In May I hated the direction my life was going. I felt off track. So, I took some advice from Maya Angelou “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” That I did, I changed my attitude which lead me to changing the things I did not like around me. In June, I walked into Revolt with the mindset of this is just another workout. Oh boy, was I wrong. It became a form of therapy for me. The stress of my personal life and work life lead me to make extremely unhealthy life choices. Although I worked out occasionally, I was not monitoring the food I put into my body, sleeping regularly, or even working out at the level that I was capable of.
I was schedule to have Fibroid removal a month after joining Revolt. All I could think about was the amount weight I thought I would put on from the like of activity for 2 weeks. Once again, I felt the stress start to creep up. Prior to surgery I weighed 209 pounds. I was 9 pounds from my first goal. After surgery I could not lift heavy weights, run, or even jump rope for a month. Yet, I continued to make it to Revolt. I gained a total of 10 pounds during my recovery period. Which all 10 pounds could have been avoided if I put down the Oreos. A week before my 30th birthday I heard Tony and a few other talking about something called the Whole30. Immediately, I started to google it and became interested. On September 5th, I decided to start the Whole30 challenge.
Starting the Whole30 was a game changer I was not expecting at all. Yes, I lost weight. But I wasn’t trying to. The Whole30 book explained how foods you eat can cause Endometriosis and Fibroids and changing your eating habits can reverse some of the symptoms. I was super excited about this. Knowing that some of my pain would go away from changing my eating habits intrigued me more. The first week was difficult, because I was not used to not having sugar. Week 2, I could have sworn my skin was on fire. By week 3, I had this thing by the horns and holding on for dear life. Week 4, I wanted rice more than I wanted Oreos. (I know what you are thinking, who does that?) But I finished. Yet, I didn’t finish alone. I had great support with the Revolt family keeping me motivated when everyone else was telling me I was crazy. They reminded me daily that I was doing this to better myself and not others.
Prior to beginning CrossFit, I was maybe a month away from having a total melt down and quitting my job, as I complained about not fitting into a dress I just bought a month ago. Now, I feel like the old Tiy. I relearned that I am not perfect and that I can’t control everything, including people around me. Stress causes you to doubt your abilities and think everything is wrong. Yet, the reality is you just need a reminder of why you began your journey. CrossFit at Revolt gave me that reminder. Since June, I have lost a total of 21 pounds, got my stress under control, and even learned how to like my job again. Not only can I know wear my dress from a month ago, but I can fit in my Cheerleading uniform from college. None of this could have been achieved without a little push daily from Kat, Omar, and the Revolt family not allowing me to give up during workouts or on the Whole30!!! As Brian Tracy once said, “Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your life around it.” Revolt became my peace in the middle of my storm and I learned to organize my stressful life around my health. In only 5 months I learned to put me first. I can’t wait to see where I am in a year.
I started my CrossFit journey at Revolt on February 26, 2018. Before I was introduced to CrossFit, I was very skeptical about the sport (and really nervous) because I have always struggled with my fitness, eating habits, and self-confidence. Since my early teenage years, I developed body image issues and initial stages of an eating disorder. It has always been challenging to accept my body the way it is and to acquire a healthy lifestyle. CrossFit has changed not only my body but also the way I see and feel about myself.
One of the biggest changes I had to make to achieve these goals is learning to develop discipline. There are still many days where I feel tired but I try to remind myself of the positive impact of CrossFit in my life and the long-term goals I am trying to accomplish. My eating habits have been my biggest challenge (especially when I pass by an ice cream shop) and I have deviated from my goals by eating unhealthy foods a few times. When this happens I try to remind myself that this is a temporary loss of motivation and that is never too late to get back on track.
CrossFit has improved my confidence, mindset, and body in less than 8 months. I have a long way to go, but I am proud of my progress. I have never been good at sports, and it is amazing to see the way my body has changed and how I am much more confident about the way I look! When I started CrossFit, I joined the CrossFit Lite class and was barely able to lift the 15 lbs barbell. Today, I am doing the same workout my peers are, I am accumulating PRs, and I even feel comfortable taking my shirt off (WHAT?..Me?..Crazy right?)
My Revolt Family, Coach Omar, and Coach Kat push me every day to become the best version of myself. They believe in my physical and mental abilities more than I do myself and cheer me up on my not-so-good days. I love going to CrossFit thanks to them and I am excited about what my future health will look like.
Thank you Revolt, you are a blessing!
First picture: February 26, 2018
Second picture: October 15, 2018
For those of you who don’t know me, I played soccer almost my whole life and I was a
bad sport. I would miss a goal or get beat by another player and I would sit down on the sidelines, furious and sad at the same time. I certainly did not know then what I know now.
Circumstances in life had me depressed living in a cycle of negative thinking because I mentally was not strong. As I got older, I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease which is an autoimmune disease that attacks your nervous system and joints. I had arthritis at 13 years old, acute migraines, and all sorts of problems that didn't help my negative thinking. Lyme disease can go dormant, but unfortunately there is no cure for Lyme Disease, unless you catch it in its early stages. I was on and off antibiotics for about 4 years.
Through college it would come and go, but it wasn’t until I started CrossFit when I started to feel good. My chronic fatigue, joint pains, and headaches became less prevalent. Not only has CrossFit helped with my Lyme, it has tremendously improved my mental attitude. Like I said before, I was a bad sport, always getting mad at myself and very negative. When I started CrossFit at Revolt Fitness, I had been doing CrossFit for about a year already and with the same bad attitude. I was negative and would get mad if I couldn’t do heavy weights, if I would perform badly, and I started to not enjoy CrossFit. Honestly, through my coaches and the people around me, I slowly started to realize that my problem wasn’t physically, it was mentally. Physically I was in shape going from soccer to CrossFit. When I started I enjoyed it and felt amazing, however after a while, I went back to my same old attitude. So it wasn’t the physical aspect that changed me, but it was the mental aspect of CrossFit that did. Mentally I became a lot stronger.
My coaches are amazing in how they have shown me it is not always about the weight on the bar or the fastest time. It is about you achieving personal goals even if that goal is improving my mindset to be more positive or having a better attitude about life! I also have several others around me that are coming in here each day DOING THE SAME EXACT THING. Everyone is bonding in this community of CrossFit because we all want to leave each day better than we were yesterday. That mental toughness and challenge you give yourself in CrossFit makes you realize a few things. Knowing I had to start changing my mindset when I came to the gym, carried over to my personal life like worrying less and enjoying life around me. See? CrossFit is so much more than working out. So, there you have it, no before and after photos, no amazing weightloss journey or anything. There are many ways CrossFit can change people.
I still have my days when I get negative or have a bad attitude, but that is a work in progress and why I keep coming back every day to work harder at it.
Thank you Revolt family for helping me achieve my goals!
The biggest change would have to be in my diet. While I never considered myself to have an unhealthy diet, I didn’t really spend much time thinking about what I was putting into my body either. Now I try to use what I have learned in some of the nutrition challenges that I have completed with Revolt to incorporate a combination of Whole 30 / Paleo diet. Turns out, its not that difficult to do, and It’s not that much more expensive, but totally worth it. I have also found the meal prep on Sunday it critical to a successful week.
Picture on the left was taken July 2014. Middle and right picture was taken 2018.
Yes, there were many times that I deviated from my plan. The times that I could have controlled were usually out of town business trips where I would not just take the time and find a local box for the week and drop-in. It’s so important to take the time and find a place to drop-in. When I do drop in to an out-of-town box, it is always the very best part of my day when I am traveling.
I also tore the MCL in both my right and left knees in September of 2017 skateboarding with my son Lincoln. I didn’t workout at all for 5 months. I started back to CrossFit in February 2018 when Revolt opened. I started slowly, and I have not had any surgery to repair my knee’s and I can honestly say that I am almost back to where I was before the injury. Without CrossFit I am certain I would have required surgery to repair my knees and would likely still be limping around.
I can remember the first CrossFit week in July 2016. I think, no, I know that the workouts were pretty tame, but I could barely move! I distinctly remember difficulty walking DOWN the stairs, not up, because I was so sore. After that week, the soreness didn’t really go away, but moved to different places, and instead of pain, it was a training tool that I welcomed because I knew that wherever I was sore was getting stronger. I heard once that when you start a CrossFit workout routine that it takes 7 days for you to notice a difference. 14 days for your spouse to notice a difference, and 21 days for everyone else to notice a change in your appearance. I think I completely agree with those time tables.
I think that your overall attitude and mental health change immediately, day 1. I think that no matter who you are, if you can commit to going to a CrossFit box regularly, you will walk with your head just a little bit higher. You will have just a little bit more confidence, and that will translate directly into everything that you do in life.
What can I say? Kat and Omar have given me my life back. Before I met them, I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high everything. The standard path to a heart attack at 50-60 years old and type 2 diabetes. That’s not just a maybe, that was going to happen to me without question. I don’t take blood pressure medication anymore, and I am 100 percent certain that the 30-year-old me could not keep up with the 45-year-old me! I owe Revolt Fitness everything. Thank you, Kat and Omar and all my family, at Revolt 😊
My CrossFit adventure began at the end of May, 2018. Prior to that, my “gym” routine consisted of spending 45 minutes to an hour wandering around machines, primarily focusing on legs and abs (they were the easiest to figure out directions), or going for runs (1-2 mile, randomly throwing a 5k in).
The photos are from October 2017 and August 2018.
The changes I’ve made to achieve a better, healthier lifestyle is the absence of alcohol and the addition of a new vice, CrossFit.
As far as deviation is concerned, it’s hard to “deviate” from a diet when you have no diet. Revolt has been the best diet I’ve ever subscribed to, and I’ve completely stopped worrying about calorie counting or choosing salads over pizzas. Instead, my focus is on how fast I can complete the day’s AMRAP or how many pushups I can do without having to use my knees.
I began to feel the results from CrossFit immediately. Waking up sore isn’t the best feeling, but it beats a hang over every single time. Also, there’s a certain attitude change that happens almost immediately. The feelings of defeat are there, because CrossFit was new and I wasn’t very strong, but it’s difficult to stay down on yourself in an atmosphere of overwhelming positivity. People I didn’t even know were clapping for me to finish, and I’ve never left the building without a high five and conversation, and those things keep you coming back. After about 6 weeks, I started getting compliments on looking toned and “shredded”. Even after encouragement, I still couldn’t really see a difference, then I snapped this “after” photo.
We’re so predisposed to see flaws and pick ourselves apart. Revolt has been such a great support system that I didn’t even know I needed. Getting healthy and getting in shape, sure, but also for cultivating the sense of “who cares”.
Who cares what healthy looks like?
What does healthy feel like?
It feels fucking epic.