Transformation Tuesday

More than the “numbers”…

Lindsey Howard

“For as long as I can remember, I longed to be skinny.  Not just thin, but super model SKINNY.  I developed earlier than other girls my age and throughout high school, I despised my muscular build.  My cure was to do as much cardio as I could stand and start a new crash diet on a monthly basis.  This cycle continued until my late 20’s. 

Fast forward through marriage, three back to back pregnancies, and a bunch of weight gained later…

I knew we weren’t having any more children and wanted to get control of my health/become the super model skinny version of myself I had always dreamed about.  I started an eating plan and in home workouts.  I was very motivated for a while and found success.  Then I got bored and motivation to get up in the morning to work out by myself became a struggle.  This is when I found CFU.

I was at a fundraiser with my husband and we were browsing the silent auction items.  I came across a one month membership to CFU available to bid.  I had heard about CrossFit through friends and they encouraged me to try.  It was something I was interested in, but let’s face it, the thought of CrossFit is INTIMIDATING and I always thought I needed to “get in shape” before I started.  However, after a little liquid courage at the fundraiser, I wrote my bidding number down.  I secretly had hoped someone would outbid me but, in the end, I was the lucky winner of a one month membership to CFU.  I immediately emailed the gym and scheduled my 101 with Coach Debbie.  The following Monday, I completed my first official WOD.  It was hard and I thought I was going to die, but I left the gym proud of myself and strong.  It was the start of me realizing my body is capable of some pretty amazing things.

Four years later, I still don’t look like I had once intended and I never will.  But I have come to value my body for what it can do rather than what it looks like.  Discovering my strength (and CFU) has put an end to a 20 year old war of me versus my body and that is a bigger transformation than what I had envisioned when I first stepped onto the black mat.”


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