Seanna's Athlete Story: Gaining Confidence and Losing 14 Inches

This month we’re interviewing Seanna. She’s been with us for a little over a year, has lost over 14 inches around her waist and hips, has a stronger and more positive mental attitude, and is a strong woman!! She started in our Bella Bootcamp program and then moved into normal CrossFit classes. 

Q: What originally brought you in to CrossFit Ampersand?

A: Pressure from friends. I was a huge nay-sayer and excuse maker, I had 2 friends that told me they really thought I should just do the bootcamp to try it. So I did after about 3 or 4 months.

Q: What was your first impression?

A: The boot camp was so informative! I remember being walked through everything and even though I was about dead after a 200m run I felt like I accomplished something after going the first time!

Q: After the bootcamp, why did you stay at CrossFit Ampersand?

A: Because I knew I could. It might sound strange, but coming in after a regular class to do the bootcamp is very intimidating. I did the bootcamp twice, then felt ready to attend regular CrossFit. It's more varied and it makes you work, but I wanted to accomplish more. I knew you would help me.

Q: What's one accomplishment you're proud of during your time at CrossFit Ampersand?

A: Realizing my strength and accepting my limitations. I have a history of thinking positive for everyone around me and NEVER for myself. I have learned to stand a little taller knowing that I am healthier now than I was a year ago, and I love myself for it.

Q: What will you do next? 

A: May 25th I have a physical fitness test for a Corrections Officer position with the state. This is a HUGE deal for me since I tried about 10 years ago and couldn't pass the physical portion of the interview. I feel very confident about it. Also, I want to figure out double-unders and toes to bar. My body just needs to figure out the movements! Lol

Q: What advice would you give someone who is interested in starting bootcamp or CrossFit?

A: I think I would just let them know how negative my attitude was when I started and how in one month I had not only turned my attitude around, but my outlook. The most powerful thing you've ever said to me (or written to everyone, but I took it to heart) is "Your health isn't an expense, it's an investment." I have never thought about the money I've put into this journey since. I'm worth it, and so is anyone else that wants to be better than they were.

Q: Anything else you want to share or say?

A: I do want to address the fact that I have hit some bumps in this road, just being human. I have taken time off, eaten bad, I smoked for a while after I started working out, and I've slipped and started being negative toward myself on a lot of occasions. The point is: this isn't an all or nothing type of thing, everyone is human. I am proud of myself for quitting smoking so I can run further and catch my breath a tiny bit faster. I am proud of myself for coming back. I am proud of myself for getting back on track whenever I get overwhelmed by life. I feel like a lot of people think it's all or nothing, but if you focus on every little victory and be your best cheerleader it's a lot easier to pick yourself up and dust yourself off. This wonderful community CrossFit Ampersand has created helps so much as well. If you forget to cheer yourself on, there always seems to be someone there to help.