My Life – one year later

Has it really been a whole YEAR already?  Sometimes I feel like I’ve been doing it my whole life and other days I feel like I have a long way to go and I just started.  What, you ask?  CrossFit that is.  I embarked on this amazing adventure to not only get in the best shape of my life and feel my best but to challenge myself mentally and physically like I have never done.  I did sports in High School and I use to say that was when I was in my best shape and was the “toughest” I’d ever been.  I’ve had personal trainers and yes, they were amazing and pushed me to my limits and helped me become a better ME but it wasn’t until I walked into the box (CrossFit 603) that first time back in November of 2011 that I realized the only person I could compare and compete with was myself and the only person that was going to get me there was just that, myself.

This past year has tested me personally but CrossFit has been there every step of the way.  Without it I don’t know what I would have done.  I have gone in on my worst days and walked out with a little less weight on my shoulders.  And I have also gone in on my best day and have walked out with an even bigger smile on my face.

People ask how I’ve done it?  That I look great (thank you very much), look happier and lighter and seem at peace with myself.  I take great pride in those compliments.  Trust me it hasn’t been easy but its been a journey and one that I am extremely proud of and have worked really hard at.

Yes, it all started back last November with CrossFit.  It was super intimidating and a lot of the movements were complicated.  I think I started with 1-2 days a week and I wasn’t super consistent in the beginning.  Now I go weekly and about 4 times a week.  I miss it when I don’t go.  I crave it.  I talk non-stop about it.  I have loved the community and friendships I’ve built.  I drive past about 3 or 4 other CrossFit boxes on my way and it takes me 45 min to an hour to get there but its where I started and its where my “family” is so I keep going.  I don’t let anything get in my way to making it in weekly.

When I get into the box, its great to see everyone but I usually keep to myself.  Me, quiet?  I know – hard to imagine for those who know me.  But this is my time, my time to connect with my inner self.  We start with a warm up and then once the clock starts everything seems to just disappear.  Its just me, my sweat and my struggle to finish strong.  Even on the days when I WOD by myself, I never feel truly alone.  I almost push myself harder on those days, never wanting to give up.  I have days when I walk in and see the WOD and I get scared.  My inner voice says “you can’t do that” but the fighter in me, says yes you can.  Somehow I have become a competitor, more than one I thought I would ever become.  I’ve had times when I’m working out and I think I could just shave off time by mis-counting reps; no one will know … except I will know and at the end of the day I am only cheating myself.

So, yes CrossFit has been the best thing that has happened to me in a long time.  And I wouldn’t be here without the support of the CrossFit community especially my coaches Todd and Angela.  But I will say I wouldn’t be here, this strong and feeling this great without eating clean as well (shout out to the Whole30).  When I started the Whole30 in August I had no idea how my life would change so dramatically by changing the food on my plate.  But it did.  So it is true; Eat Clean and Train Hard!  The effort in the end does pay off…

So for that I am grateful.  Grateful to all the support but even more grateful for CrossFit coming into my life and changing it for the better!  Here’s to another amazing year, with more goals and more success.

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