Fitness has always been a part of my life. I love movement and the challenges that come with different physical endeavors. Swimming and diving competitively, dancing (ballet, tap, jazz, and “cuttin’ rugs”), running, some weight lifting, and more recently, kayaking, are some of the activities I’ve enjoyed over the years. However, in recent years, I’ve found that my workout routines were not producing results. This time a year ago, I was running four to five days a week for about 45 minutes, yet, seemed to be losing muscle mass and was “softer” than ever. I was incredibly discouraged by investing so much time in my workout routine, and getting no positive results. Something had to change.
Some friends of mine talked about Crossfit and this crazy “Paleo” diet all the time. I tend to reject fads, especially when it comes to health and fitness, and I assumed Crossfit and Paleo were just that (fads). Until, I saw them with stellar abs!!!! So, I joined in August, of last year, and have literally been hooked ever since.
For the last ten months, I’ve WODed consistently three to five times a week. If I cannot make it to the gym, I’ll challenge my husband to 100 burpees or hold burpee or squat competitions with my elementary students. However, I make it a priority to show up and push myself as far as I can go. As a result, I’ve made massive progress over the course of ten months. When I stepped into Crossfit, I had this underlying assumption that, “I’m just not one of those people who will ever be able to do a pullup. It’s just not my body type.” What I quickly realized is that I had been limiting myself, not just physically, but mentally. With amazing coaches, I quickly realized that the sky really is the limit for my fitness capacity. And, in March I was cranking out pullups like a pro (at least I’d like to think so).
There are some key things that happened within my first few weeks of Crossfitting. Kelli was my first coach, and challenged me every time I made it to the Pit. When I say “challenged me”, I mean it. She was in my face coaching me further and with the way I’m wired, I couldn’t help but respond! During one particular WOD, I was so sure I’d added too much weight to my deadlift and started taking it off. Kelli ran over and yelled, “Uh-uh, girl! You got this!!” And, I did. Again, moving beyond what I thought I was capable of has marked my time at Crossfit.
On another occasion, in my first few weeks at Crossfit, I was finishing up a 400 meter run, and just started jogging and even considered walking (I felt maxed out). Then, Tripp ran by and said, “Make it count.” I’m telling you…I made that 400 meter run count!!! Cranking out that run left me with a new sense of resolve to push myself beyond what I feel capable of, even beyond the gym. Yes, Trip, very grateful!
The progress I’ve made in the last ten months is not just a result of my workout, but my diet, as well. Within the first week of Crossfitting, I basically dumped my kitchen and restocked with Paleo items (with the exception of black beans, which I somehow thought were Paleo). Nonetheless, my weeks consist mostly of eating Paleo, and enjoying the other, unhealthier foods I love on the weekend. I have learned how to eat the right foods to get better results from my workouts.
Crossfitting has impacted my life far beyond the physical. It has been one of the most spiritually sharpening tools of my life. Recently, I had a conversation with my dad, where I said, “I’m more proud of myself for being able to do pullups than from finishing grad school.” His response was, “That’s sad.” My response, “No, I always knew I could finish grad school. I never knew I could do a pullup.” Yes, I would probably fall into the category, “Crossfit Addict”, if there was such a category. I love my workouts, and I’m still working toward stellar abs!