6 months ago, a friend of mine suggested I try this new CrossFit gym that just opened up called CrossFit iQ, so I called and scheduled my free trial. I walked into the first class and was introduced to “Q”, who welcomed me to the other 4 members of the class. I noticed that they were all in pretty good shape and about half my weight, which made me a little nervous. I was then introduced to the “WOD”; little did I know that would soon be a term I used in my everyday life.
“5 Rounds For Time! 3, 2, 1, GO!” 13 minutes in and I’m ready to quit. I hurt, I’m tired, I’m out of breath, and I just can’t seem to get enough water to compensate for all the sweat. Everyone else has finished and I’m barely halfway done. One of the members of the class, Eric, came over to me without hesitation and picked up a set of weights and started doing the workout with me! He was visibly exhausted but he counted the reps out loud right alongside where I was. “Let’s Go! Come On! Push!!” 7, 8, 9 “Almost There! Time For The Run! Don’t Stop!!” He ran behind me and pushed to make sure I didn’t quit. He showed me how to breathe so I wouldn’t get out of breath or cramp and he made me complete it all. When he yelled “TIME!” as I entered the gym I gave him a huge hug and I felt like crying. I never would have been able to do it if it wasn’t for him and I couldn’t believe that I did it, I finished.
That moment changed my life forever. A complete stranger wanted to help me and believed in me to do it. He showed me that I didn’t have to be this person anymore and that it was time for change. I took the jump and signed up with Nicole and made the commitment. She worked with me on the importance of nutrition and got me hooked on the Paleo Diet. The weight was just melting off of me, right along with my walls of insecurities. I’ve lost over 50 pounds so far and I’ve gone down almost 9 sizes. I actually enjoy shopping now and I love playing sports, surfing and running with my dog, all things I couldn’t do because I was so out of shape. When I look back, I see a stranger. A stranger with very little self-esteem or confidence. I see someone who wanted to make a change but was too afraid of failing to act upon it. Yeah, sure I’ve lost a lot of weight, but I’ve gained so much more inside. I’ve gained self-confidence, a sense of worth and achievement, but most of all a family. My iQ family.