I didn’t go away, and I didn’t stop with the CrossFit (though it would have been fair to get that impression) – I’m finding life is busy. That’s a good thing.
So I took some progress pictures. The first round, for comparison, is here, taken about 2 months and 20 pounds ago.
I’m not totally sure what I expected. I know that I’ve lost about 20 pounds, and that everything is feeling slimmer. My clothes are fitting much better (in fact, my go-to pair of pants is now too big and will shortly be retired, and today I’m comfortably wearing a pair of pants I haven’t worn in months), and I’m starting to get comments from people noticing that I’m getting slimmer. I had to take a flight for work last week, and I had zero trouble with the seat belt, which is different than when I had to fly in February. I also know that my strength and endurance have grown dramatically during my workouts – I can do things now that I couldn’t do two months ago.
All that to say, I don’t need the pictures to know it is going well.
My first reaction to these pictures is that I expected to see a more obvious visual difference, and I don’t see it like I expected to. On closer examination, though, there is a clear improvement. My face slims first, and between that and the haircut / beard trim you can really see it there – and then the other obvious place is the side view. My gut is not bulging like it was, particularly at the top, and the flabby stuff at the bottom is, if anything more flabby, which means that I’m losing some of the hard fat that was stretching things out. So any disappointment was unfounded and silly, and these show clear progress that reflect how I feel.
I spend a lot of time imagining what this is going to look like in two more months and twenty more pounds. Or, even better, four months and forty pounds. I’m excited for it.