“My cholesterol has gone from 239 to 149. I’ve gained 10 pounds, and have lost 2 clothing sizes. I eat pizza. I drink Margaritas. The best thing, is I no longer have to deal with the guilt that was a constant companion when I ate forbidden foods”
I’m not going to share with you a success story of loosing a great deal of weight. I’m not going to tell you I went from obese to having a “ridiculous hot body”. I’m not going to say I went from being a couch potato to being an avid runner. For me, my CrossFit success story is one of perception. Perception of body awareness. Perception of nutrition. Perception of self worth. My success deals with the mental changes that CrossFit has evoked, and luckily some pretty awesome physical changes have followed.
I have always been physically fit. I’ve ran anything and everything from a 5K to a full marathon, and not just once. I’ve lifted heavy weights, I’ve lifted light weights to “tone”. I’ve done boot camps, step aerobics, spin class, Jazzercise, Zumba, Pilates, yoga, you name it, chances are, I’ve done it at least a time or two. Along with my extensive history of exercise, I have an equally long history of dieting. There were periods where I ate too much, followed by periods where I didn’t eat nearly enough. I went carb free. I went fat free. I went sugar free. I binged, I starved. Hell, I even once joined Weight Watchers only to be kicked out 3 weeks later, because I weighed too little. Point being, I was never satisfied. Never happy with the number on the scale, or the amount of calories I supposedly burned on the elliptical. I continued on this roller coaster of self indulgence, then restriction for more than 5 years.
In January of 2013, I ran the Mobile Marathon. When I finished I hurt all over. I had been running 30-50 mile weeks in preparation, and my knees and hips were shot. I was tired of waking up sore, and I hated the way I looked. I was lean but had no feminine curves. I lifted weights, but felt my workouts had no purpose. There was no sense of accomplishment, or end goal.
I stumbled upon CrossFit Eastern Shore at the end of January 2013, after seeing CrossFit advertised online. I was skeptical. Here I was logging 2-3 hours at the gym, and this “CrossFit” had workouts that lasted on average 7-20 minutes, and the athletes looked phenomenal, and were almost always smiling. I met with the coaches, did an introductory class, and had never pushed myself so hard, both mentally and physically. My first workout lasted only 8 minutes, but it was intense. I left that day feeling like I had accomplished something. I had been given a task to complete and a time period to do it in. I had succeeded.
I began going 5 days a week, and I not only learned to appreciate what my body could do, but I learned how to properly fuel it as well. I was taught that the body couldn’t function optimally without proper nutritional intake and rest. Coach Adam gave me the fundamentals of the Paleo lifestyle, and for once I was able to just eat. I didn’t have to measure or weigh anything. Do you know how liberating that is? I used to shy away from dinner invites, and would rarely eat at restaurants out of fear, because I had no control of the calorie content of my meal. When I looked at the other individuals at the Box, no one was focused on how they looked, there were no mirrors, and there is no dress code. If someone wanted to work out in their short shorts and sports bra have at it. If you wanted to wear sweat pants and an over-sized t-shirt, no one cared. For once, the individuals I was working out with didn’t focus on aesthetics. The atmosphere was performance driven. Everyone treated each other as equals, and no one was better than anyone else.
Once I adopted that outlook, I realized the number on the scale didn’t define me. I was capable of far more than I ever thought possible. My lifts went up, and my metcon times got faster. The coaching staff were constant mentors and were there every step of the way from teaching the fundamental movements, to explaining the physiology behind each workout. You always knew what was expected, and positive encouragement was at an abundance.
Fast forward almost 2 years, and I have made more progress than I ever thought possible. My cholesterol has gone from 239 to 149. I’ve gained 10 pounds, and have lost 2 clothing sizes. I eat pizza. I drink Margaritas. The best thing, is I no longer have to deal with the guilt that was a constant companion when I ate forbidden foods. I have learned moderation. Now that I am no longer logging 2-3 hour gym sessions and depriving my body of the fuel it needs, I have a social circle of like minded individuals who push me to be the best I can everyday. This box is full of members I am proud to call family. We push each other, hold each other accountable, and anyone would do anything in their power to help another succeed.
You can get physically fit anywhere. Personal trainers are in an abundance, 24 hour gyms are popping up everywhere, but no where can shape you both physically and mentally to succeed like CrossFit Eastern Shore. I am a true testament of that.
The physical transformation is only skin deep, what is more valuable is this group of individuals who push me to be the best me everyday.