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Production designer, wife, First In Family: Katie Grantier

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Investing in yourself is such an easy thing to put off, I did it for many years and sometimes I still struggle with it. Life gets messy and in the way and we can’t always control that. I took a chance on my outlook on life and myself turned around, and that feeling is addicting. To be truthful, you could put it off and put it off, but someday you will get sick and tired of being sick and tired. FIN will be there for you when you’re ready. ”

Tell us a little bit about yourself... ​

My name is Katie Grantier, I am from and currently live in Seattle, Washington.

I am in the techy world and work as a Production Designer (like a graphic designer but more technical).

I am married to Ryan and we have a little furbaby Lulu (cat).

I have gotten back into fitness and really enjoyed my journey in Crossfit, thanks to some amazing coaches. 

What brought you to the First In Family initially?

It was actually my CrossFit coach who started me on it.

I started attending regular classes and her and I connected and she suggested First In and how she had found it successful (and she is a BEAST so if I could potentially look like that and still eat cake I WAS IN).

I shot an email over to Anne and Jonathan and I asked them ALL THE QUESTIONS and there was really one answer that made me choose them. “You can eat whatever you want, as long as it fits. Literally, anything – as long as you can make it work”.

I wasn’t required to give anything up or sacrifice a goat. It was that simple. 

Tell us a little bit about your background and history with food.

Long story short, I was an athlete, got to eat whatever I wanted cause I trained a million hours a week. Got to college, stopped competing and still ate like I was.

Flash forward to post college, I yo-yoed all over the place. Lost a bunch of weight, gained it back, you know that whole story.

Eating out eventually became kind of “our thing” that Ryan and I did, so we literally fed into that habit.

We ended up treating food as a reward, a stress reliever, a night out, the list goes on and on.

What was the turning point in your life when you realized you needed to make a change?

My “lightbulb” moment really was because of Josie – my CrossFit coach.

She inspired me to be better and she supported me.

Also, I was just about to change jean sizes AGAIN and I just hated looking at myself. Everything happened at the right moment.

What was the journey like and what changes did you make?

Everything changed. How could it not? But in the best possible way.

It was like I was walking blindly day by day and then all of a sudden I could see colors.

Don’t get me wrong, there were and are still struggles, but nothing really compared to how mindless and out of control I felt before starting.

Of course I had to change how I ate, I couldn’t eat pizza and burgers literally everyday.

Luckily, I am not a picky eater so transitioning from eating like a dickhead to a more thoughtful, healthier assortment of foods wasn’t too hard. Just had to PLAN a little.

As for training, I just kept showing up! When you’re getting back into it like I was, the hardest part is just showing up. 

How do you feel after making those changes?

In control.

The weight slowly but surely started coming off and forcing myself to take pictures every week was and is the best self motivation tool. 

What did your friends/family think of your transformation?

I am blessed to have a very supportive family and husband.

My dad is a fisherman so he is gone for long periods of time (3-4 months) and every time he came back he noticed right away!

My coworkers will randomly see me and just say “have you lost weight?” which I gladly reply “why yes I have!”.

No resistance here, like I said I have a supportive family. And even if they weren’t, I wouldn’t care cause you know who will take care of you?

You. 

Were you active or did you workout during your journey?

Yep, and trust me, the better you feel and look, the more you want to train/workout/be active.

What does being First In mean to you?

This is a tough question for me. I think that being First In is actually more of a selfish act – in a good way.

Putting myself and the self care inside and out first and making myself a priority. 

What’s next for you and where do you see this journey taking you in the future? ​

I definitely am not finished yet! I want to see where this takes me, and are we really ever finished?

There will always be something.

I would love to give back and help others, maybe get a CrossFit 1 certification and give others the love and support I received. 

What was the biggest challenge or change when you started with First In and how did you overcome it?

I had done all the diets before, measuring and weighing wasn’t TOO bad for me.

The part I struggle with even to this day is keeping myself honest.

A bite here and there adds up and even if I think I’m “cheating the system”, I’m not. You get what you put in.  

What are your top 5 "secrets" for success?

1. Don’t give up – keep going, even if you fuck up one, two or even three days. Get back on the horse.


2. Trust your coaches.


3. Use the FIN Fam as support system.


4. It’s okay to put yourself first.


5. If you’re starting out, take your pictures! I know it’s scary and hard, but TRUST ME it’ll be worth it later!!!


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Any advice for someone thinking about getting started?

Investing in yourself is such an easy thing to put off, I did it for many years and sometimes I still struggle with it.

Life gets messy and in the way and we can’t always control that. I took a chance on my outlook on life and myself turned around, and that feeling is addicting.

Is it perfect now? Nope, but sure is a hell of a lot better than before. It’s what keeps all of us going.

To be truthful, you could put it off and put it off, but someday you will get sick and tired of being sick and tired.

FIN will be there for you when you’re ready.   

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