My transformation story begins like so many middle aged women might expect....I have been reasonable active and healthy all my life and didn't like what I saw happening to myself. The lumpy, bumpy, flabby slow deterioration of my body. I was way too "healthy" to let these changes become my new normal without a fight! However, it was far worse than I ever imagined.
Like most women of my generation my sole objective had always been skinny. As we all know, skinny isn't always healthy and while I was raised in nearby Davis by extremely healthy parents who went to the co-op to grind their peanuts into peanut butter, never allowed store bought cookies or cereals or processed food into the house, a garden full of fresh vegetables and fruit trees to eat from instead to my own adulthood and trying to balance a busy lifestyle with healthy eating and convenience. I would bounce between eating healthy and not eating healthy and dieting and all the while being active: skiing, biking, running, riding horses, paddle boarding, swimming and hiking. However, every year that went by I could feel my body sliding into a slow deterioration from dieting and working long hours and less and less regular exercise.
My 20 year old daughter had been bugging me to try CrossFit, said I would love it and that she was so happy and getting stronger, faster and so competitive because of CrossFit. She even credited CrossFit to taking her barrel racing to the next level and thought I should try it. I looked into it and was truly scared to try it because I thought I would hurt myself. She assured me that I wouldn't get hurt and that I had nothing to lose by trying.
That on-ramp series of three classes were awful, it was eye opening to see just how out of shape I was! I remember joking about how I was done after the warm up. It was truly humiliating to be so out of shape and wishing the warm up was the workout-ridiculous! I put my pride aside determined to be as strong as the athletes I saw tackling the workouts with a vengeance.
The past two years have truly been amazing! I have never done any kind of weight lifting, ever and that alone has taken me so far outside of my comfort zone, it's been completely life altering. I haven't ever been as sore as I've been after some of the workouts....willing myself to get my arms up to my head to wash my hair after a particularly demanding workout, or sliding out of bed because I'm unable to sit straight up....it's been painful, funny and somehow inspiring to see the small changes turn into bigger changes in my body, my self confidence and my desire to push myself harder!
I have been told by friends, family and colleagues that I something about me has changed. They have said it in different ways but I know the bottom line is I'm stronger than I've ever been in my life. Some of the little funny things, like I don't have to get the arm holes in my dresses taken in any more (my arms have filled out with more muscles and they fit properly without being altered). My doctor gave me "the look" when she told me I'd gained weight the past two years during my physical and I was able to look at her and say it's muscle and I'm not worried about it. It feels sooooo much better than being skinny, I'm STRONG! Now, it's all relative and I have a long way to go but before the past year or two strong would not ever be the word used to describe me.
That has translated into confidence in all areas of my life. I still have a long way to go and goals that haven't been met, but that's the beauty of this journey there is a lifetime to achieve those. I'm continually inspired by the beautiful, amazing, talented people that I've met through CrossFit and watching their(your) journey along with my own. What a great spot to be in, I'm so thankful and grateful and love that there is a community of like minded people all working on becoming better every day in every way~! I love that the benefits of cross fit carry over into all areas of my life and that I've become much more vigilant about how I eat and what I eat and that it does matter what you put in if you want to get some performance out of that body.
Thank you coaches for all you do to help me along this journey!