Vicky is a mother of two, lives a very busy and challenging lifestyle and like many of us had difficulty finding time for herself and didn't have time to spend hours in the gym.
The time she did spend on her fitness was that of the traditional methodologies of machines, treadmills, and stair masters. Doing the same routines over and over to nauseating boredom with mediocre results at best.
Vicky had witnessed others training CrossFit and had seen first hand the results they had achieved and hoped she could as well. Vicky came to us with a strong mind, strong will, and a focused determination both in terms of the demands of CrossFit as well as the nutritional values we practice.
On March 14, 2009 I had a major snowboard accident that landed me in the Hospital with complete knee construction. Replacement of my ACL and MCL along with meniscus repair. The doctor explained to me I would be able to lead a normal life after the surgery but it was very possible that I would not have the active lifestyle I led before. This included no snowboarding, surfing, skateboarding, mountain biking, or basically anything that would put stress on my knee. As you can imagine it really bummed me out that I might never do the activities I love so much and are such a huge part of my life. I then spent the better part of six months laying on my back with my knee elevated to keep the swelling down and to help the knee heal the best it can. During those six month I enjoyed such delights as carne asada burritos and pizza on a regular basis (due to the fact it was really tough to cook while on crutches). I ended up at a very sexy 235 lbs from my original 200 lbs. Lets just say if you love a man with a belly I was your man, not to mention I needed the Manzier aka the bro. (see Seinfeld).
In mid January of 2010 the Doctor cleared me for moderate exercise but I was warned to stay within my limits. At that point noticing that I was just about the size of a baby whale I decided to check out Crossfit. I had a friend that spoke very high of it and said it would be good for my healing knee. I called up Oceanside Crossfit and made an appointment with Jeff and signed up to do it. The first workout just about killed me!!!!!! Mind you it consisted of some pushups some sit ups and squats..... and might I say looking back it was not very many of any of those exercises. I almost died because my baby whale size body was not used to doing anything but laying on a couch. It took a week or two to get over the initial soreness but once I did I started making progress very quickly. In just 2 month I dropped 15 lbs and one full pant size. As you can see in this photo there was a considerable change in a very short time.
I attended 3 classes a week without fail and watched my eating. I did the zone diet and honestly it was a pretty loose interpretation of the diet. I definitely was eating a ton better but I wasnʼt as strict as I should have been. I could have made even more progress in that time. Its now June and I have been at Oceanside Crossfit for a little over 5 months and have lost 28lbs of fat and wear two pants sizes smaller along with a full shirt size smaller. I sit here in a coffee shop at Mammoth ski resort after a long weekend of snowboarding. I have snowboarded the last three weekends in a row and it looks like I should get a few more days in this season before all the snow is gone. After the doctor telling me I may never be active again and now Iʼm snowboarding every weekend, all I can say is thank you to Laura and Jeff at Oceanside Crossfit from the bottom of my heart. You guys have helped fix me and have helped me reach one of my most important goals.
I do not know about other people, but I can count on one hand the times I have experienced an event in my life that I know changed me as a person for the better. A few would be meeting Beth for the first time, marrying Beth, the birth of my children and another is joining Oceanside CrossFit Family.
I started OCF on June 5, 2010, it was a Saturday and the WOD was Fight Gone Bad. Laura you partnered me up with Frank, which was the best decision because he explained how the WOD wenT and how to pace myself since it was my first time in the box. My score was 170, which seemed like a great score at the time until I saw other scores on the board. Once I regained consciousness, I was introduced to Danny and some of his words of wisdom. I then told Laura I was going to sign up for a year.
I am far from a L4 athlete as of now but here is a list of things I am since walking into OCF (my second home):
Of course there are more accomplishments I could list but this letter is to highlight how both of you have a gift of creating a close knit family at OCF. All of the things in the above list would not be there if the caring family component was not at OCF. This includes providing highly qualified trainers to all of us.
There are 2 automatic withdrawals from my checking account each month that I never mind seeing, my giving to my church and my OCF payment, which goes to show how much both of you touch my life and everyone else’s at OCF.
I hope both of you take a minute after reading this to bow you heads and thank the Lord for making you, who you are because I know I do.
It was Tuesday November 6, 2012 when I had my first taste of Crossfit. I watched Gary Roberts "Killing the Fat Man" series and saw his progress and told myself I could that. I was never an athletic person growing up, had a few back injuries, and I did not like traditional gyms. I always felt out of place and never knew what to do. I remember to this day working up the nerve to call and ask what I needed to attend my first class. I remember Laura answered the phone and said just come on in, sign a waiver and participate with the class to see if I would like it. I arrived at the gym met Laura and told my story. I did not realize what I had got myself into. Apparently, this was a level 2 and 3 class and Laura said she would scale down what I had to do. Her "scaled down" version for me was horrible. I couldn't even make it past the warmup, I was in so much pain and had to run outside a few times because I felt like puking. Laura had me sit out on the WOD. I sat there and watched everyone complete the WOD. I felt disgusted with myself, so I signed up, not knowing how it would change my lifestyle for the better.
I returned to the box that next Saturday still in pain from Tuesday for fundamentals class. I was still questioning my decision to sign up. I met Coaches Susan and Jaime. They had me do the Baseline WOD, I was told it was to measure my ability. Personally I think Susan and Jaime just wanted to break me, which they did! They pushed me the whole time, from Jamie telling me to keep going to Susan saying I am going to hate her by the end of the WOD (I could never feel that way towards Susan, just respect, and gratitude. Oh and Jaime too!) That day and WOD solidified my reason for staying with OCF and embarking on this great journey.
ALL of the coaches at OCF are awesome teachers, and great motivators. EVERY coach I had the pleasure to meet and work with has been great. I am gaining so much knowledge from them about stretching, to proper exercise form, and to eating properly.
When I started my journey on November 6, 2012 I weighed myself in at 277 pounds. I wore a size 42 Jeans. Fast forward to today March 11, 2013 five months later I am 61 pounds lighter at 216 pounds and wear size 36 Jeans. Here are a few before and now pictures. I will not say after, because I don't plan on being done for there to be an after.
There is so much I could say about Crossfit, especially OCF. I could go on and on. From the staff to my fellow Crossfit addicts everyone has been apart of my journey one way or another. I look forward to continuing this epic journey with all of the people at OCF.
THANK YOU OCEANSIDE CROSSFIT!
Dan & Amy Hollingsworth; Owners of Kitsap CrossFit
Dear Oceanside CrossFit
It is with excitement and sadness that we leave the gym, OCF. We feel exceptionally lucky to have found you and can't imagine what life would be like without you. We have always known that we were meant to open a business of our own. CrossFit was the final piece of the puzzle for us and has truly completed this quest.
Jeff, Laura, Liza and Mark... we can't thank you enough for embracing us and including us in the business so we could grow and learn, and develop skills that will be necessary once we leave our safety net. We also will never be able to express with words our thanks for what you have done for us as CrossFitters. You have pushed us beyond our physical and mental comfort zones and shown us what we are truly capable of. You have made us not only better athletes, but better people.
The entire community at OCF has also contributed hugely to our development as CrossFitters as well. We have continually been amazed at the level of commitment and dedication OCF members have displayed in their own personal endeavors but most importantly their support of the community both inside and outside the gym. The people of this community are the single most motivating factor for us to open our own box. We hope to foster the same love of the sport while developing an OCF family of our very own.
I started at OCF the end of October 2011. I remember reading on one of the white boards "if you let it, this place will change you"... I was there for a reason. I was on a mission. I wanted to change my life for good.
I had pretty much struggled with my weight my entire life. I was never an athlete. Never. In 2009, at a young 22 years old, I had been diagnosed borderline diabetes and maxed out just shy of 300lbs. I knew then and there at that moment I needed to do something. I began seeing a personal trainer out of his home. Which was cool and cheap, a great start since I was very new to working out and lifting weights. I also dramatically had to change my diet. Time passed, lost a little weight. My trainer moved And then I joined a small gym since I was so anti-gym. (I Hated 24hour and la fitness. I felt so intimidated.) I actually liked the gym I was going to. They had tons of classes and eventually became a 24 hr gym. I was approached about my "free" personal training session about 4 months after joining. At this time in my life, I was very serious about joining the navy. But I need to lose about 40ish lbs. So I actually did want to start seeing a personal tainer again. I told her my goal and what I needed to do as far as weight and physical test go and she was very much on board. I saw her twice a week and very time we started our session, I'd do a sit up test and push up test. Meanwhile, I was still struggling to get on the weight the navy wanted me to weigh for my height. I was practically starving myself and got down to 183, which I needed to be at 178. I was so close, but it got to the point where I wasn't even living and enjoying life. My trainer also started slacking. Towards the end, I'd show up and she'd say "so, what do you want to do today?" needless to say, I stopped seeking her. BUT the one good thing that came from that trainer, is she is the one who introduced me to crossfit. Well, kind of. She asked if I had ever heard of it and told me I'd really like it. I'm still not sure if she was trying to get rid of me or not but boy was she right.
After I stopped seeing her in the spring of 2011, I did my first half marathon and then just stopped caring as much. I had put on approximately 40lb in less then a year. I got a puppy and suddenly had no time for the gym. I also lived at home again where my family didn't really care about what they ate and we weren't on the same page with health/nutrition/physical fitness. I decided to make a little bit of a move in October of 2011 to oceanside! Best decision of. My. Life.
More and more people had been talking about crossfit and I Figured I don't have a gym membership anymore. Might as well give it a try. When I googled where the closest one was, Oceanside Crossfit came up 2 miles away. How could I not give it a go.
From day one, I was hooked. And it wasn't long before I became obsessed. I stared out at 3 days a week and I found myself thinking how I could manipulate my work schedule to fit in more days at the box. Let's just say I worked it out.
Not only do you get a killer workout every single time, but I've also made some really great friends along the way. Everyone genuinely cares about your well being and your progress and wants nothing but the best for you.
So with the encouragement form all the wonderful coaches and an easy switch to paleo, I'm back down to where I want to be. I'm not at my "thinnest" but my jeans and clothes fit better then they ever did before. Crossfit has definitely changed my life forever and I couldn't imagine my life without it. I DRANK THE KOOL-AID! :)