What CrossFit Puyallup Athletes are saying about the gym and our Food Challenge program:
My son had attended Crossfit Kids last year, and I enjoyed the friendly welcoming atmosphere. I decided I would give Crossfit a try and went to Basic in April. I was immediately confronted with how much my fitness level had slipped. I lifted way less than I thought I would and got tired much faster than I imagined. I was sore multiple days and would drag myself back to basic each time. Sometimes I would catch the workouts the regular Crossfit class was doing and think to myself, “There is no way that I’ll be doing that”. I finished basic and started coming to classes three times a week (That’s all I could handle). I got better each week, but I didn’t change my eating habits at all. If anything, a hard workout made me feel justified in having that extra donut. Consequently, I didn’t recover very well from my workouts.
When my wife Shannen decided to start Crossfit in July, we agreed that we would do the food challenge. Over our 16 years of marriage Shannen and I have gained weight, lost weight, and have tried every fad diet and workout known to man. Nothing seemed to work long term and we both noticed in the past that we felt horrible during diets and they were unsustainable long term. I went into the food challenge thinking that I could handle a two months of changing my eating habits, but expected similar results to my past attempts at eating right. Once I had the ground rules down, I was off and running with Shannen’s support. Neither of us felt hungry and after a couple of weeks, we stopped craving the foods that were disastrous for us in the past. I found out that artificial sweeteners, which had been a staple of my diet in the past, caused me to crave all the garbage that I would binge on in the past. I was eating enough nutritious food now and I simply didn’t want to eat the garbage. In addition, I was starting to feel a lot better with more energy. I started to workout 5-6 times a week. I was recovering much faster and I started to really enjoy the workouts. I also very much appreciated the encouragement of everyone at Crossfit, especially those who were also doing the food challenge. By the time I had finished with the food challenge, I was less worried about weight loss, and was more motivated to continue eating right because of how I felt. Shannen and I had joked throughout the food challenge about our first cheat meal when we finished the food challenge. It turned out that neither of us wanted to have much of a cheat meal because we worried about how it would make us feel. The food Challenge has put me on a path for healthy eating and living that I feel for the first time is sustainable for life.
Written by: Bryce Clother 9-17-16
After I graduated college, in 2010, I should have listened to my mother when she told me “You can’t eat like a softball player anymore!” At the time I laughed it off and didn’t listen to her, but it definitely caught up to me. Fast forward 6 years and 40lbs heavier, I was very unhealthy and uncomfortable; more uncomfortable than I had ever felt. Before I decided to get serious about working out again and start taking care of my body, I was getting close to weighing 200 lbs. That was the heaviest I have weighed in my life. I was tired of not fitting into my “big clothes” anymore, feeling like I had no energy, struggling with tying my shoes even and just fed up with having zero confidence about my body. When I started Basic in April it was a shock, because what used to be really easy to me, was very difficult now. After I graduated Basic and started doing the regular WODs for the next couple months, I could tell that I felt SO MUCH better. Unfortunately, the number on the scale was barely going down.
When I heard about the Food Challenge I thought it would be something fun to do! Making healthy changes was my goal and joining the challenge would only benefit me, right? However, I’m not gonna lie, when I heard that it was a two months long I started to have doubts. “How am I going to last that long?!” “What if I fail?” “Really-2 months?!” Well $25 later and having my “before” pictures snapped…. I was in. I needed/started to change my mindset. I am only going to get out of this challenge what I put into it. Working out was a part of my weekly routine so my eating habits were the only thing left for me to focus on. I had to begin to give myself limits which is something I never liked doing or could even stick to if I tried. I had to be willing to do something different because what I had been doing, clearly wasn’t working for me. As the challenge began, meal prepping was hard to get used to, but it eventually became a habit. I had healthy food readily available and couldn’t tell myself “Oops, I don’t have lunch, better go get a burger and fries to fill me up”. My social outings with friends were limited until I was disciplined enough to say no to food and/or adult beverages 😉 It may sound silly, but I never wanted to be the friend not eating or having a drink at a get together. I became that person though and I am perfectly okay with it now. Going out to eat was not an option, because what I would normally order wasn’t healthy and I would be lying to myself if I said I was going to order something healthy. The first month was difficult, but over time my body got used to eating multiple times a day and I actually started craving my healthy meals.
Setting limitations for myself and making sacrifices was not easy. There were times that I did give in to all of those things, but the number of times I succeeded outweighed the times I gave in. This food challenge has not only taught me a lot about nutrition and how to properly fuel my body, but it has taught me a lot about myself and what I am capable of accomplishing. At the beginning, I was skeptical, but seeing the results I achieved after 2 months of hard work and dedication definitely made me confident that I could continue this moving forward. I’ll continue to remind myself that I didn’t become overweight in a day, so the results I want to see are not going to happen overnight either. Consistency is extremely important and as hard as it can be to stay the course, it’s worth it in the end.
Written by: Whitney Whittemore 9-16-16
Reading the notes from the judges and taking their advice from “No more bread”, “No more donuts” – not that I ate them a lot :), “Cut out plaintains” was somewhat of a struggle for me, but doing so and cutting out some of those foods made me realize how much better my body was feeling, my performance doing the WODS, and just my overall being. I felt Good, Great even! My clothes are feeling loose, my energy level is much higher. This has definitely taught me the difference between being on a diet and just eating healthier. This time last year I was definitely not where I am at this year as far as exercise and the food choices I’m making and I have CrossFit Puyallup to thank for that. SO THANKS CROSSFIT PUYALLUP!
Written by: Rosalyn Amosa 9-15-16
Like most moms, I was always putting everything and everyone before myself. I would schedule time to work out only to cancel it because something (kids, housework, etc) came up. One of the most important things I’ve learned through all this is that it’s important to make taking care of myself a priority. That me being protective of my workout schedule, even if that means other things take a back burner, is not selfish. Honestly, I’m a much better mom, employee, and wife when I’m feeling good and taking care of myself.
So now it’s been just over two months. I still would not label myself “athletic” and I’m still not big on competition, but I am still going to Crossfit 4-5 times a week. Everyone is very supportive of each other and encouraging. Being part of a community, that notices when you are gone, is strong motivation to show up even on the days when you don’t feel like going. I’m excited to be learning to challenge myself rather than just showing up somewhere and grinding through a workout.
Written by: Shannen Clother 9-16-16
CrossFit Puyallup has been one of the best decisions I have made not only for my health, but my families as well. The coaches and the entire community here are truly positive, encouraging and make it fun regardless of how hard the work outs can be. My two youngest are now in the CrossFit kids so this is definitely becoming a family lifestyle.
Thank you Coaches and all the other members of CrossFit Puyallup for making this possible!!!!!!!
Posted by: Angela Crossley 12/16/14
Posted by: Laurel Kennedy 12/16/14
Over the last year, I’ve lost 25lbs and as I am still shy about these pictures, I look better and feel stronger than I did in December of 2013. I am blessed to be part of this extended supportive family.
Posted by: JennDzubay 12/15/14
Posted by: Megan Gallwas 12/15/14
Posted by: Jenny Jennings 12/15/14
Keeping track of my food habits in a journal during the challenge allowed me the opportunity to identify and change my habits. It helped me learn to listen to my body, leading me to understand how food interacts with it both physically and emotionally. Recognizing these relationships encouraged me to introduce balance into my body through healthier meal choices. The food challenge provided me with the invaluable tool of self control. With support from coaches and family in developing a nutritional base during the challenge, I have improved my attitude, energy, health, fitness and my life.
Posted by: Lisa Jones-Allum 12/15/14
Posted by: Robert Gallwas | 09/04/2013 at 06:27 AM