Respect the training. Honor the Commitment. Cherish the results.
As a life long, multi-sport athlete, physical activity and continuous movement has always been a natural state of being. However, when college rolled around I had already suffered injury caused by a lack of mobility, as well as experienced decreased athletic performance thanks to poor nutrition.
I slowly gained weight, had several health issues that I now recognize as food sensitivity bordering on allergy, and was generally unhappy with how I felt and how I looked. I got into running and changed my eating habits, and I lost weight….a lot. My education in Exercise Biology at UC Davis also enlightened me on the importance of strength training, so I dabbled in weight lifting as well.
A series of life events led me right back to overweight and unhappy. Then I discovered CrossFit and my life will never been the same (cliches are cliches for a reason, you guys). By combining frequent strength training and metabolic conditioning, I have added over 300 calories to my resting metabolic rate. Which means that I eat clean, and I eat a lot!
I’m now stronger than I had ever dreamed I could be, mentally, physically, and emotionally. I learned to love my body and its imperfections, because I’m amazed at what it can do, and what it will be able to do. This appreciation and respect for your own body is something I teach, preach, and live by. I’ve battled my own personal war on societal ideals, and won. Let’s win yours, together!