Sobering Results

It is one thing to “know” that you’re overweight. It’s a totally different feeling when the results are printed out on paper and handed to you. As a part of our 60 Day Challenge we had to get our starting metrics from a BodPod or DXA Scan. We were told the DXA scan was more accurate and would give us more information. We drove about an hour away to SIUE to get our scans done. We had some “last meal” type treats in the few days leading up to the scan, and you know what? They weren’t even that good. My go to food used to be boneless buffalo wings from applebee’s… I had them on Thursday night and they were just ok. Nothing special. And worse… I felt bloated and gross after eating them.

Anyway, Back to the scan. It was basically an exam table that you lay on while an xray scanner thing scans you. It takes like 10 minutes.

 Here is a picture of Chris getting ready to scan

Payton made friends with the “Pirate” (as she called it) while we were there.

The visual results we got were sobering. I’m going to share mine here. It’s not easy to air my dirty laundry all over the internet, but I want to be transparent with you guys. Well I knew that I wasn’t in the best shape, I wasn’t prepared for my results. I mean I typically eat pretty decent and I work out regularly. I’ve lost about 40 pounds over the past 2 years since Payton was born. I have come a long way. I’m not diminishing that work at all. I’m just acknowledging that I have long way to go.

Here is my visual body tissue quantication. Not flattering at all. My start weight as measured on their scale was 214 (210 on my scale at home). 99 of those pounds are fat. 99. That means 48.2% of my body is made of fat. Like half. Guys, this was hard to swallow. My BMI is 37.9… on the high end of the Obese category. To get out of obese and into the Overweight category I have to get down to 169 lbs. To be in the Normal range I should be around 140. Thats about 75 lbs.

All that to say this… these next 60 days (and beyond) are going to be extremely focused. We are eating a variation of the Paleo diet. We started CrossFit on Saturday (I am going to do a post about that this week!) and I am totally loving it so far. Hurts so good!

So, I’ve put it all out there for you… Now I need your help. Hold me accountable. Give me advice. Encouragement. Anything!

Have you ever had any sobering moments regarding your health? How did you respond?

60 Day Fat Loss Challenge

Lately I’ve been looking for motivation and inspiration to take my fitness journey to the next level. This week I got the answer I was looking for! Barton Publishing, the company the hubs and I work for, is starting a 60 day fat loss challenge! This is awesome on several levels… First, it has some awesome prizes that include prizes for every percent of fat lost on top of prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall. Secondly, it gets the hubs and I motivated to work towards the same goals at the same time! Third, it gives us a definite time goal and motivation for it.

Tomorrow morning we are going for a DXA scan to accurately measure body fat. We are going to tighten up our eating, leaning more towards a mix of clean eating and calorie counting. I’m going to be doing some more running and speed training getting ready for my next 5k, The Color Run in August! We are going all in here and are going to start doing CrossFit also. To be honest, I’m a little nervous about it, but looking forward to it!

I have also been reading The Skinny Rules by Bob Harper (love that guy!!) and it’s been really good stuff! Bring on the H2Ox2!

I absolutely love the idea of having some non-negotiable’s. We will see how I feel about that when I finish reading all of them, lol.


I have a few goals I want to achieve by the end of the 60 days:

1) Run a 5k in 35 minutes or under

2) Drop at least a pant size (hopefully more)

3) Get to “ONEderland” for good (So close, but so far away!)

4) Work on proper push up/pull up form (I want to eventually be able to do both, but don’t know if 60 days is a good enough goal for where I am at now)

I am going to set small rewards for myself for each milestone I reach. My first is going to be 10 pounds lost (which should put me in ONEderland!) and for reaching that goal I will go get my hair colored professionally.


Following along here and on twitter for updates on my progress. I’ll post results of the DXA scan and before pictures (yikes) sometime soon. Ready or not, it’s coming! Here is to an awesome 60 days (and beyond!)