Our 1st place RX Women has something to say!!! ch-ch-checkkkk it out!
“My crossfit journey began in March of 2010 through word of mouth from a friend. I really had no idea what it was about, other than if you do it you will lose weight. Like most moms I had gained a significant amount of weight after the birth of my son in late 2008 and could not find the motivation or method in losing any weight. As an avid smoker my diet generally consisted of iced coffees and Marlboro reds, so finding the energy to lose weight and become healthy was just not happening.
I immediately went to the computer and googled “crossfit” to try to find one close to my house. Well, the closest one was 17 miles away. I didn’t care. I jumped in my car and drove there like an old man who was told where the fountain of youth was: I was on a mission. As soon as walked in to the facility, I knew what I wanted to be: A CROSSFITTER
After 6 months of travelling back and forth I was blessed to have very randomly find Crossfit FEVER, which was much closer to me. I started with Fever in September of 2010. When I started I hardly spoke to anyone at the box. I would come in at 5:30 a.m. do my workout, hit it hard and leave. After a few months of working out with the same group of people I started opening up and talking to them. I realized that there were people who took crossfit just as serious as I did and it was very inspiring.
After a brief sabbatical in the spring/early summer of 2011, I started taking my workouts to the next level. Unfortunately, my diet had not changed and I was still smoking but I was becoming stronger and my endurance was slowly improving. In the fall of 2011, after dealing with some personal issues, I started slacking with my health, even more than before. My coffee intake had increased, I wasn’t sleeping and I was smoking more than before. Even though I was still attending crossfit classes my performance had deteriorated.
It all came crashing on me on December 11, 2011. I had signed up for a very big competition for that date a few months prior. I came to that competition with no apathy. After consuming iced coffee, donuts and smoking a few cigarettes before my heat was called to perform I stood on that box to do a pull up and I couldn’t even do 1. For 7 minutes I tried to raise my body up in the most pathetic and humiliating way and it was not happening. With all eyes on me, after the time was completed, I walked off the competition arena with my head high and my morale crushed. I knew at that moment that I need to change my life style and I needed help.
After the holiday season was over my trainer, Coach Bobby, suggested that I do the “Paleo Performance Challenge” that Fever was hosting. After looking all crazy at him, I told him “Bobby, I don’t do Paleo” to which he responded “Yes you are going to do it.” As stubborn as I am, I knew that in my heart I needed someone to guide me in a direction to clean myself up. So I took on the challenge. I knew the only way to fully give 100% of my all, was to quit smoking. So, (with the exception of my pregnancy) after 17 years of smoking on January 22, 2012, I threw away the pack I had and said to myself, never again. The challenge was a success for me! I was number 1 female for fastest mile 6:57 and strongest girl: deadlift 285lbs! I have been able to keep up the Paleo and I feel a world of difference.
At the same time I started Paleo I also started training hard at the box. For 3-4 times a week I come in twice a day, wodding in the morning and working on skill and endurance in the afternoon. I just completed our Crossfit Fever In-House Annual Competition and got 1st place in the Women’s RX Division!!
After the 4th workout (yes there were 4 workouts, thank you Coach Vega) I sat down and the tears just started rolling down my face. 4 months ago I had tears of frustration, exhaustion and anger and pity for myself, and now these same eyes were crying tears of happiness, accomplishment, satisfaction and also exhaustion.
I have worked so hard these past few months and if it wasn’t for my coaches, Bobby and Eddie I would not have made it to where I am at. They stood by me the whole way and have encouraged and pushed me so much that I am eternally grateful to them. Crossfit Fever has truly changed my life for the positive. All of the people that I have met and the support that we give each other are very overwhelming. With pain and glory you bond and I have never bonded more than with the athletes and trainers at Fever and from the bottom of my heart I thank you all for never giving up on me, even when I gave up on myself.”