Ulysses, where I can keep improving.
Stacy’s journey so far.
I first decided to try lose weight when I was finishing Uni, having realised how unhappy I was. I lacked self confidence, always felt uncomfortable and I was fed up of being the biggest girl in my group of friends. I went on to lose 9.5 stone by eating well and have maintained that loss over the last couple of years. Having gained some confidence from my initial loss, I started to exercise, soon getting into a routine of working out a few times a week by doing mainly cardio. I was happy doing this but felt I needed a bigger push, so I started spinning classes with my dad and loved them. Through spinning I saw my fitness levels as well as my leg strength improve massively so I started including other popular group classes like Body Pump, Kettlebells, Combat as well as weight training and this is where I found a love for lifting weights!
I maintained this routine for a couple of years but last year I felt like I needed a change.. I had seen crossfit workouts on social media and made a point of watching the games each year after seeing documentaries on Netflix, the women looked insane and I was jealous of their abilities.. Goals! It wasn't until I saw an Instagram post about Ulysses that I realised how close the box was to home, so I thought why not give this a go... For moral support I asked my partner George to come with me to a taster session in September last year and after only one session I was hooked.. I walked out of the box that night and I instantly wanted to go back the next day. Having been to many gyms, there is no comparison to Ulysses. You could walk into a standard gym, do your workout for an hour and not one person would talk to you. At Ulysses that just doesn't happen!
I quickly realised my strengths and weaknesses and have been trying to focus on these each week. The feeling of wanting to give your all in each WOD is infectious, it pushes me to challenge myself, do things I don't particularly like doing and get out of my comfort zone.
Shortly after joining crossfit, I signed up for the 3 months free weightlifting and found my love for lifting heavy barbells again. I've learnt so much since attending these sessions and have seen a big improvement in my technique and my strength so far. With crossfit and weightlifting, the coaches are always there to encourage, help and offer advice, pushing you to challenge yourself. I love this because if I'm having a day when I'm doubting my abilities, that little nudge spurs me on to go hard in the workout or lift heavier.
Having been the 'bigger girl', I still struggle with the balance between losing weight, gaining muscle and feeling fit, but knowing that I'm able to go Into each WOD and try my hardest is an awesome feeling. I've been working at improving myself and my fitness for a long time by losing weight and building up my confidence, which has paid off massively - I wouldn't be able to do what I can now if I hadn't started this journey, and I truly feel that I have found a special place at Ulysses, where I can keep improving.