"Didn't you used to be a CrossFit Coach?" Yes. Yes I was, and I still am. However, things look differently now and it has not been an easy transition. In fact, I had to grieve a part of my identify for a while. For those that are new here, I became a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer in 2016 after being on my own journey to lose 135lbs. It was a dream come true, and my specialty was working with beginners, athletes needing intense modifications, or those with a lot of weight to loose. This was my heart, it was my passion, and I enjoyed every second I worked on that floor.
Fast forward a bit, and I was diagnosed with a rare incurable condition in January 2017. I had to have major surgery that ended up being unsuccessful in March 2017. I had to spend an entire year healing, and rebuilding.
To give you some perspective, I used to be able to Clean & Jerk 142lbs. Well, Achalasia made me so weak that I couldn't even workout with an empty (35 lb) barbell anymore. I couldn't coach, I couldn't demo, and I couldn't workout. I felt lost and no one seemed to really understand how much help I needed. I am still a coach, and will one day be on the floor again. Until then, we continue to rebuild inside and out.
That experience taught me a lot, and it also made me push to still not give up. Whether you've had a baby, a major surgery, or perhaps been 10 years away from a gym because you no longer have that college athlete body you once had.....you're not broken. You can heal, and you can rebuild. Take the first step today to leave that old mentality of weakness, fragility, and sadness behind you.
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