“Becker” as I call her, has always been a highlight of my day…she comes to CFU with an attitude of No Fear and is always willing to go for whatever the trainer asks of her. At 54 years young, Jenny has ruled out the premises that one can’t start lifting weights, climb ropes, do handstands, run 5K’s or anything else set before her as she continues her fitness journey. I’m so very proud of how far she has come and I’m Blessed to have her as a friend and member of CFU! Keep it up, Becker!
I started Crossfit in Feb 2012. I was out of shape, overweight, had never lifted weights, and had never stayed with an exercise program for more than a few months at a time.
I had always thought Crossfit was for young, strong people. When my daughter (Shara) called and asked if I wanted to try it with her, I was more than a little leary. I had never lifted weights, climbed a rope, or heaven forbid do a handstand! The day I walked through those doors was the best thing I had ever done for my health and fitness!
In Jan 2013 I did my first nutrition challenge. I lost both weight and inches. And it wasn’t just that – I was stronger and felt GOOD!! Within 6 months I was able to stop taking my high blood pressure medicine!
I remember the first time I ran 100 m without stopping, and as always, I had my CrossFit family cheering me on. I have gained more self confidence and have started stepping out of my comfort zone.
I ran my first 5K in 2012, and have recently PR’d my back squat, clean and jerk, and push press. I go to the box as often as I can, and I’m not afraid to try anything new! I am better than yesterday and plan to continue on this journey with my CFU family!
I first met Stacey through Trinity where her children attended, as I was their PE teacher; I believe Nathan was in my first Kindergarten class there! Boy how time flies! We only did a little bit of communicating at school events, but I was glad she signed up for my boot camp class at the school. Stacey has been one of my biggest supporters since day 1 and has come a mighty fine way from swinging just 20# KB’s and throwing around an 8# medicine ball! Stacey Bates is a Beast and I’m glad she’s a part of the CFU family and my friend! Great job, Stac!
My fitness journey began as a result of peer pressure from a group of Trinity Lutheran School ‘moms’ in 2011 who wanted me to join them in a 3 day a week 5:30 am “Boot Camp”. We giggled, grunted, screamed, and sweated our way to feeling healthier….I was hooked!
I am a 44.5 year old married to Dean and mother of a Nathan 14 and Deanna 17, who all keep me running with their activities.
I enjoy riding and competing in Dressage (Google it) and am active instructing and leading a great group of young riders in the United States Pony Club competing locally, regionally and nationally.
Oh, and I work full time at our Veterinary Clinic in Holts Summit.
I have enjoyed watching Coach Debbie grow that small group of gals into what is now the thriving community of CrossFit Unstoppable.
(Though I played devil’s advocate during each of her growth spurts, she always followed her dreams and I truly admire her for her commitment to serving and helping others).
* CrossFit has shown me that my body and brain are capable of more than I ever imagined; from Mud Runs, CF Competitions and tough WODs to lifting heavy things at work, handling the stresses of daily life better and improved health!
* CrossFit has given me an amazing family of friends all on this crazy fitness journey and I feel so blessed to get to know each of you and celebrate with you! There is so much ugly and negative crud in the world today and I LOVE the refreshing positivity of life at the box with people I might not have ever known otherwise.
* Biggest challenges: BurPees, TGUs, Pull Ups, DUs
* Favorite challenges: Barbell, KBs!
* Keep on being amazing everyone, let’s see what’s next!
This week’s transformation is my sister-in-law, Michelle! I am so proud of her and how far she has come in the last two years…when I first asked her and my brother to come to CFU, they were a little hesitant (as she explains below)…I remember doing their CF101 while one of the other classes was going on and was just saying a prayer to myself that they would take to it. So happy that Michelle was brave enough to show up for that first WOD and grateful for all of the support that all of the athletes gave her and continue to give her. She has amazing strength and it’s such a joy to hear her talk about how she will go out running with her daughter, Natalie! Michelle’s attitude and smile are contagious and CFU is lucky to have her! Keep it up, Michelle…You’re definitely Better Than Yesterday!!
Here’s her story…
I started Crossfit in December 2012; I received a text from Coach Debbie, aka my sister-in-law. She was offering me a chance to try out Crossfit and wanted to schedule my Crossfit 101. She had been doing Crossfit for a little over a year and I thought to myself, I am not cut out for that. She was a PE teacher, a college athlete and me, I was cardio queen who loved to use the elliptical and then would walk around the weight machines attempting to get a workout in really not sure what I needed to do and not making any progress. I was still overweight, unhealthy and unfit. I was not cut out for Crossfit.
So I rounded up some courage and I showed up for my Crossfit 101, scared and nervous of what I had gotten myself into. I survived the 101, but now I had to show up for my first WOD. I remember sitting there all day at work a terrified mess and looking at the WOD and trying to figure out the movements and how I could scale them to work with my capabilities. I would watch YouTube videos to learn the movements and I would try to figure out the acronyms, this was testing me in more ways than just physically. Crossfit is so much more than a workout; it also pushes you both mentally and emotionally.
What I did notice my first WOD and every WOD since is the support the athletes give to one another. Even though I was the overweight newbie who was trying to blend into the corner, they introduced themselves to me, cheered for me as I was the last to finish, and did burpees with me as I tried to complete the WOD. This was definitely different then my global gym, this was a family where everyone is in different fitness levels but supporting each other. I have met so many wonderful people whom I may have never crossed paths, but I consider them all my friends.
In January 2013, I started my first Nutrition Challenge. It was during this challenge I learned the Paleo Clean-Eating approach and was able to start losing the weight. I had a wonderful support group with wonderful team members and all the other athletes participating in the challenge. With the challenge and along with continuing the Paleo Clean-Eating approach, I was able to lose over 50 pounds and maintain it. Of course, it is not easy. In order to keep it off, I sign up for every challenge available because it is so easy to fall off the wagon and start down the path of destruction. I love that CFU always is giving me options to try to make me better.
Crossfit pushes me to try things I never thought I could do. I did my first 5K in March 2013 along with some of the other CFU members. I still remember Debbie yelling at me to “Sprint” to the finish line. Then a year later in April 2014, I ran the Go St. Louis Half Marathon. I am now more fit and strong in my 40s then I had ever been. I am still amazed by what I have accomplished with the help of Coach Debbie and the support of all the CFU members. For the first time in my life I feel like an athlete. My journey does not stop here. I still have so much more I want to accomplish, I am still working on being “Better than Yesterday”.
A couple of weeks ago Tom celebrated his one-year anniversary at CFU; as of last Thursday, Tom has lost 40# and has gained so much confidence since beginning his journey. Tom has always had the “I’ll try” attitude and never gives anything but his best. What I love most about having Tom at CFU is his infectious attitude and smile…especially when he crushes a WOD and in one instance a poor ol barbell –remember that one?? As Tom says below, his journey is not over yet and I can’t wait to see where the next year takes him! Keep doing great things, Tom!!
When Coach asked me to write this “Tuesday Transformation”, my initial thought was to ask her to wait until a year from now, then I’ll really be “transformed”. But, I guess there’s no better time than now. A lot of things have come together for me and Crossfit Unstoppable is helping me succeed in an area, fitness, that I had utterly failed at before.
I remember going to see my doctor because my heart was racing at night. I didn’t like that feeling very much. The stress was stressing me out. I went to the doctor and he gave me a bunch of pills. They helped with the symptoms. At one of my appointments, I snuck a peak at my medical file. It said something like, “the patient is morbidly obese and unmotivated”. Ouch. That was pretty shocking. I’ve never told anyone that, it bothered me so much. I lost weight, gained it back, and went back and forth about what to do and how to do it. I had high blood pressure, a high heart rate, and was close to being diabetic (it runs in the family and my diet wasn’t helping). I remember having a hopeless feeling about it all. What could I do?
One of the principles I’ve found in my life is that you can really only accomplish one big thing at a time. You can tackle a lot of little things (tasks), but if you want to succeed at a big challenge in your life, you need to Focus (with a capital F). I’ve done a few big things since I ‘discovered’ this like quit smoking and getting rid of my debt. But there was a big challenge out there that I really wanted to take on, my health. In the past, I had gone to the gym, used the elliptical for about a year and not accomplished very much in the process. My family had moved and that motivation had been lost.
At some point after our move, I had heard about Crossfit. I googled it and found Crossfit Unstoppable. And as an Internet Introvert, I lurked on the website and read about the happenings for a good long while until the time was right, then emailed Debbie and showed up for the Saturday foundations class where Andi (who’s awesome BTW) showed me and another interested newbie the ropes. Then I had to work…hard.
Now I spend the same hour that I used to spend on the elliptical at the gym, but the payoff is so much greater. I am poor at choosing what to do, how much of it to do and having the motivation to get it done. Coach makes those decisions and I just have to decide whether and how often to show up.
I want to thank all of you who show up and go through the work outs. You aren’t doing it for me, but you are doing it with me. I appreciate the kind words, the high fives, and the fist bumps. You push me to be better than yesterday.
Congrats Brent on your one-year CFU Anniversary yesterday! When I look at you and all of the other members who have been with CFU for that amount of time and then some, I see dedicated and special people. Like Brent states below, I met his wife, Shelly in college(volleyball and sorority ) and I’m glad she “drug” Scriv in for the BOGO special we had that month!
Scriv says he’s lost a few pounds, I happen to know it’s more than a few…but the most important thing is HIS Transformation and how he feels about himself. When going through a transformation it is good to see the outward changes, but it’s even BETTER to feel the inner changes!
Thank you Scriv for your humor and friendship at CFU! You are a Blessing!
I will start this out by stating my belief that there is no before and after as we all see advertised everywhere in the weight loss and fitness industry. Everything we do in our lives is during our life and sometimes we find ourselves in some state of being junk. I could map all the things I was and wasn’t doing to take care of myself, but suffice it to say in 2013, my physical and mental self was beat up and beat down at the same time.
My wife played college volleyball with Debbie and she, Shelly, was the one that actually started the CrossFit conversation and had been talking with Debbie. In my typical way, I started to do research and was one that thought these people are out of my league, but I also was determined that something needed to change. Shelly and I showed up on December 1, 2013. Unfortunately for her, those old volleyball knees didn’t cooperate, but I’m confident she will bring that store bought knee to the box someday.
I remember the first day being a little nervous and couldn’t figure out why I was nervous, but I settled in quickly. Here is where I could go on about the CFU community, but you’ve heard all that, but it is true. The reality of why I’ve stuck with CrossFit for a year is because I was mad. I was mad that I was in the shape I was in; I was not 25 years old, strong and fit. I remember those first WODs where I was in pain, half nauseous and foaming at the mouth, but knowing that I was getting better. And this is what I love about CrossFit; seeing those PRs from myself and others.
I could go on about Kool-Aid and all the CrossFit perceptions that get posted on Facebook, yes; I have fallen into most of those categories. What sets this experience apart during my life is that my perception of myself is changed. Although I don’t always do the things perfectly outside of the box that I should be doing, I feel that what I do is on my terms. My perception of life is different and I’m enjoying it more.
As most of you know, I sign the board as Scriv, my alter ego, or perhaps just a nickname. As for transformations, I have enjoyed getting to know the people at the box and have enjoyed seeing how people have gotten to know me. Yes, I know I’m a smart aleck and yes, I know I can seem intense sometimes, but I really just like to laugh and be funny, even if I’m the only one that thinks I’m funny. Part of this experience is not taking life too seriously because no one gets out alive, we might as well enjoy the ride.
My family is the main reason for needing to be stronger and fit. My daughter is 10 and as I’ve mentioned to a few people and on the CFU Members site, I will turn 50 next year. I’ve set goals for myself to get even better and although the goals have timelines, it’s all during and I will continue to look further ahead. This piece is supposed to be about transformation…yes, I’ve lost a few pounds, but mostly I’m better and stronger and that is what feels so great, but my transformation is ongoing and is as much mental and spiritual as it is physical, but the latter breeds the former.
One last note and you can quote me or steal it for your own, “This S*** Works.”
Today’s Transformation Tuesday is my Aunt Katie and she’s the reason we have the Master’s class at CFU. Aunt Katie contacted me in December of 2012 asking if I did personal training or individual stuff because she didn’t think she could do the CrAzY stuff that I did…I said sure, let’s start with 2 days a week and go from there. We worked around her schedule and she faithfully came to her sessions and even came to the regular Christmas Eve class that year and did a partner WOD with the other Crazies! Come January of 2013, I got another inquiry from another gal and decided to put her and Katie together for their sessions and in February of 2013, the CFU Masters Class was born! So Thank You Aunt Katie for making that phone call, faithfully coming to your sessions and giving me the “Masters idea” hehe!
Katie explains a bit of what she can now do at her age…Remember folks, age IS really just a number! Katie is a true testimony of that in what she has been through. I am Blessed to call her Aunt and a CFU Member!
Next month will be my 2 year CrossFit anniversary. My goal when I started was to increase my strength and mobility. I’m not muscle bound but I am a lot stronger. I can now get up from the floor without crawling to something and pulling up. Doing yard work does not leave me sore and stiff like it has in the past. The added strength has helped me take care of my husband, who is in a wheel chair. I like that the workouts are all planned for me and each workout is different. When I go to the box I never know what I will be doing. It could be swinging sledgehammers, flipping tires, CrossFit cards, a little weight lifting or whatever Coach has up her sleeve for me that day. Before CrossFit my main exercising was walking on the treadmill so this new way of working out was very challenging and a little scary. I soon found out I love it! It is still very challenging but I look forward to working out with my CFU friends. I wish I would have started this program before the age of 67! Soon to be 69. I am proud of my accomplishments in the CrossFit Masters class. CrossFit is really for everyone even us seniors. Thanks Coach Debbie Rosslan for all your help and encouragement.
Transformation Tuesday – Garrett Brice
Garrett Brice is being featured as our Transformation Tuesday Athlete! Garrett is 14 yrs old and is the son of Shawn Brice…I met Garrett about two years ago when Shawn asked if he could participate in the kids program; sure he can. The rest is history, like what is stated below, Garrett has gained so much confidence in his abilities and I can tell that he has improved his movement quality since 2 yrs ago. Garrett has even started opening up with me with his smile and chuckle when I refer to myself as being crazy…wonder where he gets that from! 😉
Shawn and Michelle, you have a fine, strong young man to be proud of and I know the rest of his CFU family is proud of him too! Congrats on your Transformation, Garrett!!
Garrett started Crossfit about 2 years ago in the Crossfit youth program and has developed a love of working out, especially if he has a chance to workout right next to dad, minus the pink tutu. Garrett is autistic and has struggles with social interaction and anxiety. He does not feel comfortable with people he does not know or do things in front of people that he is not familiar with, so I was not sure that he would try crossfit at all. However, he has a great friend in Mitchell Rosslan and wanted to try it with his friend. I don’t think Garrett had any idea of what he could do or how strong he was, like many new Crossfit athletes. He always gives it his best effort, but he also has realized that stretching, eating and hydrating really do make a difference when working out (after feeling the effects of working out on an empty stomach). The Crossfit Unstoppable athletes have been great in helping Garrett gain more self confidence and being more comfortable with the unknown. Crossfit is a great way to test your ability to adapt to things that you might not have tried or done before as the workouts are always different and knowing how far you can take yourself through a workout is not always known till the end. Those things along with the great Crossfit family have enabled Garrett to thrive in a setting that he is comfortable and relaxed in now. Even if Garrett isn’t going to say a word to people, it never stops anyone from saying hello to him and asking him how he is doing. It may not seem like that much to anyone else, but it means a lot to him, myself and his mom.
Garrett is now participating in the regular WOD’s on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday’s, he puts in extra lifting work on Saturday’s after the regular WOD and overall has seen lots of improvements in his strength and his form, especially keeping his back straight on lifts and squats, also getting low. Ya, coach he gets that from his dad 🙂 He has also seen improvement in his running technique- head is up and steady rather than bobbing up and down, thanks Jen! His mom says that he is more likely to help out at home with tasks that require strength (that his mom can’t do on her own)! Since starting CF, he doesn’t seek out proprioceptive input for his joints, which he has always done since an early age (due to sensory dysfunction), he’s now getting what his body needs from CF, his PE teacher also noticed how good his push-ups were.
Some first for Garrett since joining Crossfit, were he recently competed in competition even though he was nervous about all the people there watching him. Without Crossfit and the people that he knows, I am not sure that I could have imagined him doing a workout in front of that big of a crowd and that many people that he did not know. Words can’t describe what he overcame to do what he did! Another first was taking Garrett to a public swimming pool at the Crossfit party, he had so much fun that evening. It was his first experience in doing that and the waterslide. After it was over I asked him if he wanted to come back and he said if Crossfit is there, then yes! Finally we were both thrown into a team on scavenger hunt at one of the many parties that we have at Crossfit, again Garrett got out of his comfort zone and had a blast, I think there are pictures to prove it lol. Thanks to Crossfit Garrett has come a long way in gaining self confidence in himself, more social interaction, and learning a healthy lifestyle. it isn’t always about your one rep max or your time, sometimes a PR can be overcoming your fears.
What a Blessing this lady has been to me! So very thankful that she showed up at my house back in the day and then kept coming back! Edith is the perfect example of one who never gives up and shows that if you set your mindset right, you can accomplish great things!
Edith is my Hero and I’m sure she is a hero to many others as well! Keep doing amazing things, Edith! 🙂
May 2011 I was a two year breast cancer survivor. I went to a 6 month check-up with my Oncologist and frankly I left there scared. Even though I had been going to the Y faithfully for 8 years I was headed the wrong direction. All my numbers were up – weight, blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol. I realize now I was on auto-pilot at the Y. I did the same thing every day and every week. Really the only thing I was accomplishing was rising early and going. At the time my granddaughter was playing on a club volleyball team that was coached by Debbie. Kim suggested I call Debbie about helping me as a personal trainer. As they say the rest is history. I look back at the notebook from that session and laugh. I couldn’t work out with a 15# dumbbell so I purchased 3# wrist weights and used the 10# weight. I thought I was going to die that first night when I left. I was barely able to walk up the steps and drive home. Debbie probably wondered if I would be back!
I am amazed by what I have accomplished with the help of Debbie and CFU. Yes l lost weight and inches but the strength and confidence I have gained mean so much more. For the first time in my life I feel like an athlete.
I consider CFU and its members to be my family. I love how you have all taken my brother Keith in as your own. CFU is not just a gym, you are not just a member, we are family and we genuinely care about each other. We respect each other’s goals and abilities and we are here to support and encourage.
It has been quite a journey! Personal trainer, boot camp babes, mini-box, little box and mega box. I thank God I had the courage to call Debbie. I believe God scared me just enough to motivate me. Thank you Coach for all you have done and continue to do for me. I am excited to see what the future holds for CFU!!
Every person who walks through CFU’s doors has a general goal in mind, most of the time it’s to lose pounds and inches. Some just want to remain fit for daily activities and others want to get stronger.
There have been many transformations I’ve seen and my brother-in-law’s is probably the BIGGEST…you see, with transformations such as these, a person not only changes on the outside (what the every day person sees), he/she changes on the inside.
Three years ago I was the crazy sister-in-law who opened up a CrossFit gym…Fred’s wife Sarah was a part of my boot camps and eventually followed me with the CF venture and I believe her and my coaxing Fred into trying CF was what got him through the door.
Fred has changed on the inside and out and has definitely made a positive change for the better. His positive attitude with the athletes transfers to their positivity and that’s what transformation is all about…doing something good for yourself in order to do something better for someone else!
Keep doing great things, Fred…I know you’re not finished yet!
I began my CrossFit journey on May 12, 2012 after being invited by Coach to “give it a try”.
Well at the time I was one cheeseburger away from a heart attack, and I decided the kids may need a dad to be around. So after getting my rear kicked and losing badly to a peppy blonde, a gal & guy older than me, I decided I like this crap.
Now two years later, 131 pounds less and a lot of inches gone, I feel much better. I like it so much I got certified to be a CF Trainer.
Each one of us is put here to make our lives better; take the jump, be awesome…you may surprise yourself. ~Fred Rosslan
A journey began for me on November 2, 2012 when contact and a relationship began to form with my sister, Debbie Schlup Rosslan. After several conversations with Debbie the first part of November, I had “mistyped” a text to her saying “who knows maybe I can come try CrossFit one day”; I meant for the text to say “maybe I can come watch you do CrossFit” because I had no idea what it was. But God knew what he was doing when he led my fingers to type what I did and also Debbie’s response with the invite to CFU 101 class. I was a very shy and quiet individual and many friends and family could attest to this.
I had never exercised and weighed approximately 243 lbs in November. I thought long and hard and discussed more about the invite with my husband and Debbie as I was scared to death. Walking through CFU doors in early November, I was never so scared of anything in my life. I went way out of my comfort zone. But, I can tell you by the end of week 2, I was so proud of my accomplishments and was determined from there to carry on. With being my mom’s main caregiver and her health deteriorating fast and passing late November, I was only able to attend one regular CFU class in November. I had spent hours with my mom daily for the months of October/November 2012. After mom passing away, I decided it would be best for me to attend another CFU 101 class to refresh everything I had learned because it had been several weeks since I had last attended. So to December CFU 101 class I went. Having CFU to fill some of that void I was feeling was purely a blessing from God. I was still scared but knew I could do this and the feeling of accomplishment was overwhelming. I could tell my confidence level had increased. I worked harder each time I went to a CFU class and could start seeing and believing in myself a little more each time I went. I wasn’t the best but I knew I was better than I was in November. In December, I had heard a nutrition challenge was coming in January for 60 days. I read up on some of the Paleo facts and began to slowly prepare myself in December for this January challenge so it wasn’t such a shock to my body. In January, I weighed in at 233 lbs for the start of the challenge. I was a determined individual to stay on track with food and WOD as much as possible during the 60 days to do the best that I could be. My hard work with Woding, no cheats throughout the challenge and determination paid off at the end of the challenge by losing 24 pounds and 21 ¼ inches. To be honest, the food part wasn’t nearly as hard as I expected. Once you learn to replace your cravings with a healthy substitute, it becomes natural and a way of life. After the challenge, I have continued on with Paleo about 80 percent and it seems to be working. I currently weigh in at 180 lbs but do not have the exact inches lost. I am down 4 pant sizes and 3 shirt sizes. So why am I sharing all of this with you, because you can do the same thing! As I said, I never exercised before and I loved food. You learn to pace yourself and do what you can do and push yourself each time you show up. With the food side of this journey, you slowly replace your cravings with healthy choices and start making it a life style. Don’t let the food overtake your life! I won’t make some bogus story up as to why I started this journey. I give all the praise and glory to God for Debbie and I being able to form a relationship and her invite to CFU. I knew I needed to make changes in my life because of the health conditions from both of my parents and in the process I have gained a relationship with my sister, filled the void of losing my mother and gained a whole new family with the CFU athletes which I am forever thankful. I quickly drank the kool-aid and now have a major addiction to CrossFit (ask anyone at CFU)! I didn’t do this alone because there is an amazing owner, trainers and athletes that help you with each step you take. You just have to make the first move by walking through the doors. Some of the encouraging words you will hear; you are doing better than the ones sitting on the couch, you are better than yesterday, count to 3 and get back after it, get as many reps as possible, keep moving- you got this, nothing is easy in CrossFit, awesome job, high fives and knuckles… I could go on and on from the encouragement you get from CFU. CrossFit is for anyone as there are modifications to movements and scales for the WODs available. I always joke and say really, if I can do this anyone can. If you are looking for a place as I have described, look no further than CFU. I promise the blessings you gain from walking through the doors will outweigh the fear and pain. I’m still working on my shyness and goals I have set for myself but I know I will get to where I want to be because I’m determined. My picture profile shows what I looked like in November 2012 and as of July 2013. I have lost 63 lbs. You want to join the fun (yes, it’s fun), improve your life, lose weight and be more active, contact Debbie Schlup Rosslan.
I’ve known Mike since 2009 when our daughters played volleyball together so I’ve personally seen his transformation from way back when. Mike’s transformation has been quite remarkable and I’m so happy that he went through that first “Tomata/Kabata” back in 2011! Mike has been an inspiration to many who have stepped through CFU’s doors…always has a smile and contagious attitude. I am Blessed to call him Friend and I’m sure many more CFU athletes feel the same! Thanks for sharing your story, IronMike! 🙂
In 2008 when I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I was the average overweight 46-year-old with high everything—cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure—you name it. I was a walking time bomb. I had started a new job and was working an average of 14 hours a day, 6 days a week and most Sundays. Even though I worked from home, I often did not eat breakfast or lunch and then scarfed down supper late at night. I worked in a 10 foot by 12 foot room in my basement and averaged only 730 steps per day! After three years of this, I had gained 30 to 40 pounds, and I was already overweight when I started! I finally woke up one morning and asked myself, “Is this it?! Is this what life is supposed to be like?” I was sick and tired and most of all, I was sick and tired of being sick and tired! This is when I decided that no one could fix this for me but me. I had to do this for myself.
In 2011 with the support of my wife, daughters and really good friends, I enrolled in a medically supervised weight loss treatment program. After 12 weeks of drinking weight loss shakes and eating very little regular food, I lost 70 pounds and was no longer taking most of my medications for diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. But I had to find a way to keep the weight off and gain my muscle back.
My journey to Crossfit started January 2, 2012. I remember this date as I was the only man in the 101 class, and I thought to myself, “Is this for men? Should I be here?” Not knowing what was in store for me next, I completed my first workout and found myself lying on the floor trying to breathe and thinking, “What did I just do? Tomota? Kabata?” But it didn’t matter because I survived! The next day there wasn’t any part of my body that did not hurt. Why would someone put themselves through this madness, and why would they keep coming back for more?
This is the only way I can explain it. Sweat, fear, nerves, more sweat, feeling of belonging, new friends, high five’s, knuckles, giving and receiving encouragement, making and breaking bench marks, trying new things, making the impossible possible. I am thankful that I sent the text to Jen Z asking for the Coach’s number for the “Workout Place” which came to be Crossfit Unstoppable. It is a place that I plan to continue to show up at every morning at 5 am Monday through Friday because I’ve found a new addiction, something that both takes everything from me – physically, emotionally and mentally – and then gives me back even more than I had before. I’m hooked, and now all I want to do is keep getting better at it. I have learned a lot about my mental toughness, mental weakness and how truly out of shape I was and still am in some respects. My goals are different from some who do Crossfit. I want to stay mentally strong as well as physically mobile. I am 52 years old on the outside, but I am 25 years old in my heart! Thanks to Crossfit, I feel better now than I did at age 25, and I am finished getting older–I am just maturing! I love my CF family!!!
Well, today’s my anniversary…my “fitness journey” anniversary. Four years ago, I decided I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I had made the decision to start my own health/nutrition challenge through Body for Life after several years of feeling like a slug…eating the wrong things, not being active, sitting in a CHAIR while telling my PE kids what to do! Enough of that I said…so I embarked on what was a life-changing moment. I found an app called “Lose It” and started putting every single calorie into that app. I set a goal of losing at least 15# during that 12-wk challenge…Four years ago I weighed 223 pounds and I was a depressed and lazy soul. I knew I could make it happen because I had succeeded before with this nutrition/workout plan. I lifted weights (in sets and reps) 3 days a week and did 20 minutes of cardio 3 days a week. I was determined…I took pictures, weighed and measured myself every four weeks…After the first 4 weeks I think I lost 5#; it was something (and Christmas was in there so I had a free day) and I knew that if I stayed the course I would succeed. I plugged along continuing to enter my food/drink in the app, stayed motivated through an online forum (some amazing friendships were made through that!), and began to see some changes. My first challenge ended in March of 2010 and I lost 18# and about 10 inches. Took the pics again and they definitely do not lie. Friends and co-workers saw the change and encouraged me to keep going.
Enter Challenge 2…this is when I got the courage to enter my first 5K…May 1st, 2010 I ran my first one in 38:42. My goal was to run the whole way without stopping and to FINISH! I did finish and I got a 2nd place medal (ya, there weren’t very many people entered in my age group, but still, I was Ecstatic!) This started an at least twice a month 5K venture and the extra cardio helped me lose even more weight during the second challenge. During the second challenge, with my good eating habits, lifting heavier weights and doing more cardio, I finally got below the 200# mark; made it to 182# as I lost 23# during that time. Holy cow, the responses I got! I was on a roll!
I was starting to lose my focus with the same old routine of lift for an hour one day, run the next, lift for an hour the next and so on…I half-heartedly began my 3rd challenge and was 3 weeks into the challenge when I saw my friend post something about this “new” thing called CrossFit…she was going to take a Fundamentals class in her hometown. I was intrigued so I googled it and immediately saw that there was a CrossFit Kids program…that’s what attracted me to CF at the beginning. I wanted to incorporate CF into my PE program. I didn’t understand ANY of what was posted on the mainsite, what the heck was a WOD anyways and they did WHAT??? I told my friend she was crazy but brave for trying it. She made it through the class and would tell me what they did and she challenged me to do some crazy workout…so I went to my basement (home of the original Mid-MO Fitness), and did the workout…It was “only” about 8 minutes but it kicked my @$$! And she just laughed at me! This got me hooked…I started making up my own workouts and along with continuing with my running got caught up in the CrossFit craze. A box opened up in Columbia and I went to classes 2-3 times per week depending on my coaching schedule. I was hooked and was making up crazy stuff at home! Imagine that! After the last 12 weeks of another challenge, I lost another 17#, but went from a body fat % of 23% to 15% and that was because I started eliminating grains from my diet…It was crazy! I weighed 165# and people thought I only weighed 130!
So the CrossFit bug got me…I visited my friend in January of 2011 and we had this wild notion of getting CrossFit Level 1 certified; she wanted to become a trainer, I just wanted to have it so I could do the stuff “legally” at my school. In March of 2011 I became Level 1 certified and was on top of the world…and then came up with the Mid-MO Fitness business plan…run a couple of boot camps to help out the moms at the school. We didn’t do any weights other than the 10/15# kettlebells and body weight movements. We met at 5:30am or 4:45pm 2-3 days a week and that’s when my desire to help people really took shape. I conducted a seminar for nutrition/workouts and then things started rolling after that. I traveled to Tennessee in the Fall of 2011 and got inspired to apply for affiliation through CrossFit…3 weeks later I got confirmation that CrossFit Unstoppable was then one of the 6,000 affiliates worldwide. This was a scary time because at the time I was a wife, mom, full time teacher and was still coaching. How in the heck was I going to make a CF gym work?
The verse “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil 4:13 has kept me going this whole time. I have always believed that if I did the right things for the right reasons, then all will turn out the right way. So four years later and 3 boxes later, I can honestly say that I am the happiest I have ever been. I have been able to help hundreds of people ages 4-76 and the ripple effect from this amazes me! Give More, Get More…I hope that you all are the happiest you have been in a long time because of your experience with CrossFit Unstoppable…words cannot describe the emotions I have for you guys and gals…YOU keep me going and for that I thank you for making my day every day!
Hopefully you didn’t fall asleep during this little spiel, just wanted to share a special day with you! And know that WHEREVER you are in your fitness journey, you CAN DO IT!! Dedication, Discipline and Determination will get you through!
Talk about a determined lady, Lanette is definitely that…Tell her to do something and her response is, “I’ll try.” I knew Lanette via church and teaching her kids at Trinity and here and there I would hint, “Gotta come check CrossFit out…” Glad I finally got that phone call from her telling me that she needed to get started!
Lanette is a go-getter, always wanting to do the extra work (runs blvd loops on her own 😉 ) and encourages others to do the same. I’ve seen great changes in her these last 14 months and I look forward to seeing what she does in the next 14! Did you ever think that you would be doing handstands 14 months ago?? 😉 Great Job, Gooch! 🙂
I started CrossFit in August of 2013. I was driving down Missouri Boulevard, contemplating how awful it was going to be to shop for a pair of shorts and a swimsuit for an upcoming vacation when I passed the CrossFit sign. I picked up the phone and called a friend who I knew had Coach Debbie’s number. Before I could change my mind again, I dialed her up. I had no idea what I was going to say to her, so I just started talking. I said, “Hi, it’s Lanette. I don’t know how to say this, but I can’t do this anymore. I need a change.” She promised to help, and she’s a woman of her word.
I used to do aerobics in the mid-1990’s. This was before I finished school; before I got married; definitely before having kids, a career and being appointed to the various Boards and volunteer committees that find me even in my sleep. Aerobics. Cardio. I could do this. How hard could it be? I also remember dieting back in the mid-1990’s. I laugh now when I think about how easy it was in my 20’s to lose five pounds here and there; usually by just skipping breakfast and lunch and limiting my daily meals to a light dinner. CrossFit, I thought. I can do this.
Everything I knew was wrong. As the date of my first CrossFit class approached, I grew excited. I geared up mentally. I ate all of my favorite foods to taste them “one last time” before I started to exercise again after fifteen years. I skipped breakfast and lunch the day of my first class…you know, so my stomach wouldn’t cramp during the workout. I made it through the warm-up, and exactly two minutes of the first WOD before I sat down, light headed and tried to breathe. It was hard. But, what I remember most isn’t how I felt when I didn’t finish. What I remember most is how great it felt just to “get started”. I still have that feeling, even now, fourteen (14) months later. As soon as the clock starts, I think, “this is better than sitting on the couch wishing I was taking better care of myself”. I still scale the workouts. I still have pounds to lose, muscle to gain, and a mind to overcome. I still have so much to learn about nutrition (I hold a strong personal belief that chocolate chips should be a food group). But – I feel better. You will to. And, your friends here at CrossFit Unstoppable will be right there beside you to make sure you give it your best.
An old camp song I learned as a kid starts out, “It only takes a spark to get a fire going…” There’s a lot of truth to that. The Rosslan family, all of the trainers, and all of the positive, funny, driven, supportive members of Unstoppable are a blessing to me and my family. I have a long way to go. But I think I’ve made some progress too. I’ve lost forty (40) pounds since August of 2013. Pick up the phone or just show up. You are worth it. See You at the Box!