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  • Customer Of The Month | Karen Dominguez

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    Photo Credit – Amanda Kimsey/Crossfit Leesville

    In April 2014, I was 48 years old and diagnosed with Stage 3 Triple Negative Breast Cancer. 7 months ago, I finished my last radiation treatment – the last phase of an almost year long battle that took me through 16 rounds of chemo, bilateral mastectomies with lymph node removal and 33 radiation treatments. It was the toughest year of my life!

    I am so thankful I am a Crossfitter and have an amazing box that surrounded me with love, support and never treated me like I was ill. I was able to scale my WODs and continue to be active during all of my treatment. Because I had all my lymph nodes removed on one side and radiation on that side, I had issues with my range of motion as well. I have to wear a sleeve with traveling and any exercise. My range of motion has gotten much better – almost 100%! I started swimming as rehab and used strokes where my arms stayed under water, which was a great compression for my arm. With massage and stretching exercises, my range of motion has gotten much better. I’m forcing myself to go slowly with overhead weighted movements, and I’m at the age I listen to my body.

    I’m a lifetime Weight Watchers member – still working on getting to my goal weight (this is a story all it’s own LOL). I’m back to Crossfit 3 times a week and loving every minute of it! I was doing CF a year before diagnosis and instead of seeing all this as a setback, I’m seeing it as a time to really focus on technique and I know I’m so much better at my movements now. I am a work in progress, but I know I am stronger physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually because of my cancer journey. God is so Good!

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    Karen’s mom and sister surprising her! We love this!!!  Photo Credit – Amanda Kimsey/Crossfit Leesville


    In addition to Karen being our TOTALLY BA Customer of the Month, she was also Crossfit Leesville’s Athlete of the Month AND just participated in Barbells for Boobs, with the event raising over $4000!! To see more amazing pics, check out Crossfit Leesville on Facebook!

    Thank you, Karen, for the honor of sharing your story with the T2T Community!

  • Customer of the Month! Kaseedee!

    unnamedWhen Andrea asked me to write a blog for July, I was honored beyond belief but as I sat in front of my computer trying to type…..tumbleweeds……what do I have to write about that would interest people???  Then it hit me….so here goes!!!

    I know that we all have said or been told “don’t judge a book by its cover” but how many of us actually do it??  I know that I do more often than I would like to admit and I’ve been on the other end as well.  When I first started my fitness journey many years ago (damn this fit thing takes a long time!) I fell in love immediately (even though I weighed 275 lbs and people thought I was nuts).  I knew my calling was to help other people find their passion in health and fitness.  But as I got started I was overweight and becoming a trainer, the looks and comments I got were very hurtful to say the least, how was I going to help others when I couldn’t help myself, that must be the laziest trainer out there……I wasn’t doing it for their approval, I was doing it to help others but it still hurt.  Even after the weight started coming off and I was working my tail off I was never quite like the other trainers/class instructors…..I got passed over for jobs because “I did not take enough care of myself” –seriously I was told that!!!  Anyway fast forward a few years to moving to NYC…..if it wasn’t hard enough to be a trainer in small town USA, now move to NYC, the land of beautiful people LOL.

    unnamed-2The next few years were hard on me mentally, emotionally and physically.  I took my health from one extreme to another ( I was determined the only way to be successful in this biz was to fit the “mold”), well that didn’t end well at all!!!  I actually finished a client one day and went to the ladies room where I overheard her say to her friend “ugh, why did they give me the fat trainer?”  REALLY??  I was a size 4 at that time!!!!  I started falling out of love with fitness and becoming one unhappy lady!  Finally one more move and I found my happy at the gym again.  I have a great job, an amazing training partner and am happier than I have been in a long time.  BUT the judgement still comes to my BFF and I…..we are both not small and neither of us look like we “belong” in a weight room, but we love to see people’s faces when we leave the room!!!!  We go in kick butt and work to improve ourselves and not live up to anyone else’s goals except ours!!!  People never expect two 5 foot tall chicas to toss around the weights or hit the bags quite like we do (its actually kind of fun when new instructors say ladies grab 5lbs and we grab 20 LOL).  Anyway I’m rambling!  I have since pushed myself to reach new levels of fitness from marathons to kettlebell competitions and everything in between.  I am helping people reach their goals everyday whether in person or on line, I love getting messages from people that follow me saying that I motivated them to get their workout in because of my journey.  My BFF and I push each other and don’t care what others think (they can kiss my big fat cellulite filled a**).  I can’t say that the judgements still don’t hurt, but ain’t no one got time for that……we are too busy racking up medals in kettlebell sport!!!!

    unnamed-3The point of this story is to really emphasize to you, before you make that rash judgement think about what that person has been through to get there…..my goodness, I went from being almost 300lbs to being a gold medal athlete, with my sights set on making Team USA in the next 2 years!!!!  Also for those of you who feel the effects of judgement……well, as in the words of Taylor Swift….Shake it off!!!!  You are so much better than that!!!  You are strong!!!  You are an athlete!!!  Most importantly you are you!!! And that is what you need to stay true to…..if I had listened to my naysers years ago I would not be where I am today.  I have taken control of my life and am happy with who I am, I am not the skinniest, I am not the strongest but I am my strongest and my HEALTHIEST!!!!!

    Have a FIT day!!!
    Kaseedee
    Certified Personal Trainer/Pilates Instructor (Mat and Apparatus)
    NASM Weight Loss Specialist
    NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist
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    Email: coachkaseedeej@gmail.com

  • Customer of the Month! SARA!

    So this is the 2nd month of highlighting some of our awesome customers, because YOU guys are why we are here and successful… and your stories, no matter what they are, are important, and they should be shared with all of you because maybe they are going through something that relates to you!!! How do our customers of the month get picked??!?! Well, actually it’s random. We email you, say hey, want a free shirt, and do you want to talk on our blog, and that’s it!!! So, look out for an email from us, and now, check out this awesome story from Sara!!! 🙂

    before_afterMy Journey to Being Awesome:

    Through exercise, healthy eating, sheer determination, and a crap ton of motivation, I said goodbye to unwanted pounds and hello to a healthier, happier and fuller way of life!

    My name is Sara and there was a time when I gave myself every excuse in the book for being a overweight. I had always been active, playing many sports since I was a kid, but I’ll admit that I wasn’t in the best of shape. So, after over a year of a friend trying to convince me to try her cool crazy gym, I caved and went to a friends & family day. That day I fell in love…with CrossFit. I lost about 30 pounds over a 6 month period, but I soon plateaued. Makes sense since I ate whatever I freakin’ wanted. I convinced myself that since I work out…like hard core, so it’s ok…it kinda balances out, right?

    Well, I soon became discouraged and unmotivated. This isn’t working. I stepped on the scale and saw it teetering very close to the 250 mark and decided that’s enough. How did I let myself get to this point? I was so disappointed in myself. I needed to change what I was putting into my body. I needed to stop making excuses and start working on me!

    I went through my cupboards and fridge and began boxing up basically every bit of sugary and carb-loaded goodness I had. Out of sight, out of mind, right? I did not want to set myself up for failure. I knew my weaknesses. I also knew my strengths, so I set my goal weight: 150 pounds. I made a deal with myself that I would not give up and I would not make excuses. In addition, to motivate myself even more, I decided that when I reached my goal I would reward myself with a red velvet cupcake and personalized pair of CrossFit Nanos.

    The first week was the hardest, but I saw results! I was consistently losing about 1-3 pounds per week. There were temptations, I’m not going to lie, but I wanted so desperately to reach my goal and show the world how awesome I could be! No excuses, just be awesome!

    Fast forward to today: I am 99 pounds lighter! My outlook on life has completely changed! My attitude has greatly improved, my energy level has skyrocketed, and I am overall…just happier! I did it! I didn’t do it alone though. I had many people, near and far, in my corner backing me up. I relied on these people who cheered me on, lifted me up, held me accountable, didn’t let me down, and motivated the crap out of me. I wouldn’t be where I am or the person I am without them. They say you should live without regrets, but I will admit that I have one regret: I regret that I didn’t do this sooner. I wasted so many years not living them to their greatest potential! I don’t want others to do the same, so my new goal is to spread the motivation! I will be in your corner cheering you on and motivating the crap out of you!

    Believe in yourself! You can Be Awesome!

    No Excuses! Just Be Awesome!

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  • Customer of the Month! Kelli!

    We are going to start highlighting some of our awesome customers, because YOU guys are why we are here and successful… and your stories, no matter what they are, are important, and they should be shared with all of you because maybe they are going through something that relates to you!!!

    SO THIS FIRST MONTH, our amazing customer Kelli, here’s her story!!!!

    unnamed (7)I began my journey actually last March 20, 2014. I’m 5’4 and I was 255lbs. This Friday will make 1 year. Initially I began running, I did couch to 5k, and eating healthy/counting calories. I ran in my first 5k race, without any walking, June 7th. The first 4 months of my lifestyle change I lost 47lbs. I’m a nursing student, graduating this May, so last fall life got busy again and I maintained that weigh til this past January. January 5-February 14th of this year I completed a 6 week weight loss challenge and lost 21.2lbs in 6 weeks (this is where the picture is from). Last week I joined crossfit and I love it so much already. I’m excited to take my fitness to the next level and I know it’ll help me get to my goal. My goal weight is 170 and I’m now roughly 186-187lbs and I’m determined to be 185 this Friday because I want to be able to say I’ve lost 70lbs. I owe so much to my friends and family for all the support. I also am grateful for nursing school because it showed me exactly how important health is. It helped me learn to save others while saving me at the same time. I’ve never seen myself as a healthy fit person but that view is quickly changing. I got called skinny twice yesterday, which is mind boggling. I love your company and I gladly wear your tanks all the time!