I believe we found Crossfit Kemah at exactly the right time in our lives. Personally, I was not in a good place physically and emotionally. By this point, I was two years into battling three autoimmune disorders. My primary and most debilitating is Myasthenia Gravis. Myasthenia Gravis is an autoimmune neuromuscular disease. In a nut shell, the more the muscle is used the weaker they become. The weakness can be overwhelming and disabling, so as for exercising, it is not possible. I had lost all confidence and motivation. I knew I needed to find something to lift me out of the dark hole and help me move on. My husband Scott and I learned about CrossFit Kemah from Scott’s sister and brother-in-law, Chris and Leann Easter. As a natural competitor, we all knew that Scott would fall in love and progress rather quickly, but as for me, why CrossFit? There was a window of opportunity when I started to respond to medications and treatments – I was ready to get my life back. I wanted to learn how to manage an illness and not let it get the best of me. I wanted to live a healthier lifestyle. I also wanted something that our family could enjoy doing together.
On February 24, 2012, Scott decided this was the Saturday we would try our first free workout. I had absolutely no idea what was about to happen, however I will never forget this day. It was packed. The intimidation factor set in quickly. I felt like I was surrounded by fit people and I wanted to run out the door. I was so nervous. I thought, “what in the world am I about to try?” We were greeted by one of the coaches. He showed us the ropes and placed us with another member to get warmed up. At the time, we were told that it was a little bit more hectic because some of the members were competing for the Open. I didn’t have a clue what that meant. The whiteboard was as clear as day. The instructions are for the warm up, the skill and the WOD. The only problem for me was, I was totally clueless. The workout was broken down into two heats. Scott and I were in the second, so this gave me just enough time to watch and want to bail out. I am certain the other members could see the look of fear clearly on my face. But everyone was so nice and helpful. Members would gather around each other to encourage those who may be struggling. So I figured, here goes nothing! If I felt bad, I would just stop. When the workout was done, I wanted to die and Scott was talking to the coaches ready to sign us up. Without hesitation on Scott’s part, we started Fundamentals that following Monday and graduated Friday. And so it began, the trial and error of what I was able to do and how far I could safely push myself.
My experience at CrossFit Kemah has been life changing. I have all the support from the coaches and members. My programming was carefully thought out and researched by a coach and I have taken all the knowledge with me this far. I consult with the coaches and we modify the workout to my capability.
I am often asked, ‘How are you able to keep up?” “Are you intimidated?” “Are you ever embarrassed that you are last?” My answers are this: No. Last will always be my first. The only person that intimidates me is myself. And there is no reason to be embarrassed when you have all the love and support from your CrossFit family /community. All workouts can be scaled to fit your capabilities.
We found our home at CrossFit Kemah. CrossFit has changed our family and I will be forever grateful. I love watching Scott progress into an amazing athlete and see our daughter Kelana following in his footsteps. In return, they are my biggest fans. Always cheering me on, by my side making sure I am ok. My testimonial is not about how much weight I lost, or how starting CrossFit allowed me to hit a back squat PR of 185lbs. Its more to encourage those who need to find that something you are lacking in your life. We all face challenging obstacles down the road. I am a believer that a happier you, the better you are to face your challenges and grow into so much more as a person. In my opinion, what better way to do it then with a huge community of positive attitudes all around you.
Today, I look back on that first Saturday. I compare that day to the present. I am not able to move heavy weight. However, I PR by showing up and putting in the effort. I never thought in a million years that my worst enemy would end up being my greatest victory.
In the meantime, I am going to continue at my pace and conquer one goal at a time. I encourage everyone to set your fears aside and have faith that under the right guidance you can put your best foot forward and simply TRY. CrossFit Kemah is a huge part of my successful journey. It is a place where I feel normal. I escape into a zone that you would only understand If you have tried before. Here, I am at peace.