Growing up I was lucky to be a part of a very active family. I ran Cross Country competitively in high school, was in great shape, and could eat whatever I wanted. After college things started changing. I still ate whatever I wanted but I stopped working out. I would go for a run maybe once a week and occasionally do some bicep curls with 10 lb weights. When people asked me if I worked out I said “Yes, I run!” But what I was doing could hardly qualify as exercise. Slowly I started putting on weight. At first just one size up and a couple extra pounds but that easily snowballs. I did not want to admit to myself how out of shape I was. I would not look at a scale, even at the Dr I asked them not to tell me my weight. I hated seeing pictures of myself. I didn’t recognize the girl in the pictures anymore. It all caught up with me in February of this year when I was diagnosed with a metabolic condition linked to insulin resistance. My fasting glucose was considered “prediabetic.” My blood pressure was high. My whole system was out of whack. My Dr told me to to change the way I eat and lose some weight or she was going to put me on blood pressure medication and monitor my glucose for diabetes all at the age of 24. After a reality check like that I finally looked at my weight and was not surprised to see that it had gone up 25 pounds in less than 2 years. I had gone from a size 4 to a size 8/10. I had to do something. Enter Crossfit Woodbridge! After talking to my husband, who had been doing Crossfit on his own for a while, I did my research and found CrossFit Woodbridge. I started Crossfitting 4 months ago. Since then I have dropped 14 pounds and a pants size, made massive strides in strength and improved my 5k time. My diet has completely changed to modified Paleolithic. My blood pressure is down and I just “feel better.” Not only has my health improved but I have made friends and become part of the CFW family. I have never seen a gym with such a sense of community. I know that weight training of any kind can be intimidating to a lot of women, myself included. But the trainers and other clients at CFW have been nothing but supportive and encouraging during my learning curve. I am amazed at what can be accomplished with some hard work and good coaching. I am excited about the changes I have seen in myself in the last 4 months, but I am no where near done. I have a lot of room to grow and I know that the CFW community will be there to cheer me on the whole way!