Monday, January 16, 2012

You wanna talk numbers?

When conversing about CrossFit, the following questions either lead or dominate the conversation:
"How much weight have you lost?" OR "How much weight do you want to lose?" 
Puhleeze stop asking me how much weight I want to lose! If I learned one thing at CrossFit, I learned to look at more than just the numbers on the scale. Instead of focusing on the scale, I tend to focus more on increasing my strength, endurance, agility, speed, etc. 

So, you wanna talk numbers? Instead of asking me how much weight I want to lose or lost, ask me the following:
  • How much can you back squat? Answer: 100# 1oo may not seem like much, but it's 100 more than I thought I could back squat! 
What's a back squat you ask? 

  • Ask me how much can I deadlift. Answer: 160# and probably more. 

What's a deadlift you ask? 

  • Try asking me how many inches I whittled from my hips. The answer to that question my friends: 4!! Yes, 4 inches!!
  • Ask me how many push-ups can I do. And I ain't talking about girl push-ups. Answer: 7 
I must confess, my CrossFit experience, changed the way I look at the scale and sometime in the near future I plan to quit Weight Watchers:-(

 During the CrossFit challenge I killed myself, by going above and beyond.  Each week I weighed in at WW and each week I walked out disappointed. And after one breakdown to many, I decided to part ways with WW. 

So, you wanna talk numbers?  Leave me some of your impressive numbers, but leave the scale out of it. 

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    11 comments:

    1. Every single time I suggest to someone that they put away the scale when they hit a wall, I'm hit with a resounding NO!! It's like it can't be done! Once the # on the scale stops becoming the main focus, things begin to change for good! I've lived this!

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    2. Preach sista!!! That is so the truth. The scale is evil. It keeps us from going where we need to be in our journey. Yes, I still weigh twice a week...but it is no longer controling me. My energy level inspires me...the fit of my clothes excite me...the smoothness of my skin makes me smile. Those are the things that I am taking on this journey.

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    3. **LEAPS TO HER FEET AND CHEERS**

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    4. Whoot!! You ROCK, Trina!!

      I can swing a 24kg(53lb) kettlebell, properly. I can do a Turkish Getup with an 18lb kettlebell. I can squat until bent elbows are below my knee-caps and get up again, without using my arms to push off.

      I can benchpress 65# - about 60# more than I could a year ago.

      I can do 50 pushups without stopping, 100 if I break them into sets of 25 with a 30 second break between sets.

      I can bike 12 miles in 45 minutes...on a trail bike, not a roadie. I can ride up a rock strewn hill without stopping.

      My last jean purchase was a size 8.

      And WW tells me I'm 15 pounds overweight. Don't get me wrong - WW has been good for me. I lost 69 pounds with WW, learned a lot and appreciate the encouragement and support I got there. I just wish they had exceptions for particularly fit, healthy people. Quit telling my I'm overweight when I can run circles around you and then pick you up and toss you across the room! :)

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    5. Exactly!! I have lost near 0 pounds since starting CrossFit, but my body is doing all sorts of good changing. :) You reminded me that I need to measure again.

      I deadlifted 205# the other day which was a personal record and I was THRILLED! Today was more of a gymnastics day but I can really feel a difference in my strength. Love it!

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    6. My rock star diva chick. I quit crossfit b4 it started and I have some regret... I will readdress in like 25-35 lbs...maybe then hubby won't block me desire for improvement.

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    7. WTG on getting away from the "numbers" The ones that matter you know.. ^5 on the 4 inches from your waist!!! Woot!

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    8. Inches are the numbers I like to track! (But I am still a bit of a scale junkie for myself, too!) :-) But I want to keep a lifestyle of healthy living as my goal, not a number on the scale. Great post!

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    9. I'm a scale junkie and love to track my weight. But I also like to track measurements, the food I eat, and my general fitness.

      Maybe I'm just a "tracking junkie"?

      Hey, if the numbers don't work for you, do what we Antipodeans do, and tell people to "bugger off, mate!" ;-)

      (in a friendly tone, of course)

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    10. Awesome! And I agree - you have to just see the scale as part of the bigger picture. I weigh myself about 2 to 4 times a year since my first year of crossfit.

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