Meet a Member Monday: Tracey: Setting a good example at home

I had lost a lot of weight in 2015/2016 (100 pounds) and found too much of the weight I had lost starting to creep back on.  I wanted to find a way to lose the weight again, but also gain muscle.  Hoping that I could find an exercise routine that was not miserable and also interesting enough that it would not become monotonous,  I decided to give the NOVA  a try.

I was about a 2 in fitness level. I roller skated a lot when I was in elementary school (I even had a personal trainer) – and my legs were so strong, even through middle and high school. I really wanted to get back to being proud of my quads and glutes. Now, I would rate myself a 4 – I still have a long way to go, but I feel A LOT stronger in my whole body than I did a year ago. I see the difference. I have little lines on my stomach that weren’t there before (the beginning of being able to see some kind of abs), my quads pop again (I can see definition), my shoulders and arm muscles have become so much stronger.

After I started DOING CrossFit, I learned that form is actually really important and there is a progression to being able to SAFELY do the HIIT that CrossFit provides.  Every time I learn something new, I take the approach that I want to do things safely, so I really want to feel comfortable with a movement before I load it up with weight and do it fast. I trust my coaches and they really break everything down for us so we can make the right individual choices for the WOD – whether that’s scaled, going for a PR, making an adjustment, etc.

Right now I’m working on getting the nutrition bit right. You can’t out-train a poor diet, so no matter how many reps or weights I add, if my nutrition isn’t on point, then I will not lose weight – and I WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT. I want to feel more comfortable in my own skin. I want to be stronger. I want to be faster. I want to be a force to be reckoned with!

The most important thing that I have changed/improved is my ability to walk up and down stairs with load and just carry my kids around when needed (my 4 year old is 40 pounds and frequently sick, so it’s great to be able to life him and carry him around without getting gassed out right away). Also, I no longer have a flat office chair butt, it’s round again! Woot!! I also love that my kids know what CrossFit is and know that Mommy exercises regularly and lifts weights. I feel like I am setting a good example for them.

The only other thing I would add is that beyond the obvious exercise benefits, I have gained a new family. The second half of 2017 was extremely difficult for me. My father was diagnosed with lung cancer. I had a surprise pregnancy and then miscarriage. My 4 year old son was hospitalized for a week and diagnosed with an autoimmune disease (HSP), which has posed a lot of ongoing challenges for myself and my family. Through all of this, I knew I could come into the gym, fight back the tears and push myself through a workout. Many days I did NOT want to come here, but afterwards I was always glad I did. The coaches and fellow athletes were a constant source of support and truly have helped me through a lot of these challenges. The people of NOVA Strength and Conditioning are what make this place wonderful, they make this place home. Life is hard, and there are no guarantees, but our best bet for making it through and thriving is through community, togetherness, lifting each other up, and celebrating all of our accomplishments. When we find a place (home, work, church, gym, wherever) that provides us these much needed resources for building a good life, then we are truly blessed!! I am blessed to be a part of the NOVA Strength and Conditioning Family!

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