With 2012 coming to a close I thought I would write about the most important thing that happened to me this year. It’s called CrossFit Center City.
On the left is me in a wedding at the end of March. On the right is me at a wedding at the end of October (I know, shameless selfie). I made the call to CFCC after the wedding on the left. I was so horrified at how I looked in all of the photos; something had to give. 3 weeks later I started “elements,” the CFCC on-boarding to get started. After elements I was unsure of the direction I would take. I felt weak. I felt out of shape. I felt like I would never be strong.
I emailed Erin Davidson, owner of CFCC and expressed my concerns. Erin responded with a very detailed, well thought out email that gave me all the motivation I needed to break out of my comfort zone and give this CrossFit thing a shot. I joined full time in the middle of May. Walking in the door was the hardest part for me, but Erin said, “show up, we will take care of the rest.”
After a few weeks I started to gain confidence, I started to realize that not only was I capable of being strong, I was strong – I just didn’t believe in myself. CFCC gave me such unexpected confidence. I started going 4 days a week and while I was noticing progress as far as my lifting ability, I wasn’t exactly seeing dramatic body composition changes. That’s when I decided to read the CFCC nutrition blog chock full of helpful information and try something on my own. I went “paleo” on July 9th and the rest is history. It made me stronger, leaner. To date I have lost 25lbs since joining CFCC.
This gym is special. In fact, I would say specialization is what sets them apart. There is a designated endurance coach for running and rowing. A designated Olympic lifting coach for all things oly. A designated gymnastics coach, a designated yoga coach, a designated nutrition team, and very smart dedicated everyday session coaches.
Best of all is the camaraderie. It’s never easy to walk into a place where you don’t know anyone. The atmosphere is such that it facilitates friendships. I have met some amazing people whose paths I certainly never would have crossed had it not been for CFCC.
The return on my investment has been unprecedented. I thank my lucky stars everyday that I made the call to join after the wedding in March. If you are considering CrossFit and are unsure, I highly recommend taking the leap of faith that I did. It has changed my life, and I can’t wait to see what happens in 2013!
I have changed so much and it’s been a really awesome experience. I feel so much better about everything…work, life, finances and my relationship, friends and family are even improving! AW, Scotti is growing up…BUT CrossFit has helped me hold myself accountable for everything I do these days. My parents in Florida keep telling me they are so proud of me and I don’t think they even know what CrossFit is and they don’t understand what my job is, so I must be exuding some kind of positive change to them!
I feel like when I finished my collegiate swimming career, a sport that I had been a part of my life for 17 YEARS, I was just not prepared for the next step in my life. I always felt as if there was something missing and I feel like CFCC gives that back to me and I can finally control my life again.
After the Body Change Composition Challenge, I got weighed in this morning and I am very happy with my results! I lost 6.6 pounds in 30 days (and am now at 124), 1.5 inches off my waist, 1.5-2 inches off my chest, and almost an inch off my calf! This is just adding on to my first challenge as well. My goals this time in the BCCC were to cut down to 125lbs, do 5 strict pull-ups, do more metcons as prescribed, cut down on cheat meals and eliminate alcohol (the alcohol is just for the BCCC.) I was able to reach all my goals – 5 strict pull-ups is cutting it close but I can definitely do three fast now! I also learned so much this BCCC and really took in all the advice on sleep, eating more carbs and trying different foods….everything just kind of fell in place!
Either way – happy all around and I just wanted to share because all of you at CFCC have taught me SO much! THANK YOU!!!
Before CFCC, I couldn’t do a push up, a pull up, run a 6:09 mile, hadn’t ever heard of a deadlift, quivered in fear at the sight of a kettlebell and all I knew about burpees is that I got them after downing a large order of wings and waffle fries. Now, I’ve lost a medium-sized child’s worth of weight, gained a ton of strength, made some life-long friends and learned more about myself than I ever thought possible. I also no longer pose for pictures with giant leaves. Pull ups? Absolutely. Leaves? No.