Why CrossFit? I got tired of belonging to the “poor pitiful me” clan. I’m guessing 95+% of what we go through in our lives is directly linked to choices we have made to do or not do. In 2009 I was 45 pounds overweight and pre-diabetic with arthritic knees, refused to be in any pictures and had a wardrobe that consisted of docker pants and turtleneck shirts. I remember walking into Nordstrom’s one day with my husband to purchase an outfit for an event we had to go to and bursting into tears because nothing fit the body I had created. My daughter had been working out with Jen and I would watch occasionally. I was asked if I wanted to join in but I was very intimidated. All the dialogue I could hear in my head was “I can’t do that.” My daughter is a college basketball player so, duh, I couldn’t do what she was doing, but Jen showed me how to get past what I couldn’t do and concentrate on and celebrate what I could do. WOW! What a concept! One man I did not know well at the time heard me grumbling about the WOD one day – it included an 800m run between the couplets. As I said, I have arthritic knees so all I could think of was that I could not run, therefore, I could not do the workout. Chris very calmly looked at me and said, “So? Walk.” Oh. Those two words sum up Westend CrossFit for me. This is a family that supports and honors each other, whether you can lift 450 lbs or 15 lbs.; do Fran in 2:28 or 15:30. There is no dishonor in trying and failing – only in not trying. Everyone has challenges. I got tired of choosing to complain and feel sorry for myself. They always say sports builds character. I agree with those that say that sports reveals character. I have learned a lot about myself these past two years, some things I’m not so proud of and other things have amazed me. What an incredible journey it continues to be.
|Beckie – 50 years old||Been “CrossFitting” for 2 years|