“Honestly, I am having a hard time expressing in words the impact that this community has had on my life.”
How long have you been a member at CrossFit Morgantown?
I was a member a few years ago, but due to life circumstances and not prioritizing my own mental and physical health I quit. I joined again in January of 2020.
Why did you join?
I rejoined because I was on a health journey and I was going to hike the Grand Canyon for my 40th birthday in May, I had lost about 50 pounds during 2019 and working on my physical strength was the next step in my journey.
What do you love most about CrossFit Morgantown? / What keeps you coming back each month?
The community, I honestly think I would have gone insane this year without the community at CFM. Having a safe place to go workout, be away from my kids for an hour, and see people from all different life experiences, has kept me sane. I love that everyone celebrates small and large victories, in the gym and in life. Honestly, I am having a hard time expressing in words the impact that this community has had on my life.
“You aren’t going to find a place that is more supportive of you and your goals.”
What is your current occupation? And/or what are some hobbies, clubs, groups, or activities you participate in?
I stay at home with my three kids, I have homeschooled them for 5 years. I also have a home bakery where I make fun things like Hot Chocolate bombs, sugar cookies and cupcakes. Our whole family is very involved in our church and the West Virginia youth mountain biking league.
Who inspires you?
I am inspired by my children, to get the privilege to watch them grow and push themselves every day inspires me to push and grow myself. We talk a lot about a growing edge and productive struggle. I think that as they watch me at 40 gain control of my health, work hard and learn new things, they can see how to grow throughout their lives, and I am so inspired by watching their struggles and successes, whether that is from learning to read or learning a new skill in mountain biking, I am inspired to push myself along side of them.
How has improved fitness impacted your life?
I honestly think about how my commitment to going to the gym 4 times a week has changed my life at least a few days a week. My mindset has changed so much in the past year, I have gone from someone who has seen myself as fat and weak for my entire life, to thinking of someone who is strong and capable, who’s body, while far from perfect, is able to move, lift, and function well. I have a lot of work to do still, but I know I am on the right road, and I know that the community of CFM will be there for the bumps along the way. I am so much more motivated to be active with my family. I now seek to do something active with my family every weekend. When my kids want to go mountain biking, I am much more likely to go with them, I never in my life would have thought that I would take up mountain biking at 40. Another example, I helped move about 300 chairs from one building to another recently, and while a year ago, I would have gone and helped, I know I wouldn’t have had the stamina to actively help the entire time, and I would have been sore for days afterwards, I wasn’t at all sore, and I was on the truck lifting and moving stacks for hours and didn’t even feel it. I have a lot of work to do still, but I know I am on the right road, and I know that the community of CFM will be there for the bumps along the way.
What’s one thing – either fitness related or not – you learned in the last month?
I have learned that taking care of my physical and mental health has helped me to take better care of my kids, and my house. I have found as my physical and mental health have improved I am able to do things like declutter my house. I am able to release the guilt of buying things that I didn’t need/haven’t used, that taking the time to prioritize myself, I have more energy and availability to take better care of my family, this has been a slow realization, but one that has really taken hold over the past month. Also, I am finally starting to get double unders. =)
What would you say to someone you love to encourage them to try out CFM?
I would say to come and try it! You aren’t going to find a place that is more supportive of you and your goals. I know it can be intimidating to hear the lingo and see the equipment when you first start, and the feeling that you will never remember what a certain lift is or how to do it, but that is part of what I love, we go through every movement at the beginning of the class, and the coaches are well trained to make sure to help people don’t over do it. The coaches are well educated, and are able to help you do modifications to get the intended stimulus at your level.