At 26 years old and, unfortunately for me in the worst shape of my life, I needed to take control of my body and lifestyle. After seeing my cousin drop over 100 lbs. with the help of Crossfit and a Paleo lifestyle, I finally wanted and had the motivation to take control of me. I thought “if he could do it, I could do it”. I did my research on Crossfit and came across Crossfit IQ. Just their website alone made me feel comfortable – “Leave your ego at the door”. I arrived to the box (the gym) a little before 7 pm and watched the 6 pm class finishing their WOD (Workout Of Day). I thought to myself “oh dear what did I just walk into – these people are beasts!” As terrified as I was, I stayed. Coach Q walked me through the movements of the WOD and made me feel comfortable with what I was about to do. 3-2-1 GO! Wall ball shots, sit ups, American kettle bell swing, island runs. I honestly thought I was going to get sick afterwards and I couldn’t walk for days, but it was also the most amazing feeling. Pain is good! I got addicted! I was WODing it up Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs and Sat. I have met so many amazing men and women I now call friends, and I now feel like a part of the IQ family. We all support and motivate each other to push through and finish. Each week I could tell I was getting stronger and stronger. If for some reason I could not make it to the Box, I felt like my body would go into shock and have withdrawals.
Then came my next challenge, the 30-Day Paleo Challenge. Sitting at Whole Foods listening to Nicole teach us how to eat Paleo, I thought about all the amazing food I could have instead of thinking of all the things I couldn’t have. One of the things Nicole said that stuck in my head to help me complete this challenge was, “If you can’t give something up for 30 days, it’s just sad!” She was right!
I had the range of problems: acne, over-weight, headaches, stomach aches, fatigue, easily irritated….shall I go on? I had started the Paleo journey, suffered through the first week of cravings and detoxing and from then on it just got better and better. The recipes were delicious and easy. The way I was feeling throughout the day was pure bliss! I was cutting minutes and seconds off my time to complete each WOD. Everything about this “challenge”/ lifestyle was positive! The only thing I can say is THANK YOU!! I feel like a kid again! NO more fatigue, acne, headaches, stomach aches, etc. They are ALL GONE!
Crossfit IQ holds a special place in my heart. I can actually work, WOD, and finish my day with energy to spare. Everyone in the IQ family is an inspiration! Oh, and the best part….I have lost 9 pounds, taken 4 inches off my waist, inches off my neck, chest, arms, and body fat % has gone down and it will only get better!!!! I can call myself a cross fitter and have adopted the Paleo lifestyle!