Old Guy, Bad Back
I’ve made some pretty significant changes in my exercise and nutrition habits over the last few weeks. After having back surgery in November of last year I decided that I was tired of not being everything I could be and set out to make some changes. I started going to a local “gym” and getting in some cardio and some easy workouts. No real progress was being made in those efforts though.
One day my friend motivated me to start this entire CrossFit process. She pointed me towards CrossFit Goliath and assured me that the staff and members were great and that I would love it. I have to admit that even though my fitness level was probably at an all-time low, I found myself enjoying the challenge of every visit and could see noticeable changes almost immediately.
During the 5 week Better Body Battle I’ve learned how to “Eat to Live” and not “Live to Eat” and how to do that without giving up enjoyable meals. The folks over at CrossFit Goliath and their Nutrition Plan have helped me make some amazing changes to my waistline and my fitness level .The results have been astounding and I’m truly a new man. THANKS!!!
It is amazing!!! So these are the bizarre things I’ve noticed, which I did not in any way anticipate or expect.
1) I have been a severe and chronic nail-bitter all my life. My nails were gross. Super gross. Disgusting. They frequently bled they were bitten so far back. As a child, my parents did everything to get me to quit–put nasty oils, caustic toppings, whatever, on the nails, and it didn’t work. Fake nails, I bit them off. I bit them without knowing I was biting them. I couldn’t stop. Anyway, it was eventually concluded that that’s who I was and what I did and how it would be. I think at some point I was even diagnosed with “oral fixation.” About 3 days after I stopped eating sugar, I noticed my fingertips itching. I looked at my nails and they were growing!!! I stopped biting them without even knowing!!! Weirdest and most awesome freakin’ thing. Scary, too, when you think about it. What other things have been effed up that I don’t even know about that can be attributed to diet. Yikes!!!!
2) Insomnia is gone. There hasn’t been a night I haven’t sleep through the night in three weeks. Can’t begin to tell you how freaking awesome that is.
3) Oh, I’ve been carded every time I’ve bought alcohol in the past two weeks–which is regularly since I still get beer for my old man. I used to get carded, maybe 1/2 the time. That’s pretty awesome, right?
4) Recovery time–this was somewhat expected, or hoped for anyway. I feel like I’m in high school again. It used to take me two or three solid days to recover from a brutal workout. And I’d be worthless for those days. Now I may be sore the next day, but I’m good to go.
5) PMS, I suffered from severe PMS, physically and emotionally. Enough to make me consider seeking medical advice, which for me takes quite a bit. This past week, the week before my period, I haven’t cramped, haven’t bloated, and haven’t had crazy mood swings. This is almost as amazing and awesome as the nail thing.
Anyway, it’s only been three weeks but as I said, I’m blown away at the changes. I really don’t feel deprived with all the positive. I mean, holy shit, I have fingernails! I get to sleep at night!
60 is the New 40
Exercise is hard for me since I’ve never done exercises like these or any weight lifting all my life and plus I learn better visually and through patterns. Growing up I did not get any positive encouragement about my body either. I’ve had my series of injuries; knee surgery, shoulder injury, etc, but I don’t want to use that as excuse.
I did classes at the YMCA but something was missing, I was just going through the motions. At my first encounter at a CrossFit gym elsewhere in Raleigh, I just felt like I did not belong there. There were maybe 3 people would talk to me. The coaches there did not help me with what I needed to get better, and did not take the time to answer my questions.
I really REALLY like Goliath’s coaches and your gym. The first time I went to see WODBody Sports Massage you took time talking to me and showing me the rope climb, even though I was there for a massage and not even in a CrossFit class.
Foundations was great, it taught me how to do these exercises and wasn’t confusing or intimidating. The people in the classes were nice and even the “ultra-athletes” would not look down on you, they might be super strong, but they were also super nice. I can get anyone to say hi and I will introduce myself so yes I really feel good being here. Yoga is a wonderful addition.
I really like the way you encourage me, and because of that I feel I am going to try harder and push harder!
100 Lbs. Weight Loss
I was tricked into starting CrossFit. I asked my sister for Zumba classes for Christmas, she said um… “well, how about Bootcamp?” She told me it was like CrossFit Lite – I was pretty scared to try this, but I agreed. Then, it turns out the gift was for actual CrossFit. I decided to suck it up and try it – after the first few Foundations classes, I was hooked. Best gift ever.
My favorite moment is at the end of the workout – not because it is over, but because I realize what I just accomplished. I am so surprised everyday how far I’ve come. It’s a great feeling. I want to be healthy and strong. I want to be able to keep up with my son. I want him to have a good start and know what being healthy means.
My world is so different than it was a year ago! CrossFit has changed my view on what I see as healthy. At first I just wanted to lose weight. I’ve learned that health is so much more than a number on the scale. I have lost weight- about 180 pounds; but I’m way more proud of how much more I can lift and the fact that I can do burpees and wallballs without dying.
My outlook on food is much different than pre-CrossFit. I have focused my diet on eating real food with a lot of nutritional value, as I have realized that amount of calories are a lot less important. My lifestyle is much different than before CrossFit – I enjoy going to the gym and being active. I am amazed at how much more energy I have! I can get in and out of the car, and go upstairs without problems. It’s also helped me prioritize myself above all of the other life’s demands.
My advice for something thinking about CrossFit? Just go. Go when you are sore, tired, and busy. Once class starts, you forget about all of the reasons you didn’t want to go and you will feel great about your accomplishment. Also, trust the coaches. So when they tell you to add 10 lbs to the barbell, just add the 10 lbs. You’ll thank them and yourself afterwards.
The Former Athlete
Ever since I can remember, it’s been a longstanding joke amongst my friends/family about how much of a “hoss” and a slow-ass runner I am. while I still have YEARS of work remaining before even dreaming of being considered an “elite-squad” CrossFitter, today’s results really made me stop and realize how much I have grown in a little over a year with the unconditional love and support of my CrossFit Goliath family.
The picture on the left is me about four years ago as a very unhealthy collegiate “athlete” The bottom right shows sprint times from today, where I blew my own mind by actually holding my own with several athletes and coaches that I have admired and respected since day one at Goliath. Coaches and athletes that continue to life me up and push me to expect nothing less than the very best from myself. You guys have shown me a better version of myself that I didn’t really know could exist.
I am so humbled by and grateful for all the support I have received from Goliath coaches and friends, who are never afraid to support me in whatever ways I have needed (a motivational yell in the middle of a workout, not accepting my excuses on days where I doubt myself, helping me embrace my flaws while working to improve upon them, making me laugh on days when I didn’t have the energy to put a smile on my own face, and most importantly, just supporting me unconditionally in any and all life moments–at the gym AND in my personal life). Nothing can compare to how special and strong you guys make me feel each day–this has been one big journey in self-improvement, self-respect and self-love and I thank you guys for guiding me along the way and sharing the road with me.
I got my cholesterol measured last week. My cholesterol has been at dangerous levels ever since I had my daughter 2 years ago. My total cholesterol was 399 just over six months ago, near double what is considered safe. In the past, I had tried low fat diets to lower it, but it didn’t drop, so the doctors just chalked it up to me having bad genetics and recommended drugs to lower it (which I did not take :P).
Well, at my most recent visit, my cholesterol has dropped near 150 total points. 150!!!!!!!!!! Thank you to my CrossFit Goliath nutrition coaches for going with me on this journey. Couldn’t ask for a better support system to do it with.
December of 2014 I was diagnosed with Bulimia. I had extremely unhealthy eating habits, and I was still trying to maintain going to CrossFit 5-6 days a week. My body was deteriorating, and it became a struggle to even walk to class each day. At the time, and up until recently, my primary focus has been losing weight. Seeing bones and dropping numbers was how I measured that. At my lowest, I could not get through a workout without feeling like I was going to pass out. I was at both my skinniest and unhealthiest.
Flash forward to now, at my healthiest and the strongest I’ve ever been. Upon entering the nutrition program my main goals were establishing a healthier relationship and mindset around food, and eating for performance, rather than being restrictive and obsessive. This program has provided the accountability I needed to take better care of my body. I have improved significantly in the gym over the last month and unexpectedly, this program has significantly improved my body image. The word “fat” has slowly begun to dissipate from my vocabulary.
The nutrition program at Goliath has been just another step in the right direction for me to getting more comfortable in my own skin and learning how to properly fuel my body. It’s taken a long time to reverse the damage I did to my body and every day is still a challenge mentally to remind myself why I’m doing this, and why I’m striving for a healthier life. But I’m doing it, I’m taking care of my body, and I’m in the best damn shape I’ve ever been in.
On the left you’ll find a girl who’s world was centered on weight loss, and doing whatever it took to get there. Despite the smile, I was sick, weak, my nails were purple, and my hair started falling out. I’ve gained about 25 pounds since the pictures on the left. If nothing else, this can be a reminder to some girls suffering from this that becoming “healthy” does not always equate to weight loss, that a number cannot define your worth…and that it’s way more fun being strong as hell. Thank you to my friends, family and coaches who never hesitate to put me in my place when I start to get down on myself and for being so inspiring and motivating, and reminding me that this is a marathon, not a sprint.