James 1:2-4 ESV /
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
Sometimes a person’s story is all you need to know. My job is as much about motivating and inspiring others as it is to be inspired and motivated by others. I know for a fact that I wouldn’t be able to do what I do in the gym everyday, if I wasn’t able to see the amazing achievements the people I work for are making on a regular basis.
This young lady is a phenomenal person to have around. As nervous as she was to start this program, I have yet to see her show up with a negative attitude or poor work ethic. She has been crushing it since the first workout.
I started at CrossFit Central Downtown at the end of March 2014. My sister Niki introduced me to it and to Big Mike. She’s always been that positive reinforcement for me. I started CrossFitting because I felt I needed a strong support system to become successful at something I’ve always failed at. As soon as I met Mike, I knew this was it. He didn’t give up on me let alone judge me for being out of shape. He paid attention, watched my form, and when I was starting to slow down he would yell “Keep going Michelle, you’re doing great!” even if it was across the gym or down 3rd street. I was also blessed to have the support of coach Taylor Deering. The Big Mike & Taylor combo is what has kept me CrossFitting.
My results have been life changing and overall my quality of life has improved. I have a new kind of confidence that I’ve never had before. I feel like I even walk different. The way I look is NOT how I feel inside. I feel all of my muscles now and I love it! In the beginning, I would have anxiety about going because I knew I wouldn’t be able to keep up with everyone in class. I would be the last one to finish or not finish at all. It took me a while to get over that but luckily I had a few athletes that would run with me or count down the reps to finish. That will be something I will always pay forward.
Since I’ve started at CCDT, I have yet to miss a class. How I see it is that if I miss a class, I am already behind.Every time I go, I get a little bit faster and stronger. There have been a couple of times where I finished under time or I wasn’t the last one to finish! I’ve been consistently PR’ing on all of my weightlifting and benchmark workouts. I take the little victories as they come.
Crossfit has allowed me to dig deep inside myself and see what I’m really made of, the strength I never knew I had. I realized that we all have it in us, we just need to find that fire.
The changes that have happen inside the gym have definitely poured over to my life outside of the gym. For instance, I now have a better control over my nutrition, which has always been a struggle for me. I’m Greek…and Greeks live to eat, not eat to live. I’ve had to change the way I think about food. I also find myself sizing up different objects around me like “I could probably lift that and then squat with it!” I must also say that my amazing husband, Ben, is my biggest supporter and tells me all the time how proud he is of me.
At first I would go to Pinterest the day before or morning of class and would search motivational CrossFit pictures/quotes/articles. This may sound cheesy but it actually helped me. Now the motivation comes from other athletes, my coach AND that I have come way too far to give up now. I’m in this for the long haul. I think back to the pain and struggle I felt with when I first started. I never want to go back to that nor go through all that again. The hardest part of all this was to get started and to keep going even if my body hurts like hell.
I was 29 years old when I started CrossFit. My weight was 331 lbs, my energy level was average and my diet wasn’t totally horrible but consisted of lots of tortillas, chips and cheese. This is Austin…we eat tacos for breakfast, lunch and dinner! My latest body comp was done at the end of I AM CrossFit this month (March 2014), and was 16.8 inches and 9.6 lbs lost for the 7 week challenge. To date, in the 12 months since I started at CrossFit Central Downtown, I’ve lost 58.55 inches and 27.8 lbs. I can never imagine EVER putting that weight or those inches back on. That’s not who I am anymore.
My goal for this upcoming year is do either assisted or unassisted pull ups! I also want to run faster. Running is something I’ve never been good at but that doesn’t mean I won’t be. CrossFit has opened up my eyes to possibilities that I never thought I could actually do.
Last year I competed in my first CrossFit competition, CrossFit Central’s Iron Bell competition, with my awesome sister Niki! We ended up placing 1st in the 2nd WOD (60 seconds max double unders and max shoulder to overhead). I just completed the 7-week I AM CrossFit challenge and ended up taking more away from it than I originally thought. The food logging and support from Coach Taylor Deering was the best part if it. I’m still food logging even though the challenge is over. I sign up for these challenges and competitions because accountability is what keeps me consistent. The more I involve myself with my gym, the more I will benefit from it. These challenges/competitions allowed me to gain new friends, get my nutrition under control and take my fitness goals to the next level.
I’ve also signed up for CrossFit Central’s Phoenix Competition in April. To be honest, I signed up within the first 10 minutes of the open enrollment. I was at last year’s Phoenix to support my sister and was inspired by all the awesome women. I told myself then that I hoped I would be in shape enough to do it next year. Well, we are almost 1 year later and I couldn’t be more excited to compete!