Mar 29

REBORN Success Story – Laurie Roth

“You’ll just quit again. CrossFit is intense—are you sure you can do this? Look at your body—*sigh*. Why are you setting yourself up for failure again?”
These were the panicked, negative thoughts swirling through my head as I sat in my car outside CFRR that first day. Fight or flight reflexes primed, I wanted to drive away—fast. As desperately as I wanted—no, NEEDED to change my life, there was safety in what I knew about myself and how I had lived my life so far.
Overweight my entire life, I paid dearly for it in the self-esteem department growing up. As an adult, changing my lifestyle always seemed impossible. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 27 and struggled to accept it and adhere to my treatment. I’d quit whatever current diet, exercise plan, or medication I was on if things got tough. I became hyper-focused on the scale; when it didn’t move, I lost all motivation. I was shy and self-conscious about my body and did my best to hide it. But worst of all, after so many failed attempts at weight loss, I no longer trusted myself or believed a change was possible. After a lifetime of yo-yo dieting and disordered eating, my spirit was broken and I was exhausted.
In November 2015, I decided I couldn’t face another holiday season of overeating followed by another empty New Year’s resolution. Something had to give—now. My five-year-old daughter was learning from me and I didn’t like what I was teaching her. I wanted to be an example of strength rather than shame; resilience instead of defeat. I wanted to teach her how to love herself instead of to loathe herself. But I was lost. I needed help. Dear friends of mine, CFRR athletes, invited me to try it out. I called and made an appointment to meet with Coach Kali.
So there I sat in my car outside the gym—terrified. I was a 35-year-old wife and mom with Type 1 diabetes, zero confidence, and not even enough mobility to do an air squat. Thinking about my little girl is the only way I willed myself to put one foot in front of the other and walk through the door. I had no idea what to expect but managed to summon enough courage and trust one more time.
What I found was a community of people who are invested in being the best possible version of themselves—spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Moreover, I learned that the athletes and coaches were equally as invested in helping ME reach my goals and holding me accountable. With every workout, fear turned into determination and doubt turned to hope. From loneliness, I found camaraderie and a family who accepted me—right where I was, no judgment. They saw grit and potential in me that I couldn’t see for myself. And the belief others had in me gave me the courage to press on and challenge myself to do more than I ever thought possible.
I now workout 3-4 days per week in the 5 a.m. class. I’ve taken advantage of nutritional coaching and PT sessions with Kali, attended Oly classes and started meal prepping consistently. My lab work looks phenomenal and I no longer need insulin. At everybody comp., I’ve gained muscle, lost fat, and my mobility and strength have progressed as well!
Don’t get me wrong; I’m no flashy athlete and still have a long road ahead. I scale WODs like a boss and rarely get the opportunity to click the RX button in Wodify. But I’m happier and healthier than I’ve ever been in my adult life and I’m doing my best to set a good example as a mom.
Being part of the CFRR community has been nothing short of life-changing—not only for me but also for my daughter (who also does CF Kids). I am forever grateful for the opportunity to continue to learn and grow in this amazing family. For anyone on the fence about CrossFit, I’m a living testament to the healing power of this community. Even if you’re scared, just put one foot in front of the other, walk through that door, and make the choice to trust that change IS possible. Your best self is waiting here and we can’t wait to cheer you on!
– Laurie
 Laurie was featured in the CrossFit Journal last year because of her amazing story. She shared her struggles, her fears, and most importantly her path to living a healthier lifestyle.