I am a little nervous about sharing some of this. But I’m only sharing because of compliments and people asking what I am doing.
A journey began for me on November 2, 2012 when contact and a relationship began to form with my sister, Debbie Schlup Rosslan. After several conversations with Debbie the first part of November, I had “mistyped” a text to her saying “who knows maybe I can come try CrossFit one day”; I meant for the text to say “maybe I can come watch you do CrossFit” because I had no idea what it was. But God knew what he was doing when he led my fingers to type what I did and also Debbie’s response with the invite to CFU 101 class. I was a very shy and quiet individual and many friends and family could attest to this.
I had never exercised and weighed approximately 243 lbs in November. I thought long and hard and discussed more about the invite with my husband and Debbie as I was scared to death. Walking through CFU doors in early November, I was never so scared of anything in my life. I went way out of my comfort zone. But, I can tell you by the end of week 2, I was so proud of my accomplishments and was determined from there to carry on. With being my mom’s main caregiver and her health deteriorating fast and passing late November, I was only able to attend one regular CFU class in November. I had spent hours with my mom daily for the months of October/November 2012. After mom passing away, I decided it would be best for me to attend another CFU 101 class to refresh everything I had learned because it had been several weeks since I had last attended. So to December CFU 101 class I went. Having CFU to fill some of that void I was feeling was purely a blessing from God. I was still scared but knew I could do this and the feeling of accomplishment was overwhelming. I could tell my confidence level had increased. I worked harder each time I went to a CFU class and could start seeing and believing in myself a little more each time I went. I wasn’t the best but I knew I was better than I was in November. In December, I had heard a nutrition challenge was coming in January for 60 days. I read up on some of the Paleo facts and began to slowly prepare myself in December for this January challenge so it wasn’t such a shock to my body. In January, I weighed in at 233 lbs for the start of the challenge. I was a determined individual to stay on track with food and WOD as much as possible during the 60 days to do the best that I could be. My hard work with Woding, no cheats throughout the challenge and determination paid off at the end of the challenge by losing 24 pounds and 21 ¼ inches. To be honest, the food part wasn’t nearly as hard as I expected. Once you learn to replace your cravings with a healthy substitute, it becomes natural and a way of life. After the challenge, I have continued on with Paleo about 80 percent and it seems to be working. I currently weigh in at 180 lbs but do not have the exact inches lost. I am down 4 pant sizes and 3 shirt sizes. So why am I sharing all of this with you, because you can do the same thing! As I said, I never exercised before and I loved food. You learn to pace yourself and do what you can do and push yourself each time you show up. With the food side of this journey, you slowly replace your cravings with healthy choices and start making it a life style. Don’t let the food overtake your life! I won’t make some bogus story up as to why I started this journey. I give all the praise and glory to God for Debbie and I being able to form a relationship and her invite to CFU. I knew I needed to make changes in my life because of the health conditions from both of my parents and in the process I have gained a relationship with my sister, filled the void of losing my mother and gained a whole new family with the CFU athletes which I am forever thankful. I quickly drank the kool-aid and now have a major addiction to CrossFit (ask anyone at CFU)! I didn’t do this alone because there is an amazing owner, trainers and athletes that help you with each step you take. You just have to make the first move by walking through the doors. Some of the encouraging words you will hear; you are doing better than the ones sitting on the couch, you are better than yesterday, count to 3 and get back after it, get as many reps as possible, keep moving- you got this, nothing is easy in CrossFit, awesome job, high fives and knuckles… I could go on and on from the encouragement you get from CFU. CrossFit is for anyone as there are modifications to movements and scales for the WODs available. I always joke and say really, if I can do this anyone can. If you are looking for a place as I have described, look no further than CFU. I promise the blessings you gain from walking through the doors will outweigh the fear and pain. I’m still working on my shyness and goals I have set for myself but I know I will get to where I want to be because I’m determined. My picture profile shows what I looked like in November 2012 and as of July 2013. I have lost 63 lbs. You want to join the fun (yes, it’s fun), improve your life, lose weight and be more active, contact Debbie Schlup Rosslan.