5 Month Update: Strong is the New Skinny

Recently, I posted a Tweet that I think is a perfect theme for this month’s update.

My hands are calloused, my body is bruised, & my muscles are sore, but I’ve never been stronger than today. #crossfit #strongisthenewskinny

While I wrote this about CrossFit, it equally applies across the board to my WLS experience.  It has not always been easy, but I am better today than I have ever been.  I am feeling stronger than ever as I quickly approach the 6 month mark, and am incredibly proud of my progress.  I still have things to work on, but I feel like I am down to a healthy weight and am consistently excited to see what this new body can do.

Since my 3 Month Check-In, I’ve made working out a priority.  As I mentioned in previous posts, I’ve had some issues with stalling, and thought that the fitness component would be the key to break through.  Currently, I’m doing CrossFit 2 – 4 times a week, and adding in some random weight training and cardio on the in-between days.  Eating healthy has also been a focus for my family, and I have been having so much fun experimenting with recipes, like my EZ Green Curry and Chocolate Cherry Chia Pudding.

Personally, I’m damn proud to say that I think the differences are striking.  Here are my before & after pictures, which were taken just prior to surgery and this weekend. Surgery Update - 5 Months

Looking forward towards the next month, I’m hoping to continue my focus on fitness and food.  Specifically, I can’t wait to experiment with my new Vitamix blender and try out a new CrossFit workout called Kettlebell Sport – both of which you know I’ll share!  I also want to make hydration my goal for the month and do my best to consume more water on a daily basis.  The squat challenge went well – check out my ass in this plank (eee!) – so, as Jay Z says, I’m “on to the next one.”

plank

Starting Numbers (taken 5 days before surgery)

  • Weight: 252.8
  • Fat: 56%
  • Chest: 42.5 inches
  • Bust: 44 inches
  • Arms: 15.5 inches
  • Thighs: 31.5 inches
  • Calves: 19 inches
  • Waist: 42 inches
  • Hips: 55 inches
  • Neck: 15 inches

Five Months Post-Surgery

  • Weight: 182.4 (12.4 from my goal weight!!)
  • Fat: 31.8%
  • Chest: 34.5 inches
  • Bust: 37.25 inches
  • Arms: 12 inches
  • Thighs: 22 inches
  • Calves: 17 inches
  • Waist: 32 inches
  • Hips: 46.5 inches
  • Neck: 13 inches

Totals

  • Weight Lost: 70.4 pounds (officially broke through the 70 lb mark!!)
  • Inches Lost: 66.5 inches (that’s more than my height!)
  • Fat Percentage Lost: 24.2%

Hope you all had a fabulous month!

xo – SavvySleever

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