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.monday motivation: the before and after pics.

Ok I might be on glue for agreeing to do this, however, my roommate and I made an agreement: if I placed at all in the Summer Nutrition Challenge, I’d post my before and after pictures on this here blog. Well, friends, I came in 3rd! So, here are the pics… (Ignore the funny face. I had a hard time taking myself seriously, taking selfies at 6 am.)

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  • Before pictures: July 30, 2013
  • After pictures: August 30, 2013
  • Height: 5’4″
  • Weight: between 123-126 on any given day
  • I did not count calories.
  • I did not lose pounds on the scale.
  • Many of us used a website called Loseit.com to log food so as to track protein/fat/carb ratios
  • Daily I tried to keep my ratios: 40% protein, 30% fat, 30% carbohydrates
  • Cheat days: 2 for birthday celebrating,
  • I CrossFit about 4-5 times/week
  • During the challenge I also went to SoulCycle 1-2 times/week
  • I ate:
    — Protein: leans meats like grilled chicken and homemade turkey burgers, some steak, some ground beef, eggs
    — Carbohydrates: berries, asparagus, Brussels Sprouts, broccoli, bell peppers, spinach, some apples, some carrots
    — Fat: avocados, raw almonds, raw cashews, olive oil, coconut oil
    — Sparingly: larabars, icelandic yogurt (essentially the same thing as Greek), sweet potatoes (I think I had maybe 2 the entire month), grass-fed butter
  • I did not eat/drink:
    — Grains of any kind
    — Legumes or beans
    — High sugar fruits like bananas, grapes, pinepple (le sigh.)
    — Booze
    — Cheese

So much gratitude and respect to my fellow nutrition challengers, and Congrats to Anna and Rob for taking 1st and 2nd place respectively. The support that everyone offered each other was like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Truly an amazing experience.

Also a major thank you to the incomparable CF Greenpoint coaches for organizing this and creating a challenging, collegial, safe, and most of all fun, environment to go sweat your face off in.

Tomorrow I’ll post my thoughts and reflections, but today I just wanted to give you guys a snapshot look at what 30 days can do. Take it from the Duchess of Pizza, herself, it is 100% possible to change your habits and your mindsets, if you want to. All you have to do is take the first step. Believe you can do it, and Commit. It takes some mental toughness, and sometimes we require a reality-check, but if we are honest about our efforts and honest about what we truly want, we have the power to be unstoppable.

Keep on, keepin’ on my friends.

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  • Saturday’s WOD
    — 800m run w/wall ball + 100 burpees + 200 sit-ups + 300 squats + 800m run w/ wall ball
  • Results
    — 51: 30 (using a 14# wall ball for the first run, and 6# wall ball for the last run)
    — At the recommendation of Coach Ron, I split up the middle as follows: 20 rounds of 5 burpees + 10 situps + 15 squats, and that made it much more palatable