61918 1 year update
10 Toes to Bar
10 dumbbell snatch alternating arms 60/40
Run 1/2 Lap
At my heaviest I weighed about 320 lbs. I’ve been as light as 215 lbs. That weight loss happened very quickly. Since opening the gym, I’d crept back up to as high as 245 and consistently yo-yo’d up and down until a year ago when I took the Precision Nutrition level-1 course. This year I lost 14 pounds.
Tylically people who drop weight drastically and quickly, gain it back. I actually was on track to do that even being a CrossFit gym owner. Until a year ago, I spent the better part of 4 years swinging about 25 lbs up and down and everywhere in between. I would “buckle down” for a couple of months at least until the next holiday or vacation and easily pack it back on.
This year I committed to the long game. I realized that I was eating next to nothing during the week and hating training, and making it all back up over the weekend. I decided to eat enough to enjoy training because that’s what I love. So what changed? In a year I haven’t had the satisfaction of losing 10 lbs in a week like I used to. BUT I haven’t suffered the disappointment of gaining it back over a weekend! Believe me when I tell you it’s a much better place to be mentally. Whenever someone talks about their weight loss in terms of more than 2 lbs in a week, I don’t know how to respond. “I lost 9lbs this week!” Half smile, errr talk to me in 5 years...
Mac and I have sustained our movement practice (CrossFit) because we really love the act of training. We aren’t motivated by a particular place we want to be or some ultimate goal like a 600lb deadlift or 5:00 mile. We just genuinely like doing CrossFit. I needed to apply that to my eating. I learned to just like vegetables and I’m not as afraid of carbs as I once was. I eat slower even when it’s really tasty and I pay close attention to how different foods make me feel. The result has been steady and painfully slow progress.
Where are you at? Yo-yo’ing? Slow and steady? Backtracking? Changing your body takes time and cutting corners or forcing the process faster than your body can sustain only results in disappointment. Don’t believe me? That’s fine, you you’ll understand in time.