CrossFit Couple Beating MS, Prediabetes

Jackie and Justin Roth use fitness and healthy eating to improve quality of life and reduce disease symptoms, but the discipline and community they found at Mountain Loop CrossFit changed their lives in unexpected ways.

Jackie Roth was doing her best to prove gym owner Mitch Roehl wrong. In January 2015, she joined Roehl’s Mountain Loop CrossFit in Lake Stevens, Washington, and started working out twice a week. She continued to drink six Red Bulls and a soda and smoke a pack of cigarettes every day. More often than not, lunch was at Taco Bell or Jack in the Box.

Roehl told 37-year-old Roth she couldn’t outwork an unhealthy diet.

“OK, yeah, sure, watch me,” she thought.

Roth desperately wanted to change. She was 100 lb. overweight and had struggled with her weight her entire life. She’d tried diet pills, juicing and human chorionic gonadotropin shots, but she would always regain the weight she lost. What Roth didn’t realize was that although a change would require determination, consistency and hard work, she first needed to surrender. She had to wave the white flag, admit defeat and ask for help.

For Jackie, defeat came in the form of a doctor’s appointment. In August 2015, Roth’s feet and legs became so swollen that the indentation remained when she pressed on them. She went to the doctor and discovered she had high blood pressure and was prediabetic. Finally, she surrendered.

“I emailed (Roehl) and I said, ‘You know what? My way isn’t working. I’m willing to try whatever you want me to do,’” Roth said.

Roehl said: “Start showing up.”

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