I asked Heidi to participate in our Featured Member program and when she responded, I found that I didn't want to leave anything out! Here is her story.
Athlete, one word I would have never used in the past to describe myself. Thanks to an amazing husband, incredible gym family, and dedicated trainers, I’d be lying to myself if I said I wasn’t an athlete. I may not be a rock hard body, run the fastest mile, do tons of pull ups, but I can make it through any workout and be proud of myself at the end of it.
I’ve achieved goals I never thought attainable. In the past I was a “cardio queen,” running marathons and doing a few triathlons. Don’t get me wrong, the accomplishment I felt after my first marathon was more than words can express. Something was still missing though. How could I run 50 miles a week and still be battling my weight? If I ran that much, shouldn’t I be able to eat whatever I wanted to? After running 3 marathons over 11 months, I got really burned out. I needed something new, something to get me motivated again.
I joined Fitness Experience around Thanksgiving 2011. I remember because I brought in a turkey for my initiation fee, haha! I started going to fit camp right away, and couldn’t believe how hard it felt. After all, I was a seasoned runner and I thought it would be a breeze. Deana pushed me through it and I kept coming back for more. I started to hear other people in the class talking about CrossFit. I thought there was no way anyone was talking me into that. After coaxing from a few friends in Fitt Camp, I decided to try it just once. I didn’t attend regularly to begin with, but when Deana mentioned there was an endurance class beginning I thought it sounded like something I would like.
The rest is history! The changes I’ve made to my body, speak volumes about the benefits of CrossFit. I’ve learned not only movements and techniques, but valuable diet and nutrition info as well. I’ve made life long friends and relationships that I never imagined. I can honestly say, I’ve never been happier with me and more comfortable in my own skin than now. Thanks Deana and Joey for making such an amazing impact on my life, and thanks to all my ladies for embracing the suck with me every day!!