I will admit, when Lynette said the coaches wanted me to be Athlete of the Month, my initial response was a huge smile but, "oh hell no, I don’t want to talk about myself." Then, I talked to my UCCF buddies and they coaxed me into it. CrossFit is so good for so many reasons, pushing me to do things I wouldn’t ever dream of is definitely one of them.
My love for CrossFit developed in a round-a-bout way…
I always played sports growing up. I played soccer year round, softball, volleyball. I was an average athlete who loved being on a team, but preferred to be out of the spotlight. As an adult I started to struggle with my weight. In my early twenties, I worked out a lot teaching water aerobics and taking step classes, sometimes two a day. I even ran two miles a day for a while (hush it). I had a group of friends who also taught classes, so gym time was socialization. Mid- twenties I had Adam, my oldest, and I struggled even more with my weight. I tried weight loss pills, personal training, weight loss challenges, every diet known to mankind; all different types of exercise too – Zumba, spinning, group exercise, Pilates, step, couch to 5K’s (yeah, seriously). None of these things ever lasted long or really interested me. I’ve been thin and I’ve been pretty heavy, but I’ve never felt strong. Anyway, fast-forward a few babies later, and I finish grad school around 230 lbs. How did I get there? Working nights, no regular exercise, not making myself a priority, always on/off dieting, unhappy – so many factors.