For those of you who have read my short little biography, you will know that I kinda began my journey into the holistic health field when I began attending IIN (The Institute for Integrative Nutrition). While attending, I had the joy of connecting with fellow students & grads- we often stay in contact with each other through social media (instagram or facebook). We also have been known to bounce ideas off of each other!
Some of you have been emailing me asking me about CrossFit and asking questions like "Will I get huge if I do it?", "Will it change my body in a negative way?", "How much stronger will I feel?" etc. I have to say that I myself do not know as much about CrossFit, but I do know someone who happens to be a fellow grad of IIN who eats, sleeps, and breathes CrossFit & lifting.
Her name is Carley & she runs a business called Change For Good. You can like her page on Facebook HERE. Like many of us who attended IIN, her Instagram is loaded with snap shots of healthy prepared meals, smoothies, quotes, and #tbt of what we looked like physically before we discovered the secrets to nutrition. She looked good to begin with --I won't lie! Anyone would be blessed to have her as a health coach. During our schooling at IIN, I remembered her as The girl who does that funky yoga pose with her hands behind her back.. but she did something that many of us do eventually that is life changing.... she changed her routine which lead her to being happier, healthier, and umm.. STRONGER than ever before!
When I asked her what she did to Change For Good she simply replied:
"So I started to lift consistently four days/week at the end of January, along with eating a clean diet of 5-6 smalls meals a day. I was also doing cardio two or three days/week, but no more than 30 minutes at a time. I just kept up with that routine, and my body started to change!"
I have to agree-- her body began to change for reals! Before she started changing up her routine, she has the classic signs of a cardio junkie, posting pictures to Instagram & Facebook of marathons or running events. She was in shape - she looked good & she felt good. She had the classic cardio body- strong legs and an otherwise healthy frame- but then she threw in some lifting.. Most women that I train and talk to are scared to lift because they think they will end up bulky like a man-- next time you say that.. remember the picture above..
She began doing CrossFit- and CrossFit is not for the faint of heart! My husband is in the Navy and some of his fellow sailors do CrossFit and they throw up every single time they doing it without fail. CrossFit breaks down fat and builds muscle extremely fast- it even breaks down muscle and makes it stronger and leaner over time. It also builds endurance. I don't know if I have the guts to do full on CrossFit like Carley does! CrossFit has been known to not only strengthen the body but strengthen the mind as well.
"I began CrossFit in May and absolutely fell in love with it. I love feeling strong and seeing myself progress. I was doing it three times/week at one point, and I want to get back that! Right now I go about once a week"
Like many women & men, Carley had no idea how much stronger she would get once she started lifting! I remember chuckeling to myself reading something on her Instagram about how she had to have her wedding dress taken out because of how much muscle she had built in her back. Now any other girl (myself included) would have cried and completely freaked out, but not Carley- she did admit she almost freaked out but then had to laugh to herself.. and even if she won't admit it -- I know that she was proud of herself for building that lean tissue!
As I said before, Carley is a fellow grad of IIN and she is living up to the tasks we were all given by going to the largest nutrition school in the world! I have been privileged to talk with her on the phone at one point & chat with her from time to time. She had a beautiful wedding- in which she showed off that muscular back of hers (my husband saw one of her photos and said "WHOA! That girl's back looks awesome!"). She has been an inspiration to many- and even to me!
Healthy By Choice will forever endorse Carley & Change For Good!
So there you have it- even if you are "healthy" there are many things you can do to get yourself stronger & inspire others. What are you going to do today to Change For Good?
Good job Carley- you rock!
Who am I?
My name is Jessica Kellaway! I am the earth loving, natural parenting, Jesus loving weirdo your mama might have warned you about!