A current member sent me this email today, I was so touched by it. If you are thinking about trying CF this should inspire you to give it a try. Thanks Kate for giving me permission to share it with our community. I just want to say Kate, we are so proud of you and all that you accomplished. You are doing outstanding and this is only the beginning!
One could say I have always been a bit of a late bloomer. I didn’t attend graduate school until I was 34, didn’t have a baby until I was 37, and didn’t begin CrossFit until I turned 39. Shannon, one of the owners of Crossfit SW, invited me to try a class in June of 2012. I decided against it convincing myself that I could get my pre-baby body back all on my own. I spent the next year trying to do the same cardio exercises that had always worked for me before but failed to make much progress. Sick and tired of holding onto the last ten pounds of pregnancy weight and fearful that a future pregnancy could double what was already there I took the plunge.
It was July 11th, 2013. Never before has a start date meant more to me. I began with the getting started program two days a week. Like others who have seen the crossfit games on TV or read about the extreme workouts I was scared and intimidated. All of those fears were gone the moment I met Coach Steve. He is skilled at scaling the workouts to meet each individual at their current level of fitness and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming to all levels of athleticism. He is talented and brings new meaning to the word “coach”. I feel so comfortable in this gym, maybe because it doesn’t feel like his gym but rather our gym. In the past I would dread going to the gym but dredge through it. Now I look forward to class and feel great after.
I am a school teacher, a wife, and a mother. I need a exercise program that has flexible hours and delivers the most bang for your buck. As many other busy working professionals when I have an opportunity to do something new that may make me happy I have to decide if it’s worth giving up something I currently enjoy doing. After all, there are only so many hours in the day.
In the past four months I have seen changes in me that go way beyond physical. I am happier, healthier, stronger, and yes…skinnier! I have been committed to crossfit an average of three days per week and often walk my son and garden keeping as active as possible. I have lost 15 pounds and two pant sizes. My body has changed in ways I never dreamed it would, not only am I smaller but toned where there was no muscle before. Today as I write this blog I am proud of myself. Not only because I am officially sporting my pre-baby size 8 skinny jeans, but because I chose to not let fear rule me and take my fate into my own hands and because of it I am not shying away from the camera or the scale. For the first time in my life skinny is not the end goal but rather an added perk that comes along with being strong and fit.