I started CrossFit programs a little over 6 months ago. I remember getting the email and being really happy with myself because I usually give up on whatever new gym routine I've started about 3 months in.

It's completely different this time. I saw results sooner, I've had more support, I've made friends. I've had the feeling of "being happy with myself" since day one. It's an accomplishment to get through the workouts. It's a big deal to wake up in the morning and genuinely look forward to going to the gym every day. It's an even bigger deal to choose water over coke and eat healthy, because I WANT to.

It's things like that that would fade so quickly at other places. I couldn't imagine going anywhere but CrossFit because it's been a total lifestyle change, not just a workout regimen. I started weighing in at 126 lbs with 23.8% body fat, and I'm down to 112 with 20.1%. I'm in the sweet zone where I'm hitting PR's almost daily. Those are just numbers though.

When I read that back what I hear in my head is…"I started with little confidence and low self esteem and now I feel good about myself and I'm capable of so much more than I thought." I've turned 30 since starting CrossFit and it didn't phase me like I thought it would! If that doesn't say something I don't know what does, because I'm not going to lie, I thought I was going to feel depressed. Instead, I was excited for a snatch WOD, allowed myself a cheat beer or two, went out with friends, and then won the body composition challenge a few weeks later!

Who would have thought? I remember coming to my free trial class sitting in the parking lot watching all of these fit girls walk in and feeling so intimidated. But I took a deep breath, sucked it up, walked in, and I've never looked back. I've never felt uncomfortable, I was welcomed with open arms, and I've made the most amazing, supportive friends. Best decision I've made in a long time. Thanks CrossFit!


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