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.