How My Body Changed Since Starting CrossFit

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Hi, I'm Tina!

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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I survived my colonoscopy with flying colors! Hooray! Seriously, it was a piece of cake. The prep and (especially) not eating were definitely the hardest parts. The actual procedure was over and done with before I knew it. Piece of cake.

My doctor talked to me briefly after the colonoscopy and, good news, he said he only saw a little bit of inflammation. The bad news is, however, the steroids I’ve been taking for the past few weeks are likely the cause. My body is dependent on them now, so when I meet with my doctor in a few weeks to go over the colonoscopy results, we’ll talk about getting me off the steroids for good, which, unfortunately, will likely include some more “hardcore” drugs. *sigh*


After my colonoscopy, Mal met me at the hospital and we immediately went to get food. I was a little bit groggy and a whole lot hungry! It was after 11:00, so Mal asked me what I wanted for lunch, and my decision was easy: Anna’s Taqueria!

Quesadilla, get in my belly!

I ordered a chicken quesadilla with cheese, grilled veggies, and guacamole inside. Food never tasted so good!

After lunch, Mal and I drove home, which included a stop at Marylou’s for a decaf iced White Chocolate Chip coffee. Obviously, I needed some Marylou’s in my life. Quesadilla + iced coffee + pug (I didn’t eat him) = one happy gal!

Three Questions Thursday

Over the past few weeks, I’ve received several requests from you guys to bring back Three Questions Thursday, so here it is! And I’ll do my best to keep it a regular blog feature!

I’m sure you’ve probably been asked this question dozens of times, but will you share a little about how your body has changed from Crossfit? Are your clothes sizes smaller/bigger, is most of the added muscle in your arms?, do you feel longer/leaner, etc.? Just so curious!

I do get this question a lot, so here’s how my body has changed since starting CrossFit more than a year ago. (Here’s a post I wrote after 3 months of CrossFit: How My Body Changed After 3 Months of CrossFit.)

Fitness-wise, I’m obviously a zillion times stronger and more fit than I was. I can do pull-ups, Olympic lifts, rope climbs, and all sorts of stuff I never thought I’d be able to do. I’ve also gotten faster with my running and PR-ed at a bunch of races last year. I’m constantly surprisingly myself, and my fitness level continues to improve. As cheesy as it may sound, CrossFit has taught me anything is possible!

As far as my body goes, I’ve gained 5 or 6 pounds (on the scale) since joining CrossFit, but all of my clothes still fit and I actually needed to go down a couple of sizes when I bought new jeans last month. I guess everything just firmed up, and I lost fat? I’ve noticed a lot of my long sleeve shirts are tight in the arms (because of bigger shoulder, biceps, and lat muscles), but I’m really happy with the way my body looks, especially my upper body. My body confidence has also improved dramatically since I started CrossFit. I’m really proud of how my body looks and what it can do, so I rarely ever have those days when I feel “blah” about it.

It’s also important to note that when I started CrossFit, I also changed the way I eat quite a bit. I tried the whole Paleo thing as you might remember, and I still eat a Paleo-esque diet, but I don’t stick to it 100%. I eat plenty of dairy, beans, and non-Paleo foods, but, even still, I think it’s a great framework for healthy eating and shows you how to eat “cleanly.” Plus, Paleo recipes are the bomb! They are so delicious, nutritious, and satisfying, which is an awesome combo. Basically, I eat better now-a-days (more nutrients, healthy fats and protein, less sugar and booze), so I think that has made a difference with how my body looks too.

This is random, but were you and Mal always workout buddies? I’m only 20 but find myself being kind of picky when it comes to meeting a guy who I can workout with/who works out in general. I always see you guys on blogs who get to workout with their boyfriends/husbands and wonder if you guys encouraged them to start being active or if they just happen to be into it too!

Mal and I have always been into fitness (we both played sports in high school and college), and we’ve worked out together over the years (i.e. Body Pump, marathon training), but we do so even more now because of CrossFit. It’s such a big part of our lives, it’s easy for us to work out with one another. We also just love trying new things together””both fitness and non-fitness-related activities””which, of course, keeps our relationship fun and exciting. I also think if Mal wasn’t open to staying active and trying new things, I wouldn’t have married him!

What kind of camera do you use?

I actually use three different cameras: Canon S95 (aka “the best camera ever”), iPhone camera, and Canon Rebel XSI.

My “fancy” camera is the Canon Rebel XSI, which takes amazing photos, but my everyday, does-all-the-work-for-you camera, which I use 95% of the time, is the Canon PowerShot S95. I absolutely LOVE it! It’s so easy to use, takes fantastic photos, and fits in my purse or even the back pocket of my jeans for easy access. (Here’s the post where I profess my love for it.) I originally bought it because the lighting in our old apartment was terrible, but this camera has been my savior, especially when dining out. A good example of its low-lighting capabilities is when I went to Drink awhile back. It was SO dark inside, but I was still able to take a number of photos without the flash. I also use my iPhone quite a bit to snap photos in my daily life and on runs/at races, which end up on Instagram and/or CNC. As I always say, the best camera is the one you have on you!

Question of the Day

If you were in my shoes and couldn’t eat for 24 hours, what would have been your first meal when you could eat again?

CrossFit peeps: How has your body changed since starting the “sport of fitness”?

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