Thank you for allowing me to share my story.
My weight loss journey began almost 3 years ago when I finally decided that the pain of staying the same was worse than the fear of change. I had been overweight my whole life and lived life as one of the heaviest of all my friends. At my heaviest, I weighed 265lbs. I am only 5'0″ so that was a lot of weight to carry on my short frame. I had yo-yo dieted all my life and trust me, I had tried everything under the sun including weekly trips to weight loss doctors. At one point in my life I had become so depressed over the weight that I thought I should try to gain weight in order to become a candidate for weight loss surgery. I didn't think I could ever do it on my own. Thankfully, that only lasted a few weeks and then I came back to reality and realized only I can make the changes I needed to make to save my future.
In December of 2010, I met a wonderful young lady named Kaylee. She presented some information about a wellness program during one of my staff meetings at work. There was something about her that seemed genuine, and she seemed like someone who was approachable. I decided to give her a call after the meeting, and she came and met me in my office. I knew I needed to change my life but I didn't know where to even start. I let her know that my original goal was to become a police officer. I had finished college and was ready to start working on the physical aspect of my life so that I could have a chance at my dream. Kaylee saw how much I wanted to change and she said that she doesn't often recommend this for people who are in my shape…but my answer was going to be CrossFit. I had never even heard of it before but I trusted Kaylee and thought I might as well try one more thing. I tried everything else already.
I placed a phone call to the owner of our local box, CrossfitX. This easy going guy named Travis answered and said he would meet me for my first workout. Little did I know that getting the courage to walk through those doors would be one of the best decisions I would make in my life. As scared as I was, and as embarrassed as I wanted to be, I told myself I was going to give this one my all. I have had so many roadblocks along the way but I try to tell myself how lucky I am for this opportunity each day I go back through those doors. I won't lie, some days my head gets in my own way and I just want to stop. But my teammates refuse to let me do that. This is a journey they have all been on with me each step of the way. When I started CrossFit I weighed 235lbs and I am now down to 150. That means 115lbs are gone from my heaviest weight and I am grateful for each and every pound that I have lost because I learned something from each of them.
One of the hardest lessons I have had to get through my head is related to my relationship with food.
I stalled out after 2 years of training and nothing else was happening. I became frustrated until I was pointed to sites like yours that told me I needed to fuel my body. You mean you want me to EAT MORE?? No way! I fought it tooth and nail until one of my trainers told me this really was what I needed to look into. As scary as it was, I dived in and began to slowly up my caloric intake from less than 1,000 a day to about 2,200. The weight started to come off again and every single lift I tried kept going up! I can't put a price tag on increased strength. As weird as it is each day to fight the old food demons that tell me I should skip a meal to move this weight down, I don't wan to feel depleted ever again. I learned my lesson, made the change, and will continue to ride this out until the end. My new comfort while in my own skin has allowed me a wonderful opportunity to work at a job in sales and marketing. I am no longer the wallflower who is too afraid to talk.
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