We like to take the time to formally honour members who have made huge progress in their health and fitness journeys. We don't take any credit for the progress of these individuals, as we know that the dedication of the individual is what creates change. Today however, we honour Anna Reyes. Anna, has been a member of our WomanStrong Training Club since September of 2016. She has not only become a leader and encourager of others around her, but she recently competed in her first CrossFit Competition. It's been such a pleasure to watch your progress Anna!
Here's Anna's story in her own words:
KEYS TO TRANSFORMATION
Not too long ago, life was stressful and I was at my heaviest. Then it dawned on me that if I wanted things to change, I couldn't wait for someone to make those changes for me or to tell me what I should do. It was all up to me. So I got to work.
I removed myself from some of the stress factors, started getting more active and became mindful of what I ate. I'm down 80lbs from where I started and though there are so many new goals and gains I'd like to make, I'm very much proud of what I've managed to accomplish so far.
The way I see it, the only thing that stands between me and most things that I want in life, my goals and aspirations, is work. If putting in the work gets me closer to where I want to be, then why not just do it? That's all the motivation I need.
Putting in the work is a lot easier when you enjoy it. I started out by just going to a "regular" gym and that got old fast. So I ventured out to try new things even though it was pretty daunting at times. I didn't think I was "fit" enough to try some of these activities . When the dust settled, I found a passion for spin (those who know me, even a little bit, know how much I LOVE it!) and a passion for CrossFit. Crossfit has this wonderful way of being both incredibly rewarding and incredibly humbling. Endless challenges means potential for endless rewards. Shout out to the Forged Family - you guys are incredible!
I'm a numbers person by trade so I found it helpful to track several metrics, both quantitative and qualitative (e.g. weight, inches, body fat percentage, energy, mood, skills, PRs, etc). I know this isn't for everyone and everyone has an opinion when it comes to this. But for me, change doesn't happen quickly and we don't usually notice incremental changes so I found it encouraging when I can see improvements in any metrics I'm tracking. I love progress in any manifestation. My best advice with metrics: don't sweat the number, sweat the changes to those numbers over time.
You're likely not going to give up [insert your fave junk food or whatever you think you need to give up here] forever. It's ok. I learned that sustainable change and moderation are key.
While I've managed to find some success on my journey, I don't feel like I'm in any position to tell people what they should be doing on their own journeys. I'm not a health/wellness professional. I've never been a competitively trained athlete. But if there's a moral to this story, I hope that it's if I can do it, anyone can.
Thanks Anna, here's to continued health and success!
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