Have you ever wanted to start over and get fit? Wished that you had eaten better or been more active when you were younger? Well, we can’t fix the past, but we can always work to make the future better in that regard. This is a little of my journey to be a healthier individual…

My first changes came after I had pneumonia eight years ago, and was chronically ill afterwards with sinus and chest infections. No matter what I did, as soon as the weather got colder, or the dirt blew, or spring came; I got sick. I couldn’t climb a flight of stairs without rest. I was miserable.

After two years of struggling with those illnesses, I quit smoking, which was six years ago. Immediately after that, I started drinking water, and my tastes changed. Today, I drink a cup of coffee in the morning and water the rest of the time, and other drinks just don’t taste right anymore. Ten years ago, I drank a six pack of cokes a day; every day. Man, I never would have guessed that change would have come for me. But it did, and now I encourage my son to drink water and NOT struggle with that battle.

Once I got on the water kick, other things began to change. As many of you know, I have been a member of crossfit for several years. I joined for the exact reasons most people do – to feel better, be stronger, and have a longer healthier life. However, being a teacher meant that I wasn’t able to go on a regular basis, so my attendance and results had been pretty haphazard until this summer. However, I have never given up, and stuck to the diet the best I could, even though I wasn’t able to get in there and do the work out.

When this last year ended, I made a promise to myself that I would do a better job of going and putting my best effort into improving my overall health and abilities in the gym. So far, I have stuck to it, and am a little sad that school is starting back in two weeks. No, I’m not teaching this next year, but I have agreed to cover 2 of my friend’s classes this next semester while they have their babies (one first six weeks and one third six weeks) so I will still have a few time constraints thrown in.

I’m going to make my best effort to not let that stop me – and one of the things I want to do towards that goal is to SHARE my results from our fitness test YAY!!! Now, for those of you who are already in top shape, my results are not going to be impressive. In fact, they’re pretty sad. But when I think back to my foundations class, and that I could not hang from the bar because it hurt my belly too much… or that I could not lift myself for a push-up on my knees… what I scored today is damn good.

8-17-15 Fitness Test Results (no modifications, 3 mins for each AMRAP, 1 min break between in order…all this AFTER the warm up exercises)

Push-ups – 11

Pull-ups – 0

Air Squats – 55

Burpees – 10

Run 400 meters – 3:38 timed (when I started, I never ran; period)

So – what does all this mean? It means that my progress is coming, and I should see some better scores when we test again on Nov. 15th. We are also starting a 90 day challenge on Sept. 1st, and that’s another thing that I am going to do to help me stay motivated, because having support helps. Until the next Fitness Test, I’ll keep you post on how things are going now and then.



  1. Posted August 17, 2015 at 11:07 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Good job! I know from experience that kicking the soda habit is not easy – for me it’s harder than quitting smoking. I have had 3 sodas since the end of May which for me is incredible (I used to drink at least 6 a day). Walking is my exercise of choice and it will be easier this winter as I now work in a building with a gymnasium so I can do my laps no matter what the weather as long as it’s not being used for a class or event.

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    • Posted August 18, 2015 at 1:03 am | Permalink | Reply

      That’s great gf – soda is the worst for us. Time to undo all those years of bad habits =)


  2. Posted August 18, 2015 at 12:04 pm | Permalink | Reply

    You go girl. Water really is best. I only use sodas as mixers. Keep up your spirits. 🙂


  3. Posted August 18, 2015 at 7:54 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Great job!


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