Happy Friday! The latest Women of 818 installment is by Tenesha (TMO during class!). In this blog she gives us a little background about the challenges she faced while trying to find a fitness plan to stick with and the friends that helped point her in the right direction. Check it out!
I love when people ask me about my fitness background. I was very active growing up; I loved to sing and I loved to eat. Let's just say I loved to workout my chops. I did grow up doing ballet and tap and danced all throughout grade school but not religiously and I really wasn't any good. Dancing was just a fun hobby and after a while my family couldn't afford the classes. Other forms of activity like sports leagues really didn't interest me. Hard work and sweat? Challenging your body? What's that? Growing up, I really didn't have a concept of health or fitness. I constantly watched family members who yo-yo dieted and never grasped on to healthy living for very long. A healthy active lifestyle was not something instilled in me and by the time I graduated high school I was a big girl at 5'10 and 245 pounds.
By the time I entered college in 2006 I did not feel good about myself. I wasn't happy, I had low energy, I ate terribly, I was uncomfortable and sometimes even in pain. The list goes on. I remember it was during my third year of college on a car ride with my best friend Harmony as I was complaining to her about losing weight and not wanting to be fat. She said to me, "Tenesha, if you really want to lose weight do something about it." It was in that moment that I started to wake up. I say "started" because I resorted to extreme diets and excessive working out, suffered from an eating disorder, yo-yo dieted like it was my job (which I thought was normal), and was not loving myself or my body physically or mentally. Throughout all this, I did lose weight, but like many I had skinny on my mind and not healthy. It took me almost 6 years to wake up from that dysfunctional and simple minded delusion.
In 2012 a good friend of mine named Whitney gave me a book titled "The Eat Clean Diet Recharged," by Tosca Reno and I can honestly say it changed my life. The book helped me begin to look at food differently. Food was no longer the enemy and my main goal changed from wanting to be skinny to wanting to be healthy. After the shift to understanding food's purpose in my life and the want and need to be healthy, my goal then turned to wanting to be fit and toned. Soon after that I had my eyes set on wanting to be downright strong - and this is where CrossFit 818 comes in. I had run a bunch of 5Ks and completed home workouts like Insanity and P90x but my body was still craving something more. I'm so thankful I found Crossfit 818 because it's the ultimate kick in the ass I need. I have built mental and physical strength beyond anything I had ever imagined. I mean, I heard Crossfit was amazing, but truthfully, you really have no idea until you pickup a barbell for the first time and feel the incredible energy in the room.
Ring push-ups? No prob!
A. 2RM clean
50 thrusters (45/33)
30 pull ups
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