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Old 03-30-2013, 08:29 PM   #11
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Re: I'm another newbie (and hooked my family!)

Long time, no update

Well, WE LOVE CROSSFIT!

Let's see how I can update.
I took pics a week and a half ago or so. The difference was amazing. Even our CF coaches were surprised! I think I'll take more in June.
I'm down two sizes, several inches, a few pounds.
I can do 10 dips on the box with my feet further out.
I can do pull-ups using the bands to help (I can also do Australian, not just rowing ones).
We finished ramp-up and do LifeFit or the regular WOD (modified) daily.
I go four days most weeks, as does my daughter. My son goes 5. We go to the 6:30a class the great majority of the time.
We start learning real lifts (not dumbbells, modified, etc) on Monday!
We eat Paleo (though maybe a fewer carbs than optimal sometimes).
Exercise begets exercise. I bought a Trikke, use the pull-up bar at home, etc.
I regularly (not always) blog my workouts at hfamcourse.wordpress.com

I'm sure there is more, but that is a good start
Oh, my 7yo LOVES CFKids and my son can't wait til he can start next month
I haven't talked hubby into CF yet. He shows interest sometimes but the muscle pain and fear of not being able to breathe while exercising scares him off.

(Life update: The three foster kiddos moved closer to their adoption worker. The baby was taken from us despite it not being best for us. We are currently open for 1-2 children, preferably toddler to young school age. I also got a german shepherd puppy who I hope can exercise with me soon....so far she can barely make it around the block!)
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:05 PM   #12
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I took bathing suit pics today.
AWESOME!

I am so glad we started CF. Absolutely wonderful!
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Old 04-07-2013, 11:29 PM   #13
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wow! keep up the great work pamela... one WOD, one day at a time and before we know it the lifestyle changes are permanent and a transformation has occurred.

WELL DONE!

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Old 04-08-2013, 07:38 AM   #14
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Keep it up! You have a truly inspiring story that is destined for a happy ending!
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:40 PM   #15
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Congratulations! My wife will be starting cf with me soon. I hope that she will apply herself like you have. Your story is inspiring.
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:07 PM   #16
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Congrats.

+1 on german shepard puppy.

As for hubby, perhaps try to lure him into 1 aspect of CrossFit. Powerlifting or Weightlifting or BW stuff perhaps KB work. Go from there.
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I started in a size 20 and today am wearing a size 14 pair of jeans!

The progress just keeps getting more and more amazing every week from what we can now do in the gym to what we look like. It is awesome!

More details, for anyone interested, at my blog: hfamcourse.wordpress.com



ETA: I did want to make a warning to anyone doing Paleo. Tuesday night, we were invited to Braum's to celebrate one of my daughter's accomplishments. My big son didn't get ice cream, but I had a jr. cup. BAD idea. After not having it (or anything similar) for quite awhile, my body really hated it. My upset tummy kept me up all night and hurt all day the next day. Pretty convincing not to do that again!
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Old 04-13-2013, 08:37 PM   #18
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Pretty convincing not to do that again!
Hahah, yeah that happens with a lot of sugary, fatty foods when you stop eating them. Same with greasy foods.

Luckily, I don't suffer from this.
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I could use some help. I assume what I need is diet advice.

Okay, so size wise, I'm doing better. I hate that I'm a bunch "squishy-er," but figure that is part of losing weight. Things are shifting, some positive, some not. Again, part of losing weight. And I'm not tied to the scale by any means. I have got on it every 2-3 weeks just to see.

But there is NO way I'd be over 200 pounds no matter how much muscle I gain, right? And now that it has been a few weeks, you'd think I'd lose SOMETHING weight wise. I really was sure I'd be down under 200 by now, really...or at least getting close.

Honestly, we eat a lot of bacon and avocado. Eggs are a mainstay. So is chicken. Salads are fairly regular. I do have a protein bar each morning (should I put all my justification for that one? LOL Seriously, it is super fast and easy so I can get myself and many children out the door to get to the box by 6:30am). I eat four times daily most days. When we go out, it's usually steak and veggies, maybe an omelet.

Help?
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Most people can only bulk up 10-20lbs of muscle per year, roughly a pound or two a month. That is muscle tissue itself. I'm not sure if that is lean tissue including bone or joint tissues, tendons, etc but if that is included, that still wouldn't be that much.

Now when people often say how much lean muscle mass they suddenly gain, a lot of it is extra water in their muscles because of glycogen storage (carbs will bind water [and glucose]).

When losing weight, it's really easy losing a lot of weight from the get go. This is often retained water when you start cutting carbs. So I hear stories of people and myself losing 20-30lbs in a month or two.

You can start guesstimating caloric intake or Zone blocks if you find yourself stagnating or go get a hydrostatic body fat test or calipered body fat test if you really care.
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