Like a lot of moms out there, I was skating through life unhappy with my weight. I always gave the excuse, “I don’t have the time.” I always thought I ate fairly well and exercised a couple times a week. I just didn’t understand why I couldn’t lose the weight after my third baby. I had a friend that had been doing CrossFit a couple of years and had been trying to get me to try it for almost as long. I kept giving her excuse after excuse as to why I couldn’t or wouldn’t try CrossFit for myself. After an extremely stressful summer, where I all but quit even the little “exercising” I did, my friend came to me again about giving it a try. I don’t know what was different that day than all the other days, I finally thought, hey I should try this. I decided I was sick of my own excuses, I was going to start. I was a little overweight and very out of shape. I knew it was going to be difficult, but that is exactly what I needed.
I’m not going to lie, I was scared to death to go to class. All those people who are already in great shape are going to look at me like I had no business being in that gym. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Everyone was very welcoming, encouraging and supportive. I made it through the first week (unable to raise my arms above my head) feeling good. Then second week and third week. Before I knew it I was already a month in. I had a huge transformation physically and mentally, I was addicted. Being the type of person that wants immediate gratification, I couldn’t have asked for a better type of workout.
I started my CrossFit journey on October 1, 2010 weighing 150 lbs. I wore a size 8 or in reality most days a size 10. After 30 days I lost 10 lbs and dropped to a size 4. I felt so wonderful about my accomplishments. If I can do all this in such a short amount of time, what else could I do. I couldn’t stop, I had to find out. After 2 more months I have lost another 8 lbs (damn I can’t hit that 20 lb mark) and am down to a size 0 or size 2. Even better than losing the weight I have been hanging on to for 6+ years, I am in the best shape of my life. I feel stronger everyday. I have bad days (oh, those overhead squats) but than there are good days. (did my first unassisted pull-up today!) Those good days keep me coming back everyday. I have met some of the most amazing people and can’t wait to see where else CrossFit takes me.