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My Story: Solcana Athlete Sara Lewenstein

I came to Solcana in May because I was feeling, for lack of a better word, crappy about myself. I had top surgery in December 2016. After top surgery, I thought everything would be different. I thought I was going to automatically love my body because it would finally look the way I knew in my head it was supposed to look. But I still didn’t like the way I looked. Instead, I was sore, bruised, swollen, and covered in surgical marker. I was tired and weak. Some of this was due to surgery, but some of this was because I hadn’t worked out consistently in two years. As I began to heal, and the bruises and swelling went away, I still didn’t love my chest. Sure, my dysphoria surrounding my chest went away, but I still wasn’t happy with myself. I couldn’t walk up a flight of stairs without huffing and puffing. I had already gained back the five pounds of breast tissue my surgeon had removed. I had to buy new, bigger pants. And above all else, I was upset that I couldn’t be body positive about everything. I was upset that I was letting some stupid, arbitrary pant size number make me feel bad about myself.       This summer, I decided to make a change. I feel best about my body, no matter what I weigh or how I look, when I’m being active. I also know that I suck at working out by myself; I need accountability. Solcana gave me that accountability. And, it gave me a safe space to workout post-top surgery. I was nervous about working out after surgery. What if I couldn’t do an exercise because my chest was still tight? What if I had to explain about top surgery? Would I be respected? At Solcana, none of that was a problem. I feel safe and respected and I love starting workouts by sharing pronouns. Through working out at Solcana, I have become so appreciative and in awe of my body and what it is capable of. I never thought my body was capable of a handstand. But now I can do a wall walk all the way up the wall and I feel confident I’ll be able to kick up to a handstand soon. I can do pushups from the ground and deadlifts and other Olympic lifts I never would have thought I could do.       I’ve also been inspired to work on goals I had long since abandoned. Before Solcana, I had pretty much given up on being a runner. I thought it just wasn’t for me and always used my bad knees as an excuse. When I started at Solcana, I could barely make it through our warmup jogs to the fish dumpster and back. I especially dreaded Morgen’s warm up jog route, which sent us to the corner of cedar, left to the set of stairs, then up and down the stairs three times. By the end of the third time up the stairs, I was always gassed. Recently, I ran a mile in 9:45. I can only remember running a mile in under ten minutes once in my life. My new goal is to get below nine minutes and then to finally run a 5k. I’ve also seen changes outside of the gym. I work on the third floor and normally take the elevator up to my office. A few weeks ago, I came to work and there was a massive line of people blocking the elevator. They were waiting to check in for some event taking place in the first floor of my building. I immediately dismissed the idea of pushing through the crowd to get to the elevator and instead turned around and took the stairs without any sort of hesitation. I made it up all three flights of stairs and was only the tiniest bit winded. I could not have done that 6 months ago. Overall, Solcana has been life changing for me. As a trans person, I never really looked in the mirror and liked what I saw. All I can say is that dysphoria sucks. Now, I am the most in love with my body that I’ve ever been. A lot of that was top surgery, but working out at Solcana has also helped tremendously. I feel strong and powerful and muscular. And I’m always excited to go workout to see what I’m capable of achieving.  

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Shevaun Church and Katie Burgess are two of the most fascinating people you'll ever know. They are both the type of people who like to constantly learn new things, and are willing to try anything. Shevaun is a woo-woo goddess. She is a magical skin-care guru as well as a food-lover. She is always thinking about ways to improve her gut health, experimenting with how food...


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The Fall Challenge was a phenomenal success. People made huge PR's on their push press, front squat and power cleans. More than that, I saw a ton of improvement on overall form and technique. Also, I had the pleasure of witnessing so many of you re-attempt the Hendrickson Beep Test (despite how painful it was the first time around), and saw so many people add...


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Problem 27: Cleaning out my locker

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The last day of school was always a difficult one for me. Amid the exchange of AIM screen names and promises to keep in touch over the summer, there was that daunting task: cleaning out my locker at the end of the day. In fifth grade, I found the remote control to the family TV that was missing since winter. In high school, I remembered...


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SLEEP. SLEEP OF COURSE.

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November Athletes of the Month

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Congratulations to our November Athletes of the Month, Martha Williams and Marit Peterson! Coach Jenn Schaal nominated Martha: "She's been a diligent crossfitter since body adapt and I love seeing the progress she's making (even though i haven't coached her since BA). Seriously, her consistency is awesome!" Coach AJ adds "Martha is awesome to coach. She’s been consistent in her evening attendance and been working on her squat form which...


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My Story: Solcana Coach Melissa Ho

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WEEK 100: Keeping It 100

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KEEPING IT 100 By: Lauren Anderson Holy Cannoli! I never thought I would get here, but here I am. 100 weeks of working out, and boy is my life different. Not just my body, but my mind, and my whole way I engage with the world. That is no small feat. I have never stuck with a workout-type-thing this long in my ENTIRE life. I have learned...


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WEEK 99: Calling For Back Up

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CALLING FOR BACK UP By: Lauren Anderson Beep beep beep. Snooze. Fifteen minutes later... beep beep beep. Snooze. After my fourth round of snoozing, I knew I was pushing it. I had to get up. But I can't. I just can't. So I snooze a fifth time. I finally decide that I don't really have to get up for another hour. I knew I was going to try and make...


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Problem 26: New Clothes

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So, I feel like I should start this blog with an update, or a confession rather. I still haven’t gotten rid of my skinny clothes. But listen, it’s on my to-do list. My ever-expanding, constantly-in-the-back-of-my-head to-do list. I write one every morning, now, and it’s helpful but I have noticed some items just get written out of habit, and not necessarily intention. I’m hopeful that...


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WEEK 98: JIMMY CARTER'S WORMS

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JIMMY CARTER'S WORMS By: Lauren Anderson     Funny thing about progress, is you never know how fast it will come. Sometimes you order a new skin cream off late night television and WHAM! You get beautiful skin after only one application. (This has never happened to me, but I keep dreaming.) And sometimes progress shows up in such tiny doses that it's impossible to even see it until years...


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Erin's Journey: The Essential You 101

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Hey ya’ll! Betty here, checking in one last time. I am writing to you from the finish line of a very tough race, and you know what’s here at the finish line? Pumpkin spice lattes! Pumpkin spice lattes and what turns out to be another leg of the race. Re-introduction of the forbidden foods is the home stretch! In recap: for the past 21 days I...


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WEEK 97: The Ripple Effect

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Erin's Journey: The Essential You 101

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