Featured Athlete – Kimberly Woods
For about as long as I can remember I have been self-conscious about my body. Even in high school, when I was dancing everyday with the drill team, I never
felt like I was in great shape. But, when I graduated and stopped dancing, that’s when the real trouble began. Each year I was buying bigger jeans but holding on to the old ones for that one day when I’d magically fit back into them. In the last 5 years I have tried weight watchers, sweating it out on the dreaded elliptical, B12 shots, adipex, and 30-Day Shred among many other things. Don’t get me wrong, those things may work for some people but for me they never stuck; I would get bored and fall back into my old routine. That being said, I’m pretty sure I have lost and regained the same 10 lbs about 20 times.
About a year and a half ago, my boyfriend Jacob – now my fiancé 🙂 – started working out at Crossfit Beaumont when it seemed that everyone was jumping on that “bandwagon”. To tell you the truth, I thought it was really annoying the way everyone was talking about it all the time; I kept calling it the Crossfit Cult. I couldn’t go anywhere with Jacob without hearing about it, especially when all the Franks brothers were together! If someone would have told me then that I would be doing it too in about a year, I would have laughed in their face! I was super intimidated by everything Crossfit was about. But I had to admit, after seeing all the success stories I was jealous… I wanted one of my own.
In January of this year I had finished 1 year of nursing school, and all those late-night study sessions filled with sugary coffee and junk food had helped me get good grades but also added 12 lbs to my already overweight “physique”. I was desperate for a change. A friend of mine posted a link to a “Crossfit Bootcamp” on Facebook and the pictures showed people like me working out… I thought I’m not ready to go to the Beaumont gym but maybe I could handle something like this. So, being unemployed I scraped together my “Christmas money” and signed up! Ever since my first workout, I’ve been hooked!
Crossfit, along with the Paleo diet, has completely changed my life. I have so much more energy, I am stronger, more toned, not to mention, I have lost 46 lbs! I can zip up jeans I haven’t worn since high school and for once in my life I’m not completely insecure in a bathing suit! Don’t get me wrong, I still have a long way to go but I know that with Crossfit, my goals are achievable! Crossfit and my workout buddies make working out fun and exciting! I never get bored with this new routine and I love getting to constantly challenge myself and trying to beat my old records. I am constantly getting better, stronger and faster… I have never seen results like this. So, if you’re sitting where I was only 6 months ago, then what are you waiting for? Come change your life.