"I can clearly remember the day I was officially jerked in to the reality of my unhealthy lifestyle."
I was at the doctor’s office for a physical and after some small talk, she looked me in the eye and said “I hope you aren’t planning on getting pregnant any time soon, you are in no shape health-wise to have a baby. You are overweight, your diet is unhealthy and inconsistent, you don’t exercise and you’re only 23 years old.” Whoa! I had only been married for about a year and wasn’t thinking about kids but hearing it straight to my face shook my world. So I tried to turn things around, I decided to try Zumba a couple times a week with my sister. Around the same time, my husband went to a CrossFit gym with a couple friends of ours, he instantly fell in love. We kept doing our separate workouts for a little while, each time he’d try to convince me to go with him but I was literally terrified because of the workouts he’d describe to me.
After a few months of listening to him I decided to try it out. I told him I’d only go to a morning class because I was too embarrassed to work out with our friends. That first workout consisted of running, push-ups and kettlebell swings. I barely finished, and took way longer than everyone else. The next morning I could barely move, but there was a spark. I wanted to do better, push myself harder, and see if I could change things around.
After doing Crossfit for a couple months, my box that I attended in Washington decided to do a Paleo Challenge for the New Year. My husband and I both decided to participate in the 30 day challenge. My starting weight was 175, I was amazed that a week into it I lost 10 pounds. I loved the results I saw with Paleo, my face cleared up, I slept better and I had enough energy to do two WOD’s some days. I had never felt healthier and it was great. We decided to go a little past the 30 days and ended up doing a 6 week challenge. My ending weight was 140…I lost 35 pounds in SIX WEEKS! I went from a size 10/11 to a 6, and a large/x-large to a medium.
In June of 2012, my husband and I moved to Chino, California for a new job he was offered. As excited as I was about the future, I was nervous that I would gain back everything I had lost without the support of my Crossfit in Washington. I tried out a Crossfit in the area for a couple months but felt the need to look elsewhere for a place that focuses on community. I found Chino Crossfit and instantly felt like family walking through the door. The one thing I love about this box is that they have pushed me to be a better me. After a year of CrossFit I had most of the basic movements down, but Gabe and Karen didn’t let me stay with “basic”. Since I’ve been at Chino Crossfit I have learned kipping pull-ups, toe-to-bars, REAL push-ups and I can do an 85 pound thruster ☺ I walk in with hesitancy most days, wondering if I can lift that heavy weight they are prescribing; but I walk out confident, pumped and ready for the next day’s WOD. Not only has my body gone through amazing changes, but internally I feel like a whole new person.
That’s CrossFit. It’s an intense, tough, knock-you-on-your-butt journey; but it’s a beautiful, life changing and life giving one as well.