H.D. Thoreau wrote “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined!” This is a great quote; however, I never thought the life I imagined would be a reality. I am 30 years old and have struggled with my weight and lacked the motivation to do something about it. However, I was bound and determined to make a change. I joined a name brand gym and went 5 times per week, doing the required 60 minutes of cardio…then off to weights for 5 day split. It was paying off as I had lost 80 pounds, but something was missing and I was bored. I kept seeing the same “meat heads” doing the same routine day-after-day coupled by the non-supportive atmosphere was driving me crazy, not to mention the nastiness of people not wiping down their equipment. I was in a basic routine and knew there had to be something better out there. I remember walking past Crossfit Belltown and seeing a chalkboard that listed their website. Intrigued, I went home to looked it up, and was hooked.
Nadia and Eric let me into their inaugural bootcamp class and my journey began. Being an athlete at CrossFit Belltown has been the best thing for me, better than all the rest. I was 338lbs when I started 6 months ago and now down to 234lbs (14 more to goal!). In addition to the lack of motivation, Nadia and Eric helped me realize I also had an eating problem. However, with their help I was able to conquer this obstacle. They showed me the healthier side of living and about making a lifestyle change for myself. And let me tell you, seriously, it really helped me. I am in the best shape of my life right now, faster and stronger. I CrossFit 5x per week and consider CFBT my second home. I am able to deadlift 305lbs, row 500 meters in 1:21, shoulder press 115 lbs, and run. I have participated in 3 5K races over the last month and have improved from a 15 min mile to a 13 min mile. In the past I had never ran or even considered running a 5k! I am now beginning training for a marathon and hope to eventually compete in the CrossFit games. I couldn’t ask for a better program to get me motivated and physically fit to succeed in all my training. I will never again go back to just lifting weights and doing the elliptical when I know how fit I can be with CrossFit Belltown.
Thank you for exceeding my expectations!!! If there is any advice I could give to those who are considering CrossFit…it’s extremely addictive and you might find yourself reading the CrossFit journal at all hours of the day.
So, go ahead, live your dreams…live the life you’ve imagined!