Last year when I was in Afghanistan, I just wanted to make it out of there alive and come home to my wife. I expected to get back and pick up with my life where I had left off a year earlier. When I got home, things were quite the opposite. My expectations were not met and living as a civilian and husband again was much harder than I had anticipated. I wanted to be around no one, didn’t care about my family, my wife, my job, or my health. I was just numb to everything and everyone. The only people I cared for and could relate to were the guys I deployed with. I didn’t want to be around anyone else. My marriage was failing and I separated from my wife.
Then I began the foundations classes with Melissa. My addiction went from cigarettes and drinking to squats, burpees, and hitting the RX weight. All aspects of life started to get better. I went to watch Melissa compete at Regionals and became even more addicted.
Now I look back at the past couple of months and I can honestly say that Crossfit has changed my life in more ways I could have imagined in such a short period of time. I’ve learned that I can’t achieve what I want if I smoke or feel hung over every morning. I’ve set goals and priorities for myself that will lead me in a positive direction and there is no stopping me from reaching those goals. I’m looking forward to seeing where this CrossFit journey takes me going forward.
If you told me at 32 that I would be 80 lbs lighter and that I would be healthier that I’ve ever been in my ENTIRE LIFE at 42, I wouldn’t have believed you. I still get overwhelmed at how different my life is as compared to 10 years ago. I’m physically stronger and I’m happier than I’ve ever been. I have the courage to take risks without fear of how I look… (handstands and bearcrawls anyone?) It’s all different for me. And while I still have a ways to go… I won’t give up on myself. That’s perhaps the best kind of strength that CrossFit has given me… that and a peer group that wants me to succeed as much as I do. CrossFit has given me so much more than fitness… ( ok… that was a little mushy…but its true).
I’ve been so amazed at CrossFitter’s GENUINE love for people and their belief that we all can be better than we are. CF has allowed me to connect with so many different people that I probably would have never had the chance to meet…You guys give me the motivation, encouragement and drive that helps me be my best. It continually amazes me how EVERYONE at CF203 is so inspiring, so unassuming, and just so freakin’ awesome!
I am so thankful for all the people that CrossFit 203 has brought into my life, and for all that CrossFit has done for me at so many levels. I thank all the coaches, for all of their support, and the example they set for us all. A special thanks to Melissa and Kirk, although I can only speak for myself, your coaching, programing, inspiration, and guidance, make a difference in the lives of so many, and have made an irreversible difference in my life. I can’t wait to see what the new year brings. Who knows I may even get a full depth OHS.
I am in the best shape of my life and having fun doing crazy stuff like flipping tires and sledge hammer hits. I feel younger and healthier than I felt at 30. On a good day I can keep up with the youngens (i have a southern mom) in the class during a grueling WOD. And I know if i can complete the Filthy Fifty and not puke (or die) then I can handle the mess every day life will throw my way. Best of all, I’ve met some amazing people.
Crossfit has filled the void. It has let me once again be competitive and push my body to it limits. The void Crossfit has filled was a lifelong career in gymnastics…10 years ago I was a Junior in college competing for UNC-Chapel Hill’s gymnastics team. After 18 years of gymnastics and back surgery 4 years ago, it was challenging for me to find a consistent form of exercise that I could continue, on a regular basis, which would bring out my competitiveness and provide the “team/community” feel. And Crossfit certainly fits the bill with its daily challenges by pushing my boundaries and it makes me feel like I’m back in the gym, preparing for a meet. Just like gymnastics, Crossfit fills in the feeling of being alone by letting others be supportive and motivating, it’s always harder to let your teammates or coach down.