Time To Change

 

Fitness and focusing on my health had been on the back burner of things that were important to me for most of my life.  I have been overweight my entire adult life.

I would try to lose weight here and there, but generally wouldn’t find much success and didn’t think I was capable of doing much exercise other than running on an elliptical machine. Ultimately, I would give up every time and instead focus on fitness whole pizza in my mouth.

Over the last 4 years things seemed to get a bit worse and my weight swelled quite a bit.  I had two babies within a short amount of time and developed some pretty serious post-partum anxiety issues.  Over this same time period my doctor discovered that I had melanoma which scared me half to death and depend my issues with depression.

Finally, at the beginning of this year I decided enough was enough and that I need to make a change.  My children deserve an attentive, healthy Mom who can get up and play with them, and I deserved to be happy and thriving.

In February of this year, my husband and I changed our diets completely and started moving more.  I started working out with a personal trainer and getting more comfortable in a gym. Within a month I grew to love the time spent in the gym and began challenging myself with harder and harder fitness goals.

Weighing in at 319 lbs. I signed up for both my first ever 5k and a Spartan Race.  Some of my friends and family members thought I was crazy.  I decided that eventually I wanted to try CrossFit as well, but thought at the time that you had to be much more fit to even start and that it would be way too hard for me.

I started crushing my goals both in the gym and on the scale.

In May, my husband talked me into doing Murph at Friction on Memorial Day.  To say that I was nervous was an understatement, but from the moment we walked in the door everyone was so welcoming and supportive.

No one judged me for my size or because I needed to scale certain moves.  I ended up exceeding my expectations and finished in under 50 minutes!  I was hooked and wanted to try more.

When the boot camp program I had been doing ended in August I swallowed my fears and self-doubts and signed up for CrossFit Foundations.

Best decision I have ever made.  Within two weeks I was doing regular WODs with everyone else and it has quickly become and addiction.  I love the way I feel doing CrossFit!

I feel strong and like I could take on the world.  Every workout is different so I never get bored.  I LOVE lifting, and my cardio stamina is slowly but surely starting to come around.  I wish I would have started earlier.  Come to find out all of my fears about not being fit enough to do the workouts were unfounded and CrossFit really is for anyone at any fitness level if scaled appropriately.

As of today, I am down 55 lbs., I completed a 5k in May, became a Spartan Finisher in September, have my anxiety issues much better controlled, am feeling great, and have finally found a fitness routine and gym that I love in Friction CrossFit.  I can’t wait to see how much more I can continue to push myself in the months ahead.  I have lots of goals moving forward and plan on reaching every single one of them.

Author: Amber Soler

 

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