I can’t believe 3 years have gone by. Yesterday I celebrated my crossfit-iversary with some family and friends, and it was perfect, really. The journey itself is never-ending, and the lessons learned along the way are hard-earned; sometimes joyous, sometimes tearful. I never imagined I’d dedicate myself to something so fully that I’d actually transform this much. Today, in a regular moment, it doesn’t seem like a whole lot is different but when I think about it, everything about me is different!
My confidence, my self-esteem, my happiness, my body; both inside and out, my relationships with others, my enormous group of friends and family. This is all because of CrossFit. But is it really all because of CrossFit? Or is it my own doing?
The accidental meeting of my first coach, Erin when she needed decals for her brand new CF box, conveniently located steps away from our offices, completely changed my life. (Was it really accidental or totally meant to be? I’m a firm believer in everything happening for a reason…) I had no idea then how much this sport would affect me, or change me, or motivate me, but it did. She took me in, taught me, encouraged me and coached me as much as she was able, and in a way set me free. It was from there that I found CrossFit Total Control, my home base.
Here we are. I have earned certificates, attended seminars, met some amazing people, traveled to crazy places, built a crap ton of muscle, lost a crap ton of weight, changed my diet, quit soda, learned a million and one new things about how our bodies work, improved my overall health and well-being, and changed my attitude entirely about life and love and happiness.
I put in the work and the sweat and the tears. I created those smiles. I made the effort to just go to the damn gym. However, it’s the community, my amazing coaches, my friends, who have made it fun and worthwhile. The people who encourage me all the way to the finish, help me up off the ground, and then high five and hug me after for a job well done. It’s the feeling after a really fucking hard WOD that, hey… I just finished that! I just did that.
I love what I do. I love CrossFit. I love how I’ve changed. I never thought it would have this sort of impact on me, and really, I didn’t even know that these kinds of changes were possible. I literally wasn’t aware of them being achievable or attainable. I am still me, but a much better, improved, happier, healthier version of me.
I wish I could bottle this amazingness up and give it away, because everyone deserves to experience what hard work and dedication will do for them. But since I can’t, I will only hope that my posts, my experiences and my words can help to encourage others. To that, I raise my delicious coffee and say, here’s to another great year. 🙂