A family history of diabetes motivates Linda to CrossFit and eat right


What brought you to Townie in the first place?

I knew I couldn’t lose weight on my own. I needed something that would hold me accountable for losing weight and getting into shape. I’ve tried many diets that never worked for me. I would do okay for a little while but for whatever reason I would start slacking off and eventually never go back to the diet. Almost like the yo-yo effect. I heard about the program from a member and she explained to me how Townie was different from anything else she had tried.  When she started talking to me about it I began to look at her with this, “yeah right” look. I was thinking, “I can’t do that stuff. I’m over weight and out of shape.” But she explained that the coaches teach you how to workout properly and customize the workout to fit everyone. So I decided I was going to give it a try!

Why do you CrossFit?

I’m doing this for my health, I’m very independent and I don’t want anyone to have to take care of me. I have family history diabetes, strokes and I don’t want any part of that.  I do have a thyroid disease called Graves which I’ve been in remission for about three years. Eating healthy and controlling my weight is something I have to do which will help with my autoimmune disorder.

What was your first “bright spot” or accomplishment?

My first bright spot was when I did my first burpee. The first workout I ever did, I struggled getting down and back up off the floor. In fact the coach actually had to help me off the ground. Now I have done 30+ full burpees in a workout. I can do so much more now than I ever thought possible!

What are you working on now?

I’m working on getting stronger, moving more and eating better. 

What is your favorite thing about working out at Townie?

The things I like about coming to the gym is that everyone is so friendly, and encouraging. I don’t feel left out or less than, but I truly feel a part of the gym family.