For the past 2-ish years I have been on a journey to get to physically fit.It hasn't been an easy one, but I have been determined. Coming from the point of being an athlete to a mom of 3 is hard because I still have the expecations of my body like I did when I was 17. I forget sometimes that I'm just a few years older than that now & I haven't been on a podium lately ;) I have been running since shortly after Teagan was born but nothing too crazy besides a few halfs here and there just a few miles at a whack. Then I began working out regularly and did a couple of Advocare 24 day challenges. Along with both of those I was swimming, running, and cycling almost everyday. Last spring I was beyond where I ever imagined I would be. Maybe too far. Then over the summer I took a few steps back, gained back a fair amount of the weight I had lost and misplaced my focus.I wasn't sure how to get back. I didn't want to be a yo-yo dieter. I didn't want food to be a topic of conversation around our house. I'm very determined to provide an environment where my daughter hears only postive words when speaking about body images and food in general. So quietly and slowly Justin & I started eating "clean". By no means are we perfect but for the most part we follow a paleo/clean eating guideline and pay way more attention to the food we stock the house with.
After a super cruddy ankle injury playing indoor soccer in November I decided I needed a change. I needed something that was going to push me beyond my comfort zone but in a safe way. I was scared of getting hurt again but also afraid of using my injury as an excuse to not be active. After thinking about what I really wanted to get out of my daily workouts and looking at some personal goals I had, I joined CrossFit Wenatchee just after the New Year. After 2 WODS coach Kelsey very nonchalantly tossed it out there that we should come to the Throwdown they were having that Saturday. Sure I thought, what could be so hard about that. Well...let's just say that was the most challenging amazing thing I had ever done. Yes it was small scaled and simple. The group was very non-intimidating and the coaches were crazy awesome.I was hooked. I wanted more, the competition is so up my alley and being in a class full of like-minded individuals who are constantly cheering you on whether you are finishing first or last is unreal. The high fives, hugs, texts, and tagged photos are just the little things that I never imagined Iwould love so much about CrossFit. After completing about 5 weeks of daily WODS I signed up for the CrossFit Open. Yep, I had no clue really what that was about, but I had no reason not to participate. I was going to be at the gym anyway, I might as well see how I compare to the other 59,000 women worldwide.
Hands down the most rad, life changing, incredible 5 weeks of my life. That may sound silly but for once I wasn't just a mom, photographer, or wife. I felt like an athlete again. I felt the rush of the countown and relied heavily on the cheers of my friends to push through to the end of each workout. I dropped to the ground, I sweated like crazy-gross, I cried because I could barely breathe. I understand that most people wouldn't find this fun but I honestly cannot wait for the 2015 Open. Like really, bring it on! So yes, CrossFit has changed my life..in more ways than one. The day that I walked into the gym with my crappy ankle taped up I stood in front of my bedroom mirror and laughed as I snapped a quick full length selfie. I was hoping that I would see some major changes. Now for the past 3 years I have relied on the scale to prove whether or not all my exercising was paying off. So when a month, 2 months, went by and I only saw the same number ever single morning I was bummed. My jeans were getting tighter and for once in my life I had a butt. It was like an overnight ass just transplanted itself. Now don't think everyone who crossfits get's a huge butt, I just like to push myself and lift as heavy as possible. I bet it was always there and just sort of came out of hiding. Anyway, after I realized I have been doing this for 4 months I decided it was a good time for another full length selfie to hopefully prove the scale wrong. I may have done a little happy dance before heading to the gym tonight.
All of that rambling leads me to this. Get outside of your comfort zone. Don't be afraid to try something crazy and unheard of. Don't let fear stop you from trying. Throw the scale away. Just Be!~ I cannot wait to see where this crazy CrossFit journey takes me. I love that the kids have their own program and that Justin is so supportive and behind my every step. I'm still a mom, wife, and photographer, but I'm also now an athlete.