The Tipping Point
The bad news is that it has been so long since I’ve posted that I actually had to look back and see where I last left off (exactly 30 days ago, for the record). The good news is that my lack of posts had nothing to do with falling off the wagon — and in fact, it is quite the opposite. I have actually been making crazy progress and I owe many of you a thank you for that.
Slowly and surely (and unfortunately without much fanfare or exciting tales to tell, obviously) the weight has been coming off. About 3 weeks ago I hit up the Gap and bought a few new pairs of work appropriate pants in a smaller size and wouldn’t you know it, they are already super loose. Bad for the bank account, but oh so fabulous for the motivation! There is nothing better than the feeling of needing a smaller size, I tell ya!
Speaking of motivation, last week I (finally) got some compliments on my progress. No “Hey, something looks different — Did you get a haircut?” comments. Actual, high-fiving “Girl you look great, you’ve lost weight” comments. And from like 10 people. It’s like I have finally hit the Weight Loss Tipping Point where I’m getting a little outside feedback, and even though I’m sort of ashamed to admit this: dude, it feels nice.
When I started writing here my weight loss goal was so large I didn’t even want to share it. I’ll admit that I was partly embarrassed by it, since it was hovering in the range of triple digits. But mostly I didn’t share it because it just seemed so huge and out of reach that I didn’t want to get discouraged. But as of this morning I have lost 40 lbs! (FORTY POUNDS OHMAHGAWD!) And there is not too much that is discouraging about that. Even though I still have a long way to go, hitting a mark like 40 lbs lost (woot!) makes a triple digit loss goal seem so much more manageable, right?
So I think it’s about time I just put it out there — having hit that tipping point and all, and having made some major progress since I began writing here. I would like to lose about 80 more lbs. Still a large amount? Yes. But 80 pounds seems much less difficult when you’ve already given the finger to 40, you know? And while I’m putting things out there, Universe, if it could happen by my beachy trip to Mexico next summer, that would be okay too! :)
The magic recipe for my weight loss seems to be a Paleo (plus a little dairy) Diet and 3-4 days of Crossfit per week. I know, I know — the kool-aid tastes delicious. But really, it has been a pretty amazing experience. Community and support, but also: Results! This morning I took my measurements after 30 days of Crossfitting and though my weight loss this month has only been about 6lbs, I’ve lost almost 11 inches, and 4% body fat. My body composition is certainly changing.
But before I get too self-congratulatory, I have to give ALL OF YOU a quick internet hug. This place, this site, and all of you people have introduced me to ideas and things that have changed my life. Literally. Your comments and commisserations have been an integral part of my motivation and a certain contributor to my success. And I want you to know I thank you for that. YOU, as a reader, as a commenter, as a partner-in-crime, and my Twitter Q&A guides – because of you, I’m no longer just thinking about losing weight and changing my health – I’m getting up every day and actually doing it.
So Thank YOU.