What about Buttercups and Babies? (I’m going to have to substitute Sumo Deadlift High Pulls with dumbbells anyway, since I don’t have access to a rowing machine.)
Rosie, here’s my story for what it is worth: after high school, I let myself go. Bad. Fast forward through college, law school, a wedding, kids, and two employers, and varying degrees of yo-yo weight loss. I peaked at 303 pounds in September of 2013. I decided I want to stick around for my wife and kids.
I began doing the CrossFit standard warm-up, referenced in the beginner threads, as my actual workout, and walked an hour everyday. I did that everyday for one month, losing around 10 pounds. Then, I began to slowly do the Brand X scaled WODs every other day for a few weeks, then two on one off for a few weeks, then three on, one off. I have tried to stick with that pattern, aside from life happening on occasion.
By eating better (read the nutrition articles on the CrossFit Journal link from the mainsite) and being physically active nearly every day for at least 30 minutes, I have lost nearly 60 pounds over 6 months. Some months I lost more weight than others, but when I hit that plateau, I would change it up and break past. I am no longer on blood pressure meds or cholesterol meds. I don’t have asthma attacks when I work out anymore.
I have given up soda, cut back greatly on sweets and pizza, and avoid doughnuts whenever possible. It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change.
My point is, I had zero willpower for 20 years. Now, I believe I can do anything I want, God-willing.
Good luck on your journey, and realize many of us started out like you, so we feel where you are, and we are willing to lend our perspective.
That’s awesome, SheepDawg. Keep up the good work!