I started crossfit around six months ago. It was the end of January, and, of course, I had made a New Years resolution to lose weight and get in shape. I’ve done this every year since I can remember, yet it always turned out the same way. I would join a new gym, start a new diet and hoped that it worked this time. They always lasted three to four weeks before I got bored and went back to my old habits.
I was determined that this year would be different. I was finally going to master the “life-style change.” I soon started to watch my diet, and my sister and I would go to the gym three days a week; however, I would do the same thing everyday. I felt overwhelmed and uncomfortable every time I entered the gym, so I would go straight to the treadmill, walk for thirty minutes, then leave as quickly as I could. I never broke a sweat, never pushed myself, and never saw any results. I realized that I had to change my approach if I wanted to change my life.
My husband, Andy, kept telling me about crossfit. He had stopped by to visit Johnny a few times and said it might be the change I was looking for. About three weeks into my diet we went to Johnny and Amy’s house where I finally mustered up the nerve to ask about crossfit. The thought terrified me. If I was uncomfortable in a regular gym how would I make it in a crossfit gym? Would people laugh at me? I soon found out the next week. I met my sister at our old gym, but, instead of going in, we drove to CFT. We went to observe and get information. Johnny had different plans for us. We ended up in our very first crossfit class. I could not believe just how out of shape I was, or the fact I couldn’t do anything we did that day. It was pretty much a blur because of nerves and the lack of oxygen I experienced, but what I remember most about that day was how nice and encouraging the people were, and still are. Not once did anyone make me feel uncomfortable or out of place.
Since day one I’ve been hooked. My life has changed drastically in six short months. I have lost 60 pounds and have made new friends with some of the most amazing, inspirational people, but most of all I am extremely happy. I have learned to love myself, my body, and the person I’ve become. I still have a long way to go, but I get closer everyday, and I’m loving the journey.
One of the best parts of my experience has been sharing it with my husband. He joined crossfit in March and took to it quickly. He soon stopped smoking after more than ten years. He is now breathing better and feels like a different person. It has brought us closer in our marriage. We now share similar goals and strive for better health for each other and our family and friends.