Member Spotlight: Alayna Webb
I sat down with Alayna earlier this week to ask her some questions. I chose her for 2 reasons; One was that she has had an amazing amount of success with weight loss which is what brings so many people to the gym initially, the other is that she has such a great attitude and has a contagious inspiration about her.I’m sure this is why our community has bonded so much to her, and having friends at the gym is what keeps us here making progress. I picked a half-dozen of the topics we discussed and paraphrased her answers in hopes we can all glean something from them.
1.) What was the first change you made to lose weight and how much did you lose?
I switched to a vegan diet in October, I have lost 112 pounds since the switch. The biggest difference with a vegan diet is you just can’t eat all that crap.
2.) How long have you been coming to CrossFit and Challenge Fitness classes?
I started here in March, so every night for the last 3 months. I hadn’t been really looking to get into fitness, I was walking some but wasn’t that disciplined with it and hadn’t been able to much because of the weather coming out of the winter.
3.) How much weight have you lost since adding fitness to your diet changes?
My “CrossFit Loss” is 57 pounds.
4.) In addition to your classes you also just participated in the 8 week Get Phat Challenge, tell us about that.
I lost 17 inches and 40 pounds during the challenge, I won $400 all together for that! The challenge was great because it started with the assessment and you knew it would end with another so there was accountability.
5.) What has been the single biggest contributing factor to your success?
Having Triton as a training partner. He literally drug me in here back in March and I was so terrified I was shaking. We ride out to the gym together every night and he checks in on me and holds me accountable with nutrition as well. But this whole place is a positive environment and the support system is what makes the difference. My first night Kriss heard me say that “I can’t” do something. She made me add the word “yet” to that statement. She shared her own struggles with weight loss and fitness and that meant a lot. It’s important to have people who understand the struggles and have been there.
6.) Do you have any advice for anyone who has been thinking about coming to our gym but is maybe a little afraid?
First, you have to let go of all your fears and all of the reasons you could stay home. When I first got here I couldn’t do a bear crawl or squat without a box. Now I can do both and am learning Olympic Weightlifting and I love snatching weight. Make taking care of yourself a priority and be consistent. I take one rest day a week and eat one cheat meal, within reason. I keep coming in and feeling more and more capable, I’m excited to see what I can do!