CrossFit does a body good.
Over the past several years I had gotten comfy, you know, happy, settled, eat what ya want comfy and not worry about it until I have to buy new clothes and then stress and decide to start a diet. Try it for a month or two and fall off the wagon and then I am right back where I started, again. After my little one was born 6 years ago I never got back to where I wanted to be, I tried diet after diet. All the fads; Atkins, low fat, prescription diet pills, HCG shots with B12 injections. I lost a few pounds and it came right back. Serial yoyo dieter. I never tried exercise. I bought a few gym memberships but never used them. It was boring and not challenging. I just could not get into going to the gym to walk on the treadmill for hours and was not educated enough to use the machines.
We take the kids on a ski trip for Christmas every year. I love to ski, but the last two years were very tough, I was so out of shape and so heavy that my knees hurt and I just did not enjoy it. I was scared of hurting myself because my body was not use to the exercise. When we came home I took notice of a friend’s Facebook and Instagram. He was always posting pictures of Paleo food and his clients in his gym working hard and I contacted him and scheduled a time to go visit. Wow, I knew I was out of shape but never knew how bad it really was until I was in the gym that day and I did an evaluation workout. It was not just bad it was terrible, I could not even do a situp, much less a pushup! I came home and mentally committed to changing my life. I woke the next day and I have never been more sore in my entire life. My legs hurt so bad I could not climb the stairs in my house. I went back, I started with one on one training because there was just no way I could keep up in class, I was pretty pathetic. I went 3 times a week to start and it kept getting harder. On my off days I would walk to try to work out the soreness. After a few weeks of one on one classes, I did it, a true CrossFit class. If I remember correctly it was Karen (severely modified) but this workout began my hate for wall balls. The weight started coming off, a few pounds a week, I could feel my body changing, a little at a time, running was a struggle and still is for me, I dread it, I use to skip workouts that had running. With Jake’s encouragement I do my best to embrace running now (I still moan and groan about it, my version of embrace).
I found Swamp Rabbit CrossFit 2 months in, since joining in March I have never looked back. I come 5 times a week most every week. I can do things today that I never imagined I would be able to do 10 months ago. I have worked hard for 10 months and I continue to work hard because I have goals I want to achieve. Every month I set a small goal for myself and try hard to reach it whether it is a skinnier band on pull ups or to string together a few toes to bar. The accomplishment is a great feeling. I love it. I love the competitiveness. I love the sense of community. I love the push and I love who CrossFit is making me.
My whole thought process about losing weight and being healthy has changed. I have finally realized that the weight does not come off overnight. I recently hit my goal of 45 lbs lost. I think I have raised the bar and want to lose 10 more, we will see what happens.