I joined CrossFit on Labor Day 2013 after a friend involuntarily signed me up for ramp. I had asked how he was getting in shape and I hadn’t made any progress all summer on my own. Not one to back down, I showed up knowing it wouldn’t’ stick. I hate push-ups; pull ups etc. and I wasn’t eating salads for anyone. The truth was I had done all the usual tricks to get “back in shape” and getting nowhere.
I had nothing to lose.
I showed up for the 3 week ramp class and had to be voted “least likely to ever be seen again”. I came in last at everything. I played along and just kept showing up every day, with my only goal, just show up. After the first week I had a streak I didn’t want to break. I followed the work outs and coaching and started noticing some days I felt great and some days I was in quicksand. I tied it back to what I ate the day before and ate more of the stuff that gave me the good days with the help of the nutrition coaching. I heard, “we don’t diet and exercise, we fuel and train”. I found it absolutely true and good days are a lot more fun.
Since joining, I’ve run 5k’s, 10k, 10 mile and both ran & rowed a half marathon. I’ll never be a runner, but CrossFit has given me the freedom to do whatever I want. I’ve dropped 48 lbs to date and 8 pants sizes. Most of my power lifts have doubled or tripled and cardio is exponentially better. For an hour a day, my only regret is not starting sooner. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for year 2.
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