It will be three years in November that I started my fitness journey. I have never really struggled with my weight, but have struggled with motivation to stay active. I struggled with the confidence to work out in front of others. But today, being with people doing the same thing is my therapy. Within the walls of TFA I have found a home and have formed friendships with some of the most awesome people I have ever met. Three years ago, the 15# trainer bar was heavy and a pull-up wasn’t possible without several bands, today I am able to do many of the daily WODS as prescribed. I am a very busy mother to three very active kids. I have a full-time job. I have a house. There are many things that I could use as excuses to not spend an hour a day on myself. CrossFit has transformed me and not just physically. I am a better mother. I am more disciplined, more productive, more patient, more focused, more driven, and more confident. I am happy. I am strong. I am down to 12% body fat and a clothes size I haven’t worn since before I had children. I was able to attempt all of the open WODS as prescribed this year and that was a major confidence boost.
Shannon Nash went from shy and intimidated to BADASS! #CFTFA All of these women are me. The top two photos are of me “Then”. Then I was seeking comfort and validation from sources other than myself; food when I was heavy, and approval from other misguided individuals who thought I was “so skinny” and “super dedicated” when I was thin.
The bottom two photos are of me “Now”. Now, I’m a member of a community of caring individuals who place importance on effort and attitude rather than aesthetics. Now, I’m empowered by my fitness choices instead of punished by them. Now, I eat nourishing foods to fuel my body and have left the negative labels of “bad food” and “good food” in the past. Now, I measure success based on how I feel at the end of the day, not the number on the scale or the size of my clothes. Did I give my all today regardless of the challenges? Did I laugh a little? Did I have some fun? If yes, then I hit my goal.
To say CrossFit, the coaches, members of CFTFA, and my awesome husband, have changed my life is an understatement. Without their encouragement and guidance, I wouldn’t have tapped into this amazing wellspring of self-confidence. With self-confidence I can do anything, and therein lies my success, now and in the future.
For a long time – decades actually – I lived an inactive life. When I say “inactive” I’m not joking, I mean nothing remotely close to exercise was part of my routine. So, in my mid-forties with absolutely NO athletic background and a terrifying fear of anything competitive I decided to give CrossFit a try. Midlife crisis? I don’t know, but what I can tell you is that two years later here I am, and I can’t imagine life without TrueFIT Athletics!
That first step into the unknown is always the most difficult. I can tell you it was for me when I started this fitness journey and for that, I’m so thankful to have such knowledgeable and supportive coaches and athletes surrounding me. From Day 1, the welcoming was overwhelming. I was accepted immediately. You won’t find two other individuals more dedicated to their clients than Jim and Brandon. Going beyond their credentials, Jim and Brandon’s creativity and passion for training is evident in EVERY interaction; their enthusiasm for teaching all aspects of nutrition and fitness is contagious!
The community of athletes who call TrueFIT their home, along with the coaches, these people I work out with every day are the same people that inspire and motivate me. They are my biggest cheerleaders and my voice of reasoning. Everyone has become my family. TrueFit has changed my life – probably even saved my life – seriously! I’m not always the best student, but Coach Jim and Coach Brandon never give up on me. The weight loss and inches are gone and I’m digging it!
The excellent reports from blood work and diagnostic tests make me feel pretty darn good too. But what TrueFIT has given me is so much more than that. I’m no longer the insecure, scared woman who wants to hide from the unknown, I want to train for it! I’m the woman who had the most amazing time zip lining and managed to maneuver tree-top bridges with strength and confidence! I’m the woman who just completed her first obstacle course 5k and discovered it’s quite fun to crawl through mud and climb over walls! I’m a woman who can’t wait to rack up a bar and move some weight (who knew?)! I no longer want to sit on the sidelines and watch life go by…I want to live it!