Name – Shonda Harned
Age – 24
All through high school I was involved in athletics. I never had to worry about my weight and could really eat whatever I wanted. Then graduation came and so did the dreaded “freshman 15”. I was really uncomfortable and embarrassed of what my body looked like. I resorted to meal replacement shakes and an occasional boot camp class at Lady of America. After months and months of my friend nagging me, I FINALLY went to my first CrossFit class. I liked it… and I decided to join. For a year I went 3-4 times a week… okay, 3-4 times a week was on a GOOD week, sometimes I only made it in once.
In March of 2015 I decided I wanted to get bikini ready for a cruise my husband and I booked with friends. I became DETERMINED to lose weight. I wanted to lose 10 pounds. I started coming to the gym 5 days a week and weighing myself daily. I became obsessed with the scale, if the scale went up by a pound I would punish myself the next day by skipping meals. My weight loss plan was working PERFECTLY! I lost my ten pounds, actually I lost 11 pounds. On top of my glorious weight loss I began doing better in the gym! Sounds like the perfect scenario right? Wrong. Talk about a horrible life style. WHO WANTS TO SKIP MEALS?! Not this girl! I’m so thankful for the day that my mindset switched from wanting to be skinny to wanting to be strong. So cliche, but being strong IS beautiful. I’m so thankful that I no longer obsess over the weight on the scale but I obsess over the weight on the barbell. I don’t eat to be skinny – I eat to be strong.
My advice: DON’T BE SCARED TO TRY CROSSFIT! ANYONE can do it! EVERYTHING can be scaled down. You WILL surprise yourself. You will become addicted to bettering yourself physically and mentally. Last but not least you will become addicted to the community and make lifelong friendships. I’m so thankful for my 190 family and the life change that this gym has helped me achieve.