Well, good lord, this year has gone by awfully fast.

As you’ll be able to see in the table at the end, I’m approaching a pretty humongous weight-loss milestone, so unlike last year, this year’s Crossfitaversary will not include before-and-after photos. I’m saving that for later. 😉

While this year I’ve definitely become more comfortable in my Crossfitting skin, looking back, I’ve made leaps and bounds since last year. It’s pretty amazing, actually. Especially because, when you get comfortable doing something, it’s difficult sometimes to actually see the improvements you’re making.

Let’s take a look at my list of goals from last year:

  • Move up from the 6″ baby box for box jumps
  • Move up from 35# kettlebell for American swings
  • Continue to PR Olympic lifts; get past 220# deadlift
  • Practice the overhead squat; stop falling over with 45#
  • Nail a double-under
  • Do WODs with a band-assisted pull-up
  • Make it a point to attend at least one WOD that includes running

So…what did I do this year?

  • I’m doing box jumps on a 12″ box now
  • I’m still doing most KB WODs with 35#, but I have done a few with 45# (lower volume reps)
  • I have had significant Oly lift PRs, and I hit a new deadlift PR of 235#!
  • I have yet to nail a double-under, but damn that needs to happen soon! I’m constantly doing 100+ single unders unbroken
  • Nobody at our box does band-assisted pull-ups, but I’m werkin’ my ring rows
  • I’ve started running. Period.

And since goals are very important, here are my goals for the next year:

  • Make it to Lifetime at Weight Watchers (yeah, I said it!)
  • Get an unassisted pull-up
  • Nail that damn double-under
  • Work up to the 18″ box for box jumps….
  • Keep on inspiring people

Big goals. But I think I can do it. Right?

Now here’s a little recap of my year in photos:

I spoke at WW Success Stories Live, after getting my 75# ring.

Success stories!
Success stories!

I hiked the Cliffs of Moher!

Atop the Cliffs of Moher
Atop the Cliffs of Moher

I competed—and did awesomely—in a partner competition.

Long live Team Nevernudes!
Long live Team Nevernudes!

I wore a bikini!

Gettin' scandalous on Hampshire Beach.
Gettin’ scandalous on Hampshire Beach.

I ran a 5k!


I ran another 5k!

Color me happy!
Color me happy!

Two years ago, did I ever think I’d be living this life?

Hell no.

Two years ago, did I ever think I’d still be Crossfitting?

Hell no.

But I am. And I’m happy for it. And I’m proud of it. And I’m…


I’m…really, really excited. And changed. I’m a changed woman.

And, without further ado, here’s my yearly poll. Please answer it, and let me know what you REALLY think!

Really…I have so much love and appreciation for Crossfit and all the people I’ve met because of it. Thank you so much for being a part of my life, and here’s to another awesome year!

Movement Baseline 2011 2012
General WOD Weight 25# bar 45–55# 60+ (closer to Rx)
Front Squat 75# (5RM, 01/24/11) 110# (5RM, 11/09/11) 135# (1RM, 9/17/12)
Back Squat 1RM=90# 1RM=160#, 10RM=115# 1RM=165#
Overhead Squat 25# 45# 2RM=90# (8/20/12)
Deadlift 1RM=195# (02/23/11) 1RM=210# (10/22/11) 1RM=235# (11/2/12)
Power Clean 45# (01/25/11) 2RM=90# (11/08/11) 2RM=100# (10/18/12)
2k Row DNF at 12:00 Sub-10:00 8:23.1 (11/1/12)
Clean & Jerk 65# 85# (11/15/11) 2RM=100# (11/5/12)
Back Squat 1RM=90# 1RM=160#, 10RM=115# 1RM=165#
5k Run Not performed Not performed 31:28 (8/29/12)
Grace 3:27 @ 45# (02/15/11) 3:10 @ 55# (10/15/11) 4:54 @ 75# (9/21/12)
Diane 5:56 @ 85# (01/21/11) 3:39 @ 85# (11/07/11) 5:53 @ 155# (10/8/12)
Fran 6:52 @ 25# (12/8/10) 4:57 @ 50# (11/18/11) 7:17 @ 65# (8/24/12)
Pull-Ups Jumping Transitioning to black band Ring rows/Blue band
Kettlebell Weights 8kg, period 35# American Swing WOD weight, 45# Russian Swing 35# American Swing WOD weight, 53#+ Russian Swing
Competition Row for the Red Cross 5k Row (03/05/11) Fall Face-Off (10/29/11) Strongman Competition (December 2011), Xs & Ys Garage Games (March 2012)
Attitude “You always have a crappy attitude.” —Dean “STOP SMILING!” —Kevin (11/09/11) “You’re killing it! Bodies everywhere!” —Dean (11/12/12)
Weight Lost 69.8# 96.4#