I joined Crossfit a couple of years ago with Josh and Tina, at the time I was a student and I wasn’t sure I would be able to afford it.
However, in the words of Josh Telling “Once you start, you’ll find the money” – and he was right! Damn it!
Crossfit and Weightlifting very quickly became a hobby instead of a chore to just “look more toned”. I wanted to be stronger and learn all the new skills that came with the sport.
Fast forward two years of getting stronger, fitter and enjoying my training.. I became a Registered Nurse. Life got very busy and I lost the time and motivation to keep it up alongside buying my first house. As a result, I dropped down to open gym (which after doing classes with all the people that are now my close friends.. SUCKED).
I ended up not training for about six months. It was very evident that the class environment that Fortitude provides was an important aspect to keep me turning up.
Following the six month period of non-existent training, I signed back up to classes! Yay!
However, it wasn’t as easy as that. Being a nurse is hard emotionally, mentally and physically and the 14 hour shift work with earlies, lates and nights in the same week didn’t compliment my training well and I lost my love for training. So, gym remained inconsistent for another 8 months from restarting classes.
In October 2018 I got a new job in Medical Devices, therefore giving me back my evenings and weekends along with a routine (Big shout out to Timmy B for his help and support).
With that in mind, on 1st of January 2019 I decided my New Years resolution was to get back into the sport that I loved so much and now I had no excuse right?! I wanted to get back to being strong and fit and most importantly – enjoying it again.
After my training was practically non-existent and at best inconsistent for nearly two years, it suddenly affected my mental health too which is another reason I wanted to get back into it.
Seven months on from my New Years resolution and I am loving it again!
Since the 1st of January 2019, I have attended three or four Fortifit sessions a week without fail.
Despite nearly crying after taking this first photo in January, it really revealed to me how much of my progress I had lost in that time. This was a huge motivator for me.
These pictures were taken after six months and 8 months. It revealed to me how far I had really come in such a short space of time. I didn’t think my body had changed much at all.
My body shape however isn’t the sole reason I train. The picture was taken as a good indication of my progress and that is all – women tend to be very fixated on training for appearance and forget about all the other positive aspects training brings to our lives. To me, getting a 70kg clean and jerk was a more important goal than getting abs – the improvement in my physical appearance has come as a welcomed bonus.
My training has been predominantly focused on lifting weights, which is also something that a lot of women have a warped view about.
You hear the “but you will get bulky” or “you will look manly” which to me is absurd. My progress is purely down to lifting weights, conditioning and eating a well-balanced diet.
Cutting WAY down on refined sugars (I used to have A LOT). Also, cutting out dairy pretty much completely in January to help clear my skin and stop the insane bloating.
Depsite these changes, I am currently the heaviest I’ve ever been.
In the first picture I was 55kg and now I am 59kg. Which shows watching those scales isn’t always the best idea – hence my choice to use photos this time around.
Lastly, all this would not have been possible without the coaching, education and support by these three amazing people.. Josh, Tina and Isaac.