What Crossfit Did for My Self Confidence
Each and every one of us can recall some sort of experience, epiphany, or event that has completely shifted our lives. Something so magnificent it changed our perspective of the world and all of our other experiences. A moment that changed our psyche. These are moments that make us human, in the most beautiful way.
For me, this moment occurred at age 23, the very first day I walked into a crossfit gym. From then on I would be a completely different person, not only physically but mentally.
In order to understand why there was such a large shift you need to know my backstory. Let's rewind a few years to my teens. I think it's safe to say most teenagers feel uncomfortable in their skin, for me it felt unhealthy. From ages 16-18, my diet consisted of vodka and Sunny D. You may think I'm joking but I am not. I did not eat and I played every sport my tiny little town had to offer. I was the skinniest I had ever been and the most miserable. Once I graduated high school and moved to attend college, the opposite occurred. I discovered 2 things and learned 1 lesson. I discovered weed, the munchies, and I learned that I could not eat anything and everything and maintain my weight. Needless to say, I gained 15-20lbs my freshman year. Weight I probably needed to gain. Unsurprisingly, this thought did not make me feel any better.
I felt gross, unmotivated, and had absolutely no confidence. What I didn't realize at the time was that these feelings had almost nothing to do with my weight and more to do with my lack of confidence. I did not learn this until starting crossfit.
Yes, I became physically strong and grew to feel comfortable in my body but that is not what changed my perspective on things. I learned to push myself to the edge. I learned what my body is capable of. I learned what it feels like to kick ass at an awfully painful workout. The rush at the end is what kept me going back, kept me pushing. I focused on the work and the benefits started improving and stabilizing my mental and emotional states just as much as the physical.
Now, I have been doing crossfit and olympic weightlifting for four years. I have never felt more physically, emotionally, and mentally fit. It's almost like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. When you are confident in yourself, your abilities, your skills, you have the strength to accomplish anything. Anything.
It does not have to be crossfit or lifting, it can be anything as long as you are channeling a passion that brings you strength and confidence!