Thursday, March 1, 2012

A Year's Time

March 1st, 2010: Unemployed, in an extremely unhealthy relationship, self-destructive, unconfident, smoker of 3 years, addicted to food, 186 lbs., and 43% body fat. I limited everything I did; from wearing things I wanted to wear to doing things I wanted to do (dancing, playing sports, following my aspirations, even bowling). On this day, my mom talked me into getting a gym membership that I really didn't want. The selling point? She was paying for it and buying me new tennis shoes. Those were the only two reasons I agreed to join. Walking into the gym, I was extremely apprehensive; I had tried dozens of times to lose weight in the past ten years, so why would this time be any different? The way I saw it, I was just walking into another failed attempt. We got signed up, I got my tennis shoes, and I unknowingly started something that would change every aspect of my life in a year's time.

One year later; March 1st 2011: Employed as a PERSONAL TRAINER at the very gym that I set foot in one year ago, in a relationship with the most wonderful man I've ever met, self-motivating, confident, non-smoker of 1 year, eats for fuel, 139 lbs., and 18% body fat. I can now feel comfortable in any clothing (or without any clothing), run, climb ropes, dance my ass off, throw 100 lbs. over my head, and believe that I can do ANYTHING in the world that I want to do. Can I get a 'fuck yes'?! I now walk into the gym as if it is my home; that place has seen me at my best and definitely seen me at my worst. Because of my [forced] decision one year ago, I have lost weight, gained health, met the most amazing people, helped others to do what I've done, and shared my story with hundreds of people. My life has changed 100% because of ONE decision and I have not looked back once. 

To everyone that stood by my side during the past year: thank you so much. There were days that I wanted to call it quits; I thought it would be so much easier to give in and go back to my old ways. It would have been easier; this has been the hardest thing I've ever done. Thank you to my family, my friends, the love of my life, Aaron, my coworkers, and even the strangers that didn't stop believing in me and continue to motivate and support me to this day. 

To those that didn't think I could do it: I did. And your disbelief and envy just fueled me every single day. So thank you, also. And it's funny because you all seem to be the ones asking for my help. From Facebook messages to small talk at parties asking for advice, the girls that made fun of me in high school for being fat have obviously been eating their karma cupcakes for a few years, eh? I'm definitely here to help, but you'll have to pay my hourly rate now. 

To my trainers/coaches, Dominique, Brian, Ma, J, and Chris: there is a special place in my heart for you all. I'm honestly not sure if I could have done this without you all by my side. You've taught me what to do and what to eat, you've never let me quit, and you've scraped my ass off the floor workout after workout. I hope to be half as great at coaching and training as you guys have been for me. I love you all so much and I have never-ending gratitude for what you've done for me :)

To my BFF, Crystal: You have no idea how much your support has done for me. You really understand how this feels and I can't thank you enough. You're my workout buddy, my inspiration, and my BFF :) You always motivate me to push a little harder and do one more rep. Thanks for suffering through awful WOD's with me, even when we're hungover. Even if you'll always deadlift and squat more than me, I love you for days! Team BFF forever!! 

To my PFCF family: thanks for cheering me on everyday. I love you all so much; you're the best motivation ever! I have so many amazing athletes that I get to call my CrossFit family. You all inspire me everyday to better myself more and more.

To everyone I know that is struggling with their weight, whether you are one of the bitches from high school or not: quit making excuses and JUST DO IT. Trust me, I wish I hadn't waited so long; I feel like I wasted 10 years of my life being miserable, self-destructive, and pathetic. I'm definitely not saying it'll be easy, but I promise it'll be incredibly worth it. I am always here if you need advice, support, workouts, meal plans, whatever. And I was only partially joking about the hourly rate; if I can help just one person achieve goals like I have, I will be happy for you...even if you are a bitch. 

Today is one of the best days of my life. I am so thankful to be where I am today. On top of it being my one year gym anniversary, I passed my NASM test on Tuesday and today was a double PR day. I finally got 5 consecutive unassisted pullups and I also got a 75# snatch 4 times :) When I'm feeling down about myself or thinking of giving up, I just need to remember how far I've come. It's been an amazing year...can't wait to see what I can do in the next 12 months. 

Friday, February 24, 2012

Paleo on the Go.

Alright, I'm a slacker and I haven't posted in months, but I've been extra busy lately and it'll supposedly calm down soon, so hopefully I'll have more time to post and sleep and do laundry and fun stuff like that! 

So what has happened in the past 2 months?
  • Well, I'm taking my NASM CPT exam on Tuesday and if all goes well, which it will, I'll be training on the first of March :) Super exciting! That has been the main reason that I've been so busy lately; just studying and preparing for my career switch. 
  • I went to South Carolina at the beginning of February for my baby sister's BCT graduation. She's doing very well so far; she got Soldier of the Cycle for her company. I was such a proud biag sister. The picture is of her eating a turkey, ham, roast beef, Oreo cookie, and Dorito sandwich. Yes, it's Paleo. 
  • I turned 21!! Needless to say...I took a few weeks off of Paleo because I discovered lemondrops, but it'll be okay because I'm quitting alcohol.
  • I got addicted to watching Jersey Shore. Don't judge me.
  • I'm running my first half marathon on May 6th in Lincoln, NE with my pops.
  • The 2012 CrossFit Open started yesterday! I'm really excited to participate in this...I think it will really help with my motivation and commitment to CF & Paleo :) 
Paleo on the Go :)
Today, other than catching up, I'd like to write about staying on your nutritional program while you're traveling. Alyssa's graduation was in South Carolina...anyone that's been to the South understands why eating clean is practically impossible. They have the best tasting food imaginable because it's all covered in gravy and mayonnaise. I was determined to not jeopardize my health while I was away from home, so I decided to bring my own food with me! 

What I brought:
  • Protein: 8 chicken breasts, 1 entire turkey breast, 5 servings of protein powder.
  • Carbohydrates: 4 whole cucumbers, 3 whole zucchinis, tomatoes, carrots, apples, & oranges.
  • Fats: Larabars, natural peanut butter, almond butter, almonds, & pistachios. 
  • Fish oil & multivitamins :)
This was honestly the best decision I've ever made while traveling. I did have a couple drinks while I was on vacation, but my nutrition was pretty on point. Also, I did several body weight workouts in my hotel room and I went on a few runs (running at low altitude is nice!). I was even able to eat well during layovers and time spent in the airport. I would just order some scrambled eggs & coffee as to not look like a complete freak, and then I'd have some veggies and healthy fats. The bitches at the airport confiscated my peanut butter on the way back home, but other than that, I had no issues getting anything through security. I just brought a small cooler as a carry-on for the plane and luckily I had a mini-fridge in my hotel room to keep everything cold throughout the week :) 

CrossFit Open!! 
I am super excited for the Open. I was pretty hesitant to participate, but I know I'll be thankful that I did. It'll give me the opportunity to push myself harder than I usually do and also gauge where I'm at compared to other people my age across the world. The first WOD was a 7 minute AMRAP of burpees. I am the only person I know that was happy about this workout. I love burpees. I did the WOD yesterday; my goal was 80 and I got 73. I'm planning on retrying tomorrow or Sunday because I know I can do better. I will periodically update you guys on my progress in the Open :)

Glad to be back on the blog! The plan is that I will be back more frequently than I have been lately :)