Go Becky Go

I'm Becky, 23 year old Florida native living in Colorado. Marathon runner trying to get back into running, I also do capoeira on occasion and like to go on adventures sometimes. I'm a certified EMT (but still trying to get a job as one). I like to lift, and am currently working on "getting back on the wagon" for weight loss. I originally started this blog and lost 25 pounds and kept it off for a long time, then life happened and I'm up higher than my original starting weight.. I am pretty ambitious and am signed up for some races this year to boost my motivation, including a half that goes up a 14er, and a 50k in the mountains.

This is not a weight loss blog, it's my blog and I talk about whatever I want including weight loss and food and boys and running and drinking and lots of pictures of myself. I have little to no filter when it comes to the things I say, I am kinda opinionated, so sometimes I'm awkward, but I'm pretty awesome.


Height: 5'1"
HW: 174 lbs
LW: 142 lbs (Sept/2011)
CW: 172.4 lbs (3/11/13)
Goal: to run fast and be healthy.


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Math lesson from tonight:

85 kg + 20 lbs.

I accidentally hit my one rep max today at the gym!

It’s only 3 lbs away from my all time one rep max that I had three years ago!

Today’s workout at CrossFit:

PREWOD:
Deadlift:

5 (55kgs)-5 (75 kg)-3-3 (both at 75 kg+20 lbs)-3 (turned into one rep unable to do more 85 kg + 20lbs) on the 90s

METCON:

12 min AMRAP:

750m Row Buy in

10 Deadlift (@ 121 lbs)

10 HSPU (I subbed db shoulder presses w/ 20 lb db)

I did 3 rounds + 18 reps.


Core: 50 weighted Sit ups w/10 lb weight

Guys I’m so proud of myself for that. I am so excited and glad I went and deadlifted today.

I forgot to post this last night, but it works out anyway to post today since its gun show Thursday!

Got to admit, I had not really checked out my arms much since I’ve started CrossFit, loving the progress I’ve been making. I know I haven’t been posting much, but I have been going to CrossFit every day I can, and last night I learned that as much as I love running, a wod with running in it is awful! Also if never yet done thrusters before so this was torture. When I was halfway through the second round I was like “how the fuck am I going to make it 3 more rounds” it seemed impossible. I think my weight that I was using the first 3 rounds was too heavy (45 lbs), I thought I could handle it but I had to drop it to 35 pounds for the last two rounds, it was:

5 rounds for time:

200 m run

15 thrusters

We did strength stuff involving cleans and hang cleans and front squats also prior to the wod, but that wasn’t nearly as impressive for me as I was hoping to be able to go at least a bit heavier. Oh well. I can clean 85 lbs which is cool.

Okay so there’s that!

Less than two months ago, I started CrossFit. After about a week, I was always like, “how the hell do people do anything exercise related after a wod?”

Well today, I did something exercise related after a wod. Mind you, it was athletic recovery yoga, but still!

And I found my 1 rep max for my shoulder press! 30 pounds more than my last 1RM, and I opened with that last pr weight!

Today was a good day!

It’s amazing how easy it is to get out of bed when you have no one else in your bed :/

Anyway, I went to Crossfit this morning, it was really hard, but fun!

Strength:

12 mins to warm up and find

1RM Back Squat (I made it up to 135 lbs… it was really hard but I don’t think it was quite my 1RM, but for now I’ll take it!)

Then switch weight

2 min ME back squats @50% of 1RM (65 lb weight)

Metcon:

3 Rounds for time:

200m Run

20 KB Swings American 24/16k (I used 12 kg)

20 KB SDHP (12 kg)

 Core:

5 x ME (maximum effort) hanging L holds

The metcon was way harder than I expected! I’m much worse at running than I’d hoped to be. It was a good workout though!

Progress from the last 3 months

January 2nd, February 1st, and March 4th. 

Weight between February and March basically the same, biggest difference is that today’s picture is after over a month of going to Crossfit and trying to eat well. 

Gotta keep going!

I am dead for the day.

I went to CrossFit today even though I went yesterday, John talked me into it (and no I don’t know what’s going on yet with him, he was at the gym when I was then we grabbed dinner but I don’t know.). I’m glad I did now, but during was death.

There was a 20 minute cap on the workout so I only made it through ten lunges before time was up, and instead of toes to bar the coach Dakota had me do v ups instead. And for the pre wod there was no weight on my sled, it was still heavy though. Pushing the sled is SO. HARD. I did not expect it to be as hard as it was. The workout was crazy hard. No one in my class finished expect for the guy that owns the gym.

Also, look at the hoodie I got online! I saw it and wanted it to commemorate my starting CrossFit. It says “train insane or remain the same”. I love it and it’s on my favorite color!

I’m really liking CrossFit. The workout is so hard and at the end I get such endorphins it feels like runners high (which reminds me I haven’t really run since last week)!

TL;DR: CrossFit was hard today and I got a new hoodie.

I’ve been taking progress photos, just to see where I am at, to see if eventually maybe there will be a difference. First picture is from January 5th (184.8 lbs) this year and second is today February 1st (187.6 lbs). Not really a difference, but the whole month of January I did mostly lifting and then the last week of January started Crossfit. 

Sure, the scale has gone up, but it is what it is. I don’t feel very different but I know I also need to implement more changes to my diet, like pay attention to what I’m eating and not gorge on all the things.

My goals for the month of February:

Crossfit 3-4x a week

Drink the entirety of my 2 L water bottle every day

Stop having the french bread that John brings every night

Actually watch what I am eating throughout the day

Run 2x a week

I don’t want to try to make too many changes at once because then I’m just setting myself up to fail. Baby steps. Also, February is my birthday month! 

Something I’m proud of today: being able to post this picture. As many of you know or may have noticed, I have not posted many progress photos. I feel like I haven’t had any good progress to report, and have only felt bad about myself and my body lately because of the weight I’ve gained. I’m down 4 pounds from last week, which is the first time I’ve lost weight since forever. But this morning I felt good enough to take this picture and show it to you all.

So.. Yeah… :)

Sorry I’m not really sorry for the underwear picture, but this was from yesterday and I had forgotten to post this. I haven’t been doing this vegan thing for very long, but the better eating combined with my slowly-getting-more-committed-at-the-gym I feel like I’m kinda sorta starting to see some results. I don’t really feel super heavy anymore and I just have been feeling better about myself in general.

Today I weighed in at 167.4, not a big change in weight or anything but it is the lowest weight I have on record since after January this year (still 5 pounds above what I weighed in January).

I’m still working on turning going to the gym into a habit, I really need to get on the early morning gym wagon because after work I’m exhausted!

Hey it’s me and my “bikini body”. As many other girls that are maybe a little bigger than society tells them to be, I had to deal today with the decision of what bathing suit to wear to the pool today. And you know what I’ll wear what I want. Imperfect body or not. I think I look adorable anyway.

So yeah here’s me.

So this is a bit difficult for me to post.

I’ve taken many a “before” picture in the last few months telling myself I’m going to get better and go back to where I was around 2 years ago this time of year.

I have no semblance of abs or muscle definition anymore, and honestly I’m a little ashamed I haven’t been able to keep things up and keep progressing like I was.

This is me at 170-something pounds. 2 years ago I was in the lower 140s. I still think my body is beautiful and whatnot, but I do miss having that muscle definition I had before. Until this Thursday I hadn’t lifted or done any real strength training in about 3 months. It was just tough to fit into my schedule with all the running and working I do.

My goal is to change that and make the time to lift. Honestly that is what makes all the difference in how I look. As much as I love running it does absolutely nothing for me in regards to weight loss or changing my physique.

It’s just been hard seeing myself go down the slippery slope known as life and not caring much about my eating.

My hope with posting this is that I’ll truly realize how I look because I feel like I’ve been looking at myself and thinking I’m healthier than I am. My diet is not that great. I exercise, that’s the only “healthy” I have going for me. Also I’m hoping with posting this I will maybe see an improvement in this by the end of summer. Basically this had just been a confession saying hey guys I’m not doing all that great on the healthy train…

I posted a blog entry on that date that read:

I’ve decided I want to train for that 10 mile race in June. I encountered an article in the Runner’s World magazine website that helps you train for it in like 6 weeks. It’s pretty good considering I have like, a little over two months to train for it. Hope my body can take it. I’ve never run more than 5 miles at a time, and in the plan you up to 6 miles by the end of the first week o.O !

Fast forward to this year, and “that 10 mile race in June” is the race I’m doing this weekend, the Garden of the Gods 10 Miler!

I found that pretty cool. I saw Becky’s post about looking back on running and how far she’d come inspired me to look back at my stuff. Back then, a ten miler was a really big deal, now, 4 marathons, 2 half marathons, and a bunch of 5ks and long training runs later I’m doing this “measly” 10 mile race, that, ironically enough going by my post from three years ago, my body technically can’t take. Or shouldn’t, at the very least. I remember just starting running and no worries about injuries came to mind and the hardest thing to do was run. 

Now, the hardest thing for me to do is NOT run. 

This has been an eye opening experience.

Things I like about Whole 30:

It makes me cook more.

I’ve tried more vegetables and new recipes and things.

I’ve had no stomach issues while I’ve been on it.

My skin’s gotten (somewhat) clearer.

Things I DON’T like about Whole 30:

I didn’t eat enough.

I got exhausted of cooking

I would spend so much time after long runs waiting because I’d have to cook food and would go hours and hours without any food after a long run- so bad.

It’s not a sustainable way to live. I am not going to give up pizza forever. Or many other things. I mean, I confessed to Liz the other day that I cried because I wanted bread so bad. That’s messed up. No one should cry over something so stupid. 

Stipulations about how I did Whole 30:

I stayed pretty on it, with the exception of this last week  I had pierogis because I was out with my nephew and I had beer on the 7th (2) and 9th (1). Also, I did not stop using my running energy things because yeah that wasn’t gonna happen my stomach’s really sensitive. So I had Hammer energy gels and red gatorade after runs (I tried using apple juice post run once and that stuff gets HOT it was nasty). Everything else I was good, I also ate as much fruit as I wanted because fuck that I’m not gonna restrict my fruit along with everything else. I think that’s why maybe I didn’t have so many issues with low sugar.

I didn’t deal with TOO many cravings, but I did turn down a LOT of food. It was a little depressing. I am not going to finish whole 30, I knew that this was not gonna stick around. However, I am going to work on eating moderately with all the bread and stuff, not completely denying myself of everything but just trying things, and be watchful of portions because I can eat a ton if I’m not paying attention. I also want to keep eating a lot of vegetables, because they’re really filling and amazing. Other things I’ve realized is that yeah my body definitely does not like dairy, like at all. Which is sad but something I should probably stick to avoiding.

I am stopping this Whole 30.

I like the IDEA of paleo, but in no way is it feasible to do for the rest of my life. I did this to show myself I could. I did. That’s done. I have self restraint hooray! My issue with eating “normally” is that I’ll literally eat all the things without a plan. Restrictions are great for me because I’m a great rule follower. Without rules it’s anarchy in my body. From now on I think I’ll just have to do like, meal planning for myself to keep me from going crazy on everything.

I’m quitting Whole 30 because I am literally feeling UNHAPPY over food. Food is an inanimate thing, why should it upset me? Because I put too much focus on it. Yes, I’ve lost weight, but it’s probably been water weight or if it is fat loss that’s great, but..no. I’m worried this much restriction will make me binge eat all the things. I’m going to try to be careful, and I’m still going to try to eat a ton of vegetables. I keep going back to that post Brenna made the other day about food and dieting. I don’t want to beat myself up BECAUSE I ATE FOOD. I feel bad for “quitting” something, but honestly, I don’t care that much. So I did whole 20-ish instead of whole 30. I feel like doing this has made me realize that I can do what I set my mind to, but when I’ve realized this is just too much. Especially with all the running I’ve been doing. 

tl;dr: I’m quitting whole 30 because it’s making me crazy. 

Decided I didn’t want to run after work today, so I got up early to run. Originally I wanted to run 5 or 6 miles, but I fought myself getting up so I didn’t have the time.
However, look at those splits! That’s really fast for me! Especially since now I’m used to running around Garden of the Gods where I take advantage of downhills to go fast, this is all flat. It was so nice! I think I’m gonna have to start running early every day, my sleep schedule is so erratic and that’s not good.
Overall a good run, but I was really hoping to get under 45 minutes.

Decided I didn’t want to run after work today, so I got up early to run. Originally I wanted to run 5 or 6 miles, but I fought myself getting up so I didn’t have the time.

However, look at those splits! That’s really fast for me! Especially since now I’m used to running around Garden of the Gods where I take advantage of downhills to go fast, this is all flat. It was so nice! I think I’m gonna have to start running early every day, my sleep schedule is so erratic and that’s not good.

Overall a good run, but I was really hoping to get under 45 minutes.

Recap on April goals.

I never posted these on here because to be honest I didn’t want to admit to having been a failure at my goals like I have been many times in the past, but I thought I would share the aftermath.

Run 80 miles? Check. I ran 104 this month. Might be highest monthly mileage ever!

Lose 3 pounds? Also check. April 3rd I was at 170.6 and last I checked I was at 166.8.

Start/finish my online class, nope. I started it and am about halfway through but it’s pretty easy and am gonna finish it later today.

Read books. Vague I know. I read the second hunger games book and am midway through the third. So I actually did some!