I had spent the last 12 years struggling with my weight and diet. I had tried at home personal training, big box gyms with trainers, and 4x a week personal training at David Barton gym in 2011 for 10 months. I had tried Weight Watcher’s online, Weight Watcher’s meetings, vegetarian diet and even eating vegan. I could lose 5-10 lbs. but couldn’t keep it off. I got so frustrated I even ordered SENSA, a chemical weight loss aid, from Costco. When ,of course, that didn’t work, I had started to think that at 54 I was destined to be overweight like the rest of most middle-aged women.
Through serendipity, the author one of the blogs I read “ What I Wore”, posted about her results with the Whole 30 program. I ordered the book and began my journey into the world of the Paleo diet. I read several books (Rob Wolfe) and gave it a try. I started the Whole 30 in late April 2013. I had dropped 20 lbs. by June. As I kept reading the blogs about Paleo, Crossfit kept coming up and I was curious.
I was really scared to even consider Crossfit because my only real life exposure was a much younger cousin who posted her picture online while she was doing a one-arm handstand on a kettle bell, which was and is significantly above my capability. Her advice was to check out several gyms and find the one where you like the people. That seemed pretty vague.
Lake Washington Crossfit was the first gym that I researched online that didn’t have any scary stories or reviews. So in late June of 2013, I walked in the door and signed up for the Essentials program. I started slowly three days a week, tried my best each day and just kept working. I loved it. The coaching was amazing. Each day was different and for the first time in my life I started looking forward to coming to the gym, anxious to see how I could compete with others. The unusual open gym format made it so convenient. I now go to the gym five days a week and have had amazing results in my body composition.
I have lost 35 lbs.; I feel fantastic and love shopping in my own closet for clothes. The most unexpected part of my experience is the community of Lake Washington Crossfit. Clark and Nick are a perfect team of coaches, encouraging and inspiring. I feel that I am getting 5+ hours of personal training each week for a fraction of the cost I have paid in the past. I see weekly gains in strength and movement. The diverse age group at the gym is such a delight. Everyone is inspiring: we are all at different levels, but the support is so motivating. Joining this gym has to be one of my best decisions and I am looking forward to a happy and healthy 2014. Thanks Lake Washington Crossfit.