When did this happen? When did my definition of feeling good change to mean sweaty, sore, and tired? Well I can honestly say that it was the day I started working out at CFN. Walking into the gym the first, second, and even third time was very intimidating to say the least. Here I am, 45 years old, out of shape in the worst way and I am walking into a place that has people throwing heavy weights around like they weight absolutely nothing.
My thought was I am never going to fit in here; I will be shunned into the corner to work out. Sure I heard stories about how welcoming it was, how great the people were but I thought to myself that it was when they were dealing with people in shape and ready to rock it, but I did not fit into that mold.
That could not have been further from the truth, the people are awesome, welcoming and inclusive. Obviously they could see the shape I was in but it really did not matter. They looked at me as just another person to work out and become better than yesterday. They introduced themselves, asked about me and told me they were cheering for me to be successful. This was so spirit lifting, empowering and motivating for me to come to the gym, see them put in the work and in exchange I get to put mine in.
I have noticed that there are people that go out of their way to say hi to me, tell me that they are glad I am there today and all of this after they just killed themselves in their WOD. It makes it so much easier when I walk into the box and all I hear are the positive comments, from people I have grown to know and respect as I see the hard work they are putting in themselves, yet still take the time to make sure I know they are pulling for me. It has meant the world to me.
Here is a little secret I am going to tell you, I do not want to be at the gym some of the nights that I am there. I can think of a million excuses why not to. Why I do not need to go that night. There are many nights I am changing into my workout gear all while saying to myself “ you can skip tonight, it is no big deal” yet I finish getting ready and hop in the car and go. Why? Because of everyone at the box cheering us on, supporting us and giving us the opportunity to take our lives back from bad health ( yes you Eric and Sarah), and start to live again.
On the nights that I really start to convince myself I do not need to go, I have my wife Lisa. She is my biggest supporter in all this. She tells me every day how proud she is of me and the work I am putting in. She makes sure I have my proper lunches for work, meals are ready and when I come home sore, she is there. I seriously could not do it without her support and encouragement.
I am attempting to come to the box 4-5 times a week with 4 of those being the boot camps and 1 WOD type workout. The boot camp workouts are exhausting to say the least. Yet always achievable, for whomever you are. In shape, out of shape, it does not matter. They will get your going and make you work.
Sure there are times where I do not think I am going to complete it, but somehow I do, somehow I make it to the end. I feel like those people that just ran the Boston Marathon in 12 ½ minutes or whatever crazy time they do it in. Exhausted, ready to drop but ultimately accomplished. Knowing that I just completed that hardest thing I did that day physically is so rewarding. I DID IT, and no one can take that away from me.
The WOD workouts are not any easier, just different. All the Stretching, jumping, pressing, and lifting just really forces you to figure out who you are at that moment and drive it to success. All of these WOD’s to make you stronger, all of these to make you better. Better then yesterday, better than this morning and better than the hour before. Some people have asked me how I am feeling, how are the workouts coming along. I can honestly say that in the month that I have started to do this I have stopped taking my nerve pain medication for my back. That is 100% off the nerve blockers. Yes I am still taking Ibuprofen as needed but no more prescription medication. The workouts are working, I am feeling great, and I am ready to push ahead.
Sure it is going to be a slow drawn out process, but I feel myself getting stronger. The muscles, yeah I am started to get those back, are really pulling everything back to where they need to be. I have a lot less pain just walking, never mind the working out. I can feel myself getting faster, stronger and leaner.
I promised myself that I would not be worried about my weight as much as was about feeling healthy. That is still the truth, but I will admit to weighing myself and not once have I been disappointed. My clothes are starting to droop and pretty soon I am guess I will not have to shop at Georgia Tent and Awnings… which is going to be great.
As I wrap this up I want to take a moment to thank all my sponsors for this endeavor I am partaking in… Eric, Sarah, Moonshine, Corey, Old Man Mike, as well as MY awesome wife Lisa my Fab Five team mates and each and every member of CFN. I think of all of you in this way because you have all shown a vested interest in my life and my workouts. Without each and every one of you… it would not be as easy as it has been emotionally.
Mike is a participant in CrossFit Nashua's 2015/2016 "Fit-For-Life" program. Participants track their progress in the CrossFit training program during the coming 1-year period and log their progress in this blog. Best of luck Mike, in meeting your training goals!