“My success has been to go from a life of despair and lost hope to one of daily joy, love, friendship, meaning, and gratitude. That change started each morning, with one workout at a time.”
I started Crossfitting in November 2007 at Crossfit Old Town in Alexandria, VA. Nine months later I moved to Richmond, VA and started training at CrossfitRVA. Both boxes were wonderful in their training and community. I was healthier mentally & physically than ever before and living the dream. Then, my world came crashing down when my fiance, Emil, passed away. I was lost. The life I knew had dissolved around me and the future went blank.
In March 2009 I moved back to my hometown, Austin and was attempting to rebuild my nest egg (we had bought a house, and by that point I had been forced to turn around and sell it). So I put off joining Crossfit Central until a “better time”.
Dark and ragged are the best adjectives I can think of to describe life directly before CFCentral. I was at a point in my grieving where the shock and denial had dissolved, leaving me a raw and wounded individual. Each day was overwhelming and often I doubted I had the strength to make it through the day, or maybe even the next 5 minutes. Sure, I was exercising. I jogged around Town Lake or did some yoga videos at home. But I knew I’d never make it out of the darkness if I didn’t get back into CrossFit. Crossfit is based on measurable results which is exactly what one needs when they can’t see further than their current situation. It also provides a daily challenge…if you can survive that day’s workout by just continuing to move, you can make it through whatever challenge you face in your life out of the box.
My success has been to go from a life of despair and lost hope to one of daily joy, love, friendship, meaning, and gratitude. That change started each morning, with one workout at a time. The confidence you gain from Crossfit, the friends you make in class, the support of coaches who care about your success; these directly affect how you move throughout your day.
For me, being a part of CrossFit Central means that I may have to face a challenge (the WOD/life/a crazy deadline) on my own, but that I am never alone. What better result is there than having created a life full of friendship, health, and joy? Rocking out in a smaller pair of jeans than ever before is a pretty great bonus, too!