So I started in the new you program in late October because I was just tired of being fat. I wasn’t happy with who the person staring back at me in the mirror had become. I came ready to learn and very eager to get my health back (so much so Maci Lowery had to tell me to slow down because I was doing too much too fast ) I had to start completely over. New schedule, new foods, meal prepping etc. Now, I’m a single father of two VERY active boys, and work a VERY demanding 60-80 hour a week job, so the excuses are there for sure, but I made a commitment to Maci in the interview and to myself to follow this through. I lost 23 lbs during the new you 6 week program, won the nutrition challenge just 5 weeks later with the person who quickly became a very good friend, Jared Crenshaw, and to date have lost an astounding 53 total pounds and went from a 44 inch waist to a 38 and still losing weight. I have accomplished my first Rx WOD a few weeks ago, and have the confidence to keep pushing, knowing that before long I’ll be in good enough shape to compete with the likes of the incredible athlete’s that are members here. Everyone is so supportive, so kind and willing to help, and that’s a quality that Maci and Clint Lowery have in their gym that no other place has been able to offer. It’s hard to believe that less than 4 months ago I got winded just tying my shoes in the morning, and now I can play and keep up with my active children. This placed changed my life. I’m totally addicted and God willing, I’ll be a sfcf member for life.
(These photos are the start, 3 weeks in and current.)
Three years ago, What people saw of me was the girl with her life pretty much together, upbeat & positivity. What people didn’t know was the reality I was living. I was in a relationship with an abuser, mentally, emotionally, manipulating & almost physical, he was a decent guy who at the beginning was great, but drugs came into the picture for him & everything turned south. I felt trapped in my own personal hell, if he wasn’t around, he’d have his friends keeping an eye on my every move, I had lost a lot of people besides a select few due to the hell I was living in. I had also lost my job, my car, my apartment, everything. I was sleeping at a couple of my friends houses, the ones that didn’t desert me or sometimes even on the streets, & I also stopped eating, I was a lost unhappy soul who thought that no one cared but my abuser, seemed as if everyone else was like, “Kristen who” Three years ago, my dad picked me up & rescued me from where I was, I moved back home. Still not at comfort with being 25 & living at home, no job, no car, no nothing, I hit another stage of depression where I found comfort in being isolated & shutting the world out. I went from starving myself, sickly thin to becoming the heaviest I’ve ever been with zero self esteem. Then, my wonderful hair dresser & old coworker Allie told me about Sweat Factory CrossFit. I first started & wasn’t as dedicated as I am now. But I will say I’m forever grateful that I did take the leap of faith with starting with this box. Everyone is so welcoming & a lot of these fellow box mates are some of my greatest friends. I’ve never felt more stronger or better about myself than I do now. I’m finally at comfort with not dwelling on the past & what I’ve been through, & am able to speak out about it & not leave it bottled on the inside. I’m so grateful for the amazing souls/family that I have found in Sweat Factory.
Hello, my name is Jesi and I joined The Sweat Factory CrossFit on the last week of August 2017. I am not gonna lie, I was so excited but scared half to death about not being able to do much or making a fool out of myself. However, IMMEDIATELY on that first day I felt so welcomed!! It felt like a big family where everyone cheer on everyone else, no matter your fitness level. I have always been one to like fitness and try to keep myself “in shape”, but man oh man it gets harder as the years go by.
Within the first two weeks I started noticing changes. I felt stronger, had more energy, and even some clothes started feeling better. I had a talk with Maci (the owner) at the end of my second week and we talked about the “f” word. Yes, you guessed it FOOD!!! That has always been my weakest link. I decided that if I was going to do this, I was going to do it right. So, I started really paying attention to my food intake along with coming to the box religiously 3 times a week, plus exercising at home some of the routines learned the other 2 days. I took pictures of myself because I know pictures really tell the true story. I did not want to get discouraged by the number on the scale or even my measurements.
As the weeks went by the changes in my body started being more noticeable so at the six week mark I weighed, measured, and took new pictures and WOW!!!! In those first six weeks, I lost 6 pounds, 9.5 inches (between chest, waist, thighs, and hips), and I was already fitting into clothes I had not been able to fit into in over a year!!!
Needless to say I cried, A LOT, lol. Not only because I could see my physical transformation, but because I have found a place where I feel supported by the Coaches, Owners, and fellow Members. I know that in this journey of health and fitness I am in, THEY WILL have my back. Nothing like the feeling of love and support. SFC is a place for EVERYONE and ANYONE that wants to start, or continue, their journey to a better and healthier self. Can’t wait to see what the weeks, months, or years will bring, but I do know this is the beginning of the best version of myself and I owe it in big part to SFC. (and my sister that got me to join, thanks Yary!)
I wanted to share something very profound that occurred for me today. On 6/3/16 I decided to get healthy. So my goal was just to walk a lot and eat better. So I started walking every day. Before I knew it I was walking 6-7 miles a day and losing some weight. I think I told you when I started New You I had hit a wall, and needed something different. SFC was absolutely it. What happened today was I hit my 65lb weight loss. I have not been this weight since I was 30 years old. More importantly, I have never felt this strong or felt like I could do almost anything. I feel like I have proven, you are never too old to change “you”. I can’t even really put in to words was this means to me. Big thanks to you and Clint for giving me the tools I needed, and all the support. Oh, and I’m not done yet!