"This has become my community where I get to be me and be the best version of me so I can go home and be the best mom and wife I can be."
I had been at CrossFit Knoxville about six years ago but I drifted away after I met my husband, got pregnant and life happened. When I did get pregnant for the first time I was determined to be one of those women who doesn’t gain a lot of weight and stays fit. Then we had a miscarriage at 12 weeks. That sent me into a dark place but then miraculously a month later I got pregnant again. This time around I was determined to do everything to keep this baby healthy. I didn’t do anything, I was scared and looking back now it was a bit silly, but I wouldn’t push myself physically. Now I know that exercise is healthy during pregnancy but I was just extrememly nervous. Once Mavrick was born I was again in a really dark place with all the hormones and changes that come with pregnancy, delivery and being a new mom. I sat down with my husband and he asked me ‘when was a time that you were really confident and knew who you were and what were you doing during that time?’ I just kept coming back to CrossFit Knoville.
I had to gather the courage to walk back in the doors but once I did I fell in love all over again. This is the place where I don’t have to be a mom and I have for myself. I don’t talk about diapers or sleep patterns, I get to talk about the victories we have in the gym. Whether I’m eating better or lifting stronger, we get to celebrate that.
This has become my community where I get to be me and be the best version of me so I can go home and be the best mom and wife I can be. I am close to meeting my physical goals whether those areloosing weight, endurance or strength goals, but my biggest gain has been mentally. I’ve gained confidence again in myself and been able to do things I thought I couldn’t do again. Everyone is happy for what you can do and no one is judging you.