I needed a push … and a free trip to Wodapalooza was dangled, so I joined a different transformation challenge

My “why”:

I am already a transformer and so proud of my journey. But I joined this challenge because I need the next push. The story from the beginning of my transformation is on my website, www.corinnecan.com. 

One thing that is really important to know is that at this moment, the why behind my transformation is not so much because my kids are watching. My why is more about my overall health and strength goals at CrossFit. #goalweightstrongAF

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Diagnosis = I was born with my knee cap shifted to the wrong place and should have had a lateral release surgery years ago; now have ground down the cartilage and need to keep my knee McConnell taped when I train and will knee a TKR at some point.  Also. Arthritis. Also. Torn meniscus.  

In the fall of 2016, I was having a lot of physical pain in my knee. I sought the help of my doctor, who sent me for an MRI and subsequently to a good sports-knee surgeon. They discovered that I was born with my knee-cap in the wrong spot, and unfortunately, while I was losing weight and complaining about pain, the nurse practitioner I went to simply told me I was heavy and pain was to be expected due to my obesity and sent me on my way to continue to lose weight vs. seeking a proper diagnosis/reason for the pain. In following her instructions, I ground down the cartilage beneath my knee cap. After PT and multiple visits, the knee surgeon and I decided on conservative treatment (he said I will need a total knee replacement by the time I’m 60) which includes doctor’s orders to lose weight.

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CrossFit Goals:
I was lucky enough to be at WZA in January of 2018, the whole time I was watching, I thought about what it would be like to be on the stage competing and I wanted to participate. The reason I want to participate is partially the festival atmosphere that can only be WZA. I met SO MANY people there who have inspired my journey:
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· Ashley Horner actually shouted my name out while I was walking past her in the grandstands
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· I got a selfie with Bill Grundler
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· Hugged the founder and owner of The Chestee and got featured on their IG story.
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· Checked in with Spencer from Xendurance and met the whole crew at Rebellia
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· Alyssa Christian gave me advice.

This drive to participate in this transformation challenge is also simply due to the competitor in me. I want to know if I can do it. Am I capable (I know not of some of the movements, but overall??)? Do I have the capacity, the strength and the endurance?

I paid attention to the athletes and talked to some of them about what it takes to get to WZA and to be competitive. One masters woman didn’t have rope climbs … and I watched so many people struggle with the swim.

I am _this close_ to getting a strict pull-up (I still have to kick at the very last part). I am working towards dips. And while I was able to get my first handstand pushups in the open, I have only been able to get one since them.

I want to crush this 10 week challenge. I am going to use it to jumpstart myself back towards weight loss and in order to be STRONGER. I know that I have it in me.

Nutritionally, I can dial it in.

Physically, we are in strength cycle at CrossFit and I am currently learning how to swim so that I can be successful if I qualify for WZA2019.

I need to do better at running because I did just qualify for the CanWest games at the end of July and that competition begins with a 4.5 mile run and this challenge will drive me to put in the hard work necessary to be successful.

I have the support of my husband, daughters and friends and have stated, if I win, it will be very similar to the Ashley Horner Challenge, when I was able to purchase a rower and a Rogue Rack with the winnings, I want to purchase either an Air Runner or a Ski Erg .

I am looking forward to the competition of the others in the challenge, to making new friends and to learning from RP and the other sponsors.

All the Best,
Corinne Cook – IG: pdxdressagemom

Body Fat Testing / Getting Some Numbers

This morning is our recovery morning (@crossfitreflexion #restday). Had a date with this bad boy this morning so I can get some starting numbers for the #wzatransformationchallenge and middle numbers for the #ashleyhornertransformyouchallenge || #wzatc #bealoser #10weeksto5k#fatloss #goaldigger #goalweightstrongaf @nutrishophillsboro @thewodapalooza @transformyouchallenge @rpstrength @rebuildadvancearise @ Nutrishop Hillsboro


Note: these InBody scanners are not 100% accurate. But if you google, you can find ways to make sure that each of your scans are comparing apples to apples and the way that I look at this is that I am getting data, on a regular basis, using the same type of metrics, so that I can compare it and use it for myself.

I have qualified AND he registered me!!!!! This will be my first individual masters athlete competition!!

If my loving and supportive husband Mike didn’t encourage me to try for this masters division in the @canwestgames, I wouldn’t have. 💕💕 . And tonight, he sealed the deal and paid for my registration.  MY FIRST INDIVIDUAL MASTERS COMPETITION>>>> and yes … I know that I may not be able to do ALL the things prescribed, but you know that I will do the best I can with everything that does show up within my abilities!! So, maybe there will be muscle-ups and me staring at the bar, but the yoke-carry, jump-over-the-wall, farmers-carry workout should be do-able for me.

Mike – thank you for your patient, encouraging and loving ways. Thank you for videoing, and for judging me (even in the one you no-repped me) … and for not giving up on me even when I was crying for not being able to get a HSPU … and for meeting me at the gym on our off day so that I could redo the clean workout because you believed as much as I did that I could get more.

A year ago life was so different. I’m so grateful you are in my life now to share these moments and this growth.

#hegetsme #igethim #crossfitcouple#imnotlast #progressnotperfection#domoreofwhatyoulove#imlearningtodomoreofthethings#liftalltheweights #ilovetoclean#andbycleanimeandipanddrive#doubleundersarethedevil#butirowlikeamotherfucker#anddowallballslikeaboss#burpeesaremyjam

Today is a Big Day


Over 5 years in braces. I’m so happy for my 16 year old daughter to get her teeth naked today. This was a huge investment in time … so many appointments.

The reason I’m posting this here is a little reminder for everyone doing Transform You.

Lizzy’s teeth “transformation” is so much like a weight loss transformation .. it took patience, time and a bit of discomfort … she relied on a team of supporters (mom, dad, sister, orthodontist and techs, friends who also had braces), had to follow instructions, be patient/not disappointed/remain hopeful through multiple changes (gaps appear and disappear and unfortunately sometimes reappeared), remember to wear her headgear and bands and trust the process.

Today’s a big day 💕💕💕