I am beyond buzzing to be named the Member of The Month for July!!
I am so grateful to have been able to join team Ulysses. Health has always been a priority of mine, and lately I have become a lot more mindful of the way I care for and fuel my body. I am beginning to realise what makes me feel good and what affects me negatively. I’ve realised that I am my own engineer. I am aware that there’s a lot of factors in life that I cannot control, however caring for my body is a factor that I am responsible for. As an adult, you choose what you put into your body. Are you fueling it with nutrients and minerals that it will be thankful for, or empty calories that will leave you hungry? You also choose how you’re going to train your body. Are you going to push yourself to surpass your expectations or are you going to stay in your comfort zone? I certainly know which one I reap the benefits from, and I know which lifestyle CrossFit Ulysses supports me to pursue.
As an adrenaline junkie and someone that loves to push the boundaries and throw themselves out of their comfort zone, I have found CrossFit Ulysses to be the best support system for this. From starting in May, I’ve seen athletes push their bodies to the extreme, and you may wonder why. Honestly, the answer is because they can. It’s also because they know they will recover in time and they know that with physical strength and training comes mental strength and resilience. It teaches you that limitations are all in the head. A lot of people quit when their mind tells them to, yet their body is still up for another round; the mind can be so deceiving. These people inspire me every time I step foot in the box. Whether they’re doing their first push up or an abundance of muscle ups. These are the same athletes and coaches that will cheer you on to finish that 150th wall ball when all you really want to do is tell “Karen” to piss off. You’ll never find this type of support in a regular gym. I knew CrossFit Ulysses had already made a huge impact on my life when my Mam said to me the other day “You seem so much more determined to improve on your weaknesses” (and she wasn’t referring to my physical strength, she was referring to my mindfulness). You see, I have learnt so much more than just how to throw weights about during my short time with the CrossFit family. I have learnt if I can change and shape my body the way I want, then I can do that to my mind too.
Strength, definition and the mechanics of our bodies are aesthetically pleasing to me. I love how versatile our bodies are, and the thought of being able to run freely, perform gymnastic manoeuvres and have the strength and power to hold and control my body weight really makes me driven and motivated to be consistent with my training. These are all goals of mine and I trust that the Ulysses coaching team will help me smash these goals out of the park.
Finally, I work in a school with some of society’s most vulnerable children and young people. This type of job really makes you realise how fortunate we are to be healthy. To be able to get up and run to our hearts desire, to stretch, to jump, to skip. These little guys are my inspiration to get up on a morning and make the most of what I have and what I can do. Hence why I get up at 4.45am 4 times a week to join the #6amGang. I feel privileged that I have the freedom to get up and see the beautiful sunrise as I drive to meet up with the rest of the shattered sods so we can sweat our arses off and maybe even spew a little. After that, we high five one another whilst rolling around on the floor waiting for our lungs to start functioning properly again…. And THEN we feel on top of the bloody world. It makes the early mornings easier knowing that I am going to a supportive environment where everyone is in the same boat and we all paddle together. It’s crazy how just 1 hour out of my day spent in the box can have such a positive influence on my mood. I’ve achieved so much in such a short time, I really can’t wait to see more progress as I continue on my journey with the best gym tribe around! 😊
If you’re struggling to take that first step towards working out, just bear in mind that “You can rest when you’re dead” – Rebekah May Bunn (4th August 2018). NOW LET’S GO CHASE THOSE POSITIVE ENDORPHINS!!