How Crossfit [Texas] Changed My Life

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2011 at 4:03 am

I don’t normally step on the scale.  As a rule of thumb, I tend to stray from the scale and use how my clothes fit as a measure of my success.  However, after much deliberation, I decided to brave the scale yesterday.  2.5 months, and 20 lbs.  TWENTY!  I was beyond stoked. The best part is that I haven’t even taken new measurements.  And those numbers will prove all the more exciting! 🙂

But you see, that’s the beauty in CrossFit, and particularly in CrossFit Texas. This isn’t about competition. [I suppose competition is a relative term. Ha.]  These are people I look forward to seeing every day.  These are people who push me to work harder, because they want to see me get better.  But most importantly, these people care.  I’ve been in and around gyms my entire life, and while people are very good at putting on a facade, and pretending as if they’re genuinely interested in your well being [don’t get me wrong, some trainers do…] few truly are.

But at CrossFit Texas?  These folks are my family.  We hold each other accountable.  When someone misses class, we call them, text them, heck, even Facebook them! We want to see everyone achieve their goals- whether it’s losing a few pounds, or hitting a new back squat max.  The key in all of this?  We’re a TEAM.   We may work out as individuals, but don’t be surprised if someone stops in the middle of their WOD to help you out (as Joel did with me today).  Don’t be surprised when you’re in the middle of a back squat, and from across the box you hear someone yell, “GET LOWER!!!” Because while we all want to complete WODs as fast as we can, we also want to watch our “family” succeed.

So to Gideon, thank you for taking me to class that night!  I wouldn’t be where I am if you hadn’t introduced me to these people. 🙂  And to Brannon and Becca, thank you for your love and support.  I can’t adequately express just how much those post-WOD congratulatory hugs mean.  You guys are amazing.  To Mike and Sampson, thank you for talking so much shit to me that I have no choice but to one-up yall! 😉  And to everyone else (you know who you are…) thank you for making every day brighter.  I’m blessed to consider y’all my family. 🙂

And just to “see” the proof.  I’ll post two pictures [30th April, 2011]:


 [After] [15th July, 2011] [My friend Allie and I]
  1. Amanda, you’re so amazing 🙂 I can’t imagine how great you must feel to see those 20 lbs gone FOREVER! You hit the nail on the head for sure . . . CrossFit Texas is like a family, and it’s a family like none other. We trash talk, we pester, we yell at each other, we cheer each other on, we high five and we pick each other up when we need an encouraging word.
    I’m proud of the progress you’ve made in such a short time and I can’t wait to see where you’ll be in the months to come!! <>

  2. Amanda, you’re awesome! I’m so glad that you decided to join Gideon that night. I’ve had so much fun with you working out and pushing each other harder. While I haven’t completely forgiven the morning classes for stealing you away, I’m excited that you found a niche and are continuing to kick butt and take names 🙂

  3. Awesome job!! It will only get better in time!!

  4. Amanda, What a great read! Thanks so much for sharing your personal story. Congrats to you and Way to go! Keep up all your amazing hard work… you are doing amazing. Feels good to belong to a group and for people to care about you and your well being!! I”m so glad you are enjoying your experiences at the gym. So proud of you!!

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