Lizi’s Empowerment Story

Lizi Riley Before CrossFit 2013 Empowerment Story CrossFit Central
Overworked, tired, emotionally drained, never making time for my family, priorities were out of line. My job was consuming me and controlling my days. I was still carrying around baby weight after about 15 months postpartum. I only worked out when the stars were aligned and it was perfectly convenient. My kids were spending more time with babysitters because I was always at work.

I quit my teaching job in order to spend more time with my family- without a plan. Fate brought Jeremy Thiel back into our lives with a quick run-in at Whole Foods, and he asked if I wanted to stop by the gym and check it out. It was perfect timing for the changes I was making in my life.

Being an athlete all my life, I thought I had seen my peek body frame and that it was probably a thing of the past. Since beginning at CrossFit Central, I have a completely new body–stronger, leaner, healthier! My eyes have been opened to true nutritional values, ones that I can now feel confident in passing along to my children. I am a more attentive wife, a happier and more patient mother, and generally a different person. I take my health seriously, and have come to realize that the way I want to live is totally obtainable, and that I am fully capable of living the lifestyle I’ve dreamt of!



Lizi lost 20 pounds, 6% body fat & 4 dress sizes 

After my ACL surgery, I never thought I’d be able to participate in the physical activity at a highly competitive level again. I am now stronger than I ever was in my college days.  Dealing with postpartum changes (dare I say depression) was very stressful and taxing. I was definitely in denial that I would be comfortable in my own skin again. I am still working on this comfort level, but the negative thoughts about my appearance have dwindled greatly.

Before CrossFit Central, I felt like I was always tired and always impatient with my kids.  Now, I have come to appreciate my time with my family, and am incredibly grateful for my kids. I don’t feel like I’m missing the little things because I’m wasting time on other distractions.  Lastly, I’ve finally figured out I have goals!  Setting real goals for myself other than money, house, etc, has put my life in a new direction. This has motivated me and driven me to make the most out of my days, and seize every opportunity. I have stopped making excuses as to why I’m not doing this or that, and started taking actions to doing it.