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Athlete Spotlight – Lottie Odom

By: Michelle Stafford 1 Comment

August, 2014: Athlete Spotlight 

LET US TELL YOU ABOUT OUR Lottie 🙂

Each month, CrossFit OutSpoken will shine the spotlight on one of our amazing athletes so that we may all celebrate their successes and learn a little more about each other.

August 2014’s Athlete of the Month is Lottie.

Meet Badass Lottie!!

Meet Lottie, a total inspiration and badass!!!

Since our grand opening, Lottie has been a constant presence.  She attends classes at all different times, depending on her schedule; but whenever she is there, she gives it everything she has.  Her dedication and hard work have resulted in tremendous improvements in her performance and body composition.

A naturalized Floridian, Lottie was born in Rockledge.  She’s lived here the majority of her life, with the exception of two years spent travelling around the country with her husband, Lee, and their two children.

She was never athletic, but always appreciated the talent, hard work and determination she saw in athletes.  She admits to being more athletic now, at the age of 44, than she’s ever been in her life.   

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That’s a ton of awesomeness in that picture!! Harlee, Lee, Lottie and Michele!!

Lottie had worked out with trainers, or on her own, on and off over the years and had gotten very bored and tired of globo gyms.  She “stalked” CrossFit for a year or so before gathering the courage to check it out.  She discovered CrossFit OutSpoken through Colin and Christine Kearns, meeting Colin through her work.  She realized her kids knew he and Christine through high school, and she friended Colin on Facebook, where she started seeing his posts about Christine’s CrossFit experiences.  She friended Christine, and she watched her success and improvement.  She also found Coach Michelle, who’s posts and beliefs struck a chord with her, and she hoped they weren’t “too good to be true!”  She decided to became a founding member of CFOS and has “not regretted the decision even for a second.”

Lottie admits to having always struggled with consistency.  She has a busy job that includes travel, and active kids.  As a wife, mother and executive, she said it was “VERY easy to become too busy to dedicate time to bettering myself.”  So, her first and primary goals when she started at CFOS were, 1. Be consistent and, 2. possibly consider competing (way down the road).  Toward those goals, she has attended CFOS at least 5 days per week for the last 10 weeks (since the grand opening). Her focus has changed from, “Am I working out today?”, to “What time am I working out today?”  She explained, “It’s no longer such a mental fight with myself to get there. My goals now are more directed toward doing things that scare me. I’m confident in Michelle’s knowledge and programming and know if she says I can do it, then I can do it. Then it’s just all mental!”

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Lottie in Snatch Mode!! Looking Solid girl!!

Since she started consistently focusing on improving herself, she can see and feel her body and mind changing.  She feels a huge accomplishment to have found her dedication and to realize its not “if” she will work out, but rather, “when”.  But that is just one of the many accomplishments she is proud of.  Two that stand out include performing handstand holds and the first day she was able to Rx a WOD.  However, she, “Feels huge success and feelings of accomplishment after every WOD.” She said, “Many days I leave the gym saying to myself, ‘I’m 44 years old and I just did THAT?!’ I have no time for negative thoughts. I never allow negative thoughts regarding my performance. I always give myself a high five for going and doing the work.”

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Victory!! First Handstand Hold:)

Heck yes!!! Strong!!

Heck yes!!! Strong!!

Currently the Vice President of a home health care company she helped start three years ago, she is a Registered Nurse with experience in post open-heart recovery and ER/Trauma departments.  She is very passionate about her career, as she is about her family.  In her off time, she likes to travel with Lee (her husband of 26 years), watch her sons play football, read and, of course, CrossFit.  

When asked about her experiences, Lottie said she had a few “mantras” for herself.  In her own words, she listed them as follows:

  • Excuses are mental challenges. She has struggled with insulin dependent diabetes since age 11 and has had moderately severe asthma her entire life. “I take several medications multiple times daily in order to keep these diseases under control,” she explained. “I have to time and manage my blood sugar levels, food and breathing meds; in addition to family, work etc., in order to be able to work out. I’m successful because I don’t allow excuses to derail me. For example; if my blood sugar is too low to work out at 0530 then I have to figure out how to get in the gym later in the day. If something hurts I go to the gym and discuss it with Michelle to determine the best way to handle it. I still work out. I’m very cautious about preventing injuries by listening to my body and my coach. But I don’t let these things stop me from working out and moving toward my goals.”
  • It’s me against me – “I’m competing against myself, not anyone else in the gym. I’m trying to be better than I was yesterday. Some days I tie my PR, some days I set a new PR. Either way I have succeeded because I showed up and did the work.”
  • I can do anything for an hour or however long the WOD is– “It’s true. Some days I come in totally pumped and ready to kill the WOD. Other days, not so much. Those are the days I tell myself I can do anything for however long the WOD is. I believe this builds mental toughness which is beneficial in and out of the gym.”

When asked if she had anything else to add, Lottie had this to say, “I’m so thankful for Michelle and Harlee who give 150% all the time. I’m so extremely happy and proud that my husband has joined me on this journey. I’m thankful for the amazing members in our gym who are team mates in this journey with me, and I with them. The sense of community in this gym is unlike any I’ve ever experienced and I look forward to celebrating many successes with the CFOS team!”

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Lottie getting after it!! Beastmode ON!!

Lottie is a wonderful athlete, a role model, a positive spirit and an inspiration.  We are blessed to have her as part of our CFOS family.  She has accomplished so much in the short time we’ve been together, and we look forward to seeing all of the amazing victories she will achieve in the future.

-by Harlee Stafford  

Comments

  1. Martha Howald says:

    WOW! Congratulations Lottie. This all takes a lot of will power and hard work. Consistently and discipline are the key to most anything. Keep up the good work. Glad to hear what is going on In your lives. Miss you!!! Martha & Frank Howald

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