I had been joining and quitting local gyms for at least 10 years. I would do better when there was some type of program where I received some instruction and coaching. Those programs never lasted very long and I would be left just showing up at the gym and trying to figure out what to do next. I purchased several workout programs online and would stick with them for a while but they always involved weight machines and I am not a very good self motivator. I had just gotten back from a week in St. John with good friends. I had not been doing any type of exercise program for at least 6 months. I think I weighed somewhere around 235 and felt miserable. Looking back at pictures from that vacation I did not like the way I looked. On Sunday September 13, 2015 I was watching 60 Minutes, they were showing a rerun of King of CrossFit with Greg Glassman. I told myself this is something I could do so I googled the CrossFit boxes in Peachtree City and called CrossFit PTC the next morning and set up an appointment to stop by and find out more.
I met with Andrea on September 29th and she told me how CrossFit worked. She did some baseline testing and I remember she had to hold my feet so I could do the few sit-ups that I did. I signed up and came to my first CrossFit class at 8:00AM the next day. I remember being impressed by how friendly everybody was and how they all introduced themselves to me. I am a little shy and took a while warming up to everyone. I knew nothing and remember asking what a WOD was. Like most things I do I jumped in head first and signed up for my first nutrition challenge 2 weeks later. I have done several of their nutrition challenges and would lose weight but always seemed to gain some back when I fell back into old eating habits. My first year after joining CrossFit I had butterflies before almost every workout. I would worry that I would not be able to do the workout or even scale it. I kept coming back seeing small improvements in weight lifting but almost no improvement in gymnastic skills. I was content to scale every workout and finish near the bottom of the whiteboard. I was talked into doing a half Murph the next year bymy CF friends. I scaled it doing ring rows and of course not wearing the vest. I thought I would never get those last few push-ups in. I vowed to do better the next year.
Early in 2017 I was asked to be part of a team that was going to do a competition at South Cobb CrossFit. I was apprehensive at first and did not feel I could keep up with those guys. They convinced me I could benefit the team so I agreed. That was when I started really putting in the extra time to improve my fitness level. I did not want to let the team down. I started coming in early for the workouts and working on GHD sit-ups, rowing and other movements that I would be doing in the competition. I improved in the things I was practicing and feel like I contributed my share to the team. That year I did a full Murph using a band for pull-ups and did not suffer as much through the push-ups as I had the previous year.
Several nutrition challenges later and after much coaching (diet, lifting and gymnastics) from the CrossFit PTC coaches, I have lost 40 lbs and my fitness level has improved drastically. I did my second competition in 2018 which I enjoyed. I have mastered many of the CrossFit skills and with some more classes and time I hope to master them all. The 2 bigs ones left are muscle-ups and hand stand push-ups. I have made many close friends at CrossFit and couldn’t imagine my life without CrossFit PTC. When people ask me why I put myself through these tough workouts I tell them “so I can be at my Granddaughter Lauren’s wedding and not be in a wheelchair”. I owe so much to Ric Thompson and all the coaches at CrossFit PTC. You have made my life so much better.
Before I came to Crossfit PTC I wasn’t doing ANYTHING. I had lost some weight in college but then put it back on yet again. I was feeling unmotivated and defeated. Working out for an hour at a 24 hour gym every day just wasn’t doing anything for me. I was borderline pre-diabetic. I wasn’t happy. Then one day a friend told me to try Fit 4 Life Challenge Peachtree City. I decided to give it a shot. It was HARD. I had never done anything like that before in my life. I had never been that sore. The obstacles I faced were my own mentality. I had to remember mind over matter. I faced these obstacles by winning biggest transformation in my first challenge and decided to keep going. I decided to run a half marathon and that was biggest obstacle so far. I remembered during my training and my race in the words of Coach Andrea “Mind over Matter.” I have been an active member of Crossfit PTC for 2 years now. I did the Fit 4 Life Challenge in 2014 for 4 months and then took a leave absence due to an injury to my foot from running. Now I am feeling amazing. I am no longer borderline pre-diabetic. I can run well. I have great blood pressure. I still have a long way to go but I have hit some major milestones. I was in the 100s for quite a while. My weight has fluctuated here and there but I am determined to reach the ultimate goal weight and health goal. Who knows, maybe I will run a full marathon one day. I am looking forward to one day… and not any time soon… being confident to wear a wedding dress. It has been a fear of mine since watching my younger sister get married to wear one of those dresses. I know I will be satisfied with my weight when I am able to comfortably wear a wedding dress and feel beautiful.
Attached is a favorite picture of me at my lowest weight right before my sister’s wedding and the picture next to it was just 6 months prior with no confidence at all. Just in 6 months I saw this type of transformation and now it is a journey.
I came to CrossFit PTC in January 2015. I signed up for 6 weeks of Fit 4 Life, and thought, “I am way outside my comfort zone!!!” I had been a member of gyms in the past but could never stay consistent or motivated to keep going. I knew I needed to make a change though. My lifestyle had gotten out of control, and was affecting my weight, sleep, and I was irritable most of the time! So, I joined Fit 4 Life with a dear friend that kept me accountable to keep coming 3 days a week. I was shocked at how poor my fitness had become but was so supported by the coaches that this was a beginning point. This was the start of a new journey for me!
Fast forward 6 weeks, I had dropped pounds and inches, and my fitness test had improved immensely! While I wasn’t ready for full on CrossFit classes, I decided to do Fit 4 Life again! It was so fun the second time around. I could see myself in the new recruits and wanted to encourage them, that they too could make huge improvements!
I moved into CrossFit Spring of 2015 and haven’t looked back! There was a definite learning curve for me. I had never lifted weight with a barbell before, and not even in Elementary School gym class could I do a pull up!!! So, I had some work to do. Each class was scaled to my ability, and I was always encouraged to push harder than I thought I could! Steady gains through 2016, and I was hooked! Finally, I had found something that I could stay committed to. My friend was still there by my side, encouraging me every step of the way and we were now working out 4-5 times a week!
2017 started out with a severely sprained ankle, unrelated to CrossFit! Out walking the dogs, I fell off the car path and twisted my ankle! My coaches helped modify most workouts, and even at times made sure I eliminated some movements that would delay the healing process. In the past a sprained ankle would have been a good excuse to skip going to the gym, but I’m proud to stay I stuck through it! It definitely was not an easy year, but I’m all healed and back on track!
2018 I am focusing on nutrition, I have played the Game Changer Nutrition Challenge several times at the gym, but this year I am focusing again on consistency!! I have my workouts down, now I need to consistently get my nutrition headed in the right direction! I have several reasons, mostly I just want to stay healthy for my four children, and eventually grandchildren. I am learning so much about how food can be our medicine, and how I can fuel my body with good healthy foods. Currently I am part of “The Transformation Machine” It’s a group of folks that are learning how to follow an eating lifestyle while counting macro nutrients. I’m down 12 lbs in 3 months, several inches, and more than 3% body fat. Even my yearly blood work has improved. Total cholesterol down 18 points! LDL down 13 points! Healthy diet and exercise does work!!
Happy to say, even the elusive Pull Up is now on my resume!! Don’t get me wrong, it still needs some work, but I’ve got some great coaches interested in my goals! They are always willing to help with forward progress! I can’t say enough great things about how far I have come. It has absolutely changed my life for the better!