I’m not usually a group workout person. I have worked out and run alone for a long time. But my experience at CFM in a group is great. Coaches and other athletes are awesome. They are the perfect mix of supportive and challenging. Especially being new to crossfit, that’s important. They help you manage your expectation of your own abilities, but also know when you are capable of more. Joining Crossfit Maricopa really has been an awesome experience.
Managing an invisible illness like diabetes can be such an isolating experience especially given the lack of awareness about what diabetes is, and the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the pancreas no longer produces any insulin. Synthetic insulin is an effective treatment but there is currently no cure. Since November is National Diabetes Awareness Month I would like to share a little bit about my journey so far.
I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in January 2000 at the age of 16. Today, 16 years later I am the healthiest I have ever been since my diagnosis. When I started at CrossFit Maricopa nearly 6 months ago I was in a rut. I was not taking the best care of myself; leading a mostly sedentary lifestyle and not fueling my body the way I knew I should. After I became a mom, I knew that I needed to make changes to avoid long term complications and to have a better quality of life overall.
When I started CrossFit my HbA1c (a lab test that shows your blood sugar average over the last 3 months) was at 7.5%; today it is at 5.8%. For reference, a healthy non-diabetic would be below 5.6%. By achieving near non-diabetic blood glucose control, I have more energy than ever before and my confidence has soared. For the first time in my life I feel like I am prioritizing ME and it feels great!
The support at CrossFit Maricopa has been nothing short of amazing. I am inspired by the coaches and athletes I interact with every day and I am encouraged not only by my progress but by the achievements of others! Today I have decided to embrace the challenges that come with this disease in order to keep me energized as I tackle the goals I continue set for myself.
I cannot wait to see where I will be another 6 months from now!
Congratulations to our August Athlete of the Month, Jose!
From Jose: “Don’t let your failures define you. Without failure there would be no progress! It let’s you know how far you’ve come.”
This is what one of Jose’s fellow athletes had to say about him: “Thanks Jose Morales but you are my vote for athlete and dad of the month. Gets his son situated, fixes his little girl’s hair, and then squats 300 something lbs. Get on board with that.“
Congratulations to our July Athlete of the Month, John Kempf!
Here are a few words from John: “I would like to say thank you. Thanks to all the coaches and other athletes that that have supported me and pushed me to better myself. Crossfit Maricopa has become my family. Since starting cross fit I have lost over 40 lbs. Cross fit has given me the tools to change my lifestyle.“
Our new running program starting up in September!! The program will be led by Holly Lyons, an avid runner who has attended the CrossFit Endurance Trainer Seminar in Colorado. For more information about CrossFit Endurance visit: http://crossfitendurance.com/faq/theory/ Interest list is now forming, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to our June Athlete of the Month, Jamie Leonard!!
A few words from Jamie:
“Started CrossFit in 2013-my primary goal was to lose some weight. I was doing
CrossFit 3 days a week and was still eating too much of the wrong foods so didn’t lose any weight , got discouraged and quit.
Fast forward to 2015-wanted (and needed) to get back into exercise. Considered going to one of the other gyms in town-been there, done that. I saw no benefit exercising on all those machines with no instruction, coaching etc.
So decided to come back to CrossFit- now 5 days a week and eating better and have lost 10lbs. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE CrossFit. I believe you get what you pay for-with CrossFit we get personal attention-coaches who coach, train, instruct, and challenge us to do our best. Best of all is the ongoing encouragement we get from the coaches and fellow Crossfitters.”
Congratulations to our May Athlete of the Month, Lindsey Beltran!!
“In February of 2014, I walked into Crossfit Maricopa nervous, excited, scared, and eager to try something I knew would be one of the most physically challenging goals I have ever set for myself. I soon found out that it was not only a physical challenge to complete the sixty minute class, but find the mentality to tell myself every day to keep going, and not give up. The work outs never got easier, I just got stronger and faster. Every day I strive to only be better than the day before. This mentality that I have learned from the coaches and fellow athletes will never change. The support, encouragement, and motivation that pours out of Crossfit Maricopa can never be replicated and I will never forget where I was given my new outlook on life, on myself, my health, and what I can achieve physically and mentally. That first day I entered Crossfit Maricopa, reading the community board, I saw the name of the Athlete of the Month and thought to myself, “I am going to be that, one day”. And I finally did it!”