Old School Theodora

Back in the day, I blogged everything I ate, every work out I did, every little weight loss milestone.
(Sample old post from 2009…and a pic from that era to go along with it.)

Side note: I really liked that dress. I think it started its life as something like a 14 or so, and by the time I lost weight, the tailor just couldn’t do enough to it.

I was emailing this morning with a friend yesterday, and she told me how much she loved how I used to blog everything I ate, as I told her about the #HomeCookHero contest we’re doing at work. Well, I don’t have time to do that any more, or, really any interest in doing so, but I’m doing this CrossFit stuff for results, so a little accountability never hurt. I also love how my long-lost buddy Emily has been blogging about her Flybarre Challenge, so here we go.


October 7, 2014:

Weight: 147.5

Waist: 31

Bust: 37.5

Hips: 38

No arm or thigh measurements, because I’m not going to obsess over those. I’d just like my weight and waist measurements to come down. And bust. Somehow that measurement’s gotten bigger in the past year. Some are filled with milk; mine are filled with wine.

Not sure how often I’ll check in, but here’s my starting point.

Less wine, less wheat, more lifting, more veggies. Let’s go.

28 comments on “Old School Theodora

  1. Ash Bear

    Sometimes I miss all the meals and workouts I used to see daily from not only you but the rest of the HLB community. While it sometimes became a bit boring there was something so great to be part of the journey and get fresh ideas. So, keep on sharing.

    Also, while in Europe we may not abide by less wine and less bread but we will go by less processed. πŸ™‚ Should I figure out if you can drop in a box while you’re here? πŸ™‚

    1. Theodora Blanchfield Post author

      I know, right? Some of it πŸ˜‰

      Oh good god no I would not expect less wine on vacay but less processed works. As for the box…let’s chat offline. Depends if I finish my Elements first. (Which I’m trying to.)

  2. Gianna @ Run, Lift, Repeat

    Can’t wait to see how it goes – and what you ultimately think about cross fit.! I am actually anxiously awaiting finishing my marathons because I started barre classes and love them. I really want to lessen the cardio and work on strength more with barre and body pump and crazy new classes without worrying about interfering with my running!

  3. Emily Long Lost

    Friend! I love that you’re taking it back to your roots! I also love that I gave you a little inspiration to do so. You’re always the one inspiring ME! You’re going to rock this. We’ll do it together (me @ Flybarre and you @ Crossfit).

  4. sally @ sweat out the small stuff

    I’m literally the exact same measurments and have been for quite a few years. (weight fluctuates between 138 and 148).
    I’ve literally said a million times i just want my weight and waist to come down.
    But alas, I hate strength training and I can’t kick my sugar/carb addiction.
    I’ll be 41 this month and I’m sort of using that as my new excuse to just accept me the way I am but it’s nonsense.

    You might just inspire me to attempt to shrink the weight and waist! No pressure =)

    1. Theodora Blanchfield Post author

      I just clicked through to your blog and LOVE your puppy!!! That’s basically where my weight fluctuates, too…with me feeling best at the lower end of that. (Obviously? ha) When I finally lost all the weight a few years ago, I got down to 135 but that felt too small for me. We can do this!!

      1. Victoria

        @Theodora Blanchfield: Well part of it is just being 5’8″ so I weigh SO MUCH MORE than people who are just barely over 5′ (duh). Obviously I’m not pushing 300 lbs or anything but I think I weigh substantially more than most female triathletes I run into – again, partially because a lot of them are several inches shorter than me.

        And yeah why is it that women train for endurance events and don’t drop weight like dudes? Right, cortisol-estrogen interaction. Drats.

  5. Lauryn

    You’re gonna do this — I know it! (also can we talk about how I’ve been following your blog since 2009 and it seems like YESTERDAY??)

    Also — just a thought — check out my last post about my October Overhaul that I’m doing with some friends. If you want in, I’d be more than happy to add you to the line up as another form of support. Think about it!

    1. Theodora Blanchfield Post author

      You know, I saw that post and thought about emailing you, and I appreciate the support/kind words, and I know I’m lucky I have so many resources I can turn to. But I know right now I gotta dig deep and do this on my own. BUT THANK YOU πŸ™‚

  6. Alicia

    Great idea! I can’t wait to hear about your experience with crossfit. I think I’m going to take my measurements tonight, it’s been awhile!

    Also, as for people’s previous comments about not wanting to post their weight (which I totally get), I feel like so many women lie (significantly) about their weight so it makes us feel ashamed. I feel like a lot of models in dude magazines say they’re 5’10” and 110…with a d cup. Yeah right!

    1. Theodora

      @Alicia: I have absolutely nothing to hide – and neither did I when I was bigger, but I 1 million percent appreciate what a personal thing that is and how it varies by individual. For me, I do want to change my weight. I know it isn’t supposed to be about weight, yadda yadda, but I like how I look/feel on the lower end of 140s/high 130s.

  7. Anne

    I’m excited that you are trying crossfit! I have been going for over 2 years and love it. But I will say- one of the things I love most about crossfit is how it has helped me NOT think about my weight at all. In fact, I worry more if I think I might be losing weight because that might mean my muscles are shrinking!! (and I say that as someone who has worried/obsessed about weighing ‘too much’ my whole life). Don’t freak out if your weight stays the same or even goes up a tiny bit at first. I expect that you’ll see better results in your measurements. However, I think you’ll quickly find that hitting records in your performance at the gym is way more exciting than tracking inches and pounds!

    1. Theodora Blanchfield Post author

      No, I have heard that for sure re:weight + CF. Once I got into running, I definitely stopped thinking about weight completely and thought more about PRs and speed and racing. I do thrive on all those records, so when I felt burnt out on trying to hit certain running times, I think that’s why I floundered for a bit, but I do think CF will be good/interesting for someone who’s a little competitive like me.

  8. Jennifer

    TBT – throwback theodora! looking fwd to reading your updates πŸ™‚ PS – just re-read your post on spectating NYCM, definitely forwarding this to my friends for November!


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