Turning 40 wasn’t a crisis for me, more of a checkpoint.  I realized that my body had much more potential and I needed to be more active. I have always had a busy life, working as a restaurant manager, and raising my kids, but I had never consistently exercised. My daughter is 5 and my son is 8, and I wanted them to grow up knowing that exercise is part of our life and daily routine. I started running and after getting Achilles tendonitis, looked into Airrosti soft tissue therapy.  Dr. Matt Arnold worked wonders on my tendonitis and suggested a coach for me, Bryan Diaz.

I started working with Bryan in September of 2011.  The CrossFit workouts were (and are) the hardest work I have ever done, and also the most satisfying.  After changing my diet to Paleo in January of this year, I have lost 20 pounds and counting, and have so much more energy.  I pay much more attention to the ingredients in food and eat things with all natural ingredients.  I feel stronger than I have in my entire life, and I am in excellent overall health.  My most recent physical was so great that my doctor took me off my blood pressure medication I had been on for the past 5 years.  I have run three half marathons this year (improving my time by 34:00), and am on track to run two more before year’s end.

Bryan’s training, the Paleo food plan, and CrossFit have improved every aspect of my life.  I feel healthy and strong, and that translates into everything I do. My husband and kids see the difference in my energy and mindset, and now they are runners as well.  My husband ran his first half marathon with me in June and my kids love to participate in fun runs. My goal is to run 5 half marathons a year, and continue with my CrossFit training four days a week, with two days of running per week, and one rest day.

The results I am seeing keep me determined to do my best at every workout. When I get tired and think I can’t do any more, my mind goes back to that before picture.  When I started, I looked and felt sluggish and tired. Now, I visualize myself succeeding in my workouts and races. I realize I can make it happen.

– Carla Singer

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