People, Perceptions and Progress

By Holly

“People will always try to stop you from doing the right thing if it is unconventional.”

~Warren Buffet

I saw this quote on Twitter this morning and wanted to shout out an Amen! right here at my desk at work but decided against it at the last minute because lately everyone already things I’m crazy enough.

No sugar at all?  How do you survive?

No grains ever?  But what about the healthy ones?

Isn’t Crossfit a little extreme?  I heard someone died once doing that…

Why are you ordering your burger without a bun?  Shouldn’t you just avoid the burger altogether?

And these are just the polite questions I get.  Don’t even get me started on the raised eyebrows and some of the other more judgmental opinions people I hardly know have professed.  You would think I was lecturing them about what they should do with their lives the way they respond. 

Part of me gets it though — a “diet” with a catchy name (ugh), a fitness program that has a reputation for being intense, and the fact that I have spent A LOT of time over the last 10 weeks thinking about my eating and my activity level and my plan for my health in lieu of doing other things.  I get it that all of these things are not necessarily mainstream.

But the truth is — they’re working.  Call it what yo want but this “Fad Diet” that I am on has me feeling better than I have ever felt in my life. Tell me that Crossfit is crazy or full of kool-aid drinkers or dangerous, but after only 5 sessions I feel stronger, tighter, and more capable and supported than I ever felt at good ol’ 24 Hour Fitness.  Tell me that I am being extreme — go ahead, I dare ya — because the proof is in the results:

Stats from 7/25/10                        Stats from 9/24/10

Blood Pressure:  150/90                 120/80

Triglycerides:  130                          103

Glucose:  92 mg/dL                         84 mg/dL

And if all that doesn’t speak loudly enough:  I have lost 30lbs and about 18 inches overall.  My skin looks better, my hair looks better, I am sleeping sounder, no longer have headaches, and have the energy of a teenager.  The data doesn’t lie.

So while I can see how some people think what I am dong is a bit unconventional, I think I will just keep politely fielding questions and smile on the inside.  Because even though I’ve got a long way to go (oh, so long…so so long) so far getting there is feeling pretty damn good.  And I plan to enjoy it!

This was Night 1 of Crossfit (Look of Panic, unintentional) and I thought it was about time to take a Before Pic for comparison!

9 Responses to “People, Perceptions and Progress”

  1. AndreAnna Says:

    You go girl!!

    Also, welcome to my life. Sometimes I just tell people I’m allergic to grains. It’s easier.

    And like 29 people in the Iowa know about crossfit and they’re all at my box. LOL

    Keep on rockin! You’re kicking ass!

  2. shelie Says:

    What kind of diet are you following?

  3. shelie Says:

    Thank you

  4. Holly Says:

    Hi Shelie,

    Currently I am following a Paleo/Primal diet but I am still including dairy (full fat). On the weeks that I find myself maintaining weight I cool it on the dairy though. Mostly I am just avoiding sugar and grains and eating tons of vegetables, protein (chicken, beef, turkey, etc) some fruit, nuts and seeds. I am a recovering carbo-oholic and now that I no longer eat sugar, I don’t even miss bread. Though it sounds drastic to people, I find it quite easy to stick to, and when you start seeing (and more importantly feeling) results, it gets even easier.

  5. Kate G. Says:

    I am in awe of your progress. Those numbers are so excellent!

  6. shelie Says:

    I am a new follower of yours – but may i say that i’m so proud of you! Keep up the good work and say “kiss it” to the neigh sayers!
    Have a great day:)

  7. Holly Says:

    @Kate and @Shelie — Thanks for the kind words. Part of what is keeping me motivated is writing here and connecting with other like minded folks. I appreciate the encouragement!

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