Ten weeks ago, I decided to participate in CrossFit Delaware Valley's "SOS" Challenge. Wednesday, November 16, 2011 marked the end of the challenge.  The habits I chose helped me get closer to my goal of leaning out and getting stronger. 


When I first started the challenge, I thought this would be a good way for me to lose 20 pounds and get back down to 165 pounds, which I considered my "goal" weight.  If you told me ten weeks ago I was only going to lose 9 pounds, I would have been so discouraged I probably wouldn't have participated.  About halfway through the challenge I stopped weighing myself every day.  My clothes were fitting and I didn't feel the number staring back at me was adequately reflecting all my hard work. Overall, I lost about 14 inches.  That includes bust, waist, hips, thighs, and biceps.  Although I'm still 11 pounds from what I considered my goal, my "skinny" wardrobe fits again.  Not too shabby!


With the challenge being over, I now need to focus on how to stay on track without the motivation of competition (and fear of letting my teammate down).   Now that I don't have to stay on track to receive my "points", how am I going to stay focused and not start slipping back into old habits?  Are these habits really gonig to stick?  Most "have-to's" have become "want-to's": exercising, eating real food, and keeping my carb intake down are the real ones I want to stick with.


I think one way to keep on track is to set a few goals for myself. I'm letting myself go for a few days (nothing too crazy), then back on the wagon before Thanksgiving.  After my favorite holiday, I'm starting the "Broomall Barbell Club" with the focus on getting stronger.  My first goal is one strict pullup.  My second is one strict pullup in all my SWAT gear.  There, I said it.  Now everyone in cyberworld can keep me honest!  I'll keep you posted!

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Comment by Katie Connolly-Staffelbach on November 20, 2011 at 10:21am

I got rid of everything (except my uniform pants and a few suits) when I got down to 165 and when I gained the weight back the only things I could wear were old BDU's and workout pants!  I refused to buy larger clothes.  Now all my "good stuff" is fitting again and I'm totally psyched.

Comment by Kim Heath on November 20, 2011 at 1:16am

Give away all of your larger clothes, so you know that if you gain weight, you'll have to walk around wearing your now too tight skinny clothes, looking like a sausage about to burst.  Also, find something YOU think you look really good in, put it on and look at yourself in it a couple times a week, be completely vain and say, "Damn I look good."  

Comment by Katie Connolly-Staffelbach on November 19, 2011 at 5:47pm

Thanks so much!


Comment by Kim Heath on November 19, 2011 at 3:36pm


GREAT Women's Tac Pants!


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