Happy Friday! Today's blog is written by Alisa from the Dinequity crew. If you have been in the gym in the afternoon or evening you'll know that she is one of our most dedicated members and is always plugging away at her goals with one of the coaches. She writes about her experience with the obstacles that have stood in the way during her first year of progress. Just like everyone else, she has learned that achieving your goals is often two steps forward and one step back - the point is to keep moving in the right direction. Check it out!
On September 5th, 2013 I first stepped into CrossFit 818 to fulfill a drunken promise to a friend that I would join her in a WOD. Not being an athlete, needless to say I was unable to get through the warmup, let alone the WOD. I spent most of the class on the sidelines watching everyone else push themselves, but more importantly support and push one another. I was hooked, but I was also terrified, so the next day I spoke with Z and we came up with the plan to do a 2-3 month, twice a week, ½ hour sessions On-Ramp program. After 3 months I had made progress in my range of motion, but was still unable to get through even a ½ hour workout without being thoroughly exhausted so I transitioned to 1-on-1 Coaching with Mike where we worked steadily for 3 months focusing specifically on my stamina and endurance. Then, in March of 2014 we kicked it up a gear by doing 1-on-1 coaching 3 to 4 times a week. These hour-long started incorporating traditional CrossFit style workouts.
Despite all of this progress I still was struggling with endurance as well as strength, so in April we started to dial in the diet – I didn’t go strict Paleo, I wasn’t ready for that – but I did start eating healthier as a whole. The stamina difference was noticeable both in the workouts, but more importantly in my day to day life, however, it was still a struggle for me to get through WODs without frequent breaks to breathe. So on April 16th Mike told me about the upcoming Whole Life Challenge and said I was going to be joining in. I wasn’t on board at all, but Mike wasn’t hearing it, I had no choice and would be joining the Challenge. It was one of the best things that could have happened; it forced me to take that step to adopt a full Paleo diet, but more importantly it kept me accountable in a way that resonates with me – competition. While I was never an athlete, I was always competitive when it came to school be it elementary school spelling bees I was determined to win, or grad school where we all were in competition with one another to publish and/or present our work at conferences. Bottom line I thrive on competition and was in the Challenge to win.
The Challenge was difficult, I had to learn how to cook (literally), had to learn how to fuel my body the right way for the physical goals we had in my training, but more importantly I had to learn how to believe in myself and push myself so far out of my comfort zone that I ended up in a different universe. It was an hourly struggle, cravings for certain foods kept haunting me, especially the craving for chocolate, which never wavered and only increased in intensity. At the same time, Mike and I kicked my training into another gear working out 5-6 days a week and even peppering in regular classes. I was giving it my all, physically and emotionally; I was riding the high as I started to see the weight drop off and was shocking myself by my energy and endurance levels.
Halfway into the challenge I was in a good place, especially after my doctor officially told me that through my regimen of diet, exercise and a very low dose of meds I had my blood pressure under control. However, I was also a little scared as Mike was getting ready to leave for the last three weeks of the Challenge to go get married (how dare he!) and I was going to lose my “crutch.” But I knew I would be in good hands with Tyler there to take over and coach me across that finish line – and he did. He got me through the last few weeks when my body was starting to break down from all the training, and he coached me through the final WOD ensuring that I not only met my workout goal for the challenge, but exceeded my goal by almost 50%. At the end of the 8 weeks I had lost 17lbs, 5.75 inches off my waist, 1.75 inches off my hips and shaved 10:32 off my Challenge WOD time. I was exhausted but feeling great and even came up with a list of goals to meet by September 5, 2014 (my 1-year CF anniversary).
The calm before the WLC storm!
A. EMOTM 4 minutes:
3 hang snatches
EMOTM 4 minutes:
2 hang snatches
EMOTM 4 minutes:
1 hang snatch
*start with a moderate weight, end heavy
B. For time:
5 minute handstand hold
*every time you break, complete 20 air squats
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