For our member spotlight we’d like to introduce athlete Nicole Smith. An amazing women that is an inspiration to many here at Diamond Bar CrossFit. The below photos are NOT photoshopped! Here is Nicole’s testimonial in her own words:

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Working out was never anything I desired to do. I always made an excuse to why I couldn’t. Growing up I was never a “small” girl. In high school I was a size 14. I had always wanted to lose weight, but I didn’t believe it was possible, I didn’t believe in myself. I always assumed I would fail so I didn’t try or give my all, I gave up and I chose to live a stagnant life.

Freshman year of College I managed not to gain any weight, but I didn’t lose any either so I thought the rest of was smooth sailing, after all people only talk about the “Freshman 15”. I started a full time office job at my University. We always went out to eat, had food in the office for parties, and after working all day I just wanted to go home and watch TV. Four years later and 60lbs heavier I was graduating at a size 20. I tried everything for an easy fix. I bought countless TV workouts that promised results, tookdiet pills, got a gym membership, you name it I’ve tried it. Spring 2012 I decided I wanted to do something for myself. I wanted to be able to run 3 miles. So I started walking 2 miles every day. Then I would run to the stop sign. I would run a little further each day. I was thinking the whole time… what am I doing? I am not a “runner”! There is no way I can do this! Each day I wanted to quit. But I had made a promise to my brother-in-law to run a 5k. That was the longest 40 minutes of my life, but I did it! I completed my first run. My new motto was if Nicole can run 3 miles, anyone could run 3 miles. I continued my running for a while, then got out of the routine and stopped by the end of summer.

 

On March 25th, 2013 I knew I needed to do something more so my friend and I walked to Diamond Bar CrossFit. I never thought I was going to sign up. Little did I know walking through those doors would change my life forever. At the end of the class the coaches said, “See you tomorrow!” I was sore, but thought it couldn’t get any worse so why not give it another shot. I was so out of shape, most likely complaining but they were there making sure they would see my face again the next day. They told me over and over if I give it my all they promised I would see changes. I was thinking a physical change. The hardest part was the mental challenge. I can proudly say at Diamond Bar CrossFit, I learned to believe in myself, because the coaches believed in me long before I did.

I feel that I am a changed person; mentally, emotionally and physically. Going to Diamond Bar CrossFit is truly the best part of my day. I remember the feeling of how I feel after completing the “impossible” looking WOD, when I hit a new Personal Record, compare old results to new ones or do something I have never been able to do! What I love most about my journey is that it hasn’t been alone. I have the support and love of the wonderful coaches and the entire box as my cheering team. I wouldn’t be where I am today without all of them and cannot express how much they mean to me. Today I am in the best place I have ever been in my life. I am at my smallest weight, the strongest, and most importantly the happiest! I cannot wait to see what Diamond Bar CrossFit will accomplish in 2014!