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Effort, Pain, and Difficulty Equals Success: Janie’s Story

“Nothing in the world is worth having, or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well”.
― Theodore Roosevelt

So true.

This was a quote given to me by one of Shoreline CrossFit’s most inspirational athletes, when I told her that I wanted to write a blog regarding her amazing commitment to getting her life back; a testimony to her unerring effort to become fit, and tenacious spirit that has caused a total transformation to her body.

Many of you know Janie K.  She is mostly a “nooner”, but oftentimes, can be seen in the evening sweating beside many of you, as her two children look on.  Most of you know Janie looking like this:


Very few of you remember eight months ago when Janie walked through the doors of SCF and looked like this:

Janie back in October

Janie back in October

According to Janie, CrossFit saved her life.  She is a single mom of two, and was always an avid runner.  Janie had to have a serious back surgery. This caused her to fall into a depression, which led to her eating unhealthy foods that she would never have eaten previously. Her orthopedist told her that she could in no way run, which only furthered her depression.  Janie gained 100 lbs in a short time period, thus increasing her depresssion.   She was ultra ashamed of this weight gain, so she literally hid in her house for a year, not allowing anyone to see her.  She was well aware of how unhealthy this was, and that she would have to do something.  She states regarding her health at this time, “Omg, even my friggin toes hurt!”

Can you imagine how difficult it was for Janie to walk into Shoreline CrossFit??!!

But she did.  And walking through those doors for the first time is sometimes the hardest part...

As she relates back to her first few classes, she states, “I’ll never forget my first one-on-one with Chu. I couldn’t even bend over, or do an abmat sit-up without a resistance band wrapped around a black pole. I remember rowing, and my stomach being so big it was getting in the way of the pull.  A 100m run was torture, and for an avid past runner, that was disheartening. Chu made me feel a sense of hope again and I was hooked! I’ve followed Shlee’s classes for the past eight months and I love that girl!”

Here we are eight months later, and Janie has lost 90 POUNDS!!!! That’s right, 90 POUNDS….that’s what I weighed in eighth grade…She’s lost 20 inches off of her waist, 10 inches off of her hips, 9 inches off of her thighs, and 11 inches off of her bust. This is a total of 50 inches lost.  This is over FOUR FEET!

Don’t get confused…of course this wasn’t easy.  Janie puts it all on the line at SCF six days week.  Being a single mom, and working in addition, she is often tired.

She’s still at the gym.

Janie has dealt with injury as well, but she scales her workouts so that she can still exercise.

This is a commitment; one in which she refused to yield to fatigue, anxiety, injury, or anything that life throws her way.

Janie is an unbelievable example of perseverance, determination, and sheer power of will.

She wants me to let everyone know that she is far from done from the finish line as far as her fitness goals are concerned.

We know girl.  We know you’ll get there.

In CrossFit, we give a lot of accolades to the elite athletes amongst us; the Fronings, Clevers, and the best in our own boxes, but I look up to the Janies.

I personally cannot imagine what it has taken to get her to where she is.  I try to grasp a small understanding of it as I train clients with similar stories.

I want you to know how overwhelmingly proud the SCF team is of all of our athletes that overcome obstacles, both mentally and physically, to be at the gym daily.

It does not go unnoticed.

Janie sets a great example for Maeve and Decklin, her two children

Janie sets a great example for Maeve and Decklin, her two children

Looking amazing!

Looking amazing!

9 Responses for Effort, Pain, and Difficulty Equals Success: Janie’s Story

  1. Ryann bretone-Reid:
    June 25, 2013 06:52 am

    Your amazing!!!!

  2. Mary:
    June 25, 2013 07:34 am

    Janie, you are an inspiration! Keep it going girl!

  3. Maryann N:
    June 25, 2013 09:24 am

    You keep it up! You look amazing!! We are following your lead!!

    1. Judy O:
      June 25, 2013 09:50 am

      WOWEE!! Way to go Janie!! You should be so proud of yourself! What an inspiring story!! Stay strong. You got this.

  4. Tricia Anderson:
    June 25, 2013 11:23 am

    Janie!! Your time is shine is now and you deserve it 🙂 Hard work does not go unnoticed. That is a great story and you are a great inspiration. Keep up the good work ~

    1. Jean:
      June 25, 2013 12:09 pm

      Awesome work, Jane! Your commitment is amazing, and I’m very proud of your hard work!

  5. Daisy Gutierrez:
    June 25, 2013 12:23 pm

    Wow! What an inspiration and an example to follow! You go girl! You look amazing!

    1. Janie Kearney:
      June 25, 2013 09:12 pm

      Thanks you!!! :))

  6. Hilary Carlson (Finnemore):
    June 26, 2013 02:10 pm

    I just wanted to say that this post was extremely encouraging. Last November I began having knee pain that progressed to the point of barely being able to walk. Apparently I have, at age 31, severe arthritis in both knees. Activities that I loved such as hiking and even kayaking were no longer possible, let alone crossfit. I even had to stop working. I’ve gained a ton of weight and became very depressed. Three weeks ago I had surgery and last week started physical therapy. At first I thought I’d never recover, but after just one PT session I began seeing progress. Prior to surgery I couldn’t even bend my knees enough to make a full rotation on the recumbent bike and even at my first appointment this wasn’t possible. Within 3 days, with daily exercises, I was able to do a mile at max resistance. Today I’m up to 3 miles and went for a mile walk. Seeing such progress has been so encouraging! Reading this post helped a ton too! I now have faith that I’ll soon be back to doing the activities I love. It’s easy to get discouraged and fall into a rut..but seeing the obstacles other people overcome and switching to a positive attitude, can make an amazing difference!
    Thanks again!!