Myesha Green, PhD
Myesha is a quiet force at CrossFit East Decatur. She comes into and leaves the gym most times without anyone noticing. But the proof of Myesha’s presence and hard work is in the numbers. She has worked incredibly hard to become one of the top female athletes at CFED.
After coming to CFED in 2009 then taking some time away in 2010, Myesha returned in 2011 with a new mindset. This included a new approach towards fitness and most importantly, her diet. After first resisting the advice of her CFED coaches, Myesha finally embraced the paleo lifestyle and has watched everything change. Both the numbers on the scale drop and with her waist size have decreased as her strength and endurance have increased. Both her discipline and commitment were tested this past summer when Myesha returned to school to obtain additional certification within education. Despite going to school everyday during her summer vacation and writing multiple papers weekly, Myesha was able to maintain a decent fitness level, enabling her to return to CFED ready to go in the Fall of 2012 . She has since gotten her family to make some changes to their lives as well; her husband Neil has joined CFED, where he is establishing himself outside of his well-known wife. “PhD”, as she’s called by some, has even gotten her mother to change some dietary habits!
“It has been thrilling to watch Myesha transform”, says Owner and Head Trainer at CrossFit East Decatur Shana Alverson. “Getting to witness her realize her potential over the last three years really is as much of a reward as I could ask for as a coach”. Coach Lauren Sandoval says that Myesha “is a great example of what it is to be CrossFit strong”.
Congrats Myesha, you make CFED proud!!
What was your athletic/workout/eating routine before CrossFit East Decatur?
Growing up, I was not athletic and never participated in sports. As an adult, I tried to make an effort to stay active by walking or going to the gym. My eating habits, however, were horrible! My basic diet consisted of bread, cheese, candy, and diet soda.
When did you start CF(CFED)?
I started CFED the week of my birthday in 2009. After a year, I took 11 months off for personal reasons. I started back full time in 2011.
Why did you choose CFED?
After visiting several crossfit gyms, I decided to join CFED because of the coaches and the community. The coaches were helpful, knowledgeable, and encouraging and the members of CFED were welcoming.
What were your goals when you started?
When I started, I just wanted to make it through a workout without dying. I was also looking to lose weight and get into better shape.
My biggest accomplishment in CrossFit THUS FAR is:
I learned how to kick into a Handstand! I couldn’t even do this when I was six! My deadlift isn’t half-bad either.
What has your experience been with the nutritional guidance you’ve received at CFED?
The coaches at CFED encouraged me to try following the Paleo way of eating. I resisted for a very long time because I thought it would be impossible for me to give up bread and candy. I finally decided to join one of the Paleo challenges offered by the gym. During the challenge, the coaches helped me to learn more about healthy eating. They offered nutrition talks, recipes, meal ideas, and a tour of the farmers market. They took the time to read over my food logs and helped me to find ways to gradually improve my eating habits. Once the challenge was over, the coaches continued to offer support and encouragement as I worked to make permanent changes in my eating habits.
How do you feel after changing your nutrition?
I have so much more energy! I no longer have headaches or stomach problems, and my insomnia has disappeared. After 7 months, I have lost 45 pounds and my jeans have gone from a size 16 to a size 8. I feel healthier and stronger.
What is your favorite meal?
I love spaghetti squash with meat sauce and anything with bacon.
What is your favorite thing about CFED?
I love the coaches and the people. Everyone is encouraging and supportive, and we have fun working out together. I also love being able to throw around heavy weights.
How has CFED changed the way you live your daily life?
I now see exercise and healthy eating as being a permanent part of my daily life rather than something I do just to lose weight. I cook a lot more, and I don’t eat crap!
How many days a week do you workout?
I come to CFED for a WOD at least 4 times a week. I aim for 5.
What do you do in your spare time?
Can you repeat the question? What is this spare time of which you speak?
What is your favorite movement?
What do your friends say about your lifestyle?
At first, my friends were skeptical about the Paleo way of eating and the weightlifting I was doing at the gym. Now, several of my friends and coworkers are trying Paleo and want to try crossfit. My mom is even reading more about Paleo and has stopped eating bread.
One word to describe CrossFit East Decatur: _________.
Life Changing. Crap, that’s two.