The before pic is from my first challenge at 200lbs, and the other taken this week at 163. I lost 20 lbs before starting the first challenge. I lost 8lbs after the first challenge. I gained 13 lbs in between challenges. I’ve lost 22 lbs since I started the 2nd challenge.
I’ve never eaten healthy or watched what I ate in my life. I never ate veggies and ate way too many carbs. The 2nd challenge, I followed the nutrition to a tee! Well, At least 95% of the Time. I realized that even someone as picky as me can find so many great, healthy recipes!
The easiest part of this process has been showing up to 305 for class. I instantly fell in love. With the challenges, the coaches and the friends I made. You guys made it fun and it felt great to see results.
I had this preconceived notion that CrossFit made women bulky and that I wasn’t strong enough to do the workouts. I know now I’m getting stronger with every workout. I have a long way to go but I’ve definitely come a long way.
3- I had let 6 months go by without seeing a gym once. I didn’t join after my first challenge because I didn’t think I was ready for regular CrossFit classes. I gained the weight back, plus some extra lbs. I didn’t feel good anymore and I was so disappointed in myself. Dan and Joey were the best coaches and I loved CrossFit A1A so much that I just had to go back. I was so excited when I learned you were doing another challenge, but Finding out we were being thrown into regular CrossFit classes this time around was terrifying! But if I can do it, anyone can!
I love CrossFit 305 because I learn something new every class. I love that I can scale and still feel part of the group. I love that the coaches are patient yet tough. I love the community of CrossFitters. Mostly, I love the results! I’m hooked!
Jenny used a combination of CrossFit classes, Nutrition and Accountability coaching to reach her goals. To find our more about these programs, click here:
Jackie took our Nutrition Coaching advice and stuck the program, 100%. Her results are amazing, as are her insights into the challenges that come with changing your eating habits. We sat down with her and got the chance to ask a few questions. We’re grateful for her thoughtful answers.
What was the hardest part about losing weight?
There’s a reason they say “Old habits die hard.” I think the hardest part of losing weight was breaking the bad habits I had developed through nine months of pregnancy. In fact, I still have days where at the end of the day, I miss dessert.
The hardest part of the program itself was making sure I ate 3 proper meals a day and my shakes. On hectic “mom” days, I would be running around without properly planning for when I was going to eat my meals. I would get to the end of the day and realized I hadn’t eaten all day long and didn’t have enough time to fit in all the required meals before bed.
What was the easiest part?
Knowing exactly what I needed to do without ambiguity. There are enough choices in the program that I don’t feel bored with what I am eating and enough structure to make it easy to follow and stick with. My meals just focus on green veggies and protein with an accent of carbs or fats, where appropriate.
You did the program while nursing a baby. Tell me about that.
My biggest fear was that I would put all this effort into the program only to have issues with milk supply and then have to stop. Second to that was the fear that I wouldn’t lose any weight at all because I was nursing. Neither turned out to be an issue. Obviously, I have lost weight in the six weeks and am feeling great. And when there were issues with milk supply, we talked and immediately made the changes to get my supply back where it needed to be within 24 hours. Being able to talk to you and have a quick solution to that problem was so helpful.
The great part about doing this program while nursing is the focus on all the green veggies. Because I am starting with a baseline of veggies at every meal, I know that my baby is getting the micro nutrients from the leafy greens I am eating all day. After a while, I found that when I was still hungry I would add more green veggies to my meals. I also never fully appreciated how important it is to drink enough water; this is even more important when nursing. The program helped me to focus on getting in enough of the right nutrients every day to support myself and my baby. I feel good, we are both healthy and she is putting on all the pounds I am taking off…because chubby babies are so much cuter than chubby mommies.
You’re continuing on with the program, what’s your ultimate goal?
My previous weight loss solutions were unhealthy and unsustainable. I didn’t want to climb to the top of a mountain, only to jump off a cliff right back to the bottom. I would like to find a more healthy balance with food. I also want to build on what I have learned, and use the nutrition component to facilitate learning the exercise movements I have been unable to do since starting CrossFit. (dubs, pullups, strict push ups, the list goes on and on….)
What’s the biggest “win’ from doing the program?
Making it through Thanksgiving and still losing weight that week. Despite all the temptation around me, I was able to enjoy the meal (even a couple of the “treat foods”) and stay on the program overall.
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Not only did she have weight loss success, she maintained muscle and gained strength!
With her hybrid program including Nutrition, Personal Training and group classes, she has made huge improvements.
“The easiest part was not having to think, “Should I or Shouldn’t I?” and just doing what Dan said to do.”
Her 400 meter sprint time dropped from 2:20 to 1:50, she’s finally able to string together double unders and she learned to do kipping pull ups and toes to bar (not to mention 8 STRICT PULL UPS!!!
“It’s not only a physical gain testing my will power, I feel stronger in every way and also have more energy.”
“My 2.45 mile run from 26-24 min … and I’m finally just starting to be able to do workouts without breaking for rest, that was a huge goal for me.”
As far as her future plans, she continues to train and keep her nutrition on point. “I just want to continue to get stronger, over all fitter and keep pushing myself to be better …Beating Shloimy’s “Karen” time wouldn’t be too bad either “