They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Who am I to argue? 7 months and 55 pounds later, Meagan would like you to take these 2000 words and formulate your own opinion. Congratulations Meagan – you are an inspiration to us all!!
How long have you been at CFA?
Just over 7 months.
What got you started with CrossFit?
Well, two things… 1) my family was going and 2) persistence… Carolyn and Dave’s persistence to be specific. I spent months dodging Carolyn at my kids school and Dave at CFA when I would have to take the kids to CF Kids. Dave finally cornered me and talked to me about OnRamp and the rest is history.
Do you remember your first WOD? Describe it and how you felt.
Um, yes… I will never forget it! 15 minute AMRAP of 8 pistols, 21 single unders, and 8 lying leg lifts. I remember thinking, “What have I gotten myself into” and “I’m not going to make it through 15 minutes of this craziness”. But I did, I pushed myself hard… so hard in fact, I lost my cookies when I got home! My first and only pukie, haha!
When did you know something had to change before joining CFA?
I have been overweight most of my life. A poor diet coupled with inactivity growing up caused for poor habits that followed me into adulthood. There was one thing that was a turning point for me and it was something I would have never expected… my wedding rings. Over the course of 9 years, I had noticed those rings get tighter and tighter. Unlike clothes, I couldn’t just get a bigger size. And one day, I couldn’t get them off and I was 100 pounds overweight… and that was it, I had enough. I also noticed a change in my husband. Bryan had been athletic most of his life and was already in pretty good shape. He had been at CFA for a few months and I could tell this place was special, different, and a place he would stick with indefinitely. My twin boys were very enthusiastically involved in CrossFit Kids at CFA. I felt like there was a train leaving and if I didn’t get on, I was going to miss it.
Favorite CrossFit WOD and/or exercise.
I’d have to say that the weightlifting aspect of CrossFit is by far my favorite. I honestly love them all, so I don’t have a favorite lift at this point.
Least favorite CrossFit WOD and/or exercise.
Deck squats. I hate them and they hate me. No matter what I do, I cannot get off the ground and I fall over like a fool every time. But that won’t stop me from trying every single time they are programmed into a WOD. One day, one day I’ll get them!
Describe your most memorable CrossFit experience.
A lot of people might say it was when they got a certain lift or a pull up for the first time, but for me, I know those things will all come with consistency and time…what really stood out to me was the first time someone told me they tried to keep pace with me in a WOD and made an effort to catch me. I have a hard enough time referring to myself as an athlete in general… I never thought I would be “that person” in class that people were trying to keep up with.
Tell us about an area of your life most impacted by your decision to join CFA.
CFA has changed EVERY aspect of my life. In 7 months I have lost 55 pounds, over 30 inches, and dropped 5 pants sizes… and I’m not even close to what I can ultimately accomplish. Eating (mostly) Paleo and doing CrossFit has given me so much more energy and I can finally keep up with my boys. I have a confidence that I didn’t have before, and I feel strong which is something I have never associated with myself. It has made me a much better wife and mother and makes me proud of the example my husband and I are setting for our children.
Who inspires you most in the gym?
Honestly, everyone does in different ways. Some inspire me with their magnetic personality and positive energy while others captivate me with their amazing level of athleticism as they string together handstand pushups and muscle ups. New members inspire me with their determination to stick with it and learn a new movement, while our stellar coaches blow me away with their knowledge of proper form, nutrition, technique and a genuine love for me and for this sport.
What advice can you give to those looking to “Dominate The Voice”?
The hardest thing to do is start. After that, you just have to be consistent. And if I can do it at 100 pounds more that my body was created to support, then so can you. You’re never too fat, too old, too weak, too busy. There is no excuse good enough to overlook your health and your future. You get one life, don’t waste another minute of it. Get fit, get strong; because I promise, you will never meet someone who says they’ve regretted doing just that.
Thank you Meagan!!
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