Growing up, I was always a “bigger girl.” It was the norm for me so I didn’t really care too much to change it. I could down an entire pizza, drink a 2 liter bottle of soda or eat a whole tub of ice cream with no shame. My weight did nothing but increase over the years, and by age 22 I was about 230 lbs.
I graduated in 2012 from UW-Oshkosh. Immediately after graduation, I went on a 3-week study abroad trip to Europe. I ventured through Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland and France. It was an absolutely amazing experience, except for one thing: I was unhealthy and very out of shape. I had trouble climbing up the stairs in the cathedrals in Germany. I could barely breathe while hiking the mountains in Switzerland. I took gorgeous pictures, but was embarrassed by how big I was.
That was a huge turning point in my life. The day I returned from the trip, I purchased a gym membership. I started paying attention to what I was eating and I made a change. I counted calories, paid attention to macros and learned about the science of nutrition.
My first year or so of “gym life” was at Planet Fitness – basically all cardio. I slowly got comfortable with different machines and eventually free weights. Then I switched gyms and started going to Xperience. After a few months there, I signed up with a Personal Trainer and learned A LOT about different muscle groups and movements and form.
In April of 2016 I joined CrossFit 100 for a 6 week challenge and never left. I thought I would absolutely hate a group class – who wants to watch me sweat? And why would I want to watch others sweat? Aren’t they going to judge me because I have no idea what I’m doing? Nope – wrong. I became addicted pretty quickly. I now go at least 5 days per week and do cardio on my off-days. I’ve made friends, hit PR’s that I didn’t think were possible and have had days where I wasn’t sure if I was alive after the WOD.
Since my lowest in 2014, my weight has fluctuated a lot. I’ve gone through the emotional roller coaster ride of self-love more times than I’d like to admit. I’ve hated my body, I’ve loved it, I’ve cried over it and I’ve tried every diet plan under the sun. I’m finally at a point where I have learned body acceptance. Having your workout be something you enjoy is extremely important in reaching your goals. Also, it’s important to realize that eating a tub of ice cream once in awhile isn’t going to COMPLETELY screw up your progress. Trust me, I’ve tested.
No matter what your mind is telling you about Murph, it’s not true. Your body can do anything as long as you have no injuries! It doesn’t matter your age, conditioning, new to Crossfit or terrible at running. It’s about finishing the WOD, not finishing first just doing every rep. Let go about how much it is, you can only take one step, one breath, one rep at a time. Intellectually, chip away at the reps, by 10’s or 20’s. You will be surprise how quickly the reps add up. It’s a mind game kind of WOD! You can do it!
2016 was my first Murph. I’d been at CF100 for just a year. I was still learning the workouts, the skills and to be suspicious whenever Marcela says ‘it’ll be fun’. On the surface it was straightforward; a run, body weight movements and a run. Stuff I could do. And when folks who’d done the Murph before talked about it I sensed respect, anticipation and anxiety all at the same time, a challenge. I wanted to prove to myself I could do it too. It’s a milestone workout, like finishing a CF Open workout.
The worst advice I got for last year’s Murph was from my own inner voice telling me to wear a weighted vest. That it would somehow make the ordeal, er…experience, more fun. If I had a do-over I’d ignore that voice for my first Murph. The workout is hard enough as it is.
The best advice I got last year was to break it up into small pieces. Go as fine as you need. There’s no clock, it’s just you against you. I went with the popular 20 Cindy’s plan. Even so, by the middle teens I needed several pauses to get through 10 pushups. The pushups wrecked me.
I did it. I’ll do it again this year. You can do it too. And when it starts getting hard, count by two’s.
Two CrossFit 100 teams competed at CrossFit Kenosha’s Spring Throwdown on May 6. Izzie and Jessie just missed the finals in 6th place for the Women’s RX division. Jens and Brett held their own in Men’s RX coming in 8th for the day.
Some highlights of the day included Izzie’s 3-rep split jerk at 155#, the guys finishing a nasty pistols/power clean wod under the time cap and the girls sprinting to 3rd place in a burning five minutes of thrusters and burpees.
Anyone interested in competing locally (Scaled or RX)? Stay tuned for info about upcoming competitions in our area!
I have been a loyal CrossFitter for 6 years! I have maintained my CrossFit loyalty to CrossFit 100! All the members have become like family to me;-)
I enrolled in my First LuRong Challenge approximately 5 years ago. Why did I enroll and what keeps me coming back for more?
The LuRong Challenge is a team challenge that holds you accountable for checking in with not only your Fitness, but also your nutrition/diet. LuRong works hard during the challenge to help educate on proper diet, and challenges you to make the healthiest choices for a better you!
Additionally, the LuRong Challenge fitness portion has proven to me time and time again to challenge and push me to give every last ounce of energy to achieve PR’s, beat my times, etc!
If you are up for a Challenge both Nutritionally and Fitness…join the LuRong Challenge.
In 2013 I took a leap of faith and followed Marcela in to the Lurong Challenge. I was so nervous to fail. I realized that I had spent nearly my entire teen and adult life being unhappy with my nutrition and my body, so why not just try? I promised myself I would fully commit to the (at that time 7 week) challenge. While it wasn’t easy, it WAS life changing. Even after the challenge I kept up a clean/paleo lifestyle for nearly 1.5 years. I had never felt stronger or better about myself. My mind was so sharp, I slept like a log and the best part I NEVER craved sugar. In fact, when I would even attempt to eat fake/sugary food I would spit it out because the taste was so foul. I never thought I could be like this. As time passed, I slipped here and there, more and more often. Unfortunately now I no longer am disgusted by sugar, in fact I am back to craving it. So I am doing the Lurong Challenge all over again, because I WANT to be held accountable so I can reset myself to the dedicated state that brings out the best of my abilities. It is the only thing that I know works for me. I love the competition portion of it…it keeps me engaged. Every time an opportunity to cheat arises, it is much easier to abstain knowing that eating it would mean you need to fess up at the end of the day. It’s 5 weeks, you can do anything for 5 weeks!