Before I started Crossfit, I didn’t think I was that out of shape. I have always worked out…mostly cardio. But, I was literally dragging myself to the gym every day for my usual aerobics class and/or a 30 minute jaunt on a cardio machine. I even started to get involved in doing triathlons to try to find ways to keep my interest in working out. I finally decided that I needed to do something different and started looking into getting a personal trainer or doing one of those boot camp classes. A friend from California told me about Crossfit, so I did a Google search and found CFNE.
Nutrition played a huge role in the change of my body and performance. Even though I was doing Crossfit, I really needed to change my eating habits. Prior to Crossfit, I thought eating healthy was eating a reduced fat muffin and drinking a non-fat mocha. And of course, bread was OK as long as it was whole wheat, right?! I ate pasta at least once a week and never turned down dessert. I really had no concept of what eating real food meant. After doing the Paleo challenge, it helped me to understand how to eat healthy and that it wasn’t a diet, but a way of life. I now try to eat 75-80% Paleo on a daily basis. I understand what real food is and strive to only buy natural foods.
As a mother of two daughters, I am so glad I found Crossfit. I grew up in the world where it wasn’t ok to be strong. In grade school I could easily do several pull-ups, but during the physical fitness tests, I would count how many the boys did to make sure that I always did one less. I never want my girls to think it is not OK to be strong. Crossfit brings out the competitive side of me and I strive to work hard everyday. My husband, mother, and sister all do Crossfit and it has officially become a family affair!
It has now been almost 2 yrs since starting Crossfit. I have lost over 10% body fat and dropped 2-3 pant sizes. I have met some of my best friends here at CFNE. The community is like no other – we support each other and provide a level competitiveness that I need to keep me going. The coaches are amazing and have a true interest in helping you become not only a better athlete but a better person.