“Hey… My name is Michelle Carrasco and I’m 21 years old. Since I can remember I’ve always been overweight: from elementary school to high school. My sophomore year in high school I made a change to be healthier and lose some weight. I managed to lose 40 pounds and I was comfortable. I wasn’t the happiest but I was okay. I still had that voice in my head telling me “you’re still the fat girl.” I don’t think it ever went away actually. After I graduated high school in 2009, I started letting myself go. I got a full time job and went to college full time. I was eating fast food religiously and got lazy to get a workout in. I was making excuses for myself… “I’ll just start next Monday.” “One bad meal won’t hurt.” “I’m too tired to work out.”… These were many of my excuses.
I tried all the “diets” out there. I tried weight watchers, failed. I did weight loss pills, they worked for a 15 pound weight loss then I would gain it back within a week. I did no carbs and sugars for a month then binged and gained it all back. I even tried nutri system and failed. I felt like such a failure. I turned to food for my comfort. Going through drive thrus and eating in my car so no one would see me. I always was wearing black clothes because supposedly it made you look thinner, lol. I always wore a jacket as if that would cover my body too. I would just look at myself in the mirror and I would feel so disappointed in myself. There were times I would just cry. I was not happy for a very long time. I was just breezing through life and not living my youth. I would see my friends go out on the weekends and made excuses to not go out with them. I didn’t want to get dressed up because I did not feel pretty, let alone have any clothes to wear out.
I got introduced to CrossFit a couple years ago but I wasn’t fully committed because I found an excuse for it. “I was just too busy with work and school.” I would go to the box and get a workout in but then eat garbage! My weight didn’t go down. As a matter of fact from January 2012 – August 2012 I managed to pack on 50lbs from eating out EVERYDAY! I remember watching YouTube videos of people’s CrossFit and weight loss transformation videos and saying I want to be that person. I am going to be that person. I remember the day, clearly, when I wanted to change my life. It was sometime in October 2012, the day I saw pictures from my brother’s wedding in August 2012. I couldn’t believe how big I was. I cried for hours! Something had to change!
I reached out to Jeremy to reactivate my CrossFit membership again in November 2012. Since then, I’ve been sticking to a STRICT Paleo lifestyle and I CrossFit 5+ days a week now. Today is February 25, 2013 and I’ve managed to lose 64lbs so far in a matter of 3 1/2 months. My whole outlook on life has made a 360 degree turn. I am beyond happy again and it shows. I am only halfway to my “goal weight.” I am very observant of what I am feeding my body. It is crazy seeing my body change week after week and to see myself improving at the box. I’m running again and I’m lifting too. I’ve motivated so many of my friends and myself every day. I never thought I would be that girl motivating people to lose weight and get healthy when just 3 months ago I was that person looking for an inspiration. YOU are your own inspiration and motivation. YOU have to want it and YOU have to work for it. It isn’t easy but it is worth it. I find myself getting mad at myself for missing a workout now, lol. I never have a “cheat meal.” I don’t find it worth it to trash my body after fueling it with healthy food. I’m beyond dedicated to this lifestyle change. I want to share with everyone that anything is possible if you put the effort into it. Thanks Jeremy for believing in me, thanks to all the CrossFit Kinnick Trainers for all your help and the extra push and to the amazing people at CFK I have met for the support and encouragement. And most importantly, myself for believing I can do it. I’m halfway there… I am NEVER turning back into that girl that was just coasting thru life and not living.”