Lyndsey Martin

On New Year's Day, 2010, I became one of those people who made a resolution to lose weight. I was facing down my 35th birthday in a few months and I was tired of hating every picture ever taken of me. I was tired of being tired chasing my kids around. I was tired of thinking I was young, but feeling old.

I had been an athletic kid through high school: competitive ice skater and basketball player. When I went to college, the freshman 15 was actually 20. And the sophomore 20. And the junior 20.... and by the time I had graduated, I had gained 65 pounds. Then I had a desk job, got married, had 2 kids. What seemed like just being overweight ended up with me weighing 100 pounds more than I had in high school.

I went on a diet with a famous national program. I lost 50 pounds but the extent of my physical activity involved playing on our Wii Fit. I started running- slowly- but I hated it. I didn't really know what else I could do for physical activity, though.

I joined a roller derby team when I was down 55 pounds from my highest weight. I got into the best shape of my adult life. I left derby after 4 years because it was a huge time commitment and began working with a trainer who I told that I wanted to learn how to lift weights. I did that for a year and a half and one of my goals during that time was to do a pull up.

While watching my youngest son play baseball, another mom asked me if I was interested in CrossFit. I put her off, but asked her if she could do a pull up. She looked at me like I was crazy and said, "Yes. I did 30 yesterday."

2 months later, I went to a CrossFit gym in Virginia. From my very first workout, I was in love! It was the hardest thing I had done and it felt amazing. 6 months after that, my family moved to Loveland. Before we had even moved into our house, I found a CrossFit gym. The more I did, the better I wanted to be.

For the first time since beginning to lose weight in 2010, I didn't want to be smaller, I just wanted to be stronger. Success for me while doing CrossFit hasn't been my clothing size, which actually has gone down. It's been the numbers that I want to go up- the number of pull ups I can do, the weight on my squats, how many reps I can do unbroken during a workout.

I'm excited that my family is going surfing this summer- something I've wanted to do forever. I know I'm in good enough shape to learn how to surf successfully and I know CrossFit has made that happen!

Doing CrossFit has made me feel so good that I want to share it with everyone. I earned my CrossFit level 1 certification in May and am proud to be a part of the coaching staff at 4982. I love it when people realize that CrossFit can help them move better and live their best lives!