September 17, 2013, I walked into CrossFit RVA in Richmond, Virginia into this unknown territory of CrossFit. I was terrified. And excited. Everyone said it’s too hard, it’s crazy, it’s dangerous, but I wanted to try it anyway.
A year later, I can say, without a doubt, that my life has been changed in a way I never thought possible. I actually enjoy working out. I love throwing weights around. I love the camaraderie that is CrossFit.
CrossFit hasn’t just taught me about proper lifting form or how to do things like double unders or box jumps (things I never, ever would have done otherwise), but it has also shown me the importance of nutrition, rest, and knowing the difference between pain and just being sore.
It’s taught me about the power of support, in the box and outside the box. That having support from fellow athletes and coaches can, somedays, make a workout happen. And having support from family and friends is just absolutely necessary, especially when you want to quit.
In one year, I went from this:
I’m not where I want to be yet, but I’m so much closer than when I started! So, lets look at the hard numbers, shall we?
*keep in mind, these numbers, and increases, have slowed since someone went and got all knocked up 5 months ago….
Starting weight = 235 (at 3 months postpartum)
Current weight = 190
Lowest weight = 185
Power Clean: Started at 43lbs
Currently at 115lbs
Push Press: Started at 65lbs
Currently at 95lbs
Pull ups: Started with rings rows and moved soon into assisted pull ups with the black band
Currently doing assisted pull ups with the green and red bands (strict) and purple (kipping)
I didn’t keep track of these weights as well as I should have, but you can rest assured that once I’m back in the game after B2 comes along, I’m going to be diligent in keeping track of my progress and taking better pictures 🙂
But I think even with the crappy pictures, you can still see the progress I did make!
I also want to give extra special shout outs to Jamie, my usual coach and probably the most understanding and motivational athlete who’s ever put up with me; Brandon, Jake, Brandon, and Bakari, the stand in coaches who are always around to pump me up and give me a “good job” right when I need it; and of course the RVA nooners who’ve put up with me for a year and who have given me so much support – Kristi, Andie, Michelle, Audrey, Ashley, Irene, Stephanie, Ashley, Suzi, Katie, Danielle, Donald, Charlie, Stephen, Sam, Justin, Rob and so many others….I really probably wouldn’t still be coming if it weren’t for all of you and me wanting to beat you all at something….eventually 😉
And…extra extra special shout outs to Heidi, the best sister in law in the world, and really I never would have known anything about CrossFit if she hadn’t gotten into it first. And of course, Robert, the best husband that there ever was. Thank you for your support and love over the past year of my journey – you are amazing <3