Shea Joyner

Name – Shea Joyner
Age – 26

Before I started CrossFit, I was in a deep depression and used food to try and cope with the miserable way I felt on the inside. I had just gotten sober off of drugs and alcohol and has just lost my mom to cancer. I was using food as a means of escape. I felt isolated, didn’t want to be seen in public, and I distinctly remember looking at photos of myself in disbelief of how far I had let myself go. I was on antidepressants and barely any of my clothes fit. Any time I would go out, I always felt extremely self-conscious and insecure. My weight and self-esteem not only affected me emotionally and mentally, but it also affected my relationships with others, even thought I couldn’t see that at the time. It affected my ability to show up and be the best version of myself towards my fellow woman and people around me. One day, in Spring of 2013, I finally reached a breaking point. I cried out to God and asked Him for help. My posture was that of, “I can’t do this, but you can. Please help me!” And He did. It was not long after that that I discovered CrossFit,

Before starting my foundational classes, I began watching YouTube videos of overweight people getting fit through crossfit to psyche myself up!! This really helped me start to believe that it was possible for me too. When starting crossfit, I was BROKE. I was living at my Aunt and Uncle’s and waiting tables and barely coming up with the money to afford a class. I made the decision that cross fit was a NON NEGOTIABLE and I absolutely had to go. God always provided the money, and still to this day is!! I believe that the excuse that CF is too expensive is a cop out!!! I came to the realization and this was my life, and my health depended on me making a commitment to this.

So I started the classes and could barely do anything. I was so out of shape I couldn’t even do an air squat without a box to sit down on at the bottom. I was the slowest and frequently the last person to finish the workouts. I remember praying and asking God to help me get through the WODs, but I kept showing up. It was immediately suggested that I attempt a 30 day paleo diet challenge. I didn’t think I could do it and I especially didn’t think I could live without cheese. But I did. Once I started to change my diet was when I started to see some real results. The next challenge I did was a 90 day challenge. More results. The weight started to fall off. I started to feel better about myself and started buying different clothes. By spring of the next year, I was able to get off of antidepressants. I have continued to do paleo challenges on and off throughout the past 3 years and have lost a total of about 60lbs, gained a whole lot of muscle, a new perspective on life, a spring in my step and a ton of self-confidence that I never had before. I am in the best shape that I’ve ever been in and am able to show up for others in a way I couldn’t before. If you’re thinking about joining CrossFit, DO IT!!! It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made for myself.

Advice:  Commit to 3 days a week. 1 day on, 1 day off. Do a paleo challenge. Drink a lot of water. Talk to people, keep yourself inspired and accountable. You can do this!! Also know that everyone sucks when they first start crossfit. 😉