Recently, I’ve had a couple people ask me on social media as well as on my blog how I’ve lost weight or what I’m doing differently to change my body. I’ve talked about it in the past, but thought I would bring it back up because I know other people have gone through or are maybe going through the same thing. Here’s a summary: I began CrossFit in 2010, lost about 30+ pounds, then I began competing for a few years, where I slowly gained more and more weight. Of course, most of that was muscle but I was also gaining fat in strange places like my knees, hips and even love handles. It was very upsetting since I felt like I was being as strict as possible with my food and working out more than I ever had in the past. Problem was, I was lifting and working out so hard and wasn’t eating enough. So I was f*cking up my hormones while not fueling in the right way. Real smart, eh?

After I decided I didn’t want to compete anymore, I cut back on my workouts, started lifting lighter, took more rest days and said F*CK IT. Straight up. I ate what I wanted (gluten free still since I have a gluten allergy) when I wanted and rested whenever it felt right. I stopped obsessing about my body and questioning everything and just went about my day trying to be as content as possible. Over time, my body started to thank me. My hormones started to calm down: I lost weight that I had gained in strange places, I slept better, my appetite regulated, and I was just happier with how I looked.

When people say CrossFit doesn’t make you bulky, I fully believe it’s what your viewpoint on bulky is, what your genetics are like, and I believe it depends on what type of CrossFit you do. To me, I felt very “bulky” when I competed in CrossFit and was lifting very heavy multiple times per day. I didn’t like how I looked or how I felt. I felt, well “bulky”. I would see other girls who were incredibly ripped and I just felt fluffy. I tried to concentrate on my performance and performance alone, but outside of the gym I didn’t feel comfortable. So nowadays, I still do CrossFit usually 5x per week at much lighter weight which seems to get lighter each week, I’m 30 pounds lighter and I’m much more comfortable in my skin. I just had to give up some physical strength to improve my mental strength and I’m so happy I did that for myself.

I still CrossFit, I still lift, I try new things like our Fit classes and I’m even thinking about taking up some reformer pilates after so many people recommended it in last weeks post! At this point, I’m just trying to live a healthy lifestyle and accept my body for how it looks today and hope to improve it in some way with each workout I do. Not stressing out about every detail of every dimple seems to have helped me in the long run. So what I’m recommending here is for you to stress less. Life has enough stressors already.

If you have some sort of experience you’d like to share with CrossFit or any other workout you’ve done and how it changed your life or what you did to make it work for you, share in the comments below!!

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Sunday – Rest day means lake day! I didn’t surf at all, but I watched people surf. That’s exercise, right?

Monday – My own workout – I have recently been working out Monday mornings by myself so I made this one up on the fly. I’m trying to make sure I do some butt intensive movements and ab movements at least twice a week and I was sore for days after this!

12 minute AMRAP:

10 power snatch (95/65)

50 double unders

20 bulgarian split squat -10 each leg (65/45)

Then

5 100m sprint followed by 100m jog

Between each sprint – abs

1st round – 30 leg raises holding a 25# plate towards ceiling

2nd round – 30 russian twists with 25# plate

3rd round – 30 reverse crunches

4th round – 30 leg raises holding a 25# plate towards ceiling

5th round – 30 russian twists with 25# plate

Tuesday – CrossFit Class – The second part of this workout was a buuuuurner. Try to do all of your wall balls unbroken. I didn’t, but you totally should.

Gymnastics Strength:

6 Rounds For total reps of: (one number)

30 sec Max Effort Strict HSPU – I used an ab mat for a target

REST 30 sec

30 sec Max Effort Strict Pull Ups – I did a mix of chin ups and pull ups

REST 30 sec

I got a total of 76 reps

Then 4 Rounds For Time Of:

10 Power Cleans (155/105)

25 Wall Ball

I finished in 7:52 using 85#

Wednesday – CrossFit Class – As I’ve mentioned before, I hate ring dips. I’m fine with not having pecs. And I would much rather work on my triceps before my chest. So I always do parallete dips with my feet raised. Triceps = real sore.

Snatch: 2-3 Warm Up Sets, THEN

5 sets of, 1.1.1. Quick Reset between singles. Adding.

I finished at 95#

Then 10 min Ladder Of: (3,6,9,12,15…)

Ring Dips – I did parallete dips with my feet raised

Box Overs (24/20)

Burpees

I got through round 18 + 12 dips

Thursday – Rest day! I love week day rest days because I get to wash my hair and do my makeup. I feel so girly on rest days.

FridayFit Class – Come try a week for free, these classes are so fun!

Bring Sally Up Workout – I did mine with a 35# barbell on back

Then: 1 min/45 sec/30 sec*

lateral jumps over pvc/glute kickback with dumbbell in knee pit

100m sprint

TRX hamstrings curls/TRX ski jumps with knee touch

100m sprint

Uneven squats holding a kettlebell/Bridge raises with one leg in the air

100m sprint

Lateral band walks/One legged pistols to bench

100m sprint

*Do each movement for 1 minute, then each movement for 45 seconds, then 30 seconds, then do 100m sprint.

Saturday – CrossFit Class – Did you guys watch the CF Games this weekend? They did this workout, but with heavier weights. Ew. I was fine with using only 85# and that felt super heavy to me.

Hero Workout “DT”

5 rounds for time:

12 deadlift

9 hang power cleans

6 push jerks

*All weight is at 155/105 – I used 85# and finished in 8:55

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49 Comments

  1. Christina says:

    This post really spoke to me, Juli. Okay, some real talk here… I’m struggling to get my hormones in check. I haven’t menstruated in close to two years now. I use to get night sweats, but was cold all the time. Low libido. The works. I over worked out, and prob didn’t re-fuel enough (paleo/low-carb). However….I loved my body. I felt strong and fit and lean and sexy. But, I realized no having a period…was not right. Since then, I’ve worked out less (and after breakfast as opposed to before) and ate more good carb. My hormones are better, but still no period and my digestion is awful. I’ve gained bigger muscles and fluff..perhaps I’m doing too heavy and slower. But my self-esteem has gone way down because I don’t feel light and fast anymore. Just slow and tired..I’m so mentally confused, I want to go back to my leanness BUT, I also want to be fertile and get my hormones regulated. The past couple months, I’ve been easier with myself in regards to what I eat and when I exercise. It just freaked me out when I put on my baggy boyfriend jeans the other day and they were tight. But then it’s like, chill out girl. Just wear your cute dresses until you get your hormones figured out. Being a lady, my friends. It’s a rough world (and being an actress doesn’t help!). Thanks for the continued inspiration, Juli. Love your outlook! Peace.

  2. Stephanie H says:

    Thanks so much for putting up the links to the workout demo videos. That’s super helpful!!!

    1. juli says:

      of course!

  3. maggie says:

    Thanks for this post. I stopped CF over a year ago to focus on strength, now I have shifted to a bodybuilding routine with a diet that allows more variety. I look and feel so much better and don’t dread the gym anymore. I do gentle cardio- hill walking, and then a mix of lifts with lighter weights and higher reps. Just added yoga to the mix.
    I think the CF was a valuable kick in the rear and reminder how important strength is, but ongoing, the diet and constant pushing just was not going to work long term. I actually did lose weight on CF, but the combo of that plus a low carb paleo diet left me horribly depressed and fatigued.

  4. Kaylee says:

    Thanks so much for this post! When you decided that you didn’t like the way you were looking, how did you go about losing all that muscle? I have very muscular legs and would like to lose some of the muscle in them, but I am not sure how to! Thanks in advance Juli!

    1. juli says:

      i just stopped lifting as heavy. so when i knew i could do a workout at 95#, i would do 85# and kept decreasing more and more. i’ve still kept a lot of my muscle, just lost some of the extra weight i had from messing with my hormones so much

  5. Candice says:

    I really needed to hear this. I have been going through the same thing recently and i honestly thought that i had been doing something wrong. I am currently struggling to loose the pounds around my waist especially. I dont consider myself overweight rather ‘over’ the weight i am comfortable in. Any advise on how to loose on the pooch area? I do spinning at least 3 times a week for about an hour and do do ‘weights’ over the weekends. I have decreased my weights and increased my reps but not sure what to do for the tummy/lower back area. PLEASE- any advice? FYI I love your cookbooks! Do come visit South Africa!!

    1. juli says:

      you know, i can’t really say what the issue is, everyone’s body is so different! for me, lifting weights is what keeps my core the strongest and staying leaner. i can’t give you much advice since I don’t know you personally and that’s not my job, but it could be based on hormones, on what you are eating or even how you are working out. I would talk to a specialist like a dietician or fitness expert to lead you in the right direction