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My Crossfit100 adventure began 8 months ago when I had reached the highest weight of my 47 years. Throughout my teens and twenties I would say I was fit and pretty active participating in track, softball and volleyball, then starting my own Joanie Greggains and Jane Fonda inspired aerobics classes! After getting married and having three beautiful children, enjoying my roles as wife, mother, elementary school teacher and most recently, property manager, I gradually became less active and was eating without thinking about the quality of the food or the number of calories I was consuming.
For the past several years I had wanted to make a change toward a better, healthier me. I’d often start a new gym membership or take a new exercise class and eat fewer sweets, but then a short time later I’d fall back into my old habits because of stress, illness, work…. you name it and I’d be back to where I’d started.
About 8 months ago I heard about the Crossfit 100 New You Challenge. I was skeptical because of my age and my very out of shape body not being up for the task, but I really wanted to give it a try. The program required a 6 week commitment to participate in three one hour workouts per week and follow a nutrition plan. I didn’t miss a workout and with the support of my amazing husband and daughter, Laura, who chose to embrace the food transformation right along side of me, I cleaned out my pantry and eliminated certain foods from my diet. I no longer have the harmful yoyo effect of inflammation throughout my body. My arthritis has virtually disappeared and I have so much more energy! After 6 weeks, I had lost 20 pounds. After 12 weeks I had lost a total of 35 pounds, and as of today, 8 months later, I’ve lost a total of 54 pounds.
Here is why I believe this program has worked for me.
- The change in my diet was absolutely essential in helping me lose excess weight, build muscle and give my body the nutrition to function at its best.
- The workouts were intense and efficient, giving all the muscles in my body a great workout in just one hour.
- The personal connection that I made with my coaches and other challengers gave me the encouragement and motivation that I needed to keep coming back.
8 months ago, I was hoping to lose 20 pounds and get to a place where I could move throughout my day with greater ease. I never dreamed I would be able to do 150 box jumps, 150 burpees, 150 kettlebell swings and 150 v ups in one workout or back squat 115 pounds, bench press 75 pounds, much less have any idea what deadlifts or clean and jerks were. Now I know that no matter what age you are, you can transform yourself into a better, healthier you. It does take time, determination and perseverance, but the benefits far outweigh the struggle and I look forward to continuing on this journey for many years to come!
I was thin and athletic throughout high school. I entered the Police Academy when I was 21 years old and quickly got into the best shape of my life, even though I had no idea how to eat correctly. I worked mostly night shift hours, getting home between 8am – 10am. I would often hold off on sleeping so I could get a quick 10 miles in on my mountain bike. I was involved in the department volleyball and softball leagues as well. Although my eating habits involved fast food and gas station goodies throughout the night, I was young and active so I stayed “fit”.
Somewhere in my early 30’s I started slowing down. I was fatigued all of the time, and putting on weight regardless of how much I worked out or which fad diet I tried. Eventually, I stopped trying. I indulged in “good” food and drink.
In 2009 I participated in a mandatory health assessment through work. At that time I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Celiac Disease. Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disorder where the body inappropriately attacks the thyroid gland, causing hypothyroidism. Celiac is an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine caused by a reaction to gluten.
I immediately went on a gluten free diet and began treatment for my Hashimoto’s. During this time I also got involved in a conversation with Tracy A. about the gym (CrossFit 100) that she attends. Now that I had an answer for why I was so sick, I was ready to begin the fight to get my life back. I took Tracy’s advice and attended a Saturday morning session in November 2012 at CF100.
From the first day I walked through those doors I have only received love and support from Marcela, Douglas and the rest of the clients at CF100. In January 2013 I participated in a Paleo Challenge with the rest of the box and soaked in all of the information I could about healthy eating/living. I won that challenge by losing close to 25lbs in 3 months. I didn’t stop there. I continued pushing myself to eat healthy. Every day I walk through the doors of CF100 I look at it as an opportunity to make myself better.
CF100 is a second family. I am down just over 50lbs now. I started just doing step-ups on the 12” box. I now am doing box jumps on the 20” box with no problems. I have come close to mastering double-unders, have a 3-rep max deadlift of 220lbs and have made peace with running.
Since finding CF100 I am happy and healthy. It has been a journey, and a struggle, that I could have never made through without the love and support of my CF100 family.
After my second child I figured I would have to settle for a mediocre body for the rest of my life. I had ran marathons but always hovered around the 145-150 range. Although I felt like an athlete on the inside, I wanted the body of an athlete. In the spring of 2013 I started going to Crossfit 100 on a regular basis. In the beginning I felt a bit humbled…I usually had to modify my movements, I had a hard time finishing workouts; they literally wiped me out. But little by little I got better, and my confidence grew. In the early fall I participated in a paleo lifestyle challenge and completely changed how I and my family ate…that’s when the amazing changes started to snowball. In the first two weeks I dropped 8 pounds, a few weeks later I was able to do my first pull up IN MY ENTIRE LIFE, I could do “real” push-ups and by the end of the challenge had dropped 15 pounds and increased my athletic abilities to a point I had not expected. My improvements, and the accomplishments of others at Crossfit 100, became infectious. Never in a million years would I have expected such amazing results…and I have Marcela and Douglas to thank for their guidance and support. I am in the best shape of my life, I am happy with my body and so proud of my new athletic abilities. If you are intimidated by Crossfit…DON’T be! The absolute best thing about this journey is that you have no idea how great you can be; each day you get a little bit leaner, stronger and better.
My life before CrossFit was active I suppose, but only because I was chasing kids all day. I was becoming desperate to get in shape. I think I tried every kind of diet, pills, and exercise routines I could find. I used to be the treadmill queen too, spending crazy amounts of hours between that machine and the step climber. Constantly, I was buying all kinds of different gimmicks, trying to look for the easy way to take off the pounds.
I was always somewhat afraid to do weights, and then I met my husband. For fifteen years he could not convince me it was the right thing for me. I would get in an occasional run now and then, but did not get to a gym at all. My diet was okay by normal standards, and that at least kept me from growing larger. I do, however, remember always feeling very tired and unmotivated. I knew I needed something more.
I hated my figure after having my third child. The feel and look of my flabby, loose skin and cellulite was very discouraging. So I guess my main motivator was realizing that my family was complete with three children and that it was time for me to take control of myself.
Figuring out the diet part was the biggest learning curve with a lot of trial an error. Like so many people, I believed in consuming the least amount of calories and eating only once a day. I always thought that there had to be a magic pill out there to help me. I started to read and educate myself until I found the right combination of diet and exercise, and the key to my happiness.
Now I feel so much better about myself and I feel much stronger. I am not afraid any more about trying new things. CrossFit has a way to help build, or rebuild, you from the inside out. I feel like I am always prepared for whatever the day brings. All the functional training has my body doing so much work that it can’t help but perform, which in turn, keeps me fit. As a bonus, I now feel confident wearing anything.
Making a change is not easy. If it was, everyone would do it. We all want to reverse the negative things we have done in the past number of years, in the least amount of time. Unfortunately, it does not work that way. Everyone has road blocks and challenges, but no matter what they are, it’s easy to give excuses to all of them and give up. If you really want something, go after it! That is all it takes to be mentally ready. Commit to those goals you are going after!
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.
I was never “a skinny girl” but in my youth I was always so active in sports and activities, I at least fell in or around the “fair/ok” range of health. Then after college, traveling for a year (pizza, fast food, snacks, pizza and more pizza), my first “desk job” and an increasingly slower metabolism, it all added up (pun intended)… big time!
I’m not good at losing weight. I do love team sports because they keep me interested and feed my competitive spirit. However even friendly league team sports proved to provide more injuries than personal health. After finishing with physical therapy from a torn MCL injury, I (somewhat reluctantly) walked into Marcela’s class, not expecting my life to be drastically changed for the better.
Since my first class in 2011 I have gotten in the best shape of my life–almost 50lbs less than my heaviest weight (lets just say that the weight on my driver’s license is now lying in the OTHER direction). Sometimes I still do a double take when I see myself in the mirror. But more importantly, CrossFit100 has helped me develop healthy habits, and connected me with one of the greatest, most supportive communities in Milwaukee. No going back now. 🙂