An Owed To CrossFit
My unhealthy relationship with food began in my early childhood having to have meals prepared in a certain way as well as eating limited types of food. Throughout my teens I would receive remarks about my weight on a constant basis, mostly from my friends who would always pass it of as a joke, but their remarks stuck with me none the less. The point where food coupled with extreme exercise took a hold of my life was when I booked a holiday to Thailand with my friends.
What started off as a diet and exercise regime to help me get in shape for holidays slowly but surely ruined my life. I would wake at three in the morning and go for fasted runs, I would miss social events with friends so that I could make sure I wouldn’t miss my gym session or in case they would put me in a position where I had to eat something that wouldn’t fit in with my diet. It got to the point the only time I would leave the house would be to exercise.
I thought this grip food and exercise had on my might stop after my holiday to Thailand, but instead it just got worse. It got to the point where I was that much underweight I had to be admitted to a clinic for eating disorders. Through this clinic I started to get some of my life back and gain some confidence, then I found CrossFit.
My first CrossFit class was an experience. I thought I had a decent level of fitness but it gave me an ego hit. I finished near last in the workout and was left thinking to myself ‘what just happened’, I was immediately hooked and couldn’t wait to get back to my next class. I quickly began to fall in love with CrossFit, I started to care less and less what my body looked like, instead focusing on what my body could achieve, what new skills I could learn, new lifts I could hit.
I had found a sport where women and men were seen as equals, a sport where no matter what shape or size you where you could fit in, everyone had their strengths and weakness. A sport where the best athletes in the gym would be seen cheering on the weakest, it provided a sense of community like no other. It provided me with Role models to follow, who instead of being flash and cocky where just normal humble people who put their head down and showed exactly where hard work and commitment can get you in life.
Through CrossFit I began to return to a healthy weight, even adding some muscle to what was before a skinny and weak frame. The thoughts in my head about food became less and less frequent. Sure they still pop up from time to time, but they don’t engulf me daily like they used to. Through the community in the CrossFit gym I have met so many friends and became far more social, mixing with people who have similar interests as myself. I love everything to do with CrossFit and will follow every competition going.
I have recently completed my Level 1 and have aspirations of coaching one day. I would love to be able to help others and give back to the community that made such an impact on my life. It’s scary to think of where I would be today without CrossFit. For me the motto describing CrossFit from its founder couldn’t be more applicable “The magic is in the movement, the art is in the programming, the science is in the explanation, and the fun is in the community”.