Health & Fitness

Fit By 40 is my goal…

For the past 18 years my weight has crept up higher and higher until I was wearing a size 20 pants. Each year the closer it got to December I would always say “I need to do something about this weight”. I have tried Weight Watchers, LA Weight Loss, Slim Fast, not eating, various gym memberships and the list just goes on and on. This year I will be 40 and I am definitely moving that scale in the right direction.

In March of 2012, I was with friends at our small group and the girls challenged me to get up at 5:30am to join them for Insanity workouts. I thought…they must be insane, I can barely get my kids lunch packed at 5:30 in the morning much less workout. I was hoping they were just being nice to invite me…nope they were serious!! My husband joined in and agreed I needed to accept the challenge. Now Jon has never said anything negative about my weight; I think he was tired of all my complaints.

The next morning I rolled out of bed, brushed my teeth and joined the girls for Shaun T and his Insanity workouts. After the first minute, I felt like I was going to need a gurney to take me home. I was so embarrassed that I could not keep up with these girls but I refused to tell them. After about 2 months, Trina decided we needed to start running. What…Running…girls I don’t skip fast. The last time I tried to run I fell flat on my face at church rodeo event. Well that was then…We started meeting on Tues and Thurs to jog (I walked a lot) at the local high school track in addition to our MWF insanity workouts. By this point, I still struggled to get out of bed but I loved the way I felt. I felt like I was finally starting to accomplish something that was making a difference. And then…

I found CrossFit. At first glance it was pretty intimidating. I decided to check it out at one of their free workout days. I went with the idea that I was just checking it out, no commitments. I was honest with the owners and said I can’t afford the membership and wished them well.  Later that evening Dawna, one of the owners called and said I had won a free month membership. WOW I didn’t know what to say other than, WOW!! I accepted the free month and became hooked instantly. I have to admit my endurance is still lagging but I am finding that inner athelete that is begging to come out. I will write more on our workouts in the near future..for now just know that there is something for everyone at CrossFit. I am becoming stronger, mentally, emotionally and physically.

Check out my friends at Smoky Moutain CrossFit online to learn more and join us September 15th at 10am for a free workout. No strings attached!!


CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program that will improve your all-around fitness and make you more capable in all measurable areas: strength, speed, endurance, flexibility, power, coordination, agility, balance, stamina, and accuracy.  We won’t promise you that it will be easy–CrossFit will test you in ways you have likely never been tested–but we promise that we can get you in the best shape of your life in a hurry at Smoky Mountain CrossFit. (SMCF online)


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