I had 3 major hurdles when I started this lifestyle change…
The very first was my eating. The food I was putting into my body, we are talking a lot of refined/processed carbs – Breads, Pastas. A lot of refined/processed sugars – Fizzy drink, chocolate, ice-cream. Take away was my biggest problem. Working in a corporate setting I was buying my lunch most days, and sometimes dinner because I was too tired to cook anything.
I did slightly change things though when my husband, Scott, and I were trying to fall pregnant and then I changed my habits again when I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes during the pregnancy with my daughter.
Neither of these though were drastic changes, and found that I just went back to my old habits afterwards.
It didn’t take much reading and research to find something that I wanted to try. I was lucky in the sense that my sister, Jenna, was following a Paleo lifestyle, so not only was she able to point me in the right direction to find information, but she was able to answer my copious amounts of questions.
I found that as soon as I had made this decision to become Paleo, it was like an instant weight had been lifted. Making that decision, taking that step was going to be the hardest, but I was determined that I would get it right. From then on (even while I was on Christmas holidays) I chose to eat differently, even starting my first Whole30.
Once I got the hang of how to eat Paleo, it was time to take on the next challenge – CrossFit.
I met with one of the coaches to discuss options, like when I could start my fundamentals (Fundamentals are sessions where you are taught the basic CrossFit movements – These should always be completed before jumping into a normal CrossFit session), what my overall goals were, when I could start normal sessions.
My first fundamental session was squats – After that session, I had to basically teach myself to walk again. I did all my fundamentals in the month of January, so I was ready to start normal sessions come February.
My very first session was intimidating. I didn’t know anyone, I wasn’t comfortable. I remember doing the 400 metre warm up run and thinking I was going to die!!
That is one of the two things I remember from the session – The other is box jumps! Never in my life had I jumped up onto a box before, let alone doing it weighing almost 100kgs.
I fell. I fell hard. Landing on my back, but that didn’t even hurt. The thing that hurt the most was my pride. I was bruised, and seriously considering giving up… I was embarrassed. Why couldn’t I do these like everybody else, its not like they were that hard…
Fortunately enough I was lucky to have good coaches who talked to me about things that had happened to them when they started CrossFit. The other members in the community talked to me, asked me if I was alright, told we stories of stacks they had had. My coaches made sure I rested the injury, and looked after myself…
But most of all they talked me into coming back…