Featured Athlete: Ashley Klamfoth
My name is Ashley Klamfoth and I am 47 years old. I was raised in Carthage, TX and played all kinds of sports, including gymnastics, cheerleading, tennis, basketball, and softball. I pretty much did it all. Until I didn’t.
As a mental health practitioner, I have always preached self-care to my clients. “Always take care of yourself so you can be your best in taking care of others.” That was my motto. However, I didn’t listen to my own words of wisdom. For too many years I neglected myself and my overall health. Between my own health issues and multiple deaths in our family in a very short period of time, I had put myself dead last. As a result, I gained weight. Lots and lots of weight. When I hit 200 pounds, I was embarrassed to go out in public or have my picture taken. I had never had a weight problem! You won’t find any pictures of me at my heaviest because they don’t exist. I made sure I never had my picture taken.
One day a little over a year ago, our neighbor Barron mentioned CrossFit to my husband, Bill. Bill decided to try it and suggested it to me as well. I couldn’t have laughed harder because I had never lifted a barbell in my life. I was an athlete as a kid and even in college, but I had never picked up a barbell. How was I going to do CrossFit? The first day I walked into the gym, I saw a group of ladies doing the WOD and I was so intimidated. How would I ever do this? I met Sean and Heather that day, and they couldn’t have been nicer or more helpful in figuring out where to start with me. As time went on, I met all of the coaches, and I can honestly say that each and every one of them is absolutely committed to the members. Speaking of the members, I have to say that I have gotten to know some amazing people that are very supportive and encouraging. We always cheer for each other, and that makes all of the difference in the world.
A year later I’ve accomplished so much that I never thought I would do. I have lost 35 pounds and that has made me feel so much better. I have the energy now to play sports with my kids. I don’t shy away from a camera. My health issues are slowly improving. I cannot even express how thankful I am for every single coach there. They push me to be the best person I can, and that’s definitely what I strive for. I also want to thank my husband for believing that I could do it. He never gave up on me and has been my biggest cheerleader on this journey.