Looking for some inspiration? Read about Sarah’s journey and transformation (in her own words) below.
I find myself at the doctor to review recent yearly labwork. The results…….not so great: high cholesterol and pre-diabetic. I’m not even 30! The cure my doctor says is to, “lose weight.” I’ve played that game before, but can I do it again? Yes I can and I must! What kind of life is it to live testing my blood sugar every day and taking medication all because I wanted to blindly eat whatever tasted good. What kind of example is this teaching my kids? I start slowly, cutting out junk here and there and moved on to tracking my diet online (sparkpeople.com). Then, I decided I wanted to do some sort of physical exercise to help with the weight loss. I joined a Boot Camp style class and did this 5 days a week at 4:45 am before work. While I had quick results, it was hard to get up that early and to a class I didn’t enjoy all that much. A class where after a month I knew no one’s name, but could tell you who sold which weight loss shake, supplement, etc. because they had been shoved down my throat from the moment I walked in.
My marriage was on the rocks and I had reached an all time low. My health and fitness was the last thing on my mind. While I didn’t gain any weight I had quit working out and watching what I ate. All in all, I wasn’t feeling great.
HUGE life change, I became a single mom with three kids and had moved to Niceville to be closer to work and in an awesome school district. After moving in and getting comfortable, I decided I wanted to start exercising again and began doing some research online. On Facebook one day I typed in Niceville fitness and lo and behold Niceville Strength and Conditioning popped up. Crossfit, huh? I’d heard those words before but honestly had no idea what they meant. I did a little research and holy shit these people looked like badasses. I wanted to be a badass! So I emailed Niceville Strength and Conditioning immediately hoping to be let in on the secret of Crossfit badassery.
My first crossfit class is at 5:30am. I’m nervous but super excited. I hug the coach upon meeting her because I’m so excited! I’m sure she wondered who this overzealous girl was who liked hugging strangers, if she only knew! My expectations for the first class were to see the Rich Fronings of Niceville throwing tires and snatching incredible amounts of weight, but that’s not what I saw. I saw regular people, of all shapes and sizes, lifting all different amounts of weight. I know now that had the gym been packed with the likes of Jason Khalipa, I wouldnt still be there.
After our first work out (WOD) I was beat and soooo sore. All I kept thinking was “If those other people can do it, so can I.” Had they looked like superior athletes from the Crossfit Games I may not have believed I could do it and I may have given up. My point being, anyone can be an athlete and anyone can do Crossfit. That’s the beauty of it, its tailored (or scaled) to you and your ability.
Another important factor of Crossfit which has caused me to fall head over heels in love with it is the comradery and family like atmosphere. Within a week I had met several new people who actually knew my name and welcomed me to the gym everyday. I had new friends from the gym on Facebook asking me how I was doing or how I was enjoying Crossfit. This was nothing like my prior experience with group exercise. I felt like I belonged. I’ve since told people about my love for Crossfit and get teased about the Crossfit “cult” or Crossfit “family” but I feel like that’s the best part about it. Having people know you and cheer you on is an awesome feeling! Knowing that if I miss class a few times someone’s going to call me out on it, helps me stay on track. Having a coach that knows me and my struggles and cares about how I’m doing is all the therapy I’ll ever need.
Yes, I have made a physical transformation, I’m no longer prediabetic and no longer have high cholesterol. I’ve lost 40lbs and gained a shit load of strength. I’ve done 5Ks and Tough Mudders which is something I never even considered doing before. But I’ve gained so much more! I’ve gained confidence, strength,and a family that I know I can count on. Crossfit is more than an exercise program – it’s a way of life! With the right gym, it’s a whole new group of friends that will support you through anything.