I would love to build an online community for people that enjoy the fit lifestyle. We have so many “girl-spirations” that we lose sight of our everyday woman athlete. The people that own businesses, work 9-5, have families, social lives, hobbies and do all they can to stay fit…These girls are my girl-spiration!Let’s focus and celebrate our successes. I want to hear your success stories, share mine and inspire each other!
I was a Division 1 collegiate swimmer at University of North Florida. I loved my team, my swimmer lifestyle, my friends, life was great! After four years of having a regimented college swim practice every day, I found myself lost on what was to come next. I bounced jobs, moved from Jacksonville, Florida to Manhattan, NY and still found myself lost. I hated working out, was bored and was honestly fixated on when I was getting to the next happy hour.
Living in NY is a lonely place for a Florida girl! I got a job at a creative recruitment firm and did enjoy recruiting so I just worked, and worked. I did some personal training twice a week but that was not enough to keep myself in shape. Then, one morning everything caught up to me and I decided to get on the scale. I was 20lbs heavier than my senior year of college in THREE years time!
That was a low moment. I am 5’3 so there is not much space for 20lbs to go! I had to make some changes. I needed to get in a happy place, so I decided to get out of Manhattan and move closer to some friends in Philadelphia. I got a position that wasn’t a dream job but would do for the time being. I was with friends more, was running more, eating better but still drinking alcohol each week to pass time by with friends. The weight wasn’t going anywhere. I felt like I was stuck in a downward spiral and I thought my only option was to move back to Florida and start over. But, that was not the case at all…
What I didn’t know, was that I needed all this to happen to make me grateful for what I have today. That was my lowest point but things turned around rather quickly after that pivotal point in my life. I got involved with the CrossFit community and this is where things started to change for the better! I was able to make new friends, get on a strict nutrition plan and finally become that happy person I used to be. I am now thriving in every aspect of my life personally and professionally.
I am not here to tell you to join CrossFit but, you need to find that “thing” that makes you happy! CrossFit taught me to take chances. I have had some amazing accomplishments since I have started and I continue to surprise myself everyday. I have lost over 20lbs since I have decided to make change in my lifestyle. This sport keeps me happy and fills the void of what I was looking for those three years I was stuck in that downward spiral.
Let’s create an inspirational community. We have all gone through struggles and I wish I had this community and support to help me though my struggle. Learning who you are and who you want to be is a part of growing up. Learning to bounce back and move forward is what makes you who you are today. Share experiences, successes, fails and anything that can help your fellow Fit Community. The best advice young athletes get is to never give up. Moving to back to Florida was NOT my only option. Stick with it…Don’t give up.
NEVER GIVE UP….EVER.