It became increasingly clear over the two years after my son was born that I was steadily progressing to a state of perpetual softness. Not the good kind of soft either. The flabby, I don’t want to wear short sleeves (etc.), let’s just sit on the couch for a while, don’t feel good about myself kind of soft. My days of being a college athlete were loooooong behind and I was tired most of the time. I’ve had a gym membership for years, but would really only go there to do cardio and only for short bursts of time before I’d get bored and then not go back again for weeks or months. I heard of CrossFit COMO and had heard a little about it here and there, but didn’t think much of it. Then, one of my daughter’s teachers told me she went and I should too. She asked me each day if I was going to go to an intro class. I kept meaning to and then not doing it. Finally, the stars aligned and I made it to my first Foundations class.
My first thought was, “I can’t do this.” But I had a different impression by the time I left.
When I walked in the first time, I was truthfully intimidated and not sure if this was really for me. People were doing box jumps (which I hadn’t done since high school) and pull-ups (which I had never successfully done) and lifting weights. Lots of sweat and exertion. Frankly, it looked painful and intense. My first thought was, “I can’t do this.” But I had a different impression by the time I left. I also noticed people were excited, cheering for one another and the sense of achievement was palpable. I really wanted to have that. I hadn’t known how much I really wanted to have that. So I came back for another Foundations course. I got hooked on the sense of accomplishment and remembered those long ago feelings of pushing myself and feeling great about having finished something difficult and worthwhile.
I climbed the rope for the first time ever recently and I was ridiculously excited about that.
Three months later, I’d lost nearly 30 pounds, 3 sizes and was feeling great. Not a week goes by that someone doesn’t ask me what I’ve been doing and I happily tell them about CrossFit COMO. At the start, I would have thought those would be the things I would be most excited about. But they aren’t – not even close. Don’t get me wrong, I like those things (a lot), but what I really love is that I can do things I couldn’t do for a long time or ever. I regained my identity as an athlete. I climbed the rope for the first time ever recently and I was ridiculously excited about that. I’m still working on pull ups, but no longer wonder if I’ll be able to do them. I know it’s just a matter of time and effort. But the best part of all to me – that thrills me to no end – is that I can carry my two kids around in both arms, squat down to pick up the toys they’ve dropped (again!) and get back up with all 70+ pounds of them in my arms. I get to show them what it means to be healthy and strong instead of showing them what it means to be soft and disappointed. This is what I love about CrossFit and can’t imagine a better place to do it than CrossFit COMO!