April Athlete of the Month - Anastacia Galan
Published April 2, 2018
Hi, I’m Anastacia Galan but most of you know me by Staci. I’m 38 years old. I’m mom to 2 girls, Madeline who is 16 years old and Olivia who is 9 years old. I’ve been married to my best friend, Sam for almost 17 years. I’m originally from Houston, Texas but I’ve lived here in Oceanside since 2007, and will most likely remain until my husband retires from the Marine Corps.
I’ve never been an athlete of any kind but I’ve always been active: swimming, bike riding, hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, etc. As a family, we like to camp. Our favorite spot is Hume Lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. I am also an avid reader. I love words! I can often be found reading at the gym on the bike during the 5-minute active movement.
My fitness journey began when my youngest daughter was about 16 months old, we went in the doctor to investigate some concerns and thus started 5 years of hospitals stays, tests, treatments that didn’t work, infusions and lots of stress and worry. Then finally in 2013 an official diagnosis and treatment and she has been thriving since then. I, on the other hand, was left with about 20 pounds; severe anxiety and a whole lot of bad coping habits. So I decided to turn it around. I quickly found that working out burned more than calories. My anxiety was much more manageable. I was happy and I felt great! I mostly stuck to the home workouts. But I quickly got bored and it wasn’t very challenging. I had friends that had gone to OCF and would encourage me to go but I didn’t think that I could do it. Then one day I just decided that I needed to be challenged and I needed to be brave. I sure am glad I did.
From the first day I walked into OCF in September 2017 I knew this is exactly what I was looking for. I love the positivity and encouraging atmosphere. I love that everyone is so welcoming and everyone helps and learns from each other. I love learning that weightlifting is not just lifting heavy thing and putting them down because that is what I thought. There is all this technique and science behind it. I love how mental it is. It’s easy to turn off the world outside the gym because you’re so focused on what you’re doing. I love the gymnastics and that at almost 40 I can do a handstand! I loved being a part of the Open. I’d never competed in anything. I came to lose weight and that is still a goal. It’s just not the only goal anymore. What I’ve gained since being at OCF is so much more.
Back squat: 147
Front squat: 140
clean and jerk: 85