I had a great body in high school, got pregnant with my first child at 20 and gained 80 pounds. It begins that way for so many of us. We just aren’t what we used to be…as a matter of fact I had that great body doing NO EXERCISE other than marching band (if you want to count that). I was blessed, or so I thought. My genetics should have given me some kind of heads up that all good things can come to an end. I will leave it at that. I should have known.
I was in luck! I joined Weight Watchers and the weight fell off! The best part was that I could eat whatever I wanted. The name of the game was you can choose your foods, but stay within your POINTS and lose weight. Of course they had nutrition guidelines (loose ones)…..but the only part I heard was that I could eat whatever I wanted. I was successful! The weight stayed off, even had another child, and I was thrilled. I looked skinny! To me, that was success. I even started working for Weight Watchers and become a leader.
Our bodies start to betray us as we age. Fast forward to my mid thirties. I am starting to have a problem. My weight is steadily creeping up and my clothes size is growing. So, I join gyms through those years. I do step classes, cardio machines, Zumba, Body Pump…intermittently. I hate exercise. I come from a very sedentary background so my stints at the gym came in waves. Get on a kick and go for a while, then makes excuses and quit going. The problem was, my weight was doing nothing but creeping up. By then I was a leader with Weight Watchers and it was getting embarrassing to get up and lead meetings looking like I desperately needed to be in the chairs alongside the members.
I met Kyle Harrod when I was the leader for the meeting for Mt Washington. He was kind enough to let us hold our weekly meetings there. I have to honest (please don’t be mad Kyle), I rolled my eyes when I got a load of him. Totally buff, that blonde spiked hair, tan…he looked like every meathead trainer I came across in every gym I was a member of. You know the ones….they make you feel bad about yourself so you spend more and more money with them. But Kyle was friendly; he and I would talk about diet and exercise (at that time you couldn’t tell me anything because I was the REAL expert…haha). He said I could try a beginner boot camp just to kind of get a feel for what they do. I went a few times, decided even at the beginner lever that it was too much like work and all I needed was my Zumba classes. Long story short, we had to move our meeting to another location in Mt Washington but I stayed Facebook friends with Kyle.
Months go by. I attend a family event in Virginia Beach and I get the photos. I look swollen. Have you ever gotten a picture made and you thought you looked cute that day and are then horrified by what you see? That was my final straw moment. So, I am sitting on Facebook and see Kyle’s regular “rah rah Go Maxfit” posts on my newsfeed. Haha…you have to understand how bad my attitude was at that point so I found it irritating, yet I contacted him. I had to swallow my pride. I asked him to help me and without hesitation I signed up for three months of boot camp. On July 5th, 2010 I began as a Maxfit boot camper. It was some of the most grueling crap I had ever done and I hated every second. I started to get results. My clothes we loosening up and that “swollen” look was going away. I was hooked. I even saw Kyle in a different light. I remember thinking, “I think this guy actually cares about me and my progress.” The last piece was straightening out my mentality about eating. I had to face facts. It wasn’t all about POINTS. What I ate MATTERED, especially at my age. I could no longer get away with the things I did when I was in my 20’s. I am a woman, a middle aged woman whose body is constantly going through changes. That was the hardest part for me. The things I did was flying in the face of what I preached at Weight Watchers. I was having an identity crisis.
That crisis came to a head when I decided to be one of the charter members of his new Black Label Crossfit program. I was so intimidated when I walked in for the first time. It was boot camp on steroids. The workouts were tougher as crossfit had a different format and used equipment I had never used before. We used barbells and pull up racks. I felt completely out of my league. Here I am in my late 30’s working out with 20 somethings who are obviously in far better shape and ability level. Kyle kept me focused, kept encouraging me because I wanted to run back to boot camp so bad. I stuck with it. I even began eating Paleo, the prescribed diet of crossfit. To this date I believe I have lost over 30 inches overall, and about 15 pounds. Now the 15 pounds, I am not going to lie, depends on me. It has yoyo’ed somewhat depending on how strict or lax I get. But, I have lost about 3 clothing sizes and feel better than I have felt in a long time. My friends and family think I am crazy, but crazy is getting the damn job done where Weight Watchers and Zumba had failed me. I also left my career at Weight Watchers after 11 years. I could no longer preach something I did not believe in anymore. And by the way, those crossfitters, Kyle, and the coaches have become some of my closest friends
I don’t know what is right for you. I can’t tell you what to do. All I can say is Kyle, Alice, Kelly, and Phillip, and all of my fellow crossfitters and, frankly, boot campers at Maxfit have changed my life. I drive over 30 minutes to get there and do it happily. I have been around the block when it comes to gyms and I can tell you, this place is special. They do care about you, they understand your anxiety and will work with you no matter the fitness level you are. Don’t let injuries discourage you wither, they will modify anything. See, at Maxfit there are no excuses, no obstacle too big. I needed that and I venture to guess you need it too. If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired….give this a shot.
At almost 40, I am proud to say: I am a mom, I am a middle aged woman, I am a crossfitter, and I am proud. It’s not about seeing how skinny we can get. It’s about seeing how fit we can get. Not sure who said it but I love the quote, “If nothing changes, then nothing changes.” This is my story. I am so proud to be a member of Black Label Crossfit.
I started the nutrition coaching program 5 weeks ago. When I signed up for the strength training I did not realize it came with, but am so thankful for the program and Alice! I have participated in many of the nutrition challenges and always had great results; but what I have learned is those do you no good if you do not keep it up and do as you are told. A year ago I was doing great and continuing to lose weight after one of these challenges and then I had a life changing event resulting in my yo-yoing with my diet. I ate pretty healthy with occasional cheats. The result was an increase in my weight and it seemed no matter what I did, I could not get a handle on it. When I received my first nutrition plan I was amazed at how much food I was to eat; but there is a method and it works! When your coach tells you it is 90% nutrition and 10% activity –they are correct. I was working out 4-6 times a week and still gaining weight. Within the first 12 days of beginning the program I lost over 4% body fat and 6.5 inches. No, I did not lose any pounds, but I was getting results and continue to do so. The plan has food that is tailored to my likes/dislikes, my body, and my activity level and includes accountability as I check in to get weighed, measured and discuss what is and isn’t working every two weeks. The best result is that I feel better – not just physically, but emotionally! This nutrition program could not have come at a better time! Thanks for all of your inspiration and patience Alice! -Denise