In November 2015, I was looking for a change. I had recently lost my mom to cancer and was looking for a way to deal with my grief that didn’t involve food or alcohol. I wasn’t exactly sure what I needed... but I knew it would involve a healthier lifestyle. I had tried gyms in the past, aerobics classes, and even a Zumba class. None of them really kept me interested. I would not always be sure of how to use the equipment properly or would not push myself much.
So, when I saw the flyer for CrossFit 1936 in my chiropractor’s office, I was immediately intrigued. I convinced my husband that we had to at least give it a try. After our first class we were both hooked. We both loved the challenge, the variety, and the supportive atmosphere. Everyone was so welcoming and friendly. I immediately noticed the positive changes in my body as well as my attitude. The nervous energy I felt walking into the box changed to excitement to see what I would be able to accomplish. The positive atmosphere in the box is contagious. I also found myself being much more patient at home and at work and finding more joy in my life.
I had found the path to a healthier, better me. A little over a year later, I am stronger than ever, both physically and mentally! In January 2017 I started scheduling 5 days a week of CrossFit for myself. I even signed up for the 2017 CrossFit Games Open! Last year I was too scared to even think about it. I was certain I would not do well. This year I am up for the challenge! I am so thankful that my husband and kids have been supportive as I continue to ensure I have time for me and my health. I am much more focused on being a positive role model for my children. I want them to grow up with a healthier frame of mind.
Thank you to Sheldon and Sara for your training and support! With their help, I have moved from coping and surviving to thriving and loving my life even more.
Above is Janelle pushing herself during the CrossFit Games Open workout 17.2