Gaining Weight with Crossfit and Why it Doesn’t Matter

by ~jenniferlynn on March 13, 2014

in Body Image, CrossFit, Skinny Girl Problems

I have always been thin, so it was a bit of a surprise when I started gaining weight with Crossfit.

I was born a preemie almost two months early, wore a size 4 in second grade, and didn’t start my period until just before I started high school.

In high school I lived on macaroni, chicken nuggets, Taco Bell, hash browns, salads and fries smothered in ranch dressing. More recently, I ate chicken and pasta almost daily, Hungry Howie’s often, and Chinese or Mexican food for lunch more than once a week. I ate whatever I wanted whenever I wanted and not once did I think about my weight or size because I was genetically thin and that’s how I was going to be (as a reference, my dad at his heaviest was 5’11”, 145#).

skinny jen

September, 2010

It wasn’t until I started to lift weights early in 2012 that I actually started to see my weight go up. I went from forever 119 to 123. Inspired by Staci of NerdFitness, I realized I was “skinny fat” before and first made the connection that the number on the scale has nothing to do with how you look. And so I continued to eat healthier and continue to lift weights, the weight continued to trend upwards.

Gaining weight with Crossfit. As you get stronger, know that your weight may go up and that is okay. Focus on what your body has the ability to do rather than the number on the scale. For more crossfit posts, check out @winetoweights blog at www.winetoweightlifting.com

Gaining weight with Crossfit

My weight plateaued at 127 in late 2012 until I started Crossfit, where it further increased, then was hanging around 133 for the last half of 2013 while eating much cleaner, fairly strict paleo, and training for a half marathon.

But now with Eat to Perform, I have loosened up the paleo perspective which had caused me issues in the past, and my focus is on performance (edit: I wrote more about how healthy habits led me down an unhealthy path here). I won’t label it as “good” or “bad”, but increasing my calories and putting an emphasis on carbs has caused a fairly quick increase in weight in the past three months.

I have a hard time putting my thoughts down at times because I have always been thin and cannot directly relate to so many women who struggle with weight or have these weight loss goals in mind. How can I explain to you that the number on the scale isn’t important when “society” tells you otherwise and when you have a “goal weight”? Who wants to listen to skinny me talk about eating whatever I want? I really have no idea if this will have any value to you, but I want to emphasize that the number is so insignificant.

Some may think that the weight gain or additional mass could cause them to feel uncomfortable, others may see it as preventing them from participating in their ideal weight class, and still others are extremely content eating big and lifting big. Ultimately, it is about finding that place that you are most comfortable.

Progress pictures: Gaining weight with Crossfit. As you get stronger, know that your weight may go up and that is okay. Focus on what your body has the ability to do rather than the number on the scale. For more crossfit posts, check out @winetoweights blog at www.winetoweightlifting.com

One of the biggest shifts in my perception that I have had over the last couple years is that I don’t want to be the skinny girl. Increasing my bodyweight has allowed me to increase my lifts. This week alone, I PRed my front squat, bench press, push jerk, and deadlift.

Do you want a small scale number? Or do you want more?

I want bigger shoulders.

I want to be able to push jerk my bodyweight.

I want thicker thighs.

I want to deadlift 300#.

I want that Crossfit Booty and want no risk of it ever leaving my side (well, backside..).

I want to squat 200#.

I want to look strong, feel strong, be strong. Gaining weight has given me a bigger sense of self-confidence that just being “skinny” wasn’t. As of today, I am up 23lbs from when I first touched a barbell. I am up 15lbs from when I started Crossfit, and up just about 10lbs this year alone since putting a focus on fueling for performance.

I am sure that some amount of bodyfat has also gone in hand with the weight gain, but seeing bigger muscles, bigger “gainz,” and bigger lifts on the whiteboard has been a huge boost for me. The feeling of hitting PRs and my body doing things it never was able to do before, like a chest-to-bar pull up, is incomparable to anything else.

While many of you may still use the scale as the ultimate measure and many of you prefer using working out and eating as a way to maintain a certain aesthetic look, I would challenge you to shift the focus to performance and see where it takes you.

Weightlifting will not make you bulky. Gaining weight with Crossfit or gaining weight with lifting weights. As you get stronger, know that your weight may go up and that is okay. Focus on what your body has the ability to do rather than the number on the scale. For more crossfit posts, check out @winetoweights blog at www.winetoweightlifting.com

Your turn..
Have you gained weight sine starting Crossfit?
Would you prefer to be skinnier or stronger?
How has your perception of your body changed since you started working out?

Jessica March 13, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Great post! It’s all about what I can do now (a lot of things) vs. what I weigh and what I weighed when I couldn’t do any of those things.
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Lauren March 13, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Thanks I totally needed to read this! I just tweeted you a bunch but this week I’ve been feeling crappy after stepping on the scale for the first time in weeks. My weight is pretty stable but a solid 8 lbs over what I was comfortable with and won’t budge downwards (only up!). I can’t expect to get stronger at crossfit and do things like deadlift #200 lbs if I lose weight! I can’t eat 1200 calories and try to lose fat and muscle because training makes me hungry! Thanks for reminding me what’s put out in society as normal dieting and weights is B.S. It’s just good to hear there are other people who don’t need to focus on the the number!

Bezzymates March 13, 2014 at 1:45 pm

What a great post. In a culture where dieting, thigh gaps, tummy bridges and being skinny is coveted, it’s difficult for women to understand why any woman would want to gain weight. I have difficulty with my body type being a pear shaped woman. I have heard so many times, just do cardio everyday. But, I don’t want to be skinny. I want my back, shoulders and arms to gain mass. I find weight training is the best solution for me, even if it means I will gain weight.

~jenniferlynn March 13, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Thanks for the comment!
Yeah for me, I’ve always been bottom-heavy, even being skinny. So gaining weight helped me to feel more proportionate, too. I was granted child-bearing hips, but nothing up top, so “growing” shoulders and lats and back muscles has helped me feel a lot more balanced, too!

Claire March 13, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Thanks for the link love! I remember once in middle school, the scale in my bathroom was running low on batteries and when I stepped on it, it said I weighed 87 lbs (when I probably actually weighed around 100). I was THRILLED (keep in mind I was like 4’8, so 87 pounds would definitely have made me VERY skinny, but that’s what I was going for) and I spent the rest of the day walking around in my bikini, feeling SO good about myself. It wasn’t until a few days later when the scale finally died that I realized that the battery is what had gone down, not my bodyweight. I’ve always looked back on that and realized how crazy it was that I had such a dramatic reaction to nothing but a little digital number. I haven’t weighed myself in MONTHS because I recognize that your weight has very little to do with what your body actually looks like, let alone what it can do, but I do tend to notice right away when I gain weight unexpectedly because I have been the sameish weight for so long. I would love to find a way to gain weight on purpose and in a meaningful way, but I’m still trying to figure out what that process will look like for my body!
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Gabby March 13, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Thanks for the link love 🙂

I really think it’s a matter of perspective and preference. Some want to be leaner than others but ultimately, I think people should just OWN whatever their goal is. It also requires the realization that often times, eating for performance (particularly if you are a competitive athlete) and eating for health don’t often look the same. I think it also takes a loooong time to reach a level of comfort with your body to decipher what it needs and how to satisfy that need. And most of all, it takes a mental shift which is definitely the most difficult part!
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Simone
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March 13, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Yes! I’ve never been quite as skinny as you, but I’ve always been petite and somewhere in the skinny category. (I’m typically around 120 too, but I think I’m much shorter than you! 🙂 ) I always feel bad talking about physical goals — almost like “Who am I to want to be leaner when I already have a “good number” on the scale?” I don’t want to come across as though my current body isn’t “good enough” when it’s plenty of other people’s “goal weight.”

That said — I DO want to eat cleaner and lift bigger. And I think it’s awesome that while my coworkers may talk about calories, I’m trying to figure out how to fuel my body more effectively to put MORE weight on the scale. I still worry about being leaner (and deathly pale) sometimes, but I love the shift in focus towards performance! 🙂
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Lisa
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March 13, 2014 at 3:07 pm

I this this post is AMAZING!!! I definitely struggle with the scale. A lot. I have gained about 15-20 lbs since I started crossfit a little over 2 years ago, and go back and forth on how I feel about it. It’s disheartening to me when my cute little dresses from years past don’t fit anymore and I have to buy size L and XL because of my ever-growing shoulders.

But my abs are more defined than ever! And my max lifts are definitely something to be proud of. I think that overall, that even though I weigh the most I’ve ever weighed, I actually feel more confident with my body because I know I’m strong.

I still hate swimsuit shopping and jeans shopping though.
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~jenniferlynn March 13, 2014 at 3:25 pm

And I’m in total shoulder/quad envy of you… <3 😉

Wendi March 13, 2014 at 3:30 pm

I’ve never been concerned about the number on the scale, regardless of my size. I know I’ll never be tiny, I’m 5’10” and come from a long line of giant, well-built ancestors. However, I know that I have room for improvement. While I do step on the scale occasionally, I don’t use that as my defining term for how I’m doing with my fitness goals. Just because I know I’ve lost 50# since last March, doesn’t mean I live & die by that number. I love that my clothes fit better and that I get to buy smaller sizes. I love that I look and feel stronger! I sleep better, I eat better and best of all, I’ve made some awesome new friends doing all of it.

Mary
Twitter: inmyheadspace
March 13, 2014 at 4:07 pm

This is such a great post – seriously your best one in my opinion and there have been other greats… You have really come in to your own which is great. I don’t obsess over the number on the scale and don’t count calories anymore. As long as I eat well, work out, feel good and my clothes fit well is all that matters to me. My thing is more of being preventative on matters of health since my DNA is plagued with a lot of things. That’s what motivates me to keep it going.

Megan March 13, 2014 at 6:29 pm

I LOVE THIS! I can not say how excited I am to see your gainz!!! I have loved watching you grow inside and out over these past couple years. I wish I could train with you more because we have different body types and different strengths and knowing that you’re way too close to my DL PR is gonna make me get back to that ASAP 😉

I have seen myself fluctuate a lot with Crossfit as well over the last couple of years, and its been a great way for me to learn to accept my body and what all 200lbs (give or take 20lbs) can do for me. But I’ve also learned out to lean myself out and how much my body reacts to gluten and sugar, I’m not giving up on finding the perfect balance of it all! I’m just on such a cusp of clothes buying that I’m not sure what to do when my shoulders/quads/glutes get any bigger!

Kristina Walters @ Kris On Fitness March 13, 2014 at 7:52 pm

Ok, again, you are my hero! Thank you for focusing on health and training versus the number on the scale. The weight that I am at currently is too high period but I would like to get to the point where it levels off because of muscle mass.
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k March 14, 2014 at 7:54 am

I love this post and want to share it everywhere. 🙂 You look so much better and stronger than the 2010 photo! And seriously, it’s all about how you feel and your goals – people need to stop using the scale so much (and instead look at the weights on the barbell).
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Christine March 14, 2014 at 10:37 am

I’m really struggling with the nutrition aspect of crossfit. I’ve always been thin, but skinny fat and/or under eating. Now I really care what I put in my body but I’m struggling to find a balance between healthy and enjoying good (mostly whole) foods. It is always great to read about women who are strong and eat in order to be strong. I hope to get there mentally and physically someday.

Samantha Angela
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March 14, 2014 at 11:04 am

I love how weightlifting can really change your perspective about your body weight and re-frame your goals from the weight on the scale to weight on the bar.

Mass moves mass and it definitely helps to gain mass if you want to lift heavier weights. I’m trying to gain weight right now too to help me with my weightlifting goals.
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Lauren March 14, 2014 at 11:23 am

I like most of this post, but I really seriously object to the term “skinny fat” and I think using it undermines your entire argument that “skinny =/= healthy”, because if you’re actually taking that to it’s logical conclusion than you’re saying that fat means unhealthy all the time. What the term does is substitute the term “fat” for “unhealthy” (you want it to mean “skinny unhealthy”, right?), and while obesity is certainly a very recognized health issue, if you’re making the argument that fitness matters more than body weight then using a term that substitutes a body weight judgement for a health or fitness measure is an issue.

What I read from the rest of the post is that what matters is what you’re eating, what you’re lifting, what you’re running, how hard you’re working and not what your body weighs. So why use a term that shames and stigmatizes naturally larger bodies (like mine! which stays around 140 no matter how many marathons I run) when you’re saying elsewhere that health matters not the scale?

~jenniferlynn March 14, 2014 at 11:36 am

Thanks for the comment, Lauren!

I wasn’t inferring at all that fat = unhealthy, just as I wasn’t inferring that skinny=healthy. Because at my skinniest, I sure as heck wasn’t healthy! It wasn’t until I started eating better than I actually gained weight.

But I guess I can see the draw from the term skinny-fat; but really, skinnier, I probably did have more bodyfat than I do now. It’s unfortunate that out of the whole post that’s the one thing that got the most focus from you, but I do appreciate you pointing out how it can be seen.

And kudos on the multiple marathons!! I found when I was running more my body composition changed quite a bit from where it is strictly lifting/Crossfit. But I sure wouldn’t say 140 is large by any means, as you suggest! At least I don’t feel large.. lol.

At any rate, in no way did i tend to offend or use a derogatory term as that was not the intention at all with the post!

Lauren March 14, 2014 at 11:56 am

Thanks for the quick reply. I didn’t mean that was the one thing that I drew, I love that you’re promoting the idea of health at every size, and I loved the rest of the article, but I have heard that term in other places and I hate it. I think the idea it promotes that fat is equaled unhealthy hurts us.

I was also my least healthy at my smallest (hit 125 after a month where my grandmother died, my boyfriend broke up with me and I lost my job in the space of 30 days all while I was training for a marathon) people kept telling me how great I looked and inside it was all “I ate toast today and that was it”. I can “pinch and inch” right now, but am infinitely healthier (and faster and stronger!) than I was then.

Thanks again for the thoughtful and speedy response and again, my objection was to that one term, and not the overall idea you’re promoting which I think promotes health and strength both physical and mental.

Alex March 14, 2014 at 8:31 pm

I hate to look at the scale. I swear it brings nothing but bad thoughts. I remember trying to gain weight when I was playing baseball in highschool and I just could not do it. I was eating healthy and so what I turned to was eating junk food. Stupid.

I created a poor habit just because I didn’t like what the scale said. If you feel good about your body and you feel strong and you love the way you look, then the number on the scale shouldn’t matter.

Zuri March 15, 2014 at 11:45 am

I’ve never really struggled with my weight, but then again, I never really cared until now. I was always bigger than my friends. Only in the last five years did my weight skyrocket! I gained 40 lbs, lost 30, gained back 10…
I just joined a gym and am working on body weight exercises. I don’t own a scale, so I’m going strictly on how I feel and how my clothes fit as the judge of my progress. I haven’t gotten into weights yet, but that’s a goal I have set for sometime down the road. I’ve already succeeded at the hard part – getting off the couch and into the gym!
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Shelly March 19, 2014 at 12:50 pm

I was first introduced to weightlifting at fairly young age and have been addicted ever since. I trained as a Fitness & Figure competitor in my early 20’s and while I loved the experience and gained a ton of valuable lifting and eating knowledge, I knew that it was not a sustainable lifestyle. I continued to lift heavy weights, by my standards, until the beginning of this year at which point I finally made the switch to CrossFit. The idea of being “bulky” was what drove me to start in the first place. I want a distinguished CrossFit booty and I want to be freakishly strong for my 5’3″ frame.

Eating right is 90% of the battle. If you can master your diet, and incorporate exercises that recruit the largest number of muscles, you will build muscle and burn calories at an accelerated rate, even up 38 HOURS after your exercise. Great post!

Tabitha P March 22, 2014 at 1:54 pm

I struggle with the scale a lot. While I have reached a healthy weight I still have issues seeing certain numbers on the scale. At my lightest I had gotten down to 144, now I am sitting at about 146/148, depending on the day and while I realize that my clothes still fit and that I am healthier then I have ever been, that number haunts me. I should just stay off the stupid thing! So glad that you have found a happy place, I think I’m going to switch my thinking (again) and focus on results. I need write down what weight I am lifting and focus on being able to lift more.
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Meg B @ Our Misadventures March 22, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Congrats!!! Headed here from #SITSsharefest and I’m glad I found your blog! My husband and I want to start doing Crossfit this year, you’re totally an inspiration! It’s refreshing to see this type of a story in a world that’s so dominated by people getting smaller. I’m one of the larger people trying to get smaller, but only to make my body go from being more muscle than fat.
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March 31, 2014 at 8:53 pm

“Ultimately, it is about finding that place that you are most comfortable.” That is the one of the great things I’ve learned on my health journey. It’s not what society expects me to look like but what make me comfortable in my own skin. : )
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Joanna April 1, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Love this post and I think you look phenomenal!!!!! I hardly ever touch the scale now, even in contest prep. I go solely on how I look and feel. It’s funny because this time last year I was still obsessed with the thought that I had to get down to 115 for my competition. My weight fluctuates so much, I don’t even care. As long as I look lean and tight I could weigh in at 150+ and be fine with it!!!! Keep up the awesome job lady!!! You are an inspiration to many xoxox

Natalie Romero April 1, 2014 at 6:13 pm

We’ll said! I’m so exhausted of hearing women are relatively “skinny fat” complain on and on about their weight?!!!! How about embracing a healthy weight and lifting something heavy? I’m a curvasious Latina, size 6, 140#lb and my goal is not to be skinny but to pr on my lifts! 🙂 thanks for the awesome post, will blast on my fb 🙂

Emily April 17, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Awesome!!!!! You and I both set out on a journey to get stronger, build muscle and be healthier. 😉 Well done lady!!! I loved the post and just shared it on my page. 😉 You look fantastic and most importantly, you feel great and that is really what matters.

“Do you want a small scale number? Or do you want more?” I love this. 😉

Emily

~jenniferlynn April 17, 2014 at 4:05 pm

Thank you for reading and sharing!! Keep up the gainz! 😉

Nicole
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August 28, 2014 at 3:59 pm

I just want to echo your sentiments in this post. I had a physical yesterday and I hadn’t weighed myself in, I dunno like 7 months? Turns out I gained ~6lbs over that time and it was funny because just before I stepped on the scale I was thinking about how I do body pump 2x/week, cycle, run, swim, yoga and have a lot more muscle tone and I was excited to find out how that translated into muscle mass. It would be more accurate to get hydrostatically weighed, I know, but when I was excited when I saw my gain, but the nurse looked at me funny like, “why is she happy she gained weight?” Before she could say anything I just said “yay body pump is paying off, so exciting!” 🙂 I too am at my “heaviest”, but I haven’t had an injury since last year, I’m faster, I still fit into my clothes and look more lean. So, yep a scale just shows a number, it doesnt necessarily show hard work 🙂
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~jenniferlynn August 28, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Haha love it! Yes, not just Crossfit, but so many other strength sports. Women tend to focus on weight going up as a bad thing, when really – you know you feel better, look better, embrace it!

I had a bod pod before and that was less intimidating than the hydrostatic weighing seems to me.. not that it REALLY matters (as last time I went I actually gained fat.. oops!) but I feel better than ever, so can’t let it bother me too much! 😉

Sarah February 6, 2015 at 9:23 am

This is a good reminder! Sometimes I get too caught up with the scale numbers even if my clothes are fitting better. I wouldn’t want to give up feeling strong just to see the scale go down. That is the best feeling!
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Kerry February 11, 2015 at 5:59 pm

Love this. I started crossfit 3 years ago around 140. Last time I weighed, I was in the 158-162 range. Guess what…my clothing size is the same, and my jeans actually fit better. (before, tight in waist, looser in legs and tush..now.. looser in waist, more snug in legs and behind.) 🙂 i am focused on performance not a certain look or number on the scale. kudos!

Francine
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February 11, 2015 at 10:35 pm

Love this! I’m more concerned about ther weights and not my weight. I want to be healthy and fit, not a slave to the number on the scale. I still have weight to gain and I am looking forward to it! Keep up the good work Jen, YOU ROCK! WE
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Francine
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February 11, 2015 at 10:37 pm

Love this! I’m more concerned about ther weights and not my weight. I want to be healthy and fit, not a slave to the number on the scale. I still have weight to gain and I am looking forward to it! Keep up the good work Jen, YOU ROCK!
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Amber February 13, 2015 at 5:41 pm

This is one of the best posts that I have read in a while! I used to be a bit of a chunky chick (155 lbs) and then took up running, which allowed me to go from a size 12 to a size 6. In 2013, I was training for my first half marathon and was down to 127 lbs and thought I was happy. I started crossfit in summer 2014, while training for my second half. My weight started to increase …. a lot. At first, the former ‘fat’ girl in me was screaming at the scale “NO! HOW?! This is impossible!”. Almost 6 months later, I have hit my plateau at 141 lbs. I used to count calories … now I literally eat ALL the food (healthy food of course). I fit into the same pants that I wore when I was 127 lbs. The added muscle even helped me shave 12 minutes off of my half marathon time! I am so embarrassed that I used to let the number on the scale affect my emotions so greatly. I am glad that I was able to break the stigma and I hope that other women out there will be able to do the same and realize how amazing it is to be fit, strong and sexy!

~jenniferlynn February 13, 2015 at 11:25 pm

Thank you for reading.. love the comment!
I think it just takes some women a lot of time to shift focus on what their body can DO and until they find that comfort zone in their workouts/fitness/lifestyle, they are defined by the scale number.

12 minutes is HUGE!! Congrats1

Thank you for reading, and feel free to share with someone who may also need to hear it!

(NEed to stop hearing people say I HAVE TO LOSE xxx pounds, when really, it’s like no, just gain the muscle.. and lose the fat.. and you’ll look better but could weigh the same!)

Lauren A March 4, 2015 at 6:08 pm

I just recently started Cross Fit. I have been going 3-4 times a week for the past two months and despite eating as healthy as I can while tracking with my MyFitnessPal, I can’t seem to stop GAINING weight! I have gained a total of 6 pounds since starting CF. Reading this article and seeing how amazing you look at a higher weight makes me feel a LOT better, and is giving me the push I need to keep at it! Thanks!!

~jenniferlynn March 5, 2015 at 9:15 am

Thanks for visiting! YES!! It’s not a bad thing!!! 🙂

Especially as your body adjusts, you will definitely be hungrier (and NEED to eat more!) but it’s fueling your performance!

happy you found my blog, and may I suggest checking out this article too –> http://www.winetoweightlifting.com/5-things-know-first-three-months-crossfit/

Feel free to contact me here or on any of my social media sites (links below my pic) if you have any questions or need to vent about any other struggles – i have plenty of them scattered throughout the blog! 🙂

Micayla March 8, 2015 at 1:44 am

I am 19 years old and have been crossfitting for about a year now and have loved every pound I’ve gained. Every pound added is like another pound of confidence that I obtain. My shoulders have grown to where my shirts now don’t fit(hey I get a new wardrobe!) My thighs are thunderous (I love the power!) and my brothers now don’t try and beat me up. Some girls look at weight lifters and say they don’t want to get “big” but in my eyes its beautiful!

Lisa
Twitter: fantabulouslisa
March 18, 2015 at 11:41 am

Omg look how much muscle you have gained!!! I love this! I definitely can’t relate to being genetically thin, but I have learned to deal with gaining even more weight with CrossFit and being okay with it. I love my max lift numbers, so I can learn to love the scale numbers too!

P.S. Hang clean PR last night: 210#!!!
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Amber March 18, 2015 at 11:51 am

Damn, girl! Excellent PR! Keep up the great work!

Also, I really love that statement, “I love my max lift numbers, so I can learn to love the scale numbers too!”

Too true!

~jenniferlynn March 18, 2015 at 12:49 pm

AND you’re getting all gymnasty, too!!! Seriously, so inspired by you! I keep getting scared of a BW jerk..

Doris Day March 25, 2015 at 11:37 am

This post is very inspiring.. I just started doing crossfit hoping I will gain weight ^^

~jenniferlynn March 25, 2015 at 11:57 am

Haha, how many women will say that?! 🙂

Keep at it, fuel properly, enjoy the workouts!! Good luck!

Rafael February 14, 2016 at 5:56 am

You look AMAZE as usual, I can’t find these on the Bassike website, the low sgluns seem to come in canvas and colours the only denim they have are the aged jean or the universal is that your jean?

Tt May 17, 2016 at 10:19 pm

You’re my hero. This is exactly what I hope to gain by starting crossfit. I’ve struggled with my weight my whole life and got ridiculed for it in highschool. Seems like people are always so carefree to pick on the “little guy”. I finally started gaining weight when I started lifting. At 107 I could max at 150lb and I’ve never been prouder. Unfortunately I’ve kind of lost motivation to lift and have had a hard time gaining any more weight. With crossfit I hope to gain 15+ pounds and to squat twice my weight no matter if it increases! Thank you for this.

Vicky September 16, 2016 at 6:19 pm

Great article. Good to see the flipside of my problem. I have lost 35kg in 2 years, only 6kg since i started crossfit in January. I have been focussing on my olympic lifting for a few months and have not lost any more even though i am still on a calorie deficit diet. My body fat has dropped by 4% in that time. My clothes still fit me and I feel the healthiest that I have for years probably since I was in my 20’s. I do not have the genetics to be skinny and that doesn’t bother me. This week I have done my first ever chin up and handstand press up which is more important to me.
My problem comes from so called ‘medical professionals’ who judge me just on my BMI even though my bodyfat is in the acceptable range of mid 20’s. I am now being told to loose another 25kg to be ‘healthy’. I wish the medical profession would update their archaic measures for all our benefits.

~jenniferlynn September 16, 2016 at 6:20 pm

Yeah it’s so hard to listen to medical professionals when you know you look and feel amazing.. So forget them! Keep up the amazing work!! 💪

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