This week on That Girl, we are celebrating Holly Woodcock, an inspiring woman who lost over 100 pounds through Crossfit. Holly’s philosophy is, “In sports and in life you will never get any better if you can’t check your ego at the door and learn to take feedback.” By doing so and having the courage to walk into Crossfit two years ago, she has changed her life. Read more about Holly’s story and how she lost the weight:
Insurance Underwriter by day, Freelance Writer by night
Fitness/health accomplishment you are most proud of:
I am most proud of the fact that I got up the courage to walk into my local CrossFit gym (American River CrossFit) two years ago. CrossFit’s tagline is “Forging Elite Fitness” and with about 150lbs to lose, I did not feel very elite. I had to put my fear of the judgement of others aside in order to check out what all the buzz was about, and I am so glad I did. I discovered a community of amazing people, a passion for weightlifting that I never knew I had, and more importantly I got the exact results that the program promised. I’m down over 100 lbs, and getting the courage to walk into that gym that day has changed just about every element of my life.
What inspires you to get fit every day?
My partner Garrett and I are planning a family and there is nothing more motivating than A) preparing your body for a giant transition (especially one that requires you to put on some weight! ha!) and B) preparing to be a role model for a child. I want my kids to grow up thinking fitness is fun. Getting and keeping myself as healthy as possible is something I feel excited to do for my future family. I lost my dad at 19 to heart failure, and I want to make sure that I do everything in my power to stick around as long as possible for those who love me.
What do you do when you don’t feel like working out?
If my body is feeling a little worn down, I have no problem taking a rest day. Being active with your own recovery is an equally important part of your overall fitness routine. Not feeling like working out can be your body’s way of signaling that you need some downtime. If I know my body doesn’t need rest but my brain just isn’t feeling it, then I generally give myself permission to “Just Show Up” and tell myself that a phoned-in workout can be better than no workout at all. Usually by the time I get myself to the gym and warmed up though, I’m back in a good head space and want to try my best. But you can’t do that unless you show up.
Favorite energizing meal:
My post-workout obsession lately is a hatch chili burger on a bed of lettuce with some spicy sweet potato fries on the side. It’s a great combo of protein and carbs for refueling, yet it’s delicious and tastes just like fall should!
What’s your favorite way to chill post-workout?
Foam rolling while watching The Real Housewives of Anywhere. I’m a sucker for bad reality television. Especially if it comes on Bravo.
What is your top kick-ass workout?
Anything that involves lifting and running. Weight lifting is something I have taken to naturally because of my size and athletic background (I used to be a dancer and flexibility helps IMMENSELY with power and olympic lifting). And I am a terrible runner, so I always enjoy a workout that helps me work on my weaknesses. I mean, I like to complain about those workouts too, but ultimately I enjoy the opportunity to get better. My favorite CrossFit WOD (Workout of the Day) is “Nancy” — 5 rounds for time of the following: A 400 meter run followed by 15 overhead squats at 65lbs. Your booty will thank you in the morning!
Where is your favorite/most unique place you’ve ever exercised?
This year I did 5k down in San Luis Obispo county that involved some trail running, and I enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would (remember, running is not my strength!). But the scenery was so beautiful that somehow instead of focusing on the challenge of the run, I just couldn’t stop thinking about how lucky I was to see the world from this angle.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned through sports?
My dad spent seven years playing in the NFL, so athletics are definitely something that have shaped the person I am. Between the advice he gave me over the years and the experiences I’ve had with CrossFit, I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that you’ve always got to be coachable. In sports and in life you will never get any better if you can’t check your ego at the door and learn to take feedback. The person who can do that is always improving. The person who can’t will only stay the same. The best decision I ever made was to check my ego at the door and walk into American River CrossFit. And two years later, I am so much better for it.
Read more about Holly on her blog.
Photo: courtesy of Holly Woodcock