When I started my CrossFit journey to get completely lean and ripped, I was convinced that after six months, I’d have amazing transformation photos to share. I didn’t. By the eighth month, I was definitely gaining weight, and it wasn’t just muscle — I looked and felt puffier, my sports bras and jeans were tighter, and I just didn’t feel like myself. I made a few mistakes in my first year of CrossFit, and this type of intense exercise wasn’t helping me get lean — until I started doing these four things. Keep reading to find out what they are.