I was first talked into joining Balcones CrossFit CrossFit by a former coworker and friend. It takes a special kind of person to go up to someone else they don’t know very well and just start talking to them about something that can and has saved their lives. I am very appreciative of Pedro for bringing me here.
CrossFit is intimidating at first. No question about it. Had it not been for this constantly positive person telling me that I had it in me, I don’t think I would have come back. Balcones CrossFit is filled with people like that. Someone that cares about the people around them. That’s important in a workout partner. But as for the first impression goes; if you’re weak, CrossFit will expose that weakness. But if you choose to focus on getting better, it will help you do that.
The biggest change I’ve seen physically is that I can keep up (and then some) with the kids. I started at Balcones CrossFit telling myself that if I could just keep up with the kids, then it’d be worth it. I’m able to do quite a bit more than just keep up with my tweens and three year old. For someone who stopped breathing for seconds at a time while sleeping and had random sharp shooting pains in his chest every now and again, that’s pretty huge! Other than physical change, I’ve seen a mental confidence in myself that hadn’t been there throughout my twenties. And that’s a damn shame. I really feel like I can do anything.
Currently, I’m working on my diet and nutrition. It’s a constant battle for me. And I’ll be the first to tell you, it’s not easy. Not for me. Portion control is key. In the gym I’ve been working on legs. Silly little dream of mine is to actually dunk a basketball, and not just by the tips of my fingertips. I want to slam it home! But yeah, I want to get on that “hops tip” really badly.
My favorite Balcones memory would have to be representing for the box at the Bat City CrossFit competition. Taking a picture with so many representatives of something that had totally just dominated felt good. But any memory with my box family is a good one. From laying down face first on the mats to cracking the top off a brew and hopefully watching a good fight, it’s all good. As long as I can continue to get stronger and keep doing work so I can be around for my kids. Longevity in life is the only guarantee of pursuit of bliss.