“Think about what is motivating you, why you are doing this…” This was the prompt most people offered when I mentioned that I didn’t know where to start with this blog. That didn’t make it any easier. Right now, what isn’t motivating me? I am 35 and far too unhealthy for my age. I want to be healthy. I want to be strong. I don’t want to be tired. I don’t want to be sick. I want to be able to open a jar. I want to be able to run from zombies. I want to bring healthy habits home, to my husband of seven years (hi Bill!), and our black Lab (hi Rudy!).
When I went for my interview with Eric and Sarah, I mentioned that I have actually been really into CrossFit for a long time… I just didn’t actually do it…yet. I believe I referred to myself as a “Closet CrossFitter”. I always regarded CrossFit as something I would do someday. I just had to lose weight first, and be able to do all of the WODs at RX first. According to the secret/hidden CrossFit Pinterest board I have (that’s right, I pinned it long before I did it), I have been planning to do CrossFit for nearly two years. And I was going to join! As soon as I got to my goal weight and could manage the intense workouts. I bet no one is surprised to learn that after two years on the couch, I was no closer to joining CrossFit, though I had lots and lots of inspirational pins ready for me when I was ready to go!
What has been the hardest part? Before I started this I would have guessed the workouts or the change to my (previously horrific) diet. WRONG. Walking into the box for the first time was BY FAR the hardest part. I mean the interview; I’m not even talking about the first workout yet! I was pretty sure someone was going to ask me if I was having car trouble or something. Why else would I be there? I certainly don’t BELONG there. That didn’t happen. I actually only saw Eric and Sarah that day, I never even made it to the floor of the box. When I went in the first workout, I knew I had to get this! Then I met the four that were, for lack of a better term, my competition.
From the first workout, it felt like there was a bond. They needed and wanted it too, and I wanted them to have this opportunity too. Learning that night that all of us would be part of the Fit For Life project was so exhilarating! Having a built in support system has already been amazing. Long after Fit For Life is over (though will it ever really be?), we will still have each other and all of the amazing community we have come to know at CrossFit Nashua! We are not two weeks in and this experience has changed me. Others have noticed a change as well.
The first person that told me I already look different was my husband. Clearly he knows what I am doing, and was just being nice. The second person was a close friend. The next two people that brought it up to me didn’t even know I was doing CrossFit yet. How could that be? I lost a little weight at this point, but not yet enough to see it. I looked in the mirror. Do I already look a little different? You know, I am sleeping like a baby now. Maybe the dark circles under my eyes are a little lighter, and I look a little less tired (my energy level has skyrocketed). I have been eating really clean and drinking a lot of water. Maybe my complexion is a little bit brighter. I also wear tank tops at the box. Let me say that again. TANK TOPS IN PUBLIC. My arms have not seen the light of day since probably ’91. Maybe I am a tad more confident. If this is what I see in under two weeks, what will the year bring?!?! I am excited to find out!
Christine is a participant in CrossFit Nashua's 2015/2016 "Fit-For-Life" program. Participants track their progress in the CrossFit training program during the coming 1-year period and log their progress in this blog. Best of luck Christine, in meeting your training goals!