Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Days 85, 86, 87 aka Days 13, 14 15 of paleo challenge aka WEIGH IN!!!

Sooo today is officially halfway through Geaux Crossfit's paleo is Day 15 and I officially lost....  11 pounds!!  That is a total of 43 pounds in 87 days!!  I cannot believe it!!!  This has seriously been the easiest weight I have ever lost...yes I am working hard at the gym but I seriously never feel hungry.  It's not like other diets that I have done where I am just sitting there waiting until I can eat again...this is all very emotional for me - seriously...a LIFESTYLE change.  We always here that when we try new ways of eating healthy but, for me, it was always said with a little eye rolling..but paleo really does feel like a new lifestyle.  Now, in 31 days I will not be quite as strict (I can barely wait for some hummus) but I am going to stick pretty closely to the plan....more on that later.  First I have to talk about this killer WOD I did today.  I know I keep thinking this but, seriously, this is the hardest WOD I have ever done...when I saw it listed last night I seriously thought that Amber would modify it so I wouldn't do so much running...I was wrong!!  Okay, here it is:

400m run - no stopping
a variety of stretches
Workout of the Day
1 heavy set of 5 reps Deadlift - I think 105 pounds
For Time:
-800 Meter run - DIDN’t WALK!! WOOO HOOO!
-20 front squats (115/75) - did squats with bench
-400 Meter Run
-30 Push Press (115/75) - I think 55 pounds
-800 Meter Run
-20 Front Squats (115/75) - did squats with bench
-400 Meter Run
TIME 29:something…can’t remember!

I am sure this is the most running I have ever done...seriously.  Okay, so this is a little embarrassing but, for some reason, this WOD made me really I couldn't get into my car fast enough to burst into tears emotional.  First, Amber pushed me to do more weight that I thought I could for the push press...I am so thankful for her - she shows such confidence in me and that helps me progress and get stronger and healthier.  I  really didn't think I could do it...but I did!  I never would have tried if it weren't for I almost started crying when I finished that.. and then...omg this just makes me cry typing it.  I was doing the last 400 m run and I really didn't think I was going to finish....I knew the other two people doing the WOD were already done... i stopped running and started walking and figured I would just walk over the finish line.  I had about a lap to go (200m) and then I heard them... Brad and Ava, the other ones who had already finished, came running around the corner to run with me and give me the confidence I needed to finish strong.  It was such an unbelievable moment for me.  I did it.  Because of them.  Geaux Crossfit truly is an amazing place.  Brad and Ava are both really fit....they had already done this grueling workout and didn't have to think of me..but they did and it will be a moment that I will not soon forget.

Eating Out..Paleo Style.
I am proud because this week I went to my favorite restaurant in Baton Rouge, the Londoner, and managed to eat paleo.  I had emailed them a few weeks ago to find out of they had an gluten free options and the manager sent me back a LOVELY email going through their whole menu.  The email was very thoughtful and had all the information I needed!  Sooo...I got the burger with no bun with avocado.  I asked for some mustard to eat with it but the burger was sooo delicious that I didn't need any!

I leave on my family road trip to Nashville in one week.  I am getting nervous about eating but know that I have to be extra prepared so all will go well - yesterday I made homemade trail mix (raw nuts and very few dried cranberries for a treat..) and put it in small snack bags that I can put in my purse.  I also plan to pack a lunch for the road trip..thank god for Sam's Club rotisserie chicken, along with other paleo friendly food items.  I just keep telling myself that I can do it...I can get though a vacation and 9+ hour drive (each way...).

"trail mix" for road trip!
Okay...soo...I am finally, after almost 3 months, ready to commit to an official goal.  I have been thinking about it a lot and I know what will make me happiest and proud.  I want to lose 100 pounds in one year.  Before I started this journey, I wouldn't think it was possible without weight loss surgery or being chosen for the Biggest Loser.  But I have done that math over and over has been 3 months and I have lost 43 pounds.  That gives me 9 months to lose 57 pounds.  I have averaged about 15 pounds a month and I only need to average around 8 pounds a month to reach the 100 pound in February of 2012 I will be 100 pounds lighter than February 2011!  Jason and I have discussed how to celebrate when I reach it and both agree a family cruise is the way to go!!!  That is GREAT incentive!!  I am soo excited! is time to get ready to bed for is early but I am emotionally and physically exhausted.  But I feel stronger, lighter and more determined than ever!


  1. AWESOME!!! Congrats on everything, you're doing GREAT!

  2. That's incredible Bethany! I'm so happy for you, proud of you and your commitment to becoming healthier for your self and your family. Very inspirational indeed. I KNOW you will succeed with your goal. I'm so excited to see it happen for you, like all the great results you've already achieved. Maybe now I will finally decide to get serious and jump on the wagon with you

  3. Bethany, you're doing so well! Your hard work is paying off, and you are also inspiring others.

    Just FYI, the last time I checked, Sam's rotisserie chicken included seasoning that was not gluten free. Don't know how strict you have to be, but I wanted you to know.

    Keep it up!

  4. So awesome. You sound so happy.

  5. I love your post. I can definitely relate to the emotional side of these workouts too... I started crossfit about 2 months ago and every once in a while we have a workout that I call "a cryer" because I feel very emotional and want to cry afterwards. Working out has never done that to me before. Congrats on all your success so far!

  6. That is SO awesome! That WOD scared me to death, so I opted not to go to Geaux Crossfit that day. You are seriously an inspiration because Crossfit has been so intimidating, but I know it's the best thing for me - along with committing to Paleo! Keep it up because I'll certainly push myself by seeing you go through the same struggles - but actually having no fear. I'm going tomorrow morning, whether I'm the only woman in class or not! Thank you!