On November 1, 2011 I took my first foundations class. On November 3rd, I participated in my first official Crossfit WOD.
It’s now a year later, and according to my workout journal, I’ve logged 240 WODs since then. I thought it would be fun to reflect on the impact Crossfit has made on my life over the past year.
Let’s start with the numbers. In the past 12 months, I’ve lost 40 lbs, and dropped from a size 14/16 to a size 4/6.
I’ve lost fat, put on muscle and feel great about how I look. I have more energy, more confidence, and generally enjoy life more than I did a year ago.
My Crossfit box introduced me to the Paleo style of eating (our coach calls its Performance Nutrition) which has been instrumental in changing my body shape.
I could not have achieved the body changes I have without altering my eating habits. But I know would not have attempted this radical a change to my eating habits without the support of my coach and fellow athletes (via gym-coordinated food challenges).
Although I still have “cheat days”, this is the primary way I feed myself — most all of the recipes I share nowadays are paleo or “primal” (paleo with a touch of dairy).
Here are some of the things I can do now that I could not do a year ago:
Push-ups (on my toes)
Climb a Rope
Run a 5K (sub 25 minutes)
Additionally, I’ve gotten to meet and make friends with great folks I would not otherwise know, if not for our shared enthusiasm for Crossfit.
These are just a few of the ways Crossfit has changed my life for the better.
I am eternally grateful to my hubby for introducing me to this sport/lifestyle. If you look at your life and are unhappy with what you see (like I was), what are you waiting for? My recommendation would be to give Crossfit a try.
All photos not otherwise specified are courtesy of David Wallach / Crossfit Rubicon.