change is hard
Change isn’t something that happens overnight. Change is hard, but it is something that you can achieve with the right mindset and determination.
Throughout my life, I was always slightly overweight, not active and not happy about my overall appearance, which affected my self-esteem greatly. After college, I decided it was time I do something, so I purchased and completed P90X, Insanity and Focus T25. I also had a gym membership where I would participate in group fitness classes. These programs helped me build my cardio and endurance but I hit a wall. Yes, I lost a few pounds and felt healthier, but I was no longer improving or seeing change because I was no longer being pushed or challenged.
I joined Iron CrossFit of North Brunswick in January 2014. I weighed 138 pounds at 5’1’’ tall. I walked in for the first time very scared and timid. I had the mindset that once I could do one pull-up, I would call it quits and mark it as a success story. However, once I completed my first WOD, I knew CrossFit was exactly what I needed to achieve the change I desired and it went way beyond wanting just a single pull-up. Every workout is constantly varied and challenging in its own way. Still to this day, WODs never get easier -- I only get stronger. The real success I’ve had can be seen in my strength numbers. When I first joined CrossFit, my one rep max backsquat was 135 pounds. One and a half years later, it has increased to 225 pounds. When I started, I could not do a single pull-up; now I can do reps of weighted pull-ups. The CrossFit Open WOD 14.2 involved overhead squats and chest to bar pull-ups. I scaled to my ability at the time and did 45# overhead squats and used two black and one red resistance bands for pull-ups. A year later, my score for the same WOD improved significantly. Not only was I was able to RX the workout with 65# overhead squats and chest-to-bar pull-ups, but I was able to completed 32 reps. My performance keeps improving as I keep putting in the hard work and dedication.
CrossFit was a reality check for me in another way. I no longer wanted to achieve that “skinny girl” look; I wanted to look fit and be strong. In addition to the hard workouts, I evaluated my diet. My diet wasn’t horrible, I knew which foods were good and which were bad, but I would still allow myself to overindulge too often. This hurt my chances of achieving the results I wanted. I started to look at food as fuel for my workouts. The better I ate, the better I performed and the more change I began to see.
Over the course of my transformation, I have lost approximately 20 pounds. A few months ago my body fat percentage was 16%. We are retesting soon and I am positive that number has improved as well. I now have the mindset of a strong woman who can achieve her goals. I would have not been able to achieve this transformation without the help and support from the coaches at Iron CrossFit and the other members. My journey is not over, it has just begun.