I haven’t posted a lot recently. Been busy. I’ve also been putting this one off. This is my 200th post and I feel like it should be something awesome. Unfortunately, in this busy season, awesome is out of stock.
I’ve started a lot of positive changes in the past year. So, I figured the best I could do would be to look back at this last year and see how much progress I’ve made. It’s more than I expected. Imagine what progress you could make if you started a positive change today.
EATING REAL FOOD:
It’s been about one year since J and I realized what we were putting into our body and were “scared clean” (more on that here). We signed up for a weekly CSA box, we both lost weight and felt more energized. Then, J lost too much weight (more on that here) and we realized we needed to up his calories, but not with junk.
We have learned a lot about eating real food and clean food, but the one thing that has stuck out to me the most is how much MORE THERE IS TO LEARN! All of this has also made me keenly aware of the GE and GMO food issue and intent on avoiding these products as much as possible.
Compare all this to one year ago, when our staples were pasta and canned sauce, bagged salad, daily soda and pizza deliveries…wow.
MAKING REAL FOOD:
Before we started eating real food, I hated cooking. After we started eating real food, my main complaint was that it took so much freaking time and I had more important things to do! I’ve learned to appreciated cooking at this point, but I won’t say I love it. Far from it. I see the value in preparing my own food. I feel empowered and confident enough to experiment and go off-recipe.
Some things I have noticed this last year is how helpless a lot of my generation is in the kitchen (and the generations of my niece and nephews especially). You can put them in a kitchen with a full pantry and refrigerator stocked full of fresh produce and meat…but if there is nothing that can be microwaved or put in a toaster, they can’t make themselves dinner. Many people’s idea of healthy is a frozen bag of PF Chang’s Orange Chicken from Trader Joe’s….Ah, but I thought the same one year ago. Preparing real food is a survival skill to me and I have come a long way.
LESS FAT, MORE MUSCLE:
It’s only been about 5 months since J and I started going to CrossFit Surf City about 3 times a week. I had always dreamed of achieving a leaner body with more muscle definition. I had always thought about how great it would be to do things I used to be able to do when I was kid and in gymnastics. When we signed up for CrossFit in June, I had no idea how fast some of those things would come. In fact, I’ve been absolutely amazed at my results, which is why I’ve signed up for another 14 months! Imagine what I could do in a year?!
My body composition has improved and I’m not a tiny bit proud of that. I will point out the fact that I’ve not actually lost weight but I have lost inches and gained physical skills. Just goes to show you that the scale isn’t the best measure of your progress!
In terms of running, 2012 has brought a big shift in my approach. I started this year much like I ended last year – happy to run races and trying not to worry about my inconsistent finishing times, trying not to wonder why I wasn’t getting faster, trying not to wish that I would.
Yes, I know that speed has nothing to do with enjoying running, but deep down, I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t want to get faster. This year I finally admitted that to myself and set out to actually do that. I knew I needed to correct my form, toughen my mind, and actually run stronger, and I am. Shavings 15 minute off my half marathon time (more on that here) proved to myself that I am making progress!
Two other things I wanted to do more of this year: run trails and volunteer at races. Done and done! And will do more!
There are two things I’m focusing on right now. My blog and knowledge of fitness and health. My blog has come a long way this year and I have big plans to grow this space. Also, I’ve thrown my hat into the ring at my CrossFit gym; they started an Instructor Training Program and I joined it.
It would be great to become a CrossFit Coach, even if I’m just a substitute on call. It’s been about a month and I’m already learning a lot about functional movement and how to recognize what is right and wrong. It may be a while before I’m trusted to lead a class but I am very much looking forward to learning how to be an excellent coach.
Compare all this to one-year-ago Hutch, and it feels like quite the journey.
How about you? What is the one thing that you think shows the biggest change between you now and you one year ago?