Two years ago on this day, I walked into the hospital at 5 a.m. for my second neck surgery in 3 years. I had a herniated disc at C5/C6 that made my arms go numb for the second time. I remember thinking to myself that my active life was over and I was not going to be able to do anything active again like playing my softball with some of my very best friends. (In fact remembering this brings tears to my eyes at this moment) I remember waking up and not being able to talk and thinking I guess this is it. I spent two and a months recovering and gained weight from not being able to do anything strenuous.
On Friday Jan 27, 2013, I saw a groupon/living social for a CrossFit place named Balcones CrossFit. I set up an appointment and met a young kid name Tanner Martin for introductory to CrossFit. I remember shaking Tanner’s hand and being embarrased by the fact that my hands had no power and would shake. Tanner made me feel like he saw this everyday and everything was going to be ok because he was going to help me. The intro session started and I thought I was going to pass out. It was very simple, 10 minutes including rowing, ring ups and squats I believe. I remember leaving thinking to myself, can I really do this?
I returned the next Monday and was introduced to a class including Lou Arguello Dianna Arguello Heather Welch Kimber Paige and I thought to myself, what the hell did you get yourself into. I remember being the slowest one and Kimber finished my first workout with me after she did her own workout and everyone else was cheering me on. I remember getting that gut feeling (which is never wrong) that this is the place for me along with being sore for the next week.
Now here I am 2 years later in the best shape of my life, lifting weights that I thought would be impossible to lift while I was laying in that bed feeling sorry for myself. I have to say I am extremely grateful to have met Tanner when I did and to have the Balcones Crossfit family in my life.
Happy 2 year surgery anniversary to me and may this be the last time I go under the knife.
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