This week was my second anniversary of starting CrossFit. Two years!!! I spent a little bit of time today contemplating how life has changed since I dragged my chunky self into that gym two years ago, fell in love with muscle pain, and then decided to stay to annoy Rob and Laura for infinity. Two months after I started, Tim did too, and our entire family is healthier and happier now. (As a super bonus, we have also been lucky to find a community of people who are fun and supportive and makes even the hardest workouts fun–and many of whom have turned into extremely close friends.)
Recently, a gym friend, Kim, correctly cited that the scariest phrase in the English language is “Rob Gerdes has tagged you in a photo.” Rob has been taking photos of me for two years, and while some of them are horrifying, I’m glad I can take a little tour backwards in time and realize that I’ve come a long way. Let’s behold some really scary “befores” and slightly better “afters”–shall we? *closes eyes and cringes a little*
I still have a super long way to go, even after two years. I still am not remotely athletic, I still am the slowest person in most of the classes I go to, my PR weights when they happen are a fraction of other people’s, and I am never going to win a race (unless it’s who can take the best Saturday afternoon nap, I have that one IN THE BAG)–but you know what? I’m a million times better than I was before. When I’m disappointed that I can’t do something well in a WOD, I tell myself–you’d kick Melissa 2012′s ass. And that is the progress I should continue to expect. As long as Melissa 2.0 is better than Old Melissa, that’s what counts the most.
This year will be a really unusual one, since I am now 14 weeks pregnant and will spend most of 2014 either growing a baby or addressing the aftermath of the horror show body resulting from growing a baby. Rob and Laura were two of the first people I told we were thinking about doing this surrogate mom thing, and I’m lucky that they’ve been super supportive and understanding that it’s been much harder than I thought it would be to work out while growing a human (like whoa harder.)
I’m really looking forward to what the next 12 months of my CrossFit life will bring–it’s going to be interesting, to say the least. I’m grateful to Rob and Laura and to my other CFSM coaches like Amy and Mikey, who are all so genuinely caring and kind and who make me happy to drag myself to the gym each day. A million thank yous would not be enough! And happy CF-iversary to MEEEEEE!!