A success story you won’t want to miss!
I have been overweight my entire life. At my heaviest I weighed over 320 lbs. I would diet, maybe exercise, lose some weight, and then promptly gain it all back plus some.
In 2012 I became a divorced, single mother of two. I had hypertension and was told I’d have to be on blood pressure medicine for the rest of my life. In early 2014, I decided I needed to make a change. I was tired of opting out of adventures with my kids because physically I couldn’t participate or keep up. I realized that of the many things in my life that were out of my control, my health was actually not one of them.
Somewhere along the way I had also become friends with a certain Danyel (and Dave) Brown. In March of 2014 I bought a Groupon for a MedSpa diet thingy. I lost close to 20 lbs. over the next 2 months. That small success was the beginning of my journey. Somehow Danyel and Dave talked me into doing CrossFit with them in their garage. CrossFit? In a garage during mid-summer in Vegas? Why not? Let me tell you it was not pretty!
During that time I found a new diet plan as well. In August of 2014 I got talked into, I mean, I was one of the first 5 people to join this new gym called CrossFit Raw Appeal. I was SO scared! Seriously! It’s one thing to feel inadequate among friends in a garage. It’s totally another to show up and attempt to work out in front of total strangers!
For the next 2 years I continued to work out at RA, as well as continued to diet, switching from one diet to another after I’d burn out. I’d also participated in a few cha
llenges at the gym as well, including the first Paleo Challenge, in which I won 1st place for greatest weight loss for the women.
To date I have lost 120 lbs. and continue to work really hard every day at staying healthy. I also no longer need blood pressure medicine. I can honestly say that without the support of my family and friends, as well as my CrossFit RA family, I think it would have been a lot harder to accomplish what I have achieved here at the gym and in other areas of my life. The best part is that it took that one first small step to get it all started.