Megan Tracey

The beauty of recovery is that everyone’s journey is their own”

My story started out as an innocent desire to lose the weight I had gained from living off of beer and taco bell throughout college. A simple diet turned into an intense, self-loathing, mental battle that would consume my life for the next two years.

In the depths of my eating disorder I was a mere 93 pounds, jumping from one cardio machine to another and lifting eight pound dumbbells. Assuring myself I was eating an adequate amount to fuel my body, it is clear to me now that inside I was starving.

For a while I was in denial.  I convinced myself I was living a healthy lifestyle and others were simply jealous of my discipline. I made sure to consume what little calories I did eat in front of family and friends to assure them I was not sick. However, behind closed doors I would expend all those calories and more in order to assure I was in a caloric deficit each and every day.

Life with an eating disorder, if you can call it life, was miserable. I distanced myself from others in fear that spending time with them would lead to gaining weight. I spent hours upon hours at the gym and the rest of my time counting calories and meticulously watching my every bite. As a health-care professional I knew what I was doing was not healthy but I felt powerless, the eating disorder had become a part of me, I felt as though I couldn’t help but live that way. Friends and family confronted me with worry but I was fine, or at least that’s what I told them. My heart rate was constantly in the low 40’s, my hair became brittle and started to fall out, I was sluggish and depressed. My family watched in horror and disbelief as I slowly slipped deeper and deeper into a state of depression. The endless begging from my loved ones eventually lead me to accept that I was suffering from a severe mental illness and forced me to seek help. My dad, who was (and still is) my main support system constantly reminded me that in order to get into this eating disorder I had to utilize so much willpower and self discipline that I had to use that same strength and power in order to get out of it. Countless night I wanted to throw in the towel and give up, feeling as if there was no way I would ever come out of this, my only choices were to recover or die. I chose to recover.

April 2015

April 2015

I bounced between different treatment approaches but each attempt seemed futile. Cutting out exercise completely was not something I was willing to do despite recommendations. Changing the type and amount of exercise I was doing however was something I would try. I heard CrossFit Caldwell had opened up earlier in the year but was so set in my exercise routine that it wasn’t until I was truly desperate to recover that I convinced a friend to join me and tried my first class.  The class was 20 minutes of Death by Kettle Bell Swings with 3 burpees on the top of every minute. The name was only fitting when I woke up the following day with soreness I had never experienced before. Running 20 + miles in a day did not prepare me for this type of workout and it was clear that I was doing something wrong.

I instantly fell in love and found myself pushing harder than I ever had before but not to be skinny, in fact, I wanted to be strong. I watched all the members persevere through every grueling work out, everyday getting stronger and faster. With time I accepted the fact that I had to eat more if I wanted to perform better. CrossFit Caldwell had a paleo potluck soon after I joined where I learned about the paleo diet and how to properly fuel my body. To say it was hard would be an understatement. The fear of gaining weight overwhelmed me but my will to perform better as a CrossFit athlete triumphed. CrossFit was the push that I needed to begin recovering. Slowly, I became stronger not only physically but mentally and emotionally.

More than the workouts or the nutrition the best part about CrossFit Caldwell has been the community. CrossFit brought me out of isolation, it opened me up to a community, a support system, a positive environment full of motivation and words of encouragement. All of the coaches at CrossFit Caldwell inspire me in different ways. Martha has showed me that I am not alone; our struggles only make us stronger in the end.  Craig proved to me there is value in rest days. Through Drew I’ve learned that everyday is a gift and should be treated as such. Troy teaches me balance; ice cream once and awhile can actually be a good thing. Tierney, Matt & Frank give me the motivation I need to complete the strenuous, taxing workouts we have all come to love. It is without a doubt in my mind CrossFit Caldwell helped save my life.

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June 2016

My road to recovery has been far from smooth. I still struggle from time to time but it no longer consumes my every thought. I am happier, healthier and stronger than I have ever been before thanks to my wonderful family, friends and especially CrossFit Caldwell who continues to inspire me each and every day.

 

Suzanne Alworth

“Battle for my Life”

By Suzanne Alworth

 

I have been battling my weight for a good 10-15 years. Growing up I never had weight issues, was able to eat what I wanted and burn it off. As I grew older that wasn’t happening anymore and the “battle of the bulge” began. 8 years ago, I developed a heart condition. After 5 angioplasties with 3 stents and 2 ballon procedures, my arteries were clear, but I could not pass a stress test and my weight kept crawling upward.

A little over 2 years ago, Martha was working on opening the box in Caldwell. I had no expectations of joining, but was completely supportive of her venture into self employment. Martha being Martha, she eventually convinced me that I could do Crossfit. I started shortly after Caldwell Crossfit opened, and within a month I was hooked. Not only could I do it, with the help and modifications provided by the coaches, I was finally excited about an exercise regime.

I was going 2-4 times every week, yet I was still not seeing a decrease in the weight. I tried many different diets, weight watchers, Jenny Craig, Atkins, you name I tired it. I would lose 10-25 pounds and then gain back more. I not only was fighting the heart condition, my back became a real issue as well developing a drop foo caused by a herniated disk. (I sound like I am 100, when I started I was 53!)

 

In March of 2015, my husband and I seriously discussed the possibility of weight loss surgery, as I was feeling like I wanted to do so much more with my life and my health was an extremely serious issue. Crossfit had given me the hope that things could get better. We felt that we had so much more to experience and live for, and I HATE to miss out on anything! So the surgery was scheduled for 4/2/15. The first 8 months were extremely difficult and I was not certain I did the right thing.

I can tell you that the crew, coaches and fellow crossfitters, at Caldwell rooted me on every step of the way. When I was on the mend and trying to get back into a routine and exercising again, I received an amazing amount of encouragement. I could not have done it without them, Craig, Martha, Sam, Drew, and my buddy Troy, everyone! Always encouraging me to just show up, they will help me get through.

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One year later, a 4th grader as my husband likes to say. (87 pounds) I feel the best I have in 20 years. I have even passed a cardiac stress test for the first time ever! The Caldwell Crossfit crew is the best! If I had not gotten hooked 2 years ago, I would not have wanted MORE of this feeling good stuff! I feel strong and excited about all the things I can now do. I eat right, proteins and vegetables, mostly. My new goal is to flip the tire without any help from Caesar Mistretta, and I know with the help of the coaches it will happen in no time.

My husband and I just returned from vacation where, between golf and walking around Disney, we walked at least 12-16 miles a day. I could never have done that a few years ago, and I like to think that all those coaches were cheering me on when I was meeting Mickey! Thanks to all the coaches and my peeps at Caldwell Crossfit for giving me this new lease on life and listening to my silly jokes everyday! I love what we have in this community, and I am SO blessed to have them all in my life!

 

 

Lauren Mauterer

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I have always seen myself as a pretty active person.  I smoked cigarettes for years, and in 2009 once I felt it taking a toll on my active lifestyle I quit and threw myself into different fitness routines.  I started with running and wound up running several ½ marathons and 2 mDSC_0011 1arathons in the years to come.  I was also always trying to find the perfect new fitness class for me.  I did spinning, rock climbing, hot yoga, etc… and would be super into each new routine for a few months, before I got bored with it.  If I went to the gym on my own I would go on the elliptical and try to lift some weights, but would be pretty clueless about what I was doing, and intimidated by the other people there. I also never seemed to be seeing the results I wanted.  My weight always seemed to be up and down, and I would always say “I want more tone to my body”, but would never see that happening.

I had heard about Crossfit and had one or two friends that did it in different communities.  I also heard some of the stereotypes and was a bit skeptical and unsure if I would be able to do it.  But when Crossfit Caldwell opened right up the block from me I knew I had to at least try it, partly thinking that I just needed to try it to see what it was about, but didn’t really think it would be the right fit for me.

I walked in the doors during their grand opening celebration two years ago, and I haven’t looked back since.  I immediately felt comfortable and welcomed after talking to Martha, and signed up on the spot.  Once I started taking classes it just felt right. Everyone at the gym was so supportive and the coaches are phenomenal.  They really take the time to make sure you are doing movements correctly and motivating you to do your best.  No matter how many people are in the class you feel like you are getting your own personal training session.  There is a new WOD everyday so the workouts are varied and scala1ble to each individual person, and you don’t get bored as I did with other classes I took.   I found myself waking up every morning, and the first thing I would do was check the WOD for the day.

Within a short period of time at Crossfit Caldwell I started seeing the results that I had been looking for all those years doing other fitness routines. I was finally seeing tone and definition to my body, and I felt stronger.  I was no longer focusing on how much I weighed, but how my body looked, and I was happy with how it looked.  And not just that, but my motivation, confidence and attitude were all boosted.  I didn’t need to try and motivate myself to come to a class at Crossfit Caldwell, I happily walked to Crossfit at least 5 days a week.DSC_0063

On top of how I’ve seen my body and mind change in the past two years, the community at Crossfit Caldwell is not to be beat.  As a single person with no children in their late 30’s, living in a town they didn’t grow up in, it is hard to really get to know people and feel like you fit in.  I finally feel like I am part of a community here.  Everyone at the gym is so welcoming and supportive.  I recently suffered great loss in my personal life, and when I was ready to get back to normal again the first place I went was to work out at Crossfit Caldwell.  Everyone there was so understanding and made me feel so supported. I am so grateful to be a part of this wonderful community.

I will be turning 40 in a couple of years and I feel like I am now the fittest and healthiest I’ve been in my life.  I feel proud of myself for what I have accomplished and I owe that to Crossfit Caldwell.  Thank you!

Mari Milani

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I grew up in a large Italian family, with many traditions that revolved around food, such as Italian pastries on Sundays and Holidays, homemade weekly pasta dinners and of course the staple of all staples: daily, crusty, Italian bread. I never understood why I became sick around the holidays? My grandfather, who was a pharmacist, would prescribe all sorts of remedies. Even at a young age, I knew the names of several medicines. Doctors told my parents that I had a virus, a stomach bug, and then, they said that I had Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). At age 20, I was finally diagnosed with an Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) called Crohn’s Disease (CD). I was never told how to eat; the doctors just prescribed medicine to “treat” my CD. It is no wonder why, at age 33, I obstructed, perforated and almost died of peritonitis. My family rushed me to Saint Barnabas Med Center (SBMC) where a surgeon removed 18” of my small intestine, part of my ileum, and my appendix. I was admitted to SBMC weighing 104 lbs and left topping the scale at 88 lbs. Needless to say, I was very sick! From there, and for the next 2 decades, I was put on antibiotics, IBD medicine, as well as steroids to treat my CD flare-ups.

When CrossFit Caldwell was under construction, my husband, Paul told me about the owners, Martha and Craig. I decided to check out CrossFit Caldwell and within 60 minutes of talking with Martha and Craig, I signed up and bought my first “CFC tank t-shirt”!! Whoohooaa!! After taking a few classes with Martha and Frank, I was hooked. Then came the 45 Day Paleo Challenge – I was probably the first in line. I was determined to set a new goal, eat clean and change my life. I was on my way – looking up and posting new recipes and pictures of my food on the 45 Day Challenge FB page. For the first time in years, I felt amazing!! I felt strong, no canker sores (common with IBD), no cramping and no diarrhea (sorry gotta keep it real). I had more energy than ever before. I didn’t even get tired during that midday, 3-4 pm slump.

When the challenge ended, all hell broke loose. Like before, I incorporated grains back in to my diet. This sent my body on a downhill spiral. I went to my IBD doctor. I was so frustrated!! I started losing weight again. I was afraid that all I built and strived for working with Martha and Craig at CrossFit Caldwell was going to be lost. My doctor put me back on steroids, ran all sorts of tests, including tests for parasites and infections. Test after test, my doctor could not understand why I was having a very serious Crohn’s flare-up. I explained to my doctor that for the past several weeks, I participated in the CrossFit Caldwell “Paleo Challenge”. During this challenge, I eliminated certain foods, like grains, legumes, sugar and dairy. This led my doctor to order blood tests. My doctor wanted to rule out Celiac Disease.

As a result of this blood test, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, besides CD. I told my sister Beth, a Registered Dietitian. First, Beth explained that I had to eliminate grains containing gluten, such as wheat, barley, and rye. Based on my history, Beth also turned me onto the FODMAP’s – an acronym for foods that contain carbohydrate that I may also be sensitive to, such as dairy, and legumes. Beth told me that one of the easiest grains to digest was rice. So slowly, I added rice back into my diet. As soon as I did, I started again with the cramping and diarrhea. Last, Beth suggested I look into the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), which I also noticed on Danielle Walker’s site www.againstallgrains.com, where I was getting most of my recipes for the challenge. Beth explained that beside my Crohns Disease and Celiac Disease, I am allergic to certain proteins found in grains, and I have food sensitivities to many of the FODMAP’s. I became completely grain free. Now, I eat a custom-tailored version of the Paleolithic Diet. If it weren’t for the CrossFit Caldwell and their 45 Day Paleo Challenge, I would never have known that I was allergic to proteins found in whole grains. Now, the real challenge, how to plan, shop, cook, and order food in restaurants, but most of all, how do I turn those wonderful Italian family recipes into wonderful grain free recipes.

I want to thank all the Coaches at CrossFit Caldwell for being so supportive, understanding, encouraging, and loving to me through this discovery. CrossFit has made me a stronger woman – physically, mentally, and emotionally. CrossFit Caldwell has helped me to be a better athlete, to be patient with myself, and to listen to my body. CrossFit has given me new friends, who care and cheer me on when I think I cannot continue. CrossFit Caldwell has helped me appreciate my new healthier self and for that I am truly blessed.

Lance Taylor

Age: 42

Height: 5’7″

Weight: 165

CrossFitting Since: Crossfit Caldwell opened

Attends Class (frequency): 6 days a week

Favorite Quote: If you can conceive it, you can achieve it.

1. How did you hear about Crossfit?

I had seen it on tv.

2. What were your goals when you first entered CrossFit?

My goals when I started CrossFit were to just try it out and see if it was just another exercise thing I would quit doing after a while. Unlike running and going to the gym which  I would stop doing after a few months, CrossFit is very addictive. Know matter how

sore I am the next day I can’t wait to get up and see the “WOD”. “I hate you I hate this place I will see you tomorrow ” this quote says it all how you feel
after a tough workout.

DSC_00103. How has CrossFit differed from other workouts you’ve tried in the past

Unlike all other workout I have tried (strength training in the gym, insanity and just running), CrossFit is always challenging you on something different.

4. What type of results have you seen

My results have really been progressing lately. At first I rarely, if ever, completed a workout Rx’d. Now I’m consistently completely the prescribed workout. I recently got double unders under the tutelage of coach Craig. Finally, my goal since starting CrossFit has been the elusive Muscle up, which I can proudly say I recently accomplished not for 1 but 2 reps. I have been able to maintain my weight which had always been an issue for me. At 42 it feels like I finally have control over my health.

5. How would you describe CrossFit Caldwell?

My experience has been amazing. I’ve met some of the nicest and most welcoming people I’ve ever encountered. The coaching is above and beyond. Everyone, not just the coaches, but the athletes as well, is supportive and encouraging. The coaching is above and beyond you never feel brushed off like you would in a big gym. Personal attention is a big part of development. I am glad my CrossFit experience was thru CFC. Although I haven’t tried all of the gym, I confidently believe it’s the best gym around. Easily the best facility I’ve ever been to.

6. What would you like to accomplish in your next year at CrossFit?

I would just love to continue to learn the movements and become both more proficient and stronger with all of them.

7. Do you follow and specific diet?

Try to watch what I eat. Not always easy.

8. Do you take any supplements?1:26 (4) 

I currently just take protein and several preworkout drinks. “Fabuloso” or “Putt Putt Water” as Craig calls them due to their respective color resemblances.

9. What is your favorite exercise to see come up in a WOD?

My favorite exercise is the Handstand Pushup.

10. Least favorite?

If someone stole the rowers I’d be happy.

11. Anything else?

I am truly grateful for the knowledge all the coaches share and the push they give us. Whenever you don’t think you can add ten pounds and next thing you know you add 20. In closing I am glad I have made friends here that always lend encouragement and competition. My daughter Brittney has grown to share the same love for CrossFit that I have.

Mary Murphy

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by Mary Murphy

My CrossFit journey began in early October. The kids were all settled into their school routine, and I came to the realization that I needed to do something to take back my life. I had stopped taking care of myself both emotionally and physically. I needed to figure out a way to get myself out of the funk I was in. My neighbor suggested that I get back to the gym. She knew that fitness had always been a huge part of my life, and she offered to be my partner in this mission of mine.Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

We agreed that it would be a good idea to try a couple of different gyms together and see what we liked.   Both of us signed up for some trial classes at various gyms, but nothing was really grabbing our attention. It was at this point that I asked her if she had ever tried CrossFit. I explained to her that I was a bit intimidated by it, but CrossFit had been something that had always intrigued me. We figured we had nothing to lose, and decided to give it a shot. I spent a good amount of time researching the local CrossFit Gyms and Caldwell kept catching my eye. It seemed like it could be the place for me. I liked the fact that it seemed super ‘mom’ friendly. They not only offer childcare, but they also offer classes during school hours when it is easier for me to workout.   We registered for the free class and were immediately sold- we both signed up on the spot! There is something very special about this place. You don’t feel like you are at a ‘run of the mill’ class when you are here. Craig, Martha, and their entire team are motivating and sincere. Their knowledge of movement continues to astound me. They push you to work harder, lift heavier, and do one more rep, all with the best and safest form possible. They will adjust your workout on the spot if you are having any issues. The members are awesome too. You feel like you are part of a team when you are here. Everyone is pushing each other to be their best.

IMG_4322The coolest thing about this place?? They offer something called SHRED. It is a kick-ass boot camp that will both wipe you out and make you want to come back for more. It is the perfect balance for me. I can do SHRED a few days a week, plus add some CrossFit classes as well. The beauty of a CrossFit class is that there is always something new that you can be striving for.   Whether its increasing strength, flexibility, or cardiovascular output- a new challenge is presented each and every time.

Every single time I walk through the door into this gym I feel like I am home. My life has been completely transformed. I have gained immeasurable strength both inside and out thanks to my neighbor, the staff, and members of CrossFit Caldwell. Thank you CrossFit Caldwell for helping me to rediscover my passion for fitness!!

 

 

 

Tracy Altemus

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“Leading by example” by Tracy Altemus,

Just last summer, I was purposely hiding from summer clothes – dreading bathing suits, shorts, sleeveless shirts…. Middle age attacked me. My body was changing and my metabolism was slowing down, fast! I just didn’t look and feel like myself.  Sadly, what had formerly kept me fit (yoga, running, various gym memberships) wasn’t working any longer.

 

My husband kept insisting that I look into Crossfit, but I was completely intimidated. It looked so scary, so hard-core, and I would say “I’m just not the lifting type…” or “I don’t want to get big…” My friend finally pushed me to try a class at Caldwell Crossfit. I was surprised at how fun (yes, fun!) the class was. Don’t get me wrong, it was hard, but the encouraging coaching, the non-threatening atmosphere, the loud music, was not at all what I had pictured in my mind. We joined on the spot. I was so relieved to learn how each workout is infinitely scalable to each athlete’s ability – and you are not judged at all if you do need to scale down. Actually, many athletes do need to scale down some part of the workout. It’s all part of the journey to get stronger, to get better, to reach your personal goals, whatever they may be.

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Since joining Caldwell Crossfit in January, I’m truly amazed at the transformation. My overall strength has greatly improved in such a short period of time. I love the varied workouts, the ability to scale, and not get frustrated or feel ashamed to do so. I have also been inspired to change my eating habits and focus more on good nutrition.  I’ve never felt so healthy and nourished. I also cook differently and offer healthier options to my family. I’m happy to say that this summer I embraced my summer clothes again, even dusting off a few bathing suits that I didn’t even dream of wearing last year. Yay!

 

Martha, Craig, Tierney, and the rest of the coaches are so patient and helpful, constantly offering tips and suggestions to help you succeed with a movement or a workout. And the community at Caldwell Crossfit is amazing; such a great group of real, down-to-earth people – a pleasure to sweat, grunt and groan with!

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Most importantly for me, my family notices a difference in me. They see me getter stronger, eating better. I’m indirectly teaching them an important lesson to work hard and take care of yourself.  Through Caldwell Crossfit, I’m part of a community devoted to fitness, health and nutrition — and I plan on being a member for a long time.

 

Betsy Mackin

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“The Orchestra” by Betsy Mackin

Me……. Barbell Club ?????? I don’t think so…..I’m too old…….

First of all, my perception of weightlifting was way off. I thought you had to be very muscular, a man, willing to make strange faces and grunt…a lot….I’m not kidding here! But the biggest myth, I thought weightlifting was pulling as hard as you can on a bar loaded with weight. That could not be further from the truth.

Weightlifting is more like an orchestra, parts of
your body and mind working together to create this amazingly fluid movement.. and we DO get to grunt and make faces if we want!!! Our community is amazing, there is incredible support, cheering for each other, and plenty of laughs along the way.

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In January of this year I took my first Barbell class at Crossfit Caldwell. Secretly I wanted
to learn how to lift heavy weights and become a bit “jacked”, but I would never ever tell anyone
that, it was my little secret. My minds reality was I assumed that I would stick with the light weights “due to my age”. After all, I am 55 and there is only so much I can do… well, once again I was wrong. Our club coach Joe, taught me the basics of each movement, and we practice, practice and practice on our technique while adding weight over time. The feeling I get when hitting a lift correctly is indescribable, it’s empowering both physically and emotionally.

Joe believes in me which in turn allows me to believe in myself. I don’t know many places that you encounter people that become so invested in your abilities. Weightlifting has given me a new respect for my body, I am truly in awe of what it can do. Barbell Club constantly challenges my mind and body..my mind frequently will say “oh no I cant do that”. Then I am reminded by my coach that I absolutely CAN! In every class I am reminded the proper way to lift, I am given everything I need to accomplish each goal given every time I lace up my lifters and I physically feel better than I ever have. There is some kind of perfect release from the world around me when I am at Caldwell Barbell Club, I always walk out feeling better than when I walked in.

Being a mom is the greatest gift I have had in my life, my children are now adults and no longer need me like they used to. I have been terrified of this time in my life, I did not believe that I could be as happy and satisfied as I was when my children were small. But I am happy to report that on some days I feel a little guilty about how incredibly happy I am and this is absolutely due to Caldwell Barbell Club and Crossfit Caldwell. I take classes five times a week, you could call me obsessed, in fact, I would be proud to be called obsessed. I work really hard to get the results that I am getting today…My age is merely a piece of the orchestra now.

Andrea Lisowski

“Finding my home at Crossfit”

By Andrea Lisowski

I’ve struggled with my weight all my life. Six years ago I decided to stop accepting the way things were and to get moving. I learned a little bit along the way and worked very hard at getting to where I thought I should be.  There were plenty of times I felt like I was spinning my wheels and not getting to my goals.  But don’t get me wrong, I was still learning plenty about weight training, conditioning and nutrition, just not enough to get me to my goal.  What was missing? I think it was people who really care enough to  find out just what would work for me.  This is what I found at Crossfit Caldwell…….

My name is Andrea and I am a 55 year old women who wants to move and stay strong for the rest of my life. I feel that crossfit is a great fit for anyone. It is meant for all to participate. It is infinitely scalable to anyone’s ability or disability and it just makes your brain happy! Don’t worry about not being in shape as Crossfit Caldwell will help you get there. Some people say that they have to get in shape to come to crossfit…… How silly. Get ready to be in the best shape of your life no matter where your starting point is.

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I love coming to Crossfit Caldwell for many reasons. The first one that comes to mind is kindness and sincerity of the the owners and coaches.  Not only are they knowledgeable of how to do movements safely and properly they all know how to teach you to preform them.  I’ve learned so much in the 5 months I’ve been here.  Crossfit Caldwell really cares. I have been able to drop 25 lbs and increase my level of conditioning all because Martha, (one of the owners) truly cares about me as well as everyone else in the gym.  She helped me follow a nutritional program that is part “Zone” and part “Paleo”. This seems to work very well for a women of my age but it can be adjusted for anyone.  Crossfit Caldwell is the kind of place where people help you and cheer your accomplishments. They are always there for you.  Coach Drew is another member who motivates through kindness and I have been able to progress so much with his help.  Heck, every coach here has helped me. They’re all great!
If you are thinking of joining, please do it. You will be so happy to increase your level of fitness. The endorphins in your brain will improve your mood and the work you do here at the gym will make you feel stronger and younger! I try to make it to the gym 4-5 times during the week. I love when we run because I wasn’t able to 5 months ago. I love when we have pull ups in the workout because in these 5 months I almost have them down. I never thought this possible. I love when we have box jumps in the workout because again I was not able to do them 5 months ago. I guess I just love almost all we do because I know even if I can’t do it today I will get better at it. You will get better; you just have to start!
One of my biggest obstacles to face is my mobility. Being 55 means that I am not as limber as I would like to be but the start of each class has a warm up and stretching session geared toward the workout of the day.  This helps quite a bit but I always go in 15 minutes early for some extra stretching. I will never be 25 again but crossfit can accommodate me!
I see myself coming to Crossfit Caldwell for a very, very long time but in the coming year I would like to get better at a long list of movements and maybe  just get those pull ups!  Thank you Martha and Craig and all the wonderful coaches. You all make great things possible!

 

Jeff Logan

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“Overcoming Genetics” by Jeff Logan

Life was great! I recently married my amazing wife and best friend, we just bought our first home together, and I was passionate about my career. Everything on the outside seemed to be going my way, however on the inside my biggest insecurity was beating me. I was struggling with my weight and physical appearance and couldn’t find the motivation or confidence to turn it around.

Obesity is a disease that runs in my family and at 30 years old I started to hit a downward spiral. I was afraid that if I didn’t try to stop what was happening and focus on my health, I would let obesity run my life as well.

For the past year Martha and Caesar had been trying to get me to join Crossfit Caldwell. I always had an excuse. “I just want to lose 10 pounds and then I will join” or “The people that do Crossfit are in the best shape and there is no way I can work out or keep up with any of them.” were just two of the many excuses I was giving them. I was running away from my insecurities and cheating myself of a healthy life. At over 200 pounds and the heaviest I could ever remember, I finally realized I needed to overcome my fear and take control of the only part of my life that wasn’t making me happy. It was in November of 2014 when I physically and mentally knew I needed to make a change, and finally gave Crossfit a try.

Many workouts where a challenge for me. During those first few classes I remember thinking to myself “Are you kidding me, I can’t do this!” I felt like a failure and wanted to give up. Deep down inside I knew if I quit after only a few classes I was giving into my insecurities and would never beat this. I eventually realized the coaches and other athletes were not judging me but there to help and guide me to become healthier and stronger. As many times as I was in pain and wanted to quit halfway through, the encouragement and support from everyone started to turn my thoughts of giving up into wanting to succeed. Within a few weeks I started to become addicted to CrossFit. I began taking classes 5 to 6 times a week. I started to ask a lot of questions and began to see a change in my body and feel healthier.

Although I still have a long way to go, every class I find something that I have improved on from the first few weeks of joining CrossFit. I feel a sense of pride when I improve on a specific workout or increase the amount of weight I lift. My insecurities have turned into a feeling of self-accomplishment. I find myself only wanting to talk about CrossFit, not to brag, but because I feel so good about where I have come in just a few short months.

CrossFit has changed my outlook on health and working out. I now enjoy working out. I find myself looking forward to the WOD and being able to improve myself. In the past 4 months I have started to make a lifestyle change. Eating healthy and working out on a regular basis, I am committed and headed in the right direction. I now realize you have to set aside time and stick to a schedule. I enjoy working out and spending time with fellow athletes and coaches. I truly have met some great friends along the way that have helped me build my confidence and motivate me along my journey.

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I am becoming more confident in my body both physically and mentally. Albert Einstein once said, “Failure is success in progress.” We must work at failure and eventually we will succeed. For all the times I have fallen, felt I couldn’t finish, or thought I can’t do this, the failure was worth it. I now can see the progress, know I can accomplish goals, and to me that is my success. I can’t wait to see my new achievements in the months to come.