Shannon Longfield Leaves Lupus and Medications Behind

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A lot can change in a year.  For Shannon Longfield, 365 days of discipline and hard work led to losing 98 pounds, eliminating 6 medications, and nearly eliminating Lupus symptoms. 

In February 2017, Shannon entered Hellroaring CrossFit with stiff joints, difficulty doing basic movements, and uncertainty.  She quickly found a warm community and an inspiring coach who championed her goals and desire to pursue a healthier life. 

52 weeks later, and with tremendous discipline, Shannon went from being offered a handicap sticker to rediscovering her sense of adventure and training for a half marathon. 

After 52 weeks of tremendous discipline and effort, Shannon has gone from being near-handicap to rediscovering her sense of outdoor adventure and training for a half-marathon. 

Read Shannon’s inspirational interview below! 

How did you get started with CrossFit?

My husband was the one who really wanted to try it. I went along on his first visit to the gym. People were doing bar muscle ups and heavy back squats, I was like NO WAY! I was 125 pounds overweight and in horrible shape.

The owner was so sweet though and talked a lot about scaling and using CrossFit to be better at life that I decided to give it a try. I really never expected to continue. I figured that Gabe (owner and coach) would either make it so hard that I would quit or that he would be condescending and I would quit.

Neither happened, he scaled things perfectly and is probably the least condescending person I have ever met. Pretty soon I was hooked.

Where does your motivation come from?

My motivation is not wanting to be sick. I have Lupus and my joints are really affected. When I started Crossfit I was on about six different medications and some days I could barely walk.

My doctor had offered me a handicap sticker because even a trip to the store was difficult.

Within a few weeks of Crossfit and changing my diet I was able to start weaning off of some of my medications. I don’t take anything now and have almost no Lupus symptoms.

What's your typical training week look like?

I work out six days a week most weeks. Thursdays our entire gym does a mobility workout and Sundays are for rest.

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How have you built mental toughness, and how do you apply it during training?

I would not have said I was very mentally tough when I started. But I made up my mind that no matter how hard I would keep going until I was finished or the time ran out.

The more I did that the easier it got. When I started to have injuries I applied the same idea. I go and do what I can do. There is always something you can do and you can always keep moving!

What are your 3 favorite movements?

I love deadlifts, back squats, and rowing.

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How did your diet change after you started CrossFit?

I went all in when I started. We went from drinking lots of soda, eating out a lot and eating very processed foods to eating a gluten-free whole foods diet. Our diet continues to evolve as we learn more about fueling for performance.

Where do you train and what have you gained from your CrossFit community?

I train at Hellroaring CrossFit in Columbia Falls MT. My community there have turned into family. They have been my biggest supporters as I have worked to lose weight and get fit. I couldn’t do it without them.

How has CrossFit changed your life?

Over the last year I have lost 98 pounds, gotten off medication, made some awesome friends, rediscovered my sense of adventure and found my smile again.

I am much more active overall. We bike, hike, kayak, raft, snowshoe, snowmobile and the list goes on and on.

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What advice would you give someone new to CrossFit?

Give it some time to decide if you like it. It takes a little time to figure it all out and get involved with your community!

The support and encouragement from the community is what makes Crossfit great!

What are your future plans?

I am planning to get my CrossFit Level 1 Coaching Certification so that I can give back to my community.  Also on my list is to get my first pullup and run a half marathon.

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Follow Shannon's journey at 406chick.com or via Instagram @406chickgetsfit 

 


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