The story below is at the link above. I love hearing stories like this. I know there are more of you out than just Meilina and I'm very excited she is sharing her experience with everyone. It's very inspiring. Thank you Meilina and keep up the hard work. We want to hear your stories too, we won't post it on the blog if you don't want it public but the coaches love hearing your accomplishes and successes.
Weight has always been a struggle of mine. After I had my daughter in April, 2003 I focused on getting myself to a weight I felt comfortable with by dieting and exercising. I began going to the gym 5 days a week and working out with a personal trainer 2 times a week. I was also on Atkins for a year until I was able to eat whatever I wanted in moderation and not gain weight. By the time my 30th birthday rolled around in June, 2006, I was a size 6, I had 12% body fat and weighted 130lbs. I was in what I thought was the best shape of my life. It took a while but I had finally gotten there.
In the spring of 2007 I went from being a stay at home mom in Snoqualmie to working a full time job in Seattle. I also went from being married to being divorced. I didn’t make the time to keep up with my workouts but still ate and drank whatever I wanted. I noticed I was gaining weight but I still made excuses for not working out. I was basically just lazy. I did manage to make it back to the gym and go on a “diet” but my weight would fluctuate. I would lose 20 lbs and then gain it back after 6 months after going off my “diet”.
Cut to December 2012, I was miserable. I weighed 60lbs more than I did when I was 30. I was getting up at 4:30am to workout at the gym but wasn’t seeing any results. I was over it. Oddly enough, my ex-husband told me he was going to join a local CrossFit gym in Magnolia called CrossFit Interbay. I had heard about CrossFit and knew it was intense but I didn’t really know about it. I googled CrossFit Interbay and sent an email requesting to start the fundamentals classes. I was immediately hooked. When I would work out in the past I enjoyed it and would always push myself to try harder. This was right up my alley.
I knew that I had to change the way I was eating if I wanted to see results. No more “diets”. I just wanted a new way of eating. I asked the owner of the gym for a meal plan. She and her husband both eat Paleo. I decided to give it try. I’ve lost 22 lbs so far and I’m sure I’ve gained a lot of muscle as well as losing inches. I go to CrossFit 5 to 6 times a week. I feel like a different person. I feel confident. I feel strong. I feel more like the me I knew I could be. I don’t look at going to CrossFit as a chore. I put it on my calendar just like I would any appointment, I show up and give it my all! CrossFit has changed my life. I’ve made so many great friends. I feel like I’m part of a community. It’s amazing.
Being the mother of a 10 year old daughter, I think it’s important that I’m a good role model for her. I want to teach her to love her body no matter what and to have healthy exercise and eating habits. With that in mind I’m no longer talking negative about myself or having negative thoughts about my body. I’m actually at a point that when I look in the mirror I actually like what I see. I think my new found self confidence is going to have a positive effect on my daughter Emma. That right there is the most important benefit of staying healthy.
I know you loved that rep scheme yesterday, you loved it so much I decided to do it again :-)
Strength: Shoulder Press Week 3
Push Press (115/75)