Athlete of the Month: Liz Chivers

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      Like most of us at the start of a New Year, I made a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight and finally make some changes. For the first time in 9 years I wasn’t pregnant, struggling to get pregnant or nursing a baby. For the first time my body belonged to me and I wanted it back and better than ever. I was also staring down the barrel of a 9 month deployment and wanted healthy ways to deal with the stress. I was the heaviest I had ever been in my life and I needed a change.
     I started slow with making healthier food choices, going to the gym and couch to 5k. At first every muscle in my body hurt and I could barely run for a minute without feeling like my lungs were going to explode. I couldn’t believe that I was so out of shape. After a few months, in March, I competed in my first 5k. I seriously thought the race would never end, but felt so happy when I crossed the finish line. Right after my first 5k I got talked into doing a half marathon after my husband’s unit returned from their deployment. This goal was what I needed to stay focused. Slowly the weight came off, but by June I was bored and needed a change. I knew that if I were to accomplish my goals that I needed something new and challenging.
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      I had quite a few friends who were into Crossfit and it intrigued me. So, I decided to give Solafide a chance. I completed On Ramp at the end of June and went straight into progressions with Sylvia. The first few workouts were fun, interesting and challenging. I knew that I had finally found something that would keep my interest. By early August I was done with progressions and ready for the real thing. My first WOD was a 30 minute EMOM and boy what a work out it was! The thing I love the most about a WOD is the incredible feeling you get when you’ve just conquered a kick butt workout. Most of the WODs look bad and are worse then you think they’ll be, but the feeling you have when it’s over is what keeps me coming back for more.
       I’ve only been doing crossfit for about 4 months, but it has been an incredible journey. I can tell my mobility is getting better, I’m getting stronger and the movements are looking better. A great workout for me is when when I can make it through without being told to go a little lower by April! Sometimes I find it hard to believe that it’s only been 4 months, it feels so much longer! Solafide has become by haven. When my week is stressing me out, or I’m ready for my husband to come home, I bury myself in the WOD and magically my day is better. I love the coaches at Solafide, never have they made me feel like a beginner or weak. Everyone is super encouraging and I love suffering along side other people!
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      This year has been life changing for me. Every pound or inch I have lost I have had to fight for. This weight loss journey has been harder, yet more fulfilling then I thought possible. So far I’ve lost over 30 pounds and 35 inches, competed in 9 5ks and a Spartan Race, started training for my first Half Marathon and became addicted to Crossfit. The best part is that most of my journey has been on my own with my husband away. He’ll be home shortly and is truly coming back to a different wife. A wife who is happy, healthy, active and driven to be the best she can be! 2015 was a fantastic year, I can’t wait to see how many more changes I can make and challenges I can overcome in 2016!

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