I’m 47 years old, and I CrossFit.
It was one of the happiest days of my life…and one of the most life changing. I was 45 yrs old and on May 19, 2009, I gave birth to a healthy baby girl. I was faced with the shock of being a mother again. After 13 years of raising my son and living a fairly uneventful fitness life, I put on 20 lbs. I now had the challenge of this weight gain plus, another 30 lbs post baby. All to the tune of about 50 lbs to lose and the weight did not come off as easily.
I’m a wife, mother, daughter, sister, cousin, friend and FT career professional. My time is limited and precious to me. You see; I’m just like most. Busy schedules and distractions were amongst my many excuses and I loved to eat, a lot!
The lifestyle I was living became a burden because I was so tired all the time. I had battled anxiety and depression most of my adult life but I had always been able to manage it, until “the episode” (post partum depression coupled with symptoms of menopause), that finally pushed me over my limit. I knew something had to change and I am so grateful that God had not given up on me. He kept me rational enough to make some serious life choices.
CrossFit became my lifestyle in Feb 2011; a way of healthy living, a way to release endorphins and increase my serotonin levels. A preventive way to stay ahead of my disorder and flailing female hormones.
Several months ago, I switched from another box and became a BoomBOX member. This is where I drank the kool-aid:) CrossFit has the reputation of following a motto: Community, Camaraderie, Commitment; but BoomBOX takes this to an extreme. The family-feel envelopes you when you get to this Box. The people here are authentic! It’s crazy WOD time where we leave all of the day’s worries at the door. It’s the epitome of loyalty to one another, with each person pushing the next to be better, faster and stronger.
Because of the scalability of these workouts the levels of difficulty are customized depending on an individual’s fitness level. Nobody goes to failure. It’s never easy, these “WODs”, but several dress sizes down (I no longer weigh myself) and my ability to stay energized, anxiety-free and alert all day makes it all worthwhile. I am a work in progress, my husband already loves my new figure, and although he won’t admit it, I think my son is pretty proud of me. And yes… I still have my tough days, but the good ones far outweigh the bad.
There are no cliques or egos at BoomBOX and I believe that the leadership here with Eric and his team of coaches will see to it that this box never loses that special thing that makes BBCF stand apart from the others…Humility.
P.S. I still love to eat, only now, my choices are healthier and I eat more frequently – Winning!
CrossFitting since Feb 2011
47 year old, wife & mother of two