When I first started York Street Crossfit (“YSCF”), I was the heaviest I had ever been. I weighed 146 pounds. On my 5’2″ frame, this put me in a size 10 or 12 pants. Although I had a local gym membership and did cardio from time to time, I just wasn’t motivated to work out consistently. Even when I did go to the gym consistently for a month or two, I didn’t see any results!! (This is probably why I wasn’t motivated!)
Tired of not fitting into any of my clothes and desperately wanting to lose weight, I joined YSCF in February 2012. During the first month, I completed the Elements Class. The class was challenging because I was more out of shape than I thought! I stuck with it though. I wanted to give Crossfit a full 90 days to see if I liked it and got results.
By the end of March, I consistently attended YSCF three days per week and was active on the weekends. Although I was getting stronger and had lost some inches, I had only lost 5 pounds! At this point, one of the YSCF coaches said to me, “You are only here three hours per week. If you aren’t getting results, you have to consider what you are doing all of the other hours you aren’t here.” Hmmmm……
Since starting YSCF, I had not changed my diet. So, on April 1st I started the Paleo Diet. Wow!! What a difference it made. I consistently lost one pound per week. I followed the Paleo Diet strictly, but gave myself one “cheat” meal per week. Six months later, I lost 21 pounds and many inches. I now weigh 125 pounds. I wear a size 2 pants, and I can back squat 150 pounds–120% of my body weight! At 35 years old, I feel and look my very best.
I would encourage anyone to try York Street Crossfit if you want to get in shape. The coaches are great. They are encouraging and always supportive. They will never push you too hard or make you feel bad if you don’t know how to do something. If you want to lose weight, the Paleo Diet really works. If you have tried other diets and other work out programs to no avail, give Crossfit and the Paleo Diet a try. It worked for me. It can work for you too!