On May 14th after a few “false starts,” I joined Crossfit XLR8. The reason I false started a few times is because I had some preconceived notions of what Crossfit was like that were completely inaccurate. I was terribly intimidated to start even though I have been an athlete all my life. Two of my friends were members of Crossfit, and assured me that the trainers would work with my fitness level and abilities. I realized that I also needed to get my food in line, so on July 1st I combined Crossfit with Medi Weight Loss Clincs. As of today I have lost 53 lbs, and my cholesterol has dropped from 220 to 150.
I have been amazed at the changes to my physical appearance in such a short time and the huge changes in my strength level. I never thought I would have the ability, especially after only six months, to do push-ups and sit-ups and especially burpees. It was only with Molly telling me “Yes, you can” that I even attempted sit-ups. My original plan was just to lose weight. It never occurred to me that I might actually be able to tone myself to a body I liked.
The support from the trainers and the other athletes has been amazing. I cannot tell you how much it has meant to me when someone that I consider an elite athlete comes up to me and encourages me or notices where I have improved. I have 30 lbs to go, and I have no doubt I will get there with the support I have from the Crossfit community. Since I started, I have never heard anyone say a bad word about another member. When they say we are a family, they mean it. To be named Crossfit XLR8’s athlete of the month among such an elite group of people is such an honor. Thank you!