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Celebrate the Progress {Under Armour Giveaway!}

I’m so excited today!!! We are a day into the Holiday Weight Loss ChallengeΒ and I’m feeling pretty good about it (PS- It’s not to late to sign up!! The pot is already over $6700!!). So many people are saying they are already making healthier choices because of it! SO PROUD of all of you! I mentioned yesterday that I was a little bummed with my weigh in, so I went in search of some inspiration. For me, nothing is more motivating than seeing the progress I’ve already made. If you have seen my Health Journey Page – you know that this has been a life long struggle for me. I’ve been trying to get to my “healthy” weight seriously for almost 3 years now. After I had my daughter I had one pair of jeans that fit comfortably (that weren’t maternity jeans… we won’t talk about how long I wore those for…) and they were a size 20. I wore them almost every day because none of my other clothes fit. So, I decided to pull out those bad boys and see how they fit now….

While I still have a long way to go before I reach my healthy weight, I am so so proud of the progress I have made. And it is worth celebrating. This journey is hard. and long. and sometimes it just sucks. My blog crush friend Emily posted her thoughts about a bad weigh in last week. She was SO real about it. The truth of the matter is just because we blog about it doesn’t mean that we don’t get frustrated with the ups and downs of long term weight loss. But just because it’s hard, and frustrating, and we have slip ups and let downs does NOT negate the progress we have made. And you know what else? That progress doesn’t just have to be a number on scale or a pants size. Sure those are the most visual and make for great marketing… but sometimes it’s being able to run 30 seconds longer. Or lift 10lbs heavier. Or maybe… just maybe… it’s getting the courage to do something absolutely terrifying…

Like register for your Level 1 CrossFit Certification. Oh yes, this is really happening. I will be going to CrossFit MayhemΒ in February to take my Level 1 Certification Class. This is kind of a big deal for me.

Am I terrified? Yea.

Am I excited? You bet.

Did I ever think I would do something like this? Not a chance.

6 month CrossFit Progress Pictures

Six months ago when I started CrossFit I had no idea how it would change my life. I celebrated every step of progress… from not being able to do girl push ups, to being able to eek out a few boy push ups. From not being able to lift the bar to hitting a 200lb deadlift. It was all the little steps a long the way… the journey… that led me to where I am today. And I am so thankful for this journey.

So- I want to celebrate with you! Upload a picture of something that reminds you of the progress you made to instagram or twitter and tag me in it – use the hashtag #celebratetheprogress so we can all celebrate with you. It can be anything, big or small.

And remember those Under Armour Shoes I told you about?

As a part of my #celebratetheprogress party we are doing a giveaway for a pair of the Spine RPM shoes in Pink & Teal!! Merry Early Christmas to you, you deserve it!! Just enter using the Rafflecopter Below.


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What progress are you celebrating today? Join the party and #CelebratetheProgress


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  • Reply Lauren December 6, 2012 at 9:02 am

    I’d wear my new shoes for a long run. Been focusing on hiit and it’s time to get outside even though it’s cold and hit the streets for a longer run!

  • Reply Ashley December 6, 2012 at 9:25 am

    the progress I’m celebrating today is that I haven’t gained any weight since the end of my Whole Life Challenge that ended last month! WOOT! and that is PROGRESS! πŸ™‚
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  • Reply katie @momslrb December 6, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Being pregnant, running shoes are my best friend. I can’t “Grow” out of them.

    I’d wear them everyday, all day! Even to work.
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  • Reply Emily December 6, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Well, it goes with out saying that I adore you. The aboslute BEST thing about blogging is finding people you can really connect with and have meaningful friendships with. So THANK YOU for that. <3

    You have come such a long way and are truly inspiring to me! Signing up to be certified for Crossfit? YOU ARE SUCH A BADASS!!!! Chase those dreams, girl. You have them for a reason. They're meant to be yours!

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  • Reply Holly December 6, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Adorable shoes. I’d love to run in those!

  • Reply Aimee December 6, 2012 at 9:37 am

    CONGRATS! You rock.
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  • Reply Sheena December 6, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Progress= going to the gym even when I’m sick. Too cold to run outside sick, so the gym it is!
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  • Reply Abbie December 6, 2012 at 9:47 am

    I’m celebrating running further than ever!

  • Reply Natalie December 6, 2012 at 9:50 am

    AWESOME JOB!! You look amazing and I have loved going back through your posts and seeing your transformation. So glad I found your blog, you’re a huge inspiration to me! Keep up the great work girl!!

    The progress that I am celebrating is that I have been consistent with my food choices and exercise since November 5… Even made it through Thanksgiving without giving up! Love those shoes, can’t wait to see who wins! πŸ™‚


  • Reply Samantha (@Brownie8727) December 6, 2012 at 9:51 am

    I love this post!! I am so glad Emily shared your blog with me. So many times people only focus on the tangible victories, ones you can see. But that extra time on the treadmill or the extra plate on your bar can be such a boost! You go girl!!
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  • Reply Ashley December 6, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Congrats! Amazing progress!
    I am celebrating my progress in gaining strength! I lost a lot of it when I was too focused on running during marathon training. I am happy to report my butt is getting better each day πŸ™‚
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  • Reply JJ December 6, 2012 at 9:56 am

    I’m celebrating the progress I made this year as a whole today. I ran my first marathon at the end of October. 2 years ago when I first started running for reals, I never thought I would get there. This was a huge accomplishment for me!

  • Reply Laura m December 6, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I was able to do 40 squats last night!! I have never been able to do that many.

  • Reply Cass December 6, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Congratulations on your progress! Sending you a virtual high five!!

  • Reply Amy December 6, 2012 at 10:15 am

    I am celebrating the progress I have made this year. I started out not being able to run a minute and I finished a half marathon this year. I have also lost 30lbs.
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  • Reply Laura December 6, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Your transformation is awesome!! I’ve lost about 45 lbs in the last year and I’ve been so intrigued by Cross Fit – I WILL try it someday! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jamie December 6, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I’m celebrating the beginning of a healthier life!

  • Reply MamaB December 6, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Even though the last 3 weeks have been completely shitty, I didn’t eat my way through it. I wasn’t perfect, but I only gained a pound and that was easily lost with water intake!
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  • Reply Elle December 6, 2012 at 11:26 am

    I am celebrating my progress in getting more consistent with my workouts and a change in attitude to where I really WANT to do them! A big step.
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  • Reply Larissa December 6, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Truth right here: ” But just because it’s hard, and frustrating, and we have slip ups and let downs does NOT negate the progress we have made.”

    Thanks for being vulnerable and sharing your progress! It’s posts like this that are SO encouraging!
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  • Reply Sarah @ Semi-Sweet December 6, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Today, progress for me is working out even though I was exhausted this a.m. and my daughter stayed home sick . . . SO wanted to curl up and watch a movie. Your DietBet game is keeping me going, Courtney! Congrats on YOUR progress – it is big. Only one way to get to that goal . . . one foot in front of the other . . . slow but steady wins this race, girl!
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  • Reply Laura @ Mommy Run Fast December 6, 2012 at 11:37 am

    My progress lately has been defining a new career direction with health and fitness, and having the guts to go after it! πŸ™‚
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  • Reply Christine December 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Im celebrating getting my weight loss back on track and finding motivation thanks to ur challenge. I’m celebrating one pound lost by of my hardwork.

  • Reply Kim December 6, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Awesome job girl!! See you Saturday at the Santa 5k!? Cant wait!
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    • Reply Kim December 6, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      Oh and I didnt put what progress is for me… that running and exercise has finally turned into a hobby rather than something I feel like I have to do. I enjoy it!
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  • Reply Kim December 6, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    I am celebrating getting back on track with my workouts and tracking my food.

  • Reply Jessie December 6, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    The progress I’m actually celebrating is getting back to a workout routine! I slacked off for a while because of stress and time issues but I’m back, baby!

  • Reply Heidi December 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Love this!

  • Reply December 6, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Today I’m celebrating my progress in the soreness of my leg muscles from an awesome lower body workout from yesterday. recently posted..Under Armour Fleece Divide Hoodie GiveawayMy Profile

  • Reply Jennifer December 6, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Courtney, you are looking amazing!! So proud of your accomplishments thus far! πŸ™‚

    And AWESOME on the trainer course!! That is HUGE news!!

    I’m celebrating my front squat PR (95lbs!) πŸ™‚
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  • Reply DisneyBride December 6, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Progress I am celebrating this week is my one year anniversary in a happy healthy loving marriage. Also am proud of consistently working out 4-5/wk for past four months.
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  • Reply jess December 6, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    looking at progress pictures is always the best motivation! way to go!

  • Reply josephine December 6, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    I am celebrating run streaking for 15 days today πŸ˜‰
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  • Reply Sarah M December 6, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I’m focusing on my core. I’ve been participating in #plankaday challenge and finally up to 1 minute and 7 seconds!
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  • Reply Jen December 6, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    I am celebrating the completion of yet another grad school semester!
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  • Reply Laurel C December 6, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I’m getting stronger, and able to lift heavier weights in the gym! score!

  • Reply Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie December 6, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I’m celebrating being almost done with another semester. One more left to go and I’ll have my bachelors degree!
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  • Reply Jessica December 6, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    I celebrated the first time FOLLOWING THROUGH with my plan of hot yoga before work!

  • Reply Kelsey December 6, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I’m celebrating the progress that I’ve almost made it HALFWAY through my very first year of teaching!!! πŸ™‚
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  • Reply Francine December 6, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    I am celebrating consistency, eating clean and drinking more water. I’ve been making progress and seeing results. It motivates me to keep going.

  • Reply Louise Cunningham December 6, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    I am celebrating the 75 pounds I have lost since Jan 1st!
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  • Reply Kristen Grimes December 6, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    WOW! You have really accomplished a lot! Way to get it, girl!
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  • Reply April December 6, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    I don’t know if I’m doing this right!

    I’m celebrating getting to go to CF 2 days in a row. ha!
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  • Reply Julie Story December 6, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    I am celebrating a much better perspective of body image and pursing God through healthy living πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Joanna Broadbent December 6, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Actually seeing muscles that I have been building for what seems like forever πŸ˜‰
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  • Reply Maria @ Lil Mys Ninja December 7, 2012 at 12:08 am

    The Progress I am celebrating is my having ram 8 miles at once! I’ve never ran that much in one run before! It makes my goal of running a half marathon look that much more attainable!! Congrats on your progress!!!
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  • Reply Shemp DeYoung (@ShempGames) December 7, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Put the ice cream back in the freezer case and moved on to the veggie aisle.

  • Reply Brenda December 7, 2012 at 3:57 am

    WTG on training class. I want to find out more about it.

  • Reply Ruth December 7, 2012 at 4:54 am

    Brilliant progress!

    I’m celebrating that I’m still going to bootcamp outside even though its December and really chilly here!

  • Reply Laura Avakian December 7, 2012 at 9:07 am

    I’m celebrating being at my lowest weight this year … here’s hoping it keeps going down in 2013!

  • Reply Meghan @ TheMeghaMix December 7, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Girl!!! I gasped out loud when I saw you registered for your L1!!! I decided this week I’m gonna save my pennies this year to try to get mine at the end of 2013 or beginning of 2014.

    Looking great and thanks for being real as always!
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  • Reply The Linz (Linzi's Life on the Run) December 7, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Your progress is amazing! I’d say that is great motivation to look back at your own progress. Way to go!! πŸ™‚
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  • Reply Dawn December 7, 2012 at 9:46 am

    I am soo excited about the weight loss challenge!! Thank you for the opportunity to get myself moving in the right direction and possible make a little money in the process!!

  • Reply Nicole W. December 7, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I am celebrating that I was able to do pull ups at crossfit with the band rather than just doing a jump with the pull up

  • Reply Emily O December 7, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I am almost finished with C25K. YAY! Running my first half in April.

  • Reply Kat December 7, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Being a runner. One who runs half marathon distances…and hoping to do a full!
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  • Reply Amy Maham December 8, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    I am celebrating not getting up for seconds today…that’s big for me whooooo!!!

  • Reply Danielle K December 9, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    I ran 4 miles today for the first time in my life!!! It was amazing and I’m feeling more confident for my half marathon in Feb. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Cathy T December 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    My running progress! I got most improved at my Cross Country Banquet! πŸ˜€

  • Reply Alicia December 10, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Hey Courtney!

    Here’s my post all about celebrating my progress πŸ™‚ Made for a good weigh-in day on DietBet, too!
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  • Reply Amanda Fraijo-Tobin (@FraijoManda) December 10, 2012 at 9:10 am

    I love watching your journey! From a former “big girl” and after (and still ongoing) journey of my own… I offer you nothing but praise! πŸ™‚
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  • Reply domestic diva December 10, 2012 at 10:28 am

    I’m currently celebrating my growing baby bump; and then I’ll be celebrating my body shrinking again. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Tammy December 10, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Today, I’m celebrating waking up early to work out, packing all my meals and snacks for the day and drinking LOADS of water! This is a HUGE step forward from where I’ve been living lately, so I’m giving myself a BIG GOLD STAR for making such great progress today. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Katrina December 10, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    I am currently training for my first half marathon…it is scary but I really want it

  • Reply Rachel Jacobson December 11, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    So glad I found your blog over on dietbet. You should definitely celebrate where you are at now; you’re rockin’ it! Good luck with the Crossfit certification.

  • Reply Marsha December 12, 2012 at 8:39 am

    I love your blog! I am just getting started running but I finished the C25k!

  • Reply Amy Lynn December 12, 2012 at 11:23 am

    You are Inspiring Courtney!!!
    I’m celebrating running 3 miles in a row πŸ™‚ its my new mile stone and my ultimate goal is to run 5 miles w/o stopping.

  • Reply Amanda Christine (@AmandaCMedau) December 12, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I’m celebrating a 5K PR! Now it wasn’t an official race or anything, but I’ll take a 28 minute run after being sick!
    I’m also celebrating the launch of hubby’s (and my) Mustard company!
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  • Reply justine December 12, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    I’m celebrating the commitment t step up my excising before New Year’s

  • Reply Lynn December 13, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Congrats on your progress! Amazing:)
    I am celebrating that I am still committed to my strength training 3 times a week!

  • Reply RunInBoise December 13, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    I am celebrating sticking to my training plan for 3 weeks- working out before I do anything else for the day. I love your progress pics!
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