So this post is a mix of crossfit, clean eating and why the scales lie...
So I have been doing crossfit now for 5 months, and clean eating for 5 weeks. I'm feeling the fittest, strongest and healthiest I have ever!
Through CrossFit I've learnt about lifting olympic weights, mobility exercises and using your own body weight to perform exercises (gymnastic style). The best thing about CrossFit is it's totally 'scalable' - even when you start you can reduce the weights you use, reps, or time you have to workout. Over the past 5 weeks I've learnt to not only do a single strict pullup (and now do around 3-4 in a row), and learnt how to do kipping pull-ups and got ripped callus's to prove it!
Learning proper weight lifting form has been one of the best things I've learnt, how to look after my muscles (especially my back), and learn how to target and use the muscles I'm meant to be when doing a workout.
This workout below is an awesome testament to progression over time. The 'WOD' was Angie (100 pullups, 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, 100 squats) one of my first workouts (actually the first) after my intro week...
My initial result on the 11th February was 28.45 minutes (using a red band for my pullups and doing push-ups on my knees).
My result on the 4th June was 21.27 minutes (beating my last time by 7.25minutes) and did pullups using an orange band and push-ups on my feet!
Not only has CrossFit taught me about my body and just how strong it can be when it needs to be - but I've learnt about the importance of eating clean.
That is eating foods as close as they can be to their natural state - fresh vegetables, limited amounts of fresh fruit, lean meat, protein, NO sugar, less fat - and that's basically it. It's eating simply, eating fresh without the additives and complications.
In the five weeks eating cleaner, I've lost 5.5cms off my whole body and lost 600grams. My skin feels clearer, I'm less bloated and feeling so 'clean' on the inside!
Why the scales lie
A few of my friends have been doing Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Challenge, and loosing impressive amounts of weight and cm's off their bodies!
I am so proud of them (one of them being my amazing friend Skye), and all that they have acheived and how amazing they look and their attitude towards fitness and eating healthier... But lately as the weeks had been going by, even though I was feeling better, and my clothes fitting better - the scales hadn't moved and I was starting to feel a little miffed. Why wasn't I loosing weight damn it!?
So a body composition booking came up at a local gym and booked in immediately. The last time I had my body fat calculated was in November last year. I got it done again last night, and was completely gobsmacked at my results....
I could not believe it... In approximately 7 months these were the changes:
- 500grams lost.
- A loss of 5.6kg of fat (taking me to a total of 8.5kg fat).
- Loosing 9.71% of my body fat (taking my total body fat percentage to 15.3%).
- A gain of 4.25kg of muscle (taking me to a total of 26.3kg of muscle).
Thanks to Amanda over at Amanda's Daily Dose of Fitness, and Kelly at Crossfit Darwin I've achieved amazing results and now am seriously thinking of entering a body sculpting/fitness comp!
Q How do you measure your results? What goals do you have for yourself? Have you had any achievements lately (big or small)?