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Finding Your Full Strength
If you were to look up, “strength” in the dictionary you will find that the definition is this: “The quality or state of being strong; ability to do or to bear; capacity for exertion or endurance, whether physical, intellectual, or moral; force; vigor; power; as, strength of body or of the arm; strength of mind, of memory, or of judgment.” We all come to CrossFit FullStrength day in and day out to work up to and to find our full strength. I may not be the strongest physically nor am I the fastest when 800 meter runs are thrown in a WOD, but if you were to take the time you will find that I have the mental, intellectual, and emotional toughness to bear any capacity of endurance. That is a strength that may not be found at CrossFit, but through what life throws at us every now and again.
Behind the walls of our box are members of various levels of strength whether mental, physical, emotional, etc. Each person has a story and their reason for doing CrossFit. Gayle has asked me to share with all of you, my story.
Last August, I moved here from Chicago, Illinois to pursue my goal of completing my Bachelors Degree in Business & Entrepreneurship. I also moved here from the big city out to the desert to find and re-invent myself. Since moving here and with those goals in mind, I have signed up for a Half Marathon and four Triathlons which include an Ironman 70.3 event, all to be completed by August of this year. I am a two time cancer survivor of Stage 3 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer of the Lymphatic System. I was diagnosed at the age of 23 and have been cancer free since I was 25. This June, I will be celebrating my 32nd birthday. A Stem Cell Transplant in where I was my own donor and recipient saved my life. As a two time cancer survivor, I feel that it is my responsibility and obligation to raise awareness about this horrible disease and inspire others that cancer is not always a, “death sentence.” Since having cancer, I have become a volunteer and spokesperson for three different organizations, the American Cancer Society, First Descents, and Imerman Angels. Each of these organizations take up the fight against cancer in different ways, but they all have one common goal: No one should have to go through cancer alone. So, every race that I participate in I dedicate to people whose lives have been touched by this disease. On May 15th, I will be participating in the Tempe International Triathlon with Coach Travis May and CF FullStrength members, Sheila Reed and Ricardo Diazluna. I dedicate this race to Coach Lauriel Luther.
In September, thanks to the strong suggestions of some friends I decided to try out CrossFit. I contacted three different boxes within the valley and CrossFit FullStrength was the first to respond. I took my first few classes while nursing some severe back problems and had quit because I thought CrossFit wasn’t for me. However, when the New Year rolled around I reached out to Gayle and asked if I could have some one on one coaching till I was ready to enter into a regular class again. It became a “win, win” situation as I ended up being the first student to start their “Basics class” and since then I have been addicted to CrossFit! Today, I am down 17 pounds and two dress sizes thanks to our recent Paleo Challenge and my max deadlift has gone from 53 pounds to 173 pounds.
Finding your full strength does not always mean being the strongest physically, but also emotionally, intellectually, and mentally. I encourage all of you to pay it forward, take the time to learn someone else’s story, and push yourself outside your comfort zone. Remember that life is a marathon and not a sprint! Consistency leads to endurance and think “mind over matter” and you will find your full strength in no time at all!
For more on my story check out my website at www.iamjem.com