Before joining CFRL what was your biggest struggle? What were your biggest frustrations?
Before joining, my biggest struggle was just being active for any period of time. Anything I did was a struggle! My biggest frustration was the feeling of never thinking I’d ever be able to get into shape. Always feeling defeated and giving up (or not really starting) any type of fitness plan that I tried.
How did your struggle and frustrations affect your life? What did you feel like before joining CFRL?
These struggles and frustrations affected my life all the time. Any type of activity was a struggle. I was starting to consider weight loss surgery and was so scared to think that would be my only way out...and having had a lap band inserted (and then removed a few years later after having complications) I knew that another surgery wasn’t really for me, but I had this constant feeling of not knowing if there truly was anything else that would work. Before joining CFRL I felt like a fat blob!!
What was it about CFRL that made you join?
I had heard about CrossFit but truthfully, was scared by it; it just sounded too intense for me, but I decided to give CFRL a try thanks to Sophie. She kept asking me if I’d give it a try and she swore that I would love it, and she was absolutely right! It was the best decision and I’m so happy I’ve fallen in love with CrossFit!
What made you stay with us? What do you enjoy the most about CFRL?
What makes me stay at CFRL and the thing I love the most about it is how welcomed I felt as soon as I started and it’s been the same ever since! I also love that I don’t have to think about what I need to do each day at the gym (because Charly figures that out for us), but I know that if I show up and give it my best effort that I will get an awesome workout and a level of encouragement that is bar none to any other gym or training experience that I’ve experienced so far!
I also love that I’m seeing such great changes in my body - and I think it’s because of the types of exercises we do in CrossFit.
How did our program help you? How is Life different for you now?
The program helped me realize there is nothing to be afraid of here. The only limitations are the ones I put on myself...if I can get my brain to start realizing that I got this, it’s half the battle. Yes, I need to scale a LOT of the workouts, but I scale it to my capabilities and still push myself as hard as I can and when I do, it feels sooo good! And I have had a few Rx WODs and dang that feels great!!!
Life is different for me now in so many ways! I workout on a regular basis! Most weeks I go 5 days a week...and it’s been almost a year! I think this may be the first time I’ve ever fully committed to an exercise plan and stuck to it, and know that I always will because I love it so much!
I’m also eating healthier and trying to be sure that I continue to try and make healthy food choices.
I also feel much more comfortable in my skin and although I have a long way to go, I have more confidence and overall, I think I might be in the best shape of my life!
Were there any specific goals that you reached that you are particularly proud of? How did it make you feel?
A specific goal that I’ve reached that I’m proud of? Hmmm this is tough to narrow down! Probably need to go with walking lunges. As you probably know, when I started, I couldn’t do them. Within a few weeks of regular attendance, I was able to do them! Also was jumping rope today (happy birthday Sophie!) and noticed that I was a lot faster, more consistent, and less winded with my singles then I’ve ever been. In general, there’s nothing that hasn’t improved for me, but I still have a lot of goals to reach! It all feels so good when I look back and realize how far I’ve come and what I’ve been able to get my body to do!
What would you tell someone interested in joining CFRL?
What I would tell someone who is thinking of joining would be to definitely give it a try! Don’t worry about what you can’t do; focus on what you can do and do your absolute best with it, and soon enough you’ll be doing things you never thought you’d be able to accomplish!
Is there anything personal you would like to add?
I’d like to say thanks to you, Charly, and Brian too, for making me feel so welcomed and having faith in me to believe that nothing is impossible! I would have never thought I'd have come as far as I’ve come today. I am signed up for my first Spartan! That is definitely not something I’d ever be able to say that I would have been in my vocabulary a year ago.
Something I’m really proud of is the CFRL 5k this Saturday! What started as a simple idea that I would run a few 5ks this year has now turned into a team of 15 women from the gym for this weeks Women’s Distance Festival! I’m so proud to represent the gym and know that it will help me to want to continue to train for future races.
I’m so grateful to have found you guys and can’t wait to see what’s in store for me next!