Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Journey...

...has been an arduous and emotional one to say the least.

Exactly one year ago I decided to "try" crossfit for 3 months. It wasn't because I had a love for exercise nor did I want to challenge myself. My doctor had advised that I need to change my sedentary lifestyle and had strictly said that jumping into conclusion is not a sport! *rolls eyes*

When I had a surgery in Dec 2013 and they couldn't stabilise my blood pressure levels, I knew I had to do something about my lifestyle. My blood pressure dropped to 59/33, I was losing consciousness and the last thing I remembered was telling myself that I can't possibly die on a hospital bed - uneventfully - like this!

Moving to Singapore, I was away from the usual distractions and I had time in my hands. What perfect situation to start the change. Though I still don't understand why didn't I just take up a membership in a fancy gym.

Crossfit Firecity and I had a love hate relationship. My first ever Workout of the Day (WOD) had me falling off the walls doing a wall climb - I just couldn't make out how can people step up the walls with their hands supporting them. I was passed the (then very heavy) 8kg bar, and was told that was ALREADY the scaled version. Words like Snatch, Clean and Jerk (*giggles*, oh wait - that's an actual term), glutes, high pull, medicine ball were all thrown around like it had been used from the times of Jane Austen.

For the first three months, the drain outside the box had to put up with my puke and tears. Passing out was a weekly affair.

My body never felt such intense pain ever before and I had to revamp my whole eating plan - if I am working my body so hard, I have to fuel it right. With every WOD, each perfectly manicured nail broke. Overtime, I skipped manicure for my WOD. I took Happy Hours, 4 times a week, from the bar to the box. I switched from reading Cosmopolitan to The Box Magazine.

That's when it hit me! I am doing this because I enjoy doing it. It is not a chore. It is not because the doctor said so. I come back, day after day, to the box, because I WANT to. Crossfit Firecity has become my safe place, my happy place, and my family. XOXO 

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY JOSHINI & CROSSFIT FIRECITY! May we have many more happy memories together.