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Goodbye big pants, Hello big pants

As you would imagine being someone of extra girtg means that you have to shop at the extra girth stores. Although the people that work there are very nice, the quality of the clothes is less than desirable, especially for the price you pay for them. Because you need to shop at a speciality store they feel that they can charge you some crazy about, I mean where else are you going to go? So as I got dressed every morning in my big pants that overpaid for I used to say to myself that some day I will not need to wear these, not need to go to a speciality store to get my clothes and I dreamed of the days that I could wear normal clothes again. As years went by my waist would get bigger, bigger shirts and argueing with the employees on what size shirt I wore. Even though I am on the side of less than tall, I would need to get a Tall shirt bececause of my longer torsoe and my larger belly. I needed the extra fabric to cover my vast acreage of stomach. I used to "joke" that I got my clothes for Georgia Tent and Awnings. Yeah it was a joke, but deep down inside I was maskig my poor self outlook. As my waist was getting bigger I would justify it with excuses. Not take accountability for my expansions in the size catgory, and not believe that I had a problem. It is time to say goodbye to big pants..... But as I have been working out, my size is now heading down, my physical fitness is increasing and my clothes are getting baggy. Towels are actually wrapping around my waist, paints are requiring belts, belts are requiring new holes and my shirts are starting to fit very loosely. I am feeling better both when I am working out but also when I am resting. You find it hard to believe that you can not feel good when relaxing? Try being 349 lbs. The strain to breath, getting comfortable in a positon where your weight is not crushing some portion of your body, organs or even pieces of furniture. I no longer have to really worry about whether I can sit on a piece of furniture, I am wearing my clothes baggy ( I do not want to buy new clothes yet, as I am still losing)and I am enjoying it. I love putting on my clothes now, because I can see the progress I am making. I can see the hard work is paying off and I am feeling much better about myself. I am enjoying the energy I am finding within myself and the sore muscles the trainers are giving me. I am really enjoying every aspect as my recovery from being of the large configuration and most of all, I am very happy to be able to say hello to my big pants every morning.
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Oh. What did I do?

I SIGNED UP FOR MY FIRST COMPETITION!

 

And now ... I don't know if it's regret or fear but I'm doubting the decision that I made to sign up. This afternoon on my lunch break while I was scanning Facebook I came across the thread in which the Rookie Rivalry Competition Event was posted. I started to look through the post and "creeping" on the other women signing up and I got a sudden overwhelming sense of doom. WHY IN GODS NAME DID I THINK THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA? All of these other women have been doing CrossFit for awhile, were in FAR better shape than I, and were going to kick my ass. I'm literally going to have my ASS handed to me at this event. Sure, I've overcome some obstacles, dropped some weight, gained some muscle, but shoot; I'm no where in any sort of shape to be competing with these women. Can I get a mulligan? A do-over? Can I just go to an event further out where I might stand a fighting chance? I know none of that is possible but it's the only thing that sounds reasonable to me at the moment. I hate losing. Even worse .. I hate losing that badly.

 

So what am I going to do? I'm going to continue my training and add more days to my schedule and I'm going to try to be more positive about all of this. I mean after all, this was something that I wanted to accomplish this year, why not knock it off of the calendar earlier than planned? Yikes. I'm definitely going to need some positive reinforcement on this one guys, maybe a nudge or ten but I know that I can count on all of you to help me over this hurdle. With my CFN family behind me I know that I can turn this scary goal into something that I'll be incredibly proud of immediately once I'm finished, 1st place or not.

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Here's to you, 2016!

The holidays are over and it’s really time to get down to business. I have been working out as often as I can and have indeed achieved some pretty awesome goals/results, but now it’s really time to focus. With the holiday’s out of the way I will find more time to focus on my health goals, my well-being, and athletic drive. For the New Year I have set some specific goals for myself and I want to share them with you all so that you can help hold me accountable.

First up: I want to lose 50 pounds in a healthy way. I know that this is no small number but I also know that it is attainable when I have the support and tools available to me that I do. I want to lose the 50 pounds not just for vanity’s sake but also for my health. I have sleep apnea, anxiety, and depression. There is no doubt in my mind that losing this kind of weight will help me not only feel better when looking in the mirror but I will also feel better mentally and physically.

Secondly: I want to start attending regular CrossFit classes as well as boot camp. I LOVE MY BOOTCAMP crew; I mean really, I do. They are the ones who have been with me since the very beginning and have pushed me, high fived me, and struggled alongside me. It’s scary moving on from something and someone’s that you’re comfortable with and this is why I’m going to keep my boot camp schedule but add in regular classes on the fill in days. It’s really nice to be able to make this change and have the support from everyone around me while I do it. It’s also nice to know that I don’t have to “give up” seeing those I love seeing to advance myself. CrossFit schedules are the best!

Lastly: I WANT TO ENTER A COMPETITION! There, I said it. The athlete in me has been Facebook stalking those competing, it has been jealous (in a good way) over medals and trophies won, and is itching to get out there and win its own. I know that I’m nowhere near that level as of right now, but with the first two goals going into effect I know that this goal isn’t out of reach. I plan on taking my training seriously (Don’t worry; I’ll still be having fun.) and making large strides in this New Year.

So there you have it, my 3 main goals for this year. I don’t think any of these are farfetched and I know that I can count on all of you for your continued love and support as I continue on in this amazing journey. So here’s to 2016, filled with PR’s, weight loss, and competitions!
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Dear Amy

Dear Amy, So it was a beautiful Sunday in October 2015 and you were brave enough to get in your car and head to Nashua NH. You were scared, nervous and unable to calm the butterflies in your stomach. You were thinking to yourself “is this it” is this my chance to change my life. Could this be your “BIGGEST LOSER” or “Extreme Makeover” ? Has your time come……… ? You’ld been to this place a couple of times as an outsider dropping off your dedicated and enthusiastic sister. What went on inside this building that had her so hooked and excited each time you dropped her off? As you took a deep breath and opened the door your last and lingering question was will they think I’m a lost cause? So you smiled your best smile and met the four other people who shared your dreams and knew first hand of the sadness this unfit life had become. You listened as each story unfolded and heard that same tone of yearning to be better and do better. As you looked down the line you thought to yourself how could the coaches say “NO” to any of us we all needed this. Well as you now know that extremely generous decision was made and “THE FAB FIVE” was born. This letter to you is written as a reminder of the courage it took to take those first steps. The determination to complete that first workout, pull that sled and push it because it felt good & you could. Most importantly remember YOU ARE WORTH IT, YOU DESERVE IT and I’m proud of you. Sincerley, The Healthier & Happier Amy.
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Fitmas!

Christmas!!!! I love Christmas, I always have, but this year I loved Christmas even more! This year for Christmas Santa brought me Crossfit sneakers and lifters. Yes, kind of geeky, and perhaps it’s a little presumptive that I will ever even “need” the lifters but I’m excited to have them regardless. I’m excited at the idea of crushing my PR for my deadlift. I’m excited at lifting more during my push press. Heck, I’m INCREDIBLY excited to see how much I can back squat. You see if there is anything that I have learned during these past few months of Crossfit it’s that you can only get better; you can only get stronger. These shoes as silly as it may sound are a small reward to me. These shoes represent the fact that I have stuck with this program, and that I want to continue to stick with it until I’m physically incapable of doing so. (Pray that never happens.) It’s been an incredibly long time since something like this has fueled me, (Just ask my husband who spent $70.00 on skates for me to only use them for 15 minutes. I SWEAR I’LL USE THEM AGAIN.) and I couldn’t be more excited about where the drive will take me. This journey is just starting to get interesting. I’m starting to see my gains, (small but gains none the less) I’m starting to see my stamina increase, my body aches and creaks less, I’m also seeing my cravings change and decrease. This program and lifestyle may not be the best for everyone, but it is certainly something that is working for me, and something that I plan on sticking with for the foreseeable future.

PS. Santa also brought me some pretty sweet workout capris, sports bras, and t-shirts too which can only lead me to believe that Santa wants to see MASSIVSE GAINS for Christmas next year. Challenge accepted Santa, challenge accepted.
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My First PR!

Last Friday, 12/11/15, I experienced my first ever PR (Personal Record)! I deadlifted 225 lbs., and by doing so I got to ring the PR bell, and write my name on the whiteboard. Now all of this may seem trivial and silly to some of you, but for me; for my inner athlete it was the equivalent of winning a match or placing in a tournament. It’s been quite some time since I have done any of the listed above so to achieve that level of excitement and self-satisfaction was amazing.

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We All Have Demons.

I was once a high performing athlete. I was once able to make it through a 90 minute soccer match without a substitute. I used to practice 5 days a week for 2 hours a day and then workout on my own during the weekends. I was even once capable of going from one practice for one sport, into a game for a completely different one within the same day. That is not the case anymore.

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