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I am a 49-year-old female who has struggled throughout my life with my weight and self-esteem. I wa... [more]
I am a 49-year-old female who has struggled throughout my life with my weight and self-esteem. I was never a very active child, teenager or adult, preferring cerebral activities over physical ones. I joke that I know a lot about health because I managed to take more quarters of health class in high school than anyone else in an effort to avoid gym! As I got older and even more sedentary I put on more and more weight. I did every weight loss plan known to womankind. It was the same thing with exercise; I tried everything. During my one “successful” bout with weight loss I took up running. I ran 5Ks, 5 milers and even completed the Broad Street Run (a 10 mile race through Philadelphia). Eventually though, running, like watching calories, became too much work and frankly, boring. The weight came back with a vengeance. I found myself at 232 pounds and in my mid-forties.
I was terribly unhappy being a size 20 so I decided that to be happier I would have to lose the weight so once again, I did what I had done before. I cut calories and worked out. I lost about 30 pounds and then I got stuck. So I joined a gym. I did all the exercise classes including Spinning, Zumba and Body Pump (I passed on Pole Dancing). I worked with a personal trainer and focused on the old calories-in, calories-out formula of weight loss. Nothing happened. I wasn’t any happier and the weight appeared to be a permanent addition to our family.
Then, through a happy series of circumstances I found CrossFit. I was intrigued by the changes I saw happening in other people and with the camaraderie I saw in the classes, but I was also scared to death of the workouts. Barbells, pull ups, box jumps and rope climbing were very intimidating and I was scared that I wouldn’t be able to perform and that people would make fun of me for my lack of athleticism. But, I was more intrigued than intimidated so I gave it a try. (And no one made fun of me … I’ve never met a more welcoming group of people in my life!)
It wouldn’t be accurate to say I was hooked on CrossFit right away but my coach, Aimee Lyons kept me coming back, even after I discovered I couldn’t do a single proper push up (I cried about that!). Aimee helped me scale all the workouts so I could accomplish the movements with good form and I slowly began to get stronger and less intimidated. It wasn’t too long after I started that I was astonished to find that the phys-ed hating girl of my youth had been replaced with a woman who couldn’t wait to get to the gym to train.
The other thing I found is that CrossFit is a journey not a destination. I realized as I began to work on my training that I was also working on myself. I think I discovered as much about my mental and spiritual strengths as I did my physical ones. Aimee encouraged me in all three aspects. She really listened to my concerns and fears but never allowed me to get derailed by them. She pushed me but never beyond what was possible.
I’m definitely a work in progress. I’ve lost about 20 pounds and gained a sense of well-being and confidence I would never have imagined when I began this journey. I still have more weight to lose and more goals to reach but I know now that I have the tools and the coaching to make them happen.
Finding CrossFit KoP and Aimee have truly been life-changing experiences. I have found a community, friends and a passion for life. In fact, I will be getting my own Level1 CrossFit certification in January so I can begin coaching others. How cool is that?
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