Like lots of girls, I was a little “fluffy” in elementary and middle school. I became very interested in fitness and nutrition in my high school and college years. Again, like lots of girls, my weight fluctuated during these years as did my self confidence and motivation to be the best version of myself that I could be. It became apparent that exercise and I would have to be best buds if I wanted to stay happy and healthy. It became my hobby, stress release, and favorite way to spend some time by myself to think.
In the past, I tried lots of different kinds of fitness. Twelve years of dance, Zumba, running half marathons, aerobics, a little weight lifting— You get the picture. So when I heard about CrossFit, I thought it sounded like something new and fun. My son was about five months old, and I was trying my best to lose the weight I gained when I was pregnant. Let’s just say I do pregnancy Jessica Simpson style. I ate for at least two of us, and I knew I had my work cut out for me to get back to my pre-pregnancy size. I wasn’t used to being out of shape. Nor was I used to working full time, being sleep deprived, and trying to spend as much time with my little family as possible. I thought, “Why not?”.
I gave CrossFit a try… and I was completely hooked! After the first week or two, I was sore in places I did not know existed. I fell in love with how challenging, intense, fun, and different every work out was from anything I had ever done. I finally found something that I can do forever without getting in a boring routine. I will constantly be able to set and meet new goals, see changes in myself, and be healthy for my son, my husband, and myself. CrossFit has not only made everything I do easier physically, but it has changed the way I approach challenges, goals, and life. If you are reading this and even the slightest bit curious what it’s like… Go for it. You will be welcomed and encouraged by the CrossFit community. But remember, once you drink the kool-aide there’s no going back!!