myself feel a little sad tonight and then let it go tomorrow so I can work even harder. Gotta keep going. Trust in the process, Stephanie. Don’t stop now.
*Brief FYI: This weigh in fell on the second day of my period. I have no idea if that affected any of my results, nor am I blaming them on it. I’m simply writing it here for my own records.