One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Christmas Tree Hugs, Competition Confidence, and Cookies!

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This morning bright and early and 6 a.m. I was awakened by the 3-Year-Old. We went downstairs and when he saw the Christmas tree all lit up says,

“Christmas Treeeeeee!”

And then proceeded to give it a hug.

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He does this daily. It’s so stinking cute!

I made us some pancakes and then got ready to head to the competition.

I was nervous but not as much as normal because I already knew I’d be at the bottom of the pack. I decided to compete in the Rx division and I’m still working on quite a few weights and moves that I haven’t mastered yet. But I decided yet again to push myself out of my comfort zone and just give it a shot.

The first workout was a clean ladder with a burpee buyout (as many burpees as we can do in 50 seconds after we finished the latter). The weight ranged from 75-165. My 1-rep max is pretty much 125 so I knew I’d be at the end of the pack and I was, coming in 8th out of 9.


It’s all good though. This is something I’m working on with a new coach at the gym and I already can see improvement in my form. I have no doubt I’ll be pulling higher weights in no time.

The second workout was as many rounds as possible of 85lb front squats and 20-inch box jumps. I was a little nervous about the weight but I knew I could do it. I ended up only 2 reps shy of completing 8 rounds coming in 6th out 9 in this round.


The third and final workout was made for me. I’m more of a stamina girl than anything and love a good long workout. This one was…

  • 100 double unders
  • 50 – 35 lb thrusters
  • 40 calorie row
  • 30 GHD situps
  • 20 135 lb dead lifts

I came in 3rd!!


Considering I couldn’t even do double unders a few months ago AND the last time I tried 120 lb clean it took me like 5 tries (and I looked like this–today it was effortless) I think I did amazing.

And I loved every minute of it. Butterflies, nervous feelings, losing and all.

This is my friend Leslie killing her deadlift at the end of the last WOD.


The atmosphere and support at my gym in phenomenal.

This is the 6 a.m. crew — the folks I workout with every morning.

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We’ve become a little family and it’s so nice.

When I got home I played a few games with the family and then we decided to make Christmas cookies!


This is by far my favorite part of the holiday. We blasted Christmas music and made a variation of my Less-Sugar Sugar Cookies — click here for the recipes. 


I will admit, it’s hard not to be in the Christmas spirit with kids and cookies around.


Here’s my food journal for the day. I don’t have exact times for food during the competition, I just ate after each workout. The night before I pan-fried some chicken and roasted sweet potatoes.

I’m signing off to hang out with my friends from the gym. We are celebrating a birthday and the competition. The husband agreed to stay home with the kids so I can go. He’s the best!

  • 7 a.m. Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes made with this recipe. 
  • 9-2 p.m. Snacked throughout the day on chicken and roasted sweet potatoes during the competition
  • 5 -ish Christmas cookie baking and decorating time! Lots of taste tests. :)
  • 7:30 p.m. Shared a cheese and cracker and apple tray with the-3-Year-Old and had some leftover pulled pork over a bed of fresh spinach.
  • >8 p.m. Heading out with some friends. Planning on a few beers.

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    Amy G.

    December 7, 2014

    All sounds great! I wish there was a Cross Fit closer to me (and a little cheaper, to be honest!). I really like how you work as a team and build relationships – it makes challenges so much easier! I experience that a little bit when I work with my trainer, who is super supportive and encouraging.