May 2019 Athlete of the Month, Devin!
Published May 1, 2019
ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
- What was life like before you became a member?
When I think of life before becoming a member one-word pops into my head – lonely. I had moved to the area a year before and I didn’t really know many people. I was eating terrible and food seemed to be the only thing that truly made me happy. I worked a regular 9-5 sedentary office job, then I would come home and lay on the couch with some ice cream, my dog , and some Netflix almost every single night. I was so content thinking that’s what life for me was going to be like. To be depressed and overweight, and at risk for health concerns. A Dr. told me I was obese, and looked at him and said, “okay.” It was like I was totally fine with it. I had already accepted how far out of control my weight was, and I had convinced myself that no matter how hard I tried there was no way for me to lose weight.
- At the time you enrolled, were you already exercising? What was your previous background in fitness?
When I enrolled into Boot Camp at KCF, I was going to Planet Fitness 3-4 times a week (hitting a mile walk on the treadmill, then leaving) and at the time I thought I was working hard, but when enlistment day hit I quickly realized that I wasn’t doing nearly enough to get my weight under control. Growing up I was always active in school sports and showing horses. Once I graduated high school, exercise pretty much came to a stop. It was like I blinked and I had gained over 100lbs.
- What originally prompted you to seek us out?
The roommate I had was talking about this fitness program she was about to start, I watched her have almost immediate results, and I attended her bring a friend day (nearly dying). I wanted those results. That bring a friend day was my major “ah-hah” moment for me. I realized exactly how bad I let myself get, and I felt like it was my one shot at getting better.
- What was your goal when you originally signed up?
My goal when I originally signed up with to just lose “some” weight. After time I realized that there were other things I wanted to accomplish too, I wanted to be able to run a mile, and I wanted to be strong. When I dug even deeper I realized how much I also wanted my self-confidence back, I wanted to surround myself with positive people, and I wanted to make friends. One day I will say that I lost 100lbs and worked my ass off for it, for now I’ll continue to work my ass off. Only 25 more, right? Cake…
- What have you liked best about working with us?
What I like best about Keystone CrossFit is walking into a place where I feel at home, surrounded by the best gym family I could ask for. I still remember being so afraid to walk into the gym alone on my first day being there, but I was immediately welcomed with open arms. The people I’ve met at KCF truly hold a special place in my heart. The gym is always my favorite part of my day – two years ago I never thought I’d say that. There’s always a consistent push to do better which makes me want to work harder.
- What are you most proud of achieving since you started?
There are many things that I’m very proud of achieving since I stared at KCF. My top three would be losing 75lbs, breaking out of my normally shy shell, and having so much more self- confidence. I think it’s pretty cool to be able to run and lift heavy barbells - both things I never imagined myself doing. I’ve gotten so comfortable with being uncomfortable during WODs. Just sticking with it and never quitting, even when I couldn’t walk for nearly 5 months - I never really missed a beat.
- With everything that you have accomplished, has your view of yourself changed?
My view of myself has absolutely changed. I walk with my chin a little higher each day just knowing how proud of myself I really am. I saw a quote the other day that said something about walking into the gym terrified and walking out feeling accomplished. How true. When I look at myself in the mirror, I don’t just see a smaller person, but I see a joy in my eyes that had never been there before. I changed my I can’t, into I can, or I’m going to try my damndest. I believe in myself.
- What would you say to anyone else who might be dealing with any similar struggles you did?
If you’re struggling with weight, you have to find that spark within you to really want to change. Dive in and start that fire in your soul. Deep inside you have to want it and know that it’s going to be worth it. You have nothing to lose by trying. There’s nothing to be afraid of or nervous about when reaching out when you decide to take your life back. At first, it’s hard, then it gets easy, and then when you decide to push yourself even more it gets hard again. Its and endless cycle and a process you have to trust. Everything takes time, and never compare another’s results to your own. Love yourself every step of the way and know that you’re worth it.
- Do you have any special moments/memories?
There’s so many. I’ll never forget my first CrossFit class, to be honest I really didn’t even know what CrossFit really was at the time and I remember it being hard but having so much fun. When I do something awesome during a WOD, I tend to wear this shit grin on my face. There’s something so special in conquering a goal that seemed to be so unreachable not long ago. Recently I added box bumps back into WODs instead of step ups, and I find myself holding onto the bar for handing knee raises a little longer each time I do them. I can remember other members telling me, “you can add more weight to that bar,” and now I find myself saying the same thing to others.
10. What is your favorite movement/lift?
Split Jerk! Clean and Jerk…definitely not jump rope though.
I just want to say Thank You to the coaches at KCF, your dedication has changed my life. I also want to say thank you to my KCF family for the friendships I’ve made here. You all push me every single day to do better, and I couldn’t be happier to have found a place that feels like home.