So did you all miss me last month? My weight loss has slowed down quite a bit so I think its best for bi-monthly posts here on out. I’m still cross-fitting like crazy….lol. I don’t see an end to that coming anytime in my future. I am now down a total of 135 lbs. That is a full grown adult human being! Where did I keep that all!??! Unreal! I am now in a size 10 pant and a L shirt! BAM! I also bought my first size small (yes you read that right)… SMALL sized pants. I’m starting to have people tell me that Ive lost enough weight but I still have 29lbs to go before I have a normal BMI. And that’s what I’m aiming for right now.
I haven’t been the best when it comes to choosing my foods lately. And the scale shows it. I likely could’ve lost more had I been more strict in my diet, so today Ive started being more aware and careful with what I eat. My children see photos of the old me and are in disbelief. It’s quite funny to see their faces when I show them a photo of me at 320lbs…lol. My 2 year old doesn’t know who it is when I ask him. My children actually use words like, thin, skinny, sexy when talking about me. (Why they know what sexy means is beyond me…lol) But they also are very aware that my skin isn’t the tightest it could be. They have fun mushing my arms and have lovingly named it my ‘gush’. Gotta love ‘em!
I purchased a bathing suit that I plan on looking freaking fantabulous in this summer! My first 2-piece ever! I got 2 tops.. one tankini and the other an actual bikini top. Not sure if ill be brave enough for the latter. And the bottoms are boy shorts. So Ill be covered in all the right places. I tried on the bikini and my hubby’s mouth dropped…lol. So SOMEONE liked it….lol. And he’s all that matters right?!
Weather is warming up a teeny bit and so I’ve been going to the park with the kids. No more do I sit on the bench with my phone in my hand. I now race and chase them and play tag and every other game we can. Or maybe pretend I can do pull ups….lol.
And that’s the past 2 months in a nutshell. So I’ll leave you with my before and current photos.
OH! And I got a new tattoo!!! (Not just done yet) It’s flowers from my children’s birth months.
You hear this saying all the time. I know I have. And it wasn’t truly until I began photography that I understood it. When I would see my photos capture so many things and emotions at once. It almost feels like a super power being able to capture it. (Just call me Super Jen!)
As some of you know, I am a member of Bravo Crossfit in Dobbs Ferry and LOVE the sport to death! This weekend they held their very first competition. I was ALMOST a part of the action but we would’ve had too many people so I figured I would just be there for support. (AND take some awesome photos…. that IS what I do ya know…lol) So with my trustee Canon in hand… I cheered on all my friends at Bravo! (I may have lost my voice a bit too.)
Bravo did an AMAZING job and many PR’s (personal records) were made that day. As I got home and uploaded the photos, one stood out to me the MOST. It was a photo that, to me, said 1,000 things. I’ll share it here and you can tell me what it says to YOU.
To me… I see strength, encouragement, excitement, camaraderie, determination and power. Not to mention some darn nice muscles too…lol. But THIS is why I love both photography AND Crossfit. I get all of these things from Crossfit and then I’m able to capture the same things with photography for others.
What do YOU love!?
WOW! 8 months have flown by already!!! What an incredible 8 months it’s been at that! Gastric Bypass was the BEST decision I’ve EVER made. It has LITERALLY saved my life! And not only that, it’s given me such an AWESOME quality of life to go along with my new life! I can’t help all the exclamation points, sorry….lol.
So this month my clothing size has pretty much been the same. Still a Medium in pants and size 12. And I’m TOTALLY cool with that. I’ve had many other NSV’s. (Non-Scale Victory).
You probably remember me going on about how I CrossFit. And if you don’t… well… I CROSSFIT! lol. I started in August. Actually 2/8 will be my 6 month crossfit anniversary! (Maybe i’ll celebrate with burpees) Anyhow, this month I participated in my VERY FIRST CrossFit competition!!! Yes, you heard me right. Now I wasn’t planning on coming home with a medal or anything. I just wanted the experience and to have a good time with some people from my box. (Box = crossfit lingo for gym) Well…. I had a BLAST!!! And I didn’t come LAST… Out of 118 women in my division I placed 87th! And in one of the events I placed 61st out of the 118 women! HECK YEAH!
Here’s some photos of me during my kick-ass WOD that my dear friend Maureen Vaccaro took for me. Nothing sexy here….lol.
I had such fun with that! And to think just a year ago I couldn’t even walk up and down my stairs without taking it one step at a time. UNREAL!! I thank everyone at Bravo CrossFit for the encouragement and support!
Seriously… CrossFit has changed so much for me. It’s changed my perception of what it is to be strong, confident and determined. It’s shown me what it is to encourage and support others. Its helped me push through mental blocks and shown me I’m much stronger mentally than I had ever know. There’s nothing like it ANYWHERE. In the photo below, is me the month I started crossfit and today. I wanted to photograph how my muscle tone changed. As you can see…. A LOT. Gastric Bypass doesn’t do THAT. Hard work and dedication does!
So…. this month I am down a total of 123lbs and not only that BUT…. I MADE IT TO ONEDERLAND!!!!! I am now under 200 lbs!!! Such an accomplishment! I haven’t been under 200 lbs since I’m 9! It just keeps getting better! And I’ll leave you with my before and current pics. It’s never too late to change your life!