One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Weekend Quote: Slow Progress

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I’m late with this weekend’s quote because I spent the day driving my niece home yesterday and then I rushed back for date night with the Husband.

In the good news department:  My stepfather is coming home from the hospital after his open heart surgery!

The progress he has made over the past few days has been amazing, even though he had a slow start.

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I’n not going to compare his recovery with my CrossFit news, but both are related to the quote I want to share this weekend…

Some quit due to slow progress. Never grasping the fact that slow progress…

…is progress.

— Rolsey

Today was the first workout for the CrossFit open. Last year I signed up after only CrossFitting a couple of months. I had no idea what to expect and I knew I wasn’t ready, but the experience was fun. I mean how cool is it that I — a 70-pound loser with no athletic experience — have an “Athlete page” on the CrossFit site?! (no really I do, click here to check it out!)

Fast-forward a year and I’m STILL not ready. I mean I can barely do any of the traditional workouts at the prescribed weights. I still can’t do pull-ups, I don’t know how to kip, getting into a headstand position just isn’t happening and don’t get me started on double-unders. However, I’ve made progress. A lot of progress!

This year the first work out is…

WOD 14.1

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 10 minutes of:

30 double-unders (DU)
55-lb. power snatches, 15 reps

Today I completed 3 rounds plus 7 DU for a score of 142.

It’s not a great score. It’s not even CLOSE to the leaders who are putting up 8+ rounds and scores over 400 points BUT it’s better than I could have done last year!

Last year I couldn’t even do DU’s and 55lbs was pretty  much my snatch personal record. I would have been lucky to score 1 point.

So even though I sometimes feel like I’m making progress at a snail’s pace or not at all, I’m still making progress! It’s taken me over a YEAR to be able to some of the things I’m doing now, and the only reason I can do them is because I haven’t quit.

Progress is progress.

Sometimes I think we forget that especially when our goals seems really out of reach.

Regardless of what your goals are — lose weight, recover from surgery, do a darn pull up! — remember slow progress is progress.

Celebrate it! 

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    March 2, 2014

    I needed to read this post this week. I had a low loss at weigh in this week (.6 pound) and it covered 2 weeks because I had been very inactive for 2 weeks due to allergies. This was a very timely reminder that even though averaging .3 loss for 2 weeks was slow progress…it was nonetheless still progress.


    March 2, 2014

    That snail always gets where it wants to go–and so will you!
    Oh! glad to hear the good news about your stepfather.


    March 2, 2014

    Great job Roni! Just got done with 14.1 myself. 167, i’ll take it. progress is progress!

    Jennifer Douglas

    March 4, 2014

    Yes, so true. Sometimes the only progress we make is slow progress. Losing weight is quite long journey, and at times that incremental progress can seem so insignificant. Over time, consistent food choices, or in your case, consistent effort in your fitness plan, will result in progress.