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A CrossFit State of Mind

Lately, everyone keeps asking me, “Pa’Shun, how did you lose all that weight?”  They always seem really interested until I tell them the answer, CrossFit Strong.

I can’t help but giggle when I explain what CrossFit is because I know they expect me to tell them that I’ve been on the latest fad diet or floating through some trendy exercise program.

I can see all the excuses begin to formulate when I tell them it took me six months of high intensity workouts, at least three times a week, to lose 27 lbs. “I’m too old for that kind of exercise”, “I’m too busy to work out that much” or “I have this old knee injury”.

All to which I reply, “Hey!  We have 40+ year olds who run a 10K in less than hour.  There are CrossFit sessions all day, 6 days a week.  I have tendonitis in both knees.  Plus, I have this sciatic nerve that bitches more a mother-in-law with a kid who’s dating an ex-con!”

I go on to explain that the weight loss is just a by-product.  What makes CrossFit stand apart from other fitness programs is that they have found the fundamental key to creating a strong and healthy body…simply construct a strong, healthy mind!

“What the head does, the body will follow.”  Truer words have never been spoken. If your head tells your body firmly enough to dead-lift 95lbs, it will do it.  If your head tells your body, with confidence, that you can do 100 sit-ups, it will.   I know these things because I’ve done them. Every time I complete a Workout of the Day (WOD), I feel like I can do anything.

I no longer look at life as a series of obstacles, but a series of challenges that I attack and devour. I owe my renewed spirit to this program because it has taught me that I’m a strong, incredible woman who doesn’t have to back down from any barrier that stands in my way.

Another other key component to my dramatic change, which is both physical and mental, is the members.  The way I see it is that our society has developed a process of people feeling the need to file themselves (and each other) into groups, all in effort to make sure we end up on the right side. We’re right wing or left wing, homosexual or heterosexual, man or woman, black or white, Christian or Muslim, so on and so forth.

These divisive attitudes are far too prevalent and only serving to unravel the threads that bind us together.  Such is not the case with CrossFit.  I mean, I just love lining up as we prepare to start a run at the beginning of WOD. I always place myself at the end of the line just so I can look to my left and take note of all the people standing with me. A distinct feeling of elation comes over me as I stand side by side with such a diverse group of people.  Different races, ages, genders from all walks of life.  There are single moms, cops, home makers, students and doctors.  All there on line with the same goal, to get busy living life!

I can see the disappointment in people’s eyes when I explain to them that CrossFit is not some magic pill, that there’s not “an app for it” or an easy button.  There’s no new innovative excises machine that you can get on for only thirty minutes a week.  It’s simply high intensity workouts that challenge and push you out of your comfort zone combined with a diet that removes the bad sugars and processed foods.  It is by doing these things you develop into the best “you” you have ever been. I know because that’s exactly what I’m becoming.

As they start to walk off with a guilty expression on their faces, I just smile and hand them a CrossFit Strong business card and say, “For when you’re ready.”            &nb sp;           

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  • PaShunD 06/26/2010 12:50:41

    Thank you guys so much! This was my first time writting a Blog ever and I wasn't sure how it would go over. I'm crying as I write this because i'm so happy to be surrounded by so many awsome people to help encourge me! I still have a long way to go but i know i can do cause i got my CrossFit family with me cheering me on all the way! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you XXX!
  • choqlat 06/25/2010 17:19:00

    Nice blog PaShun - this is great... I'm only dissapointed that I've not seen you since your first couple days at the box - because I haven't witnessed this progress you've made in such a short period of time - 27lbs. WHAT!

    Get em' GIRL!!   That is awesome and I commend you for all of your hard work, even when it hurt.

    Congratulations for what you've done thus far and for what you will do tomorrow.

  • SarahH 06/25/2010 15:40:24

    only pashun: 
    "Plus, I have this sciatic nerve
    that bitches more a mother-in-law with a kid who’s dating an ex-con!"


    love it :)
  • LaurenS 06/25/2010 14:52:42

    Love this!  Especially the part about lining up together at the start of the WOD and being surrounded by a group of people from all walks of life, but one common goal...to get busy!

    Great story PaShun!
  • sarahf 06/25/2010 09:58:14

    GREAT blog PaShun!  I love getting to workout with you - you bring so much life, energy, and fun to the WOD :)
  • JohnM 06/25/2010 08:53:50

    PaShun for the win!

    Boy have I been there.  The number of people that tell me "yea, well I think I will continue doing my own thing and see how that goes this time" astounds me (especially since I was one of them for many years).  To create change you must yourself change, sometimes radically.  It starts in the head, goes to your heart and quickly becomes part of your soul.

    Thanks for the smile this morning, if for no other reason than I think we have all been there.  We have all looked down that line and seen the breadth and depth of people standing there among us looking deep within themselves to become the best athlete they can be as a part of this shared experience called Crossfit Strong.

    As I type this in my mind's eye I am standing on that line with some of the finest athletes I have the privilege of knowing, a coach is over by the stop clock yelling READY ... in 3, 2, 1 .... GO !
  • daemonc 06/25/2010 07:08:02

    Grreat post PaShun!  Keep up the good work!
  • cat 06/25/2010 05:19:46

    Two thumbs up, PaShun.   Love it:  What the head does, the body will follow.   Wish I could work out at noon so I could be on that starting line with you!


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