I started this journey because my mom got cancer. They told her she had a much greater success rate of survival because she was not obese. At the time I was morbidly obese and knew that I only had a certain amount of time before I would be in danger of getting the cancer she had (ovarian). All the women on her side of the family have had it, so it feels inevitable to me that I will get it. I don’t think it’s pessimistic, just more realistic. Being so overweight meant I would go through a much harder recovery than my mother and increased my chance of death. Thus, I made a pact with myself to lose almost 100 pounds, get down to regular sized clothing and aim for a size 12 or 10. I am not picky, whatever size is more natural for my body, I will do. I am also not naive enough to think that I can get down lower than a 10 because I am simply big boned, wide-framed and even when I was a teenager, I was just never that size.
So this was my starting point:
The beginning of my journey had me at a size 22. I weighed 280 pounds and I never worked out. These pictures were taken after the first workout with my trainer, and it kicked my ass.
I ate candy for breakfast or lunch, ate out frequently and would sneak delicious treats into the house to have at my leisure.
For two months I worked out with a trainer who introduced me to lifting weights and interval training. With her I lost ten pounds and a full size.
From there I started working out at GoodLife and started taking a weight lifting class called BodyPump. During this time I maintained but I didn’t lose weight.
The next step in my journey was moving from Canada to Houston. I joined a bootcamp called TransforME. Working out here transformed how I workout. It took interval training to a whole new level. I was introduced to mountain climbers, medicine balls, and jump squats to name a few. Between September 2011 and December 2012 I lost another size and 20 pounds.
Here is what I looked like after four months working out with TransforME:
Here is a picture of me from December 2012, you can see the difference in my face:
In January 2013 I made a bold move and joined a CrossFit gym. I was scared out of my mind. With a bad knee, how would I survive these classes? I joined Pearland CrossFit in their beginner class called “Body Shop” and got introduced to new movements like box jumps, pull ups, double unders, plus lifting weight in a different way and upping my cardio to a whole new level. Here I also was taught the Paleo way of eating and slowly incorporated it into my lifestyle. In June I “graduated” to legit crossfit workouts and started learning what my body really could do. I have broken up with my scale completely, as I gained weight and got smaller. It didn’t make sense to beat myself up when I was on the right path. Below is a picture from June of this year. Crossfit is redefining my upper torso and growing my quads! Bah!
Oh..I’m just enjoing it. I’m trying just now to loose some weight and I half made up my mind to talk about in a blog… for the moment I ‘m reading you
Well good luck on losing weight 🙂
Hello, and happy you found me and invested me in EAv and now following your great blog as well!
Christine, you are looking fabulous! All the best, Jenny xo
Thanks Jenni! Working hard 🙂
All the best to you too darlin’!