I feel like many of you already know my story, but perhaps I just imagine that everyone knows it...
I walked into Undisputed Fitness in June of 2010. Over the previous 15
years or so, I had gained and lost and gained and lost a fair bit of
weight. I would occasionally workout...I loved to walk and I used
workout videos. I never would stick with anything very long as I would
get board or stress would show up as it always does. I had come to a
point where I had accepted that after two kids, my body would never
really bounce back. I also accepted that I have chronic pain in my back,
my knees and especially my neck. At 42, I had basically decided my life
was kinda over...I just knew I would get heavier and less and less
Shortly before finding Undisputed, I saw a photo of myself at a friends
wedding. I had yet again, stopped weighing myself. I saw someone I
didn't want to be, so I stepped on the scale and I was just over 250.
That day, I decided once again to do something about it. I tried yoga
again and Nia and my trusty workout videos. After hearing one of my
dearest friends talk about CrossFit and watching how it was helping him
make a transformation I decided to walk through that door.
Now please, I wanna make something clear. Even the LOOK of the gym
scared me. I am a middle aged women with two children who has never been
an athlete...ever. Undisputed looks intimidating, but walking through
that door I learned to drop that judgement, mainly because I was not
I have joked with a lot of people that I am the worst person to ever
walk through those doors. I still believe that. I still don't know
anyone else for whom the coaches modified more movements than me. I
would give them a look...I cannot do that and their answer was
always...."Well, tell me what you can do."
I could not even lift my arms to the pull up bar...I did ring rows.
I could not run...I walked.
I could not lift weights...I used the PVC pipe.
I could not do a push up...I did them on the wall.
It was not a magic pill and it is definitely not easy. But working
alongside other people is valuable to me. The community of athletes at
Undisputed is supportive and nonjudgemental. Everyday I walked in that
gym was a victory for me. It still is. I went from knowing my life was
over to knowing that I have only my imagination to limit what I can do.
As for some quantifiable numbers, I don't know how much I weigh...I
stopped weighing myself in June of 2011, but I was wearing a size (this
is hard to admit) 20 and now I wear a 12. Went from a 3x to a medium. I
was also pre diabetic and I had funky liver numbers...all of this is
gone as well. I am sure that much of this is due to the initial Paleo
challenge which for me, which altered my way of approaching food.
I also had the confidence to try a sport and by the end 2011 I was
ranked in my age class by the North American Scottish Games
Athletics. This May, I will be competing in the International Masters
The most important change though was in my children. They see me take on
challenges and fail...but I keep going. I saw pride in their eyes
after my first competition when I brought home a second place trophy. I
know that my getting healthy changes their relationship to food and
lifelong fitness. My daughter no longer hears me speak hatefully about
my body and I know that is priceless.