Two years ago my best friend, Pedro, joined Balcones Fitness and wouldn’t stop talking about it. I’d make fun of him for hanging out with his ‘CrossFit friends’ and always talking about it, but felt intimidated and not in shape enough to actually try it out. A few months later, he gifted me with a training session from one of the coaches, Cecily. She was so sweet and encouraging and we got along so well, that I thought, OK maybe I can actually do this. Finally sick of being overweight, out of shape, and generally unhappy, I decided to go to an actual class.
I remember thinking right away that everyone was super fit and I was self-conscious, but at the same time everyone was so friendly, welcoming, and excited for me to be there. I honestly don’t remember what that first workout was, but I remember being sore for days! But, I loved how everything could be modified and I wasn’t forced to do something I was unable to do.
My friends will tell you that since I started CrossFit, I’m so much happier. I feel more confident, stronger, more disciplined, and less afraid of trying things. I’m definitely far from where I want to be physically (weight and strength-wise), but I’m SO much better than I ever have been, I jump the majority of my burpees, bear crawls aren’t as horrifying as they used to be, and I actually did a 5K and ran half of it! These are all small things that are huge accomplishments for me because I’ve never been one to push myself physically. CrossFit workouts are brutal but everyone is amazingly encouraging, and it makes me want to finish strong to show myself that I can do it, and to celebrate those little victories with everyone. Knowing that I did the same workout as everyone else that’s way more in shape than I am makes me proud.
Right now I’m trying to get a handle on healthy eating. I know that I’ve made changes since I started, but I have a ways to go. Training for the 5K was inspiring because I’ve always hated running, so the day that I said I wanted to go for a jog was shocking; my sister and I couldn’t believe the words that had just come out of my mouth. So I want to stop hating cardio so much and continue to get better at it so it’s not as difficult.
It’s hard to pinpoint a favorite BCF moment, because there are so many. I didn’t know that I’d be making a new group of amazing friends that I’d enjoy hanging out with so much, especially for an hour after class. The encouragement, belief in my abilities, and amazing push that everyone gives me is something that I’ll never forget. Joining BCF has been one of the best decisions I’ve made!
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