Last summer, Lizzie attended my summer camp along with my little sister Sydney from Wisconsin. They had been modern day pen pals via text messages and facebook. They arranged plans to visit me in Austin over the summer, under one condition... they had to attend one of my Kids camps at CrossFit Central.
Granted this was a record breaking HOTT summer, over 100 consecutive days over 100 degrees the girls faced some pretty intense conditions.
CrossFit brought these two girls together, and has impacted their lives more than they may be aware. After the camp, Lizzie embraced living a healthy lifestyle, making what may seem like minor changes. But in reality they will have major impacts on her for the REST of her LIFE!
Being a teenager is one of the most crucial times in anyone's life. It can be the best time or the worst. Today, I feel like kids need more and more guidance on what's REALLY important in life. Positive Mental Attitude needs to be taught just like any other subject in school. It is so easy to get caught up in the opinions and negativity of others.
Think when you've personally felt your best... your sweet spot. Might sound like this: your workouts are on, your diet is on point, there's balance in your life, a clarity, positive energy, calming sensation, doing things you love to do DAILY and/or unexplainable happiness. In order to even come close to finding your sweet spot you need balance. Emotional, physically, mentally, spiritually. One week of CrossFit Kids helped Lizzie get closer to her sweet spot.
I asked her a few questions about her experience, and well if you know Lizze she has quite the sense of humor. So I also asked her mother, who has seen the positive impact it has had on her.
ok! im gonna answer honestly!
Why did you enroll in the CrossFit Kids summer camp?
I enrolled in crossfit kids camp because of sydney..we had never met before and that was the only option.
What was your experience like? My experience was painful. I cant run and you made us do the 400 meter, I was so sore it hurt to pee.
What did you learn? I learned that crossfit is more exercises. and that being fat is not healthy! and how to cook healthy meals for my family.
What was your favorite part? My favorite part was going swimming and kayaking! I could be in the water all day! Ohhh and I love burpees..
How has it affected your life now?
Crossfit has affected my life because..I learned that exercising is good. I dont know I lost like 28 pounds from crossfit.I just did the exercises and ate lighter and I dont do hardcore exercises for your information!
What changes have you made since then? I've made so many changes in your exercises! you tried to kill me!!! i do like way less then your supposed to do but i still contine to lose weight!
Do you continue to incorporate CrossFit in your lifestyle. I incorporate crossfit in my 'lifestyle' I dont do burpees, running, or pull ups. but I do bike ride, swim, lift weights, walk, and jump rope!
What are some of the changes you've seen psychically? Emotionally? and Mentally?
I've lost weight and I look better now then I used to! My emotions have remained the same from before the camp and so has my mental issues... YOUR WELCOME MISS GILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLY!
Becca Miller Kalmes: Lizzie's Mom
Did you have any part of enrolling her in the CrossFit Kids summer camp?Yes, I encouraged her and her brother offered to pay for it so she would go.
How do you feel it's impacted Lizzie? I think that she learned how important it is to stay active, work your muscles and eat a healthy diet. Even tho I had tried to talk to her about diet and exercise, coming from an outside source, it seemed to really click for her. (it is so easy to blow off what your parents tell you!)
What changes have you seen in her psychically? emotionally? mentally?Physically she has dropped over 25 lbs. Emotionally she feels much more proud about how she looks and feels. Mentally, she is at an age where peers are brutal with criticism and she feels so much better about her self image.
Have you seen any changes in her lifestyle since she's attended the camp? She has taken charge of taking care of herself. She is motivated to exercise and eat healthier. She makes careful choices about snacking and has drastially limited her TV watching.
What do you feel her was your experience like? I think it was challenging but empowering as well.
Do you feel it has benefitted your daughter in anyway? I think it benefitted her in alot of ways. Self image, learning to make good choices,and learning to stay more active.
Do you continue to incorporate CrossFit in your lifestyle. Do I??? Not really! Don't tell Andy! lol But Liz is trying to keep at it.