My name is Jaime and I’m a carboholic. Seriously my whole life I have struggled with diet, exercise, and an unhealthy relationship with food. I’ve never been obese, but the last few years (like the past 10) I’ve carried around a little too much weight. I am 41 and a nursing student and decided that I needed to "walk the walk" in order to be a good example to my patients.
I have always been active; I played girls softball in elementary school, was on the track and field team (albeit the field portion) all through high school, was an Army reservist and worked at gym in my twenties, and started to run half marathons in my thirties. I don’t think I ever really pushed myself though; I think I did what I had to to get by. Can we say sand bag. Maybe because of that, I don’t know, I never liked my body. Sad, I know.
Right before I walked through the door of CrossFit Live Loud I was nervous due to it being my first time stepping foot into what they called a box. I knew what Crossfit athletes looked liked and I was’t it. What would people think? That day turned to we more that what I was excepting! I had excellent coaching with scaled movements based on my ability and I hustled like I never did before. Honestly, I don’t think twice about what everyone was thinking, I was too busy trying not to die! All joking aside, the coaches are great a would’t let you die, but I do pay them to kick my butt. In the middle of “burpees for 5 minutes” I might hate the box and everyone in it, but once I’m finished I feel proud of my efforts and can’t wait to see the next day’s WOD. There is such camaraderie, everyone roots for each other, even being last is alright because you get the most cheers!
I have cleaned up my eating by fueling my body not my emotions, and have consistently been showing up to the box for three months. I can definitely see improvements. While I am still a work in progress, as to date I have lost 17 pounds, gone down two sizes, and have lost about 5% of pure fat. I can’t thank everyone at Crossfit Live Loud enough for believing in me! I guess I’ve “drank the koolaid!” Wink, wink.