Sitting here, looking back at the past year and everything that has happened, I have no idea how to put it into words; I feel like I cannot even begin to explain how I did it, because I can’t imagine it happening any other way.
A friend of mine called me a year ago and told me that we really needed to do something about our health and our bodies, because things were getting out of control. All the unhealthy eating and partying was catching up with us and the fact that we were no longer twenty-one did not help either. We were going nowhere slowly and neither of us wanted this to be the way we went on forever.
We decided to look at Crossfit, as we had heard quite a lot about it from people in our community especially because it was quite new to Namibia. We called the local coach Max Meyer at Crossfitplus264 and he gave us all the information we needed and by the end of that phone call we were convinced. The next week we started on ramp.
The first few months is still a blur to me. Actually I think my brain blocked it out because of all the pain. All jokes aside, it was really a tough time. You need to change your entire mindset. You need to focus on what you eat because what is the point of working this hard in Crossfit and then setting yourself back by eating junk.
Also you have to get into a completely new lifestyle. My friends gave me loads of flak for not wanting to party and drink all the time and for the fact that I would rather be in the box on Wednesday nights lifting weights than having a beer with them at the local pub.
Lucky for me, I found Sleekgeek and the encouragement and motivation of the sleeks in the group has kept me going. Their kind words helped me get through many tough times when I felt my friends no longer had my back.
Despite all this, I pushed through and eventually my friends just had to accept my new lifestyle. They are all proud of me now although most of them admitted that they never thought I was going to keep going and succeed at changing my life the way I have.
My determination has paid off – a year has passed and I’m 34 kg down which is a major landmark for me; I could never go back to the way things were before I found Crossfit. I believe that as long as I keep setting goals and working towards them the next year is going to be even better! I feel unstoppable.
Remember that there will be times when you will want to give up, when all of this will seem just too much effort and your old lifestyle will be very appealing. But you have to remember that you are doing this for yourself. You will benefit from it, you will feel better and you will have more self-confidence and energy than you ever thought possible. You will be much happier than you’ve ever been before. Push through.
Looking back now I realise that every sweat drop I lost, every tear I cried and all the work I put in definitely paid off!
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