It Has Only Just Begun!

So last night was our first meeting with our Crossfit guy, Larry. It was great!

I am pumped.

I am ready.

Let’s do this!

Here is how it went down.

We (my husband and I) got there and filled out the waiver and all the paperwork that Crossfit needs in order to be in the facility.

Then, we immediately had an overview of the “pre-test” he was going to give us. He basically showed us what rowing looks like (correct form), correct form on a squat, how to do a modified sit up, pull up, and push up.

After seeing the correct form, he started the timer and we were off.

500 meters of rowing. Immediately followed by 40 squats (down to a medicine ball on the floor), 30 sit ups, 20 push ups and finished with 10 pull ups.

When he originally told us that would be the timed pre-test, I was like, “That’s it?!?” Easy peasy.

Huh! Wrong!

It was anything but easy.

The rowing was pretty easy. I was in a zone. I was rocking and rolling and finished fairly quickly.

Then came the squats. Well, since I had killed it on the rowing, I was pretty shaky and my arms and legs were quivering pretty badly. That took a little bit longer.

Then came the sit ups – my downfall. I have never really been able to do one, much less 30. Well, I got through them, modified of course.

The push ups and the pull ups were a daze. At this point, I was just trying to finish!

And I did – In right around 15 minutes.

One really cool thing that happened was the song, Hall of Fame came on just at the right time. I was struggling with one of the last two workouts and that song came on – You KNOW how I love that song! It was perfect!

The good thing is I finished. I felt a little nauseous but I finished! Pre-test accomplished!

He will time us again in a few weeks and see how much we improve.

Then the fun part…the eating.

He gave me a very strict eating plan down to the number of grams of protein, fat and carbs I should eat. He also told me WHEN I should eat certain types of food and when I shouldn’t. The right combination of food is important also.

The plan looks very Paleo-like which is fine. No cheese, no dairy, no sugar, no artificial sweeteners. Just a lot of clean, whole foods.

Can I do this forever? No.

Can I do this for a while to reboot my body? Absolutely.

Do I think this will help me get to where I want to go? Yep!

Am I sore today from the workout? Heck yes!

Have I done perfect on the plan my first day? No.

Am I giving it my all? You better believe it.

I weighed on my home scale Monday morning (I will weigh in at Weight Watchers on Saturday morning’s for a while) and I took before photos when I got home.

Jen Before Starting Crossfit

I won’t show you the ones where I am just in my sports bra! I will save those for later! Much later!

I plan to do measurements tonight.

I will keep you posted on what happens as this progresses!  We head back tomorrow for our first “real” workout!  Yeah!

It’s Only Just Begun!

Have you ever drastically changed what you have been doing for years? How did it work for you?

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  • Kimberley Vogt

    My husband swears by Crossfit and is always trying to get me to do it, too! Good luck! Can’t wait to see how you do!

  • hhatcherca

    Ooooooooooooo I soooo can’t wait to follow you on your crossfit journey. It sounds totally fun to me! I don’t really know much about it but have always wondered. Fill us in on everything!

  • Fiona Jesse Giffords

    I often find out that if I haven’t tried something and don’t want to do also, eventually I have to do that one only. So to tackle this situations I mentally prepare myself to complete the work with positivity and see some good results.

  • dayana

    omg good luck :)

  • Jenny

    Jennifer, will you be allowed to have caffeine on the plan?

  • Eliana Leader

    This is so exciting, congrats Jennifer, I’m so excited to watch all your progress!!!

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  • The Fat Lady

    I’ve been doing PT for the last 4 years. Love it when you totally get in that zone. Eating has always been the hardest thing for me. I’ve decided to do something very drastic this year. I’m having gastric bypass surgery. I’m booked in under a month. The great thing is that I have gone to an obesity clinic and now I’m working with a dietitian, psychologist and physiologist for the next 12 months to battle my eating, my exercise and my mind. Finally get them all working together. My trainer and I will now be working towards doing the local 14km fun run in December. Hard to imagine a 130kg woman doing a 14km run in 9 months time.

  • Jane

    This is so exciting :)

  • Kris Beauregard

    I am doing something “drastic” also! I am going to be working out with a personal trainer for the first time on Saturday! I needed a person to motivate and keep me accountable. I can’t wait!

  • Bobbie

    “Larry, the crossfit guy” reminds me of another celebrity. :) Now I can’t help but picture that person giving your directions.

    • Jennifer Swafford

      LOL! That’s great…however, he looks nothing like that “other Larry!”

  • Eiz3r

    I am starting crossfit on Wed! I am a bigger girl and to say I am nervous is the understatement of the century!!! Good luck and I am going to keep following you!

  • Dr. J

    I started CrossFit and Paleo two months ago – so far I’m down 2 sizes, 10lbs, and several inches all over. This will be the best decision you ever made. The feeling of accomplishment you get after leaving the box after a WOD you were frightened of is AMAZING. The CrossFit community is one of the most welcoming I’ve ever seen and they encourage you to keep going. I’m not the fittest by far, but I will reach my goals. So excited to read about you reaching yours!!!

  • Caroline Monroe

    Hi Jennifer! I just found your blog and I’m glad I did! You can do it! I’ll be following along. Your friend at

  • Lauren Sims Grider

    You are on the right track with Crossfit and eating clean. I also started with weight watchers (and lost 70 lb that way) but have transitioned over to paleo. My advice if you decide to stay with weight watchers and also crossfit: make sure you are eating ALL of your weekly points and activity points, and that you are eating clean foods. Eat fat. It doesn’t make you fat.