I’ve been an athlete my whole life. Softball, basketball, volleyball, track. What can I say? I was born to sweat. I’m a go-getter. I love busting my butt and being successful. I’ll be the first to admit I tend to get OCD about somethings, and my workouts were no exception.
CrossFit is easy to get addicted to. I’m sure you’ve all heard the jokes…it’s a cult…don’t drink the cool-aid etc; etc; I can’t deny this. CrossFit is addicting. I’m grateful for it, though. It brought a new light to my life. It guided me down the path of positive body image. But, in reality, addictions (in any shape or form) are not healthy. Which is exactly why I’m happy to say I love CrossFit more by loving it less.
Since moving, I’ve had this overwhelming feeling of peace. It comes from the whole Doing What You Love, Loving What You Do thing. I’ve reached this point where I don’t feel the need to prove anything to anyone, in my career or my sport. And it’s because I’m happy. In the past, I had always felt pressured. A stressful work environment, a stressful gym environment. When constantly surrounded by competitive people, it’s hard to not fall to pressure. However, finding the strength to focus on you, and I mean genuinely focus on you, is vital.
Which is exactly how I was able to love CrossFit less. Instead of obsessing over getting to the gym after a 10 hour workday, forcing my body to push through the pain, I now go for fun. I don’t stress over PRs, I don’t stress over finishing first. Didn’t RX the workout? Oh well. I’m still getting a kick ass workout.
In the end, I’ve got a happy body and a happy mind.