One of the first questions I get asked is if I’ve lost weight over last year’s challenge and this year’s. Now although that wasn’t the aim the answer is absolutely. At a slow and steady rate. I don’t actually weigh myself but I do measurements and I know I’ve gone down a couple of dress sizes which for me usually equates to a couple of stone. In total since the beginning of my first challenge (CrossFit) I’ve lost 23 inches of the main measurable areas, of course I will have lost a bit from everywhere. With the sugar and booze free year I don’t necessarily think it’s the lack of those two that have made me lose weight rather the avoiding those two means many less impromptu calories and many more sensible decisions made.
I don’t weigh myself, I haven’t for years. I use to. But I don’t have a healthy relationship with scales. I had a number of friends in my teens/early 20s with eating disorders and as a result a number that I think I should weigh still exists in head. That number happens to be extremely clinically underweight. I hoovered around it for a number of years due to a combination of genes and poverty as a single parent (many years back) but as I got older that number as with many things became unimportant. I know however scales would give me a mind f**k so I don’t use them.
I do however feel totally ok with a tape measure, that’s my preferred guideline and at the start of my last challenge measured myself to see what impact the year of CrossFit would have on me. I’m going to continue to do so across this year again out of interest.
It’s also no coincidence that both the challenges I picked are health based. After my daughters illness I was a little chubby, that’s not a great example to her. Although it’s perfectly normal after massive stress. I want as part of these challenges not only to raise awareness and money for research but also to set an example to her. Not that I think living healthily will save her from her genes but we all know that a healthy lifestyle makes it easier to deal with a recover from illness and surgery. The healthier she is the better she’ll cope. The healthier I am the better I will look after both of her brothers (who have their own struggles) and her.
Anyway the waffle bit done here’s the measurements I started with at the beginning of my CrossFit challenge and now. I’ll keep an eye on them during this year also, I’m keeping calories the same as before the challenge. Between last year and today I’ve lost 17 inches (on the areas I measured). I wonder what a year of no sugar and booze will do…
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