I’m not sure why I waited until I was 50 to finally decide it was time to do something about the 40 pounds I had gained 14 years ago, when I quit smoking, but I did and I chose to consider Iron Regime CrossFit. I am forever grateful that I sent them an email. I showed up to that first class on my own and was impressed with the coaches and their knowledge of fitness.
I will admit, for the first 3 or 4 classes I had to kick my own butt to get myself out the door and down to the gym and now 6 months later I get home from work, put on my gear and I’m out the door at least 3 days a week. When I first started 6 months ago, the list of things I couldn’t do were rather long: skipping, jogging, lunges, lifting any weights, squatting and my biggest one sit ups. I hadn’t done any of these since high school. Now 6 months later I am so glad to say that not only can I skip, I have done my first double under, I can do lunges carrying 40 pound weights and get my knee to floor each time, I can do front squats with 75 pounds and get all the way down. I can complete the 400 meter run now without stopping and finally I surprised myself and can do sit ups again.
The most important change for me has been my heart health. Before I started this journey at least once a week my heart would race, sometimes up to 190 beats per minute for no reason at all. It wouldn’t matter if I was sitting on the couch or lying in bed, it didn’t matter. Since working out I am pleased to say that it hasn’t happened again, so I know I am getting heart healthy!