When I started this journey two years ago, I considered myself a regular exerciser, had been for 25 years. I had been through three back surgeries in eight years and my weight had been up and down 20-30 pounds for several years. I had been busy raising a family and working full time. When my youngest son went off to college, I decided it was time to put myself first.
I was willing to do whatever it took to get rid of the excess weight I had carried around for years, and frankly, I just wanted to feel healthy and fit. I struggled in the beginning; despite years of exercising, my cardio capacity was lacking. I could not jog around the parking lot without stopping to walk.
I always thought I was a pretty healthy eater. I didn’t eat fast food or fried food. A few months after starting CrossFit, Coach Vernon encouraged me to start making some changes to my eating habits. I will admit, in the beginning it wasn’t easy. With the kids grown I had more time to plan meals and cook. Again, I was willing to do whatever was needed to keep improving and seeing results. We make most of our meals at home with fresh (not processed) ingredients. I have tried foods I had never thought I would like. It’s amazing what real food and a few spices can do!
Even though I have been the oldest person in the group, I have always felt welcome. Coach Vernon and the group have always been encouraging while pushing me to work harder. At one point I had a minor injury. But with the help of Coach Vernon, we were able to work through it with exercises, stretching and adjusting workouts as needed. Not long after my injury, I was back at it full force.
I am amazed at how quickly my strength and cardio have improved. I lost 25 pounds, 13% body fat and 3 pant sizes. I can lift more than I would ever have imagined.
This programming works! I feel amazing!
After several months I finally convinced my son to start going to class with me. One night on our way home from class he said to me, “this stuff is addicting.” I simply turned to him and replied, “Yes, it is!”
It is hard to believe two years have gone by. This group has become what I refer to as my CrossFit family.
If you are searching for a welcoming environment and are ready to work and get results, this is the real deal!