My Physical Progress So Far
What a Journey it’s been over the past 60 days jumping in on a weight loss (body fat) challenge. It has been one of the most humbling experiences of my life so far. This isn’t a process that I can fast track or just “Be Good At” it takes dedication, hard work, and the help from so many others. I didn’t want to post a before and after picture because this isn’t the end. This is something that I am going to have to work towards for a very long time and maintain for the rest of my life. So I posted a before and current picture so I can remind myself I am better than what I was, but I have a LONG way to go.
I started the process by taking a DXA scan which is an x-ray of my whole body and a measurement of muscle, bone, and fat density. Starting out I saw a nice looking skeleton with blobs of fat all over it. Now I have a nice skeleton with a smaller blob of fat on it.
Starting Weight 216
Starting Body Fat 33.8
Current Weight 199.1
Current Body Fat 28.1
Dropped 2 Pant Sizes
Off of all Blood Pressure Medications
Courtney and I started the process by becoming very active in our CrossFit gym (CrossFit O’Fallon). I started out going every week day and it was a major butt kicking. I screamed, hurt, and puked my way through it. Thanks to Aaron Bell, Josh Finley, and the rest of my CrossFit community for sticking with me through the up’s and downs of the daily growth. I have really found a sport that I can be passionate about, something that I can dig into and always be better at. The community that I have found with CrossFit has been so caring, friendly, supportive, fun, and of course competitive.
My diet has been a massive change. I cut out all sugar as well as carbs/grains from my diet. I reduced all my dairy products and focuse on lean meat and veggies. My diet wouldn’t be nearly as successful if Courtney wasn’t cooking for me. On about my 4th week I noticed a major flat line of my weight loss, seemed it was a result of not eating enough. I started incorporating more lean protein and high grade protein supplements and started seeing even better progress.
This has become more than a diet and a daily workout routine for me. It has become a total life style change that I have learned to really love. I believe the reason for that is the relationships that I have built through it, the fact I have overcome some major fears, and how great I feel. I can’t imagine going back to how I use to eat, or how I wasn’t listening to my body. This is a goal that I want to continue to work towards. I want to get to a much leaner state, become better in my WOD (work out of the day) times, and hopefully inspire my friends and family to do the same.
At my First CrossFit Throwdown
More Current Picture… I know I know I am a white boy.
My Goal (Rich Froning – CrossFit)