I suppose you could say my friend that lives in Florida brought me to CrossFit I35. She had been training at a gym in her town and whenever I’d check in and see how she was doing it was always something about CrossFit. And often times those conversations included something along the lines of “I’d think you’d really like it,” “you’ll love lifting weights,” and so on. I just listened to her awesome stories for several months. She was losing weight, she was competing, she was eating paleo…the whole nine. I had finally found my rhythm as a new working Mom and knew I needed to add exercise in, beyond our family walks. So I googled searched CrossFit gyms and CrossFit I35 came up, 10 minutes from my house.
I’ve always set goals and failed so I didn’t go into CrossFit with any “goals” in mind. I’ve found that CrossFit has made me more consistent with exercising so I would consider that an achieved goal. I’ve never exercised as consistently as I have since I began CrossFit. I do remember setting two goals in the past two years. One, to deadlift 300. My PR is 310 so I nailed that one. My other is getting double unders…still working on that one.
I like the idea of functional movement. I remember when I first began, sitting down on the toilet and thinking to myself, this a front squat. And then I picked up my son’s toys and thought, this is a deadlift. The list grew and grew. I could see the movements I was going in my workouts in my everyday life. My views are still changing. Movement is crucial to longevity in life. I’ve also found something I really enjoy. Early on I would find myself thinking about oly lifts and how to move properly and efficiently. I would YouTube athletes lifting to visualize correct technique. I still think about my lifts and how to move. It’s really a science of levers and pulleys.
I didn’t really have hesitations when I began. I had been through an awkward first time at a gym experience previously at Gold’s Gym when I lived in Florida. So I knew what to expect. And my girlfriend really spoke CrossFit’s praises and benefits. I was more anxious to get in there and see what she was talking about.I feel like I could write a book, because I’m still on my journey, but I have learned through CrossFit that nutrition is where it’s at. If I’m going to see any success I have to adjust my diet. So it’s still a HUGE obstacle. I am constantly fighting my old habits. I give in sometimes. But I have the Lofquists on my side. Scott has spent 2+ years educating me on nutrition and how it effects my training. Cynthia has held me accountable and kept my flame lit. They are continuing to invest in me and help me overcome this obstacle. Fortunately for me, this desire for me to succeed trickles down to all the other peeps at I35. Everyone lovingly checks in on you and encourages you and wants you to be there and to succeed. It’s actually pretty awesome. Kinda feels like Cheers. Except instead of a bar bar we’re at a bar. (See what I did there? )It’s interesting this CrossFit thing. You see Rich Froning and Andrea Ager and think there’s no way. I agree completely. Well, there is away but it’s insane. True, dedicated committed athletes there. Totally awesome but I gotta pay my bills. So I’d like to share that CrossFit isn’t about insanely intense CROSSFIT, it’s about moving your body. It’s about learning how to move the most efficiently in your everyday life. It’s about picking things up and putting them back down. And as my coach always says, it’s a process. And for me it’s much more of a mental process than a physical one. I didn’t get that from Gold’s Gym.The most different thing about my life is that I’m consistently exercising. CrossFit brings me back even when I take one too many days off. I’ve never wanted to go back to the gym and I always feel that way about CrossFit I-35. I also have much more self-awareness. I’ve learned the difference between eating for pleasure and eating for fuel. I’ve also learned how I use food to cope with life. I’m learning how to be kind to myself and to embrace my process. I have also learned that I’m pretty strong and I can lift some pretty heavy weight!!I am so thankful for my time at CrossFit I-35 and the people that have come in to my life as a result of my time in the gym. I’ve made friends for life that have quickly turned into family. I’m one lucky woman!!!