Tuesday Transformation-Lanette Gooch

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Talk about a determined lady, Lanette is definitely that…Tell her to do something and her response is, “I’ll try.” I knew Lanette via church and teaching her kids at Trinity and here and there I would hint, “Gotta come check CrossFit out…” Glad I finally got that phone call from her telling me that she needed to get started!

Lanette is a go-getter, always wanting to do the extra work (runs blvd loops on her own 😉 ) and encourages others to do the same. I’ve seen great changes in her these last 14 months and I look forward to seeing what she does in the next 14! Did you ever think that you would be doing handstands 14 months ago?? 😉 Great Job, Gooch! 🙂

I started CrossFit in August of 2013. I was driving down Missouri Boulevard, contemplating how awful it was going to be to shop for a pair of shorts and a swimsuit for an upcoming vacation when I passed the CrossFit sign.  I picked up the phone and called a friend who I knew had Coach Debbie’s number.  Before I could change my mind again, I dialed her up.  I had no idea what I was going to say to her, so I just started talking.  I said, “Hi, it’s Lanette.  I don’t know how to say this, but I can’t do this anymore. I need a change.”  She promised to help, and she’s a woman of her word.

I used to do aerobics in the mid-1990’s. This was before I finished school; before I got married; definitely before having kids, a career and being appointed to the various  Boards and volunteer committees that find me even in my sleep.  Aerobics. Cardio. I could do this. How hard could it be?  I also remember dieting back in the mid-1990’s. I laugh now when I think about how easy it was in my 20’s to lose five pounds here and there; usually by just skipping breakfast and lunch and limiting my daily meals to a light dinner.  CrossFit, I thought.  I can do this.

Everything I knew was wrong. As the date of my first CrossFit class approached, I grew excited. I geared up mentally. I ate all of my favorite foods to taste them “one last time” before I started to exercise again after fifteen years.  I skipped breakfast and lunch the day of my first class…you know, so my stomach wouldn’t cramp during the workout.  I made it through the warm-up, and exactly two minutes of the first WOD before I sat down, light headed and tried to breathe.  It was hard. But, what I remember most isn’t how I felt when I didn’t finish.  What I remember most is how great it felt just to “get started”. I still have that feeling, even now, fourteen (14) months later.  As soon as the clock starts, I think, “this is better than sitting on the couch wishing I was taking better care of myself”.  I still scale the workouts.  I still have pounds to lose, muscle to gain, and a mind to overcome.  I still have so much to learn about nutrition (I hold a strong personal belief that chocolate chips should be a food group).  But – I feel better.  You will to. And, your friends here at CrossFit Unstoppable will be right there beside you to make sure you give it your best. 

An old camp song I learned as a kid starts out, “It only takes a spark to get a fire going…” There’s a lot of truth to that. The Rosslan family, all of the trainers, and all of the positive, funny, driven, supportive members of Unstoppable are a blessing to me and my family.  I have a long way to go. But I think I’ve made some progress too. I’ve lost forth (40) pounds since August of 2013.  Pick up the phone or just show up.  You are worth it.  See You at the Box!



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