The first is from July 2017 before I began crossfit.
The second is from September 2018, one year after joining.
These Pictures are about 3 years apart.
Two words: it works. Why quit something if progress is still going? Of course, this statement comes with an abundance of factors that attribute to the success of CrossFit for me. I can’t claim it’ll work for every person. In fact, I think any program will work for weight loss or muscle gain if you stick with it and persevere.
For me, the positive impact of CrossFit came from two main sources. Firstly, the community. My 5am and 6am family, on a daily basis, gives me the most supportive encouragement. If I’m being perfectly honest, I don’t like working out. The dying feeling during WODs? I hate it. But my gym family makes me push myself and makes sure that I’m more fit, more athletic, and happier than I was the day before. They’re not okay with me being less than my best self—something that I don’t always have the perception of seeing on my own. This demand from my CrossFit Tustin family has been, not just a physical transformation in life, but also an emotional and spiritual transformation.
While CrossFit Tustin has a supportive community that is unmatched, I would have to extend my gratitude to all of CrossFit. I travel for work and I go to other CrossFit gyms and the people there are welcoming and make me feel at home even though I have no idea who they are.
Secondly, when you decide to make a life change, the downfall is almost always, yourself. You don’t stick with it and you give up. I’ve done that with a number of things in my life: Atkins diet, P90X, all sorts of other diets, juice cleanses, etc. But I don’t think I was truly committed to any of them—you could easily find me eating Taco Bell a few weeks into whatever regimen I’ve decided to try.
This time around, I really wanted to make a difference. I mean, sincerely, committed to improving my health. It was not easy. I was going to CrossFit and REDLINE classes, every day, and doing my own skill work outside of classes. I was counting macros—for a year, I was on the “faster weight loss” track. I was angry the entire year from being hungry, but I still did it. I was sore from working out every day, but I still did it.
I started with CrossFit Tustin at 213 pounds (of fat). For someone 5’ 5”, that’s not a good weight. Today, 3 years later, I weighed in at 152 pounds.
- One day, I’m determined to do a flip without using my hands (front or back).
- I have yet to experience an earthquake. Since I have been in California, I was driving whenever we had some sort of a rumble.
- Anytime I hear a loud sound, I automatically think it’s a nuclear war. One of the main reasons why I moved away from D.C. Super irrational.
Rachel and Alex Cesa
Alex and I started CrossFit at different points in our lives. I started CrossFit 8 weeks after giving birth to our youngest daughter in August 2012. I remember hearing about the sport during pregnancy and couldn’t wait to get the go ahead from my doctor to try it out.
Alex started 2 years later in August of 2014. He wanted to make a commitment to taking care of his health and found it hard to push himself working out in our garage.