For years I have struggled with my weight and trying to find an exercise program that not only motivated me, but that I enjoyed going to. I was a swimmer all throughout my life and once I stopped swimming I didn’t know what to do. I tried just running and then joining a gym, but I would always fade out and get bored. When I was swimming I could eat anything I wanted, but once I stopped, I still had the same appetite but not the same exercise regimen. I had heard so much about CrossFit and swore to myself I would never do it, but then the New You Challenge popped up on my Facebook and I decided to give it a try. I began my journey in March with the New You 6-week challenge.
I quickly learned how hard CrossFit was, but it challenged me and was different every day. I am not the strongest or fastest person and sometimes I can be down on myself about that. CrossFit allows me to modify, but still be able to push myself. By the time I finished the 6 week challenge, I had lost 16 inches total and 10 pounds. I made sure to commit to the three days a week, but I also did (and still do) Pure Barre once a week and try to go on walks or hikes as well. My goal after that was to at least maintain or keep losing, which I have been able to do. I consistently come 3 days a week, even being in grad school, being a teacher, and coaching swimming. Some days I don’t get home till 8:00pm, but I have been able to find at least one class time that fits with my crazy schedule. I have become stronger and feel better about myself. I never thought I would be able to lift weight like I do now!
I still have a lot of work to do especially since there are some things that I still just don’t understand how to do, like double unders. It took me a little while to realize that it’s okay if I don’t get something, I just need to keep practicing and ask for help. Everyone has been so welcoming and I have learned so much from the coaches. I can’t wait to see what the next 6 months have in store!