What a Difference a Year Makes: 2012 in Review

Posted: January 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

What a difference a year makes.

At the beginning of 2012, my fitness routine consisted of going to yoga class once a week (occasionally twice, but not very often). Now, I love yoga. It calms and relaxes me, and I can always find a new limit to push my body to. It was the first fitness thing I did after K was born and I realized how extremely weak and unfit I had become. At that time, in the fall of 2011, yoga once a week was about all I could handle. But in 2012, it was not enough, and I slowly came to realize that.

At some point in early 2012, my friend Tori introduced me to Nerd Fitness. I read several of the blog posts, and I was intrigued by the concept that you could be a nerd and actually enjoy and excel at working out. A seed was planted. But I was not quite ready to commit to an all-out journey toward health. I had tried various diets and fitness plans before, but I never managed to stick with them, mainly because I wasn’t seeing results in my appearance. But even though I wasn’t ready to make a change, the idea was simmering in the back of my mind. I continued reading the Nerd Fitness blog posts. Slowly, my mindset was changing.

In March of 2012, I decided to start trying to make changes. I joined the Nerd Fitness forum community. I started doing the Beginner Body Weight Workout 2-3 times per week. I was not ready to go full Paleo/Primal in my diet, but I did commit to not eating bread unless I had made it at home.

I was extremely weak. I was doing my push-ups on the wall. I could barely hold a plank for 15 seconds. I could only do 2 circuits of the workout before I was completely wiped out. I was so sore the next day that whenever I started to sit down, my thighs would give out about 5 inches above the seat and I would kind of drop down into it.

I was addicted.

The support of all the lovely people in the NF community urged me on. I started doing a little bit of yoga at home in addition to my classes.

In May 2012 I started my first 6-week challenge, and replaced the body weight workout with lifting weights in the free weight room at the local gym. I was a little intimidated by the various bros, but I did it anyway. I loved it. Using the barbell made me feel like a badass. I got my sister Hannah to join me. She felt like a badass, too.

In June 2012 I took a leap of faith and started the Couch to 5k program. I had always thought of myself as someone who couldn’t run, because of my build. But my attitude toward myself was starting to change. I got a good-quality sports bra and started. It was hard. But I did it. And I kept doing it.

In August 2012 I ran my first 5k. My goal was to finish in under an hour, even if I had to walk part of it. I ran the whole thing (slowly). I finished in 48:01. My awesome brother Aaron ran the whole thing at my slow pace to encourage me. It was awesome.

Also in August, I joined a CrossFit gym. I had heard of CrossFit before. But my perfectionist attitude had always been “I could never do that. I would be really bad at it.” But I had done lots of things I’d never thought I could. I was deadlifting and squatting over 100 pounds on the barbell. I had run a whole 5k. Slowly  my attitude changed from “That would suck. I don’t want to do that” to “That looks fun. I should do that.” So I did.

You know what? CrossFit is hard. I’m usually one of the last people done. A lot of the time, I’m the weakest person in the room. Old, perfectionist me would have given up in disgust.

I love it. I love pushing myself to do a little better than last time. I love getting to the end of a workout and knowing I absolutely could not have pushed myself any further. I’m groggy and grouchy on days when I don’t get to go.

At the beginning of 2012, I was doing yoga once per week.

At the end of 2012, I have:

  • Run 5k 5 times in 5 months
  • Increased my Deadlift weight to 195 lbs.
  • Increased my Squat weight to 160 lbs.
  • Lost 2 shirt sizes
  • Lost 2 pants sizes
  • And, my hip measurement is now smaller than my waist measurement used to be!

None of these changes happened all at once. I changed one thing at a time, and I didn’t always succeed. Some days I missed workouts. Some weeks I missed workouts. I was NOT perfect. But I kept moving. I kept taking one step at a time. I don’t know if I’ve gone a thousand miles yet, but I took a step. And another one. And I’m going to keep taking steps until I get where I want to be.

And by then, I imagine I’ll have someplace else to be. Where do you want to be?

  1. Terry Estes says:

    Love this. Love you. I am so excited to see where you go in 2013.

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