Eighteen mornings began my journey.
I told myself that I could wake up at 4:15am and show up for 18 mornings of World's Best Boot Camp at CrossFit Ruston. Showing up, literally, was my goal as I did not want to disappoint Lindsay Bolton, my friend and CrossFit Ruston coach who urged me to sign up. That morning, I walked in a bundle of nerves, carrying a ton of baggage, desperate for change.
The first 18 mornings were so unbelievably hard.
I was last for every single run.
Movements that others did with ease were difficult, and some even impossible, for me.
Everything hurt almost all the time.
Most people would have quit, I think, but I had two reasons not to.
First, I had quit before, too many times to count. This time had to be different.
Second, I'd have to answer to Lindsay, something I surely wanted to avoid.
And at the end of those 18 mornings, I had lost 10 inches and cut over 7 minutes from my baseline workout time.
Feeling that success was something I will NEVER forget.
Eighteen mornings has turned to 18 months at CrossFit Ruston. I have grown faster, jogging my first mile without stopping in my life with amazing coaching and encouragement.
I have grown stronger, and love, love lifting days at the box. My endurance has increased remarkably, and I dread the long workouts much less. My workout partner Marcie Tucker and I completed the 2016 CrossFit Open this spring and rocked those difficult workouts. With all of those physical improvements, I am 80 pounds lighter, my lowest weight in 20 years.
There truly are not words to describe how much better I feel each day, in every facet of my life because of my Box.
Physical gains are amazing, but mental gains are life changing. Honoring my initial commitment to 18 mornings gave me confidence in myself to continue the journey. Every workout I complete puts me in a more positive place making me a better wife, mom, friend, and teacher.
My attitude has been influenced greatly by the amazing relationships I have made at CrossFit Ruston. Never have I felt more welcome and encouraged by a group of people. Even at my slowest and lowest, I was welcomed and cheered on by Lauren and Evan, and all the amazing CrossFit Ruston coaches.
My fellow CrossFitters aren't just workout partners, they have become amazing friends. It would be absolutely impossible to try to thank everyone who has put me in a positive place along this journey because so very many have played a role, from "Good Job!" on a run to sweaty hugs and high fives. Every word and action has been so meaningful.
Commitment began, relationships nurtured, and goals fuel my journey. I began with 3 workouts a week and now aim for 5-6 workouts. I enjoying cycling and swimming now! I love being active!
I have switched my mental focus from strictly weight loss to growing stronger and better, 1% each day. Accountability with friends at the box and on MyFitnessPal has helped me stay on track with my workout and eating goals. I recently had surgery on my right hand and the accountability I have with my amazing workout friends has helped me push through these first months of recovery, helping me not lose sight of my goals. Surgery could have taken me down a path of excuses, but remaining goal oriented made me show up as much as I could and workout to the level that I could. My ultimate goal is to complete an 80 mile hike in the backcountry of Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimmaron, New Mexico with my sons. Every workout I complete puts me one step closer to fulfilling that dream.
I used to read weight loss stories hoping, I suppose, that success would jump from the page. A common phrase in many of those was, "If I can do it, you can." I never imagined being someone who would write a story like this one day. If you are someone searching for how to begin, here is what turned my 18 mornings to 18 months:
I started with a manageable, measurable, realistic goal. Just show up.
I formed relationships with those who were better than me so I would push myself. Friendly competition works.
I found a core group to remain accountable. Good friends text to ask where you were.
I make goals, meet them, then make more. One percent better each day.
I have a favorite poet and want to share one of my favorite poems of hers. May her beautiful, inspiring words mean as much to your journey as they do to mine.
There are moments that cry out to be fulfilled. Like, telling someone you love them. Or giving your money away, all of it. Your heart is beating, isn’t it? You’re not in chains, are you? There is nothing more pathetic than caution when headlong might save a life, even, possibly, your own. Moments by Mary Oliver