Whenever I’m looking at other fitness sites I’m always interested in their stats. It’s nice to see pictures, but I also like to know what realistic for ME! So, I’m hoping that by providing my stats and my goals…others can determine what’s best for them!
Resting Metabolic Rate: 1770 calories/day
Lean Lb: 129.15
Fat Lb: 21.65
Body Fat: 14.3%
I’ve been pretty active all my life. I played almost all sports in Middle School (soccer, track, softball, volleyball), but I think my favorite thing was water sports with my family! I learned to ski when I was about 8 and ever summer we took a vacation to Lake Chelan where I pretty much mastered the art of inner tubing! My late Elementary and early Middle school years I was kind of “round”! I definitely wasn’t one of those scrawny kids. It was my last year of Middle school that I really grew and started to lean out!
I dedicated myself to volleyball in High school. I was never GREAT at it, but I did love it! By that time I was weighing in about 125. I played volleyball until my Senior year, when I FINALLY decided to try out for Cheer leading. I had always wanted to, but was scared I wouldn’t make the team. With volleyball to fall back on I felt I didn’t have much to lose, but I didn’t have to worry because I made the squad! Besides sports I didn’t have any other workouts in my daily routine.
My years at college were focused on FUN and I didn’t consider working out to be fun. I did participate in a few intramural sports (softball), but it wasn’t consistent and I remember our teams not doing great. During my last two years at school I got a job at the Recreation Center and occasionally took kick boxing classes or spent minimal time on the elliptical machine. I gained a little weight through college and was weighing in around 135. Although I wasn’t working out on a daily basis, I was walking to class every day (multiple times a day), so I was able to eat whatever I wanted and continue with my routine and not see much change in my body.
After college I started a job where I was sitting down pretty much all day with access to “The Trough”. It was called that because it was like an animal feeding station. There was always JUNK food like cookies, candy, cake, or any other junk food imaginable. Because I LOVE food so much, I snacked on this stuff constantly. Not only was I eating the junk, I would go home, eat dinner, and go to sleep. This was my routine and it was NOT good. I gained about 20 pounds. When I had to buy my first pair of pants that were double digits I decided it was time to make a change. My co-workers at the time were doing a video called P90 and attending Weight Watchers. I decided to take it on! I followed the WW food guidelines (mostly eating their TV dinners and WW sponsored snacks) while doing my P90 workout 6 days a week. I didn’t really love the working out, but I was seeing results and that was exciting. I weighed in at WW at 153 pounds and after the 90 days I was down to the low 130’s. I was back to my high school pant size (2/4) and it felt great!
After being on a strict routine it was hard to keep it up. I didn’t feel like I could maintain what I had achieved and I didn’t feel like I had a program to keep me going. I tried to keep working out on occasion and trying to follow WW, but it didn’t last. I did gain back some of the weight, but quickly found Jazzercise. I started attending classes 3 days a week with my mom. This was something new and exciting for me. It was also really easy to attend because it was SO fun and my mom was there. The eating part was a constant up and down, but I was managing to maintain a comfortable weight. This was about the time I met Patrick. He got me a membership at 24 hour and that came with a free personal training session. On 3/23/2009 I weighed in at 147lb and 21.7% body fat. I started working out regularly and even started running. I did my first 5K in March 2009 and from August to December I did one race a month! I also began the Making The Cut challenge by Jillian Michaels with my good friend Regina. It was a 30 day program that we followed with a strict diet and exercise program. We both saw amazing results and I was starting the 2010 year out at 138lbs and 13.9% body fat.
Since that 30 day challenge I have continued to do interval style training. I like the mix of weights and cardio. I don’t like to workout for hours, but I like to get in the gym and sweat! It’s been about a year and a half since I did that challenge and I’m up 4 pounds of muscle!
My body fat is currently 14%. Patrick and I spend a lot more time focusing on fitness and planning new and exiting workouts. We’re always learning from others at the gym and challenging ourselves. I wouldn’t have tried the deep decline push-ups, but Patrick is always encouraging me and now they are incorporated into my workouts!
My goal now is to get my body fat down even more. I’d LIKE to be around 12%, so I think I need to tighten the diet up a bit, which happens to be the hardest part for a foodie like me!
This last year has been kind of up and down with my working out / eating. I’ve had some injuries and vacations that all play into how my results ebb and flow. I’m back to a good routine and hoping my body fat drops. I’m eating Paleo (meat, veggies, nuts, seeds, and fruits) and doing Crossfit 5 times a week. I’ve only been doing this for 3 weeks now, but I can tell my clothes are fitting different! After my body fast test I either need to lose 3lbs of fat or gain 3lbs of muscle to get back to 14%!! I KNOW I can do that!!
Since starting CrossFit I have gotten incredibly strong (for me!). When I first started I was doing banded pull-ups and my lifts with a 15# training bar. My original 1 rep max deadlift was 165#, which seemed like a lot! Recently I retested my 1 rep max and I got #220! In 10 months I was able to improve by 55#. All my other lifts have improved as well, but it’s not just the weight that I have been able to improve. It’s my overall form and flexibility as well. I mentioned a while back that I needed to dial in the eating and I have definitely done that! I eat Paleo about 90% of the time. Unless I’m doing a nutrition challenge, I do allow for some cheat meals (or cheat days)! And while all of this has benefited me in my fitness journey….the thing I am most happy about is CrossFit Industrious! All of the coaches there are amazing and they support each and every person! They write their programming on what’s best for everyone and focus on movements that will improve our overall skills! I love the community they have built there and I’m excited to hit my 1 year with them in June. I can’t wait to see what additional changes and personal records I hit this next year!
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