I believe in learning to fail, but never failing to learn – Lyzelle Woldson – Quality Assurance Pharmacist
Meet Lyzelle Woldson, Pharma Dynamics’ very own Superwoman! Having recently participated in her first Comrades Marathon.
“Training for the Comrades was hard work, but nothing worth celebrating comes easily. I believe in learning to fail, but never failing to learn. Everything has a value, and everything has a price. Including success and failure. Choose either one and be prepared to pay the price.”
She is also known as the office CrossFit extraordinaire, but life in the Woldson household was not always this way. “I remember being about 20 kilograms heavier just after the birth of my daughter. I looked at my own and my husband’s lifestyle and we decided that a change is necessary if we are going to set an example for her. The best time to start was yesterday and the next best time to start is today.”
At that stage I belonged to a gym, but I was struggling to stick to a routine and hardly attended. When I came across CrossFit, I was fascinated by the strength of the women specifically. I took up the sport and never looked back. It’s not only physically beneficial, but mentally it helps me to deal better with the stressors of day to day life. I like to be around positive people. That way I get inspired and inspire others.
That’s why I decided to implement a CrossFit challenge in our Scientific Affairs Department where we spent a minimum of 2 – 3 days per week participating in classes as a team. Not only did our team spirit and relationships improve, but a 100% of participants found this challenge to be beneficial, 70% of participants showed improved fitness and 50% showed an overall weight loss.
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