Amanda’s Story

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IMG_6400 Amanda has lost over 20 lbs. (she observed that is a weight vest when we have to wear them for workouts, and she did NOT want to put that BACK on!) by paying more attention to what she eats, changing her eating habits, being strict most of the time with some cheat days and off times.  She has increased with stellar gains in her performance in both met-con and weightlifting.  Here she tells us her story and shares parts of her food journal with us.  I have been incredibly inspired by her commitment and the results she has had due to her focus and willingness to really dig into this and learn about food…and herself. 

Amanda, thank you for sharing this with us!

I started CrossFit almost 3 years ago. I’ve always been
athletic, and enjoyed working out…but CrossFit gives a new definition to being
FIT. Two years into CrossFit, I got stronger; met-con got a little better…but
not much overall change in two years. I went to the 2009 CrossFit games last
July and that’s when my actually journey of becoming FIT begun. I came back
extremely motivated to get in shape and change my ways. I’ve always loved to
workout and lift weights, but I never completely bought into the diet aspect of
fitness. So, I decided to give strict Paleo/Zone a try. I eased into it for the
first couple weeks and then I was completely strict with a cheat day once a
week. Cheat day is a must have if you want to be successful, just FYI…and
having a companion/friend/significant other who is also eating Paleo/Zone helps
a ton!

Approximately 1-2 months after the change in lifestyle I was
seeing huge improvements; I was setting new met-con PR’s, one rep max PR’s and
of course I was looking better (which looking good is what it’s all about.J)
Not only did I see change in fitness, but also my mental well-being, I’m a
happier person and I’m much different than I was back in July. This was a
lifestyle change for me; I will never truly go back to my old ways…of course I
will have days, weeks, even months where I will not be 100% strict. I have also
added a few of my journal entries below if you wish to read…I do feel
Journaling is a great way to put things in perspective when you’re first
starting. The entries below just give you an idea of what my days/weeks were
like for the first few weeks into the lifestyle change…

Now…I took a month or two off of being completely strict on
the diet, holidays were a little tough. I’m back on track and in training mode
as of January 4th. Didn’t gain any weight back, but did lose a little something
in the met-con area.

July 12th,
2009

Where do begin: I’ve been working out at CrossFit for about
2.5 years off and on. Schedule gets crazy busy or I just need a break from
working out. At one point in the 2.5 years I was starting to look a lot leaner,
but then I took like 3 months off lost everything and gained back a ton of
weight. Just recently I decided to go back to CrossFit and give it my all.
Participated in the CrossFit Regional’s competition and felt I did not do
well…My solution; take another month and half off of CrossFit. What the hell
was I thinking! Came back to CrossFit in June and told myself I needed to
completely commit. So, June went well with the workouts, but I wasn’t quite
where I needed/wanted to be. So, my actual journey of becoming FIT and eating
correctly started after the 2009 CrossFit games.

July 10th
weekend:
Aromas, California (CrossFit Games)

       Wow,
these people are extremely fit. Everywhere you look people wearing little
clothing with rock hard bodies. Competed in the team event, did decent. We took
40th overall. The next few days sat around and watched the
individual competitions; these girls/guys are absolutely amazing and extremely
fit. Thinking to myself the whole time, could I ever compete with them….good
question? Being in Aromas that weekend gave me extreme motivation to hit the
gym hard and to eat right. The break-up with a crazy jerk ass boyfriend always
helps too. J

 July 13th
Monday: (178 lbs)

       Back
to reality: work, working out, crazy ex-boyfriend and new life-style change.
The Zone diet and then to Paleo/Zone when I’m ready. Hitting it hard in the gym
will be a must…I can do this.

Week 1, 13th-17th:

       Week
one went ok, had two sodas and two pieces of chocolate. Other then that I was
completely Zone, with no snacks. So, approximate 9-10 blocks per day. Felt well
with the workouts this week, legs hate me after the 135lb front squat workout.

As of Friday the 17th:
I’m completely Paleo/Zone. No more dairy for me, ugh… L 

       Wasn’t
sure about completely giving up dairy, but took advice from a great friend who
said “cut the dairy and you will see major changes in the mid-section.” You
will start to drop lbs.

Week 2, 18th-24th:

Cheat Day, Sunday the 19th:

       I
had three Zone/Paleo 3 block meals. I bought a Butterfinger large blizzard and
I was super excited about it. Only able to eat about ¼ of the blizzard and I
was done with it. I also had 6oz of Dr. Pepper. So, not much of a cheat day. L

       Diet
went well this week, hit it hard. All I drank was water this week and still
completely Paleo/Zone. Workouts did not go well; I feel extremely weak and
getting frustrated. What the hell is wrong with me, just keep going don’t stop
because you’re tired. Self-esteem is getting better, looking leaner and clothes
getting baggier. But do I really have to lose the girls, I’m all about getting
leaner/stronger but losing the C cups will be hard. L ugh… LOL

Week 3, 25th
– 31st:
   
(170lbs – Monday)

Weekend:

       Didn’t
eat much, maybe one meal a day. Did have a couple marg’s on Friday night.
Weekends will be tough to stay with the diet, but I will do my best. Fasted for
24 hours, didn’t mean to just kind of happened.

            Monday: Had a red bull sugar free with
lunch, other then that diet went well. Workout: WTF, I’m so done. Why do people
always have an excuse….ugh. Self-esteem not good, looked in the mirror and
realized I still have a long ways to go. WTF is wrong with me, I’ve lost 8 lbs
in two weeks and last week I felt great about myself and now I feel terrible.
Oh, well….it will get better.

            Tuesday: Diet went well, workout: went
well…burpees

            Wednesday: Went to a wine tasting event
with the girls, L  Had fun, but drank to many carbs. Had
one piece of chocolate and a few pieces of cheese with my wine. Cindy was the
workout today had a PR of 12 rounds, but too be honest I might have missed a
few push-up reps. I lose count often, and me and push-ups don’t agree. But, I
will say I get the full-range of motion with each push-up. They just take me
forever to complete. I’m in need of a major cheat/binge day. Yes I could
consider Wednesday a cheat day with the wine I drank, but I still ate
breakfast/lunch perfect zone/paleo. Just had a too many carbs at dinner. Well,
that’s my story and I’m stickin with it. I also got on the scale again today,
which I know is bad….165lbs. Yes, probably a lot of water weight.

            Thursday: Woke up not feeling very good
at all, probably the wine and cheese. I feel just kinda blah. Felt like I just
took 10 steps backward in my diet… L    After the workout, we
decided to have ice cream….it was good.

Week 4: (Aug 1-7th)

            Saturday: Cheat day:

       French
toast, chocolate, string cheese, pepsi, red vines, fruit, sausage, Bud light.
And that was all I ate/drank.

Sunday: Woke up with a massive headache, probably the beer I drank
the night before…had a decent workout…and then a 2 mile run in the PM.

       3
eggs

       mushrooms

       blueberries

       almonds

       chix
breast (3oz)

       squash,
pepper, zucchini

       water

Monday: Feeling good today, ready to hit the diet hard and the
workouts harder!!! Should be a good week…. Going to try and log more of what
I’m eating…. Great workout today DT, never really had to stop and rest! But, of
course Katie L had to come in and kill my time…that girl..she’s amazing.

       3
eggs

       3
blocks blueberries

       6
almonds

       3
fish oil

       3
oz chix breast

       1
peach

       2
blocks blueberries

       3
almonds

       2
fish oil

Handful of M&M’s, it happens,
at least I didn’t eat the whole bag…

       3oz
steak

       Salad…greens,
tomatoes, cucumbers (Balsamic dressing)

       Green/red
bell pepper, pineapple

Tuesday: Did some oly lifting in the gym and ran 2 miles.

       3
eggs

       3
blocks blueberries

       handful
of almonds/sunflower seeds

– 3 oz steak

– 1 block Salad…leafy greens,
tomatoes, cucumbers, (balsamic dressing)

– 2 blocks blueberries

– 3 fish oil

       4oz
turkey sausage

       3
blocks blueberries

       olive
oil to cook sausage

Wednesday: Not a
good day, major break-down with the sugar… Just one of those weeks. Women
understand this week more then males. Usually it’s a lot worse; I know I’m
trying to justify my sugar intake this week…no excuses I should just not be
eating the chocolate/sugar. 
Ugh……..WTF  Did have a
pretty good workout today and two softball games. I feel like I’ve gained all
the weight back I LOST last week. Trying not to step on a scale until this week
is OVER.

Thursday: Feel
like crap today, haven’t been sleeping well and my body is tired.

– Let’s just say the diet did not
go well again today, lots of chocolate….aauugghh

Friday:  Have to say this has not been a good
week, eating sugar like crazy major breakdown. It’s funny, because I thought
this would be a good week if you look at my Monday entry, but it hasn’t. The
only good thing this week brought was I hit the gym everyday and ran three
times this week. It happens…can’t freak out about it

Week 5 (158lbs)  (Aug 8th – 14th)

Saturday:  Glad
that week is over….  Need a rest
day, but decided to take one on Sunday. Not sure what I ate, forgot to write it
down. But I’m sure it wasn’t good and I drank Saturday night…L  Drinking not good for diet, but good
for mentalness at the moment. No that’s not a word…but I decided that’s what I
wanted to say.

Sunday:  Rest day/time to recover and to
seriously get things back in order

       3
eggs

       blueberries  ~3 blocks

       9
almonds

– 3 oz steak

– blueberries and strawberries

– 9 almonds

Monday: Extremely
strict on the diet this week….no excuses

       3
eggs

       blueberries  ~3 blocks

       9
almonds

       3
fish oil

– 3 oz turkey

– 3 blocks strawberries

– 9 almonds

– 3 fish oil

       3
oz turkey sausage

       salad,
bell peppers, tomatoes, leafy greens

       salad
dressing

Tuesday:

       3
eggs

       blueberries  3 blocks

       9
almonds

       3
fish oil

– 3 oz turkey

– 3 blocks strawberries

– 9 almonds

– 3 fish oil

       3
oz steak

       salad,
leafy greens, bell peppers, tomatoes

       salad
dressing

Wednesday:

       3
eggs

       blueberries  3 blocks

       9
almonds

       3
fish oil

       3
oz turkey sausage and 2 oz steak

       .5
cup of strawberries

       18
almonds

– 3 oz turkey sausage

– 1 grapefruit

– 12 almonds

Thursday:  Hang Power Clean 65k, it was
nice!!  Super tired again this
week, really need to figure out my sleeping issue. Not sleeping well at
all…ugh     
I’m getting stronger, not sure if it’s because of the diet or is it’s
mental. Probably a combination of both. I’ve PR’d on back squat, clean, power clean,
and some of my met-con workouts. My strength pr’s have been huge:   back squat 90k to 97k (could of
done more, just was fatigued I started to light)  Hang Power Clean: not sure my previous PR, but I got 65k
today and my squat clean in 62k…um what’s wrong with that picture….! I can hang
clean more then I can from the ground. Something is wrong with my dead lift…I
could barely get 105k in my dead lift, but I’m back squatting 97k…interesting.
Well, I don’t know! But I’m going to get some one on one attention and work on
my dead lift and my clean from the ground…I’ll have to see if we can fix it.

Comments

  1. Sarah Bremer says:

    Wow Amanda! You are such an inspiration! You look amazing!!! I can’t even compete with you and the amount of weight your throwing around! Keep up the hard work, and ill keep gunning after ya! You should be very proud of yourself!

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