I feel like we share so many of the same situations! I got married at 19 to get out of my emotionally abusive household and packed on pounds for many reasons. Although I've never been 115 I still gained around 70 lbs on my 5' frame. I'm still married, and I'm trying to love myself instead of stuffing my feelings. I went to the Arnold Classic this year and crossfit women are basses so go you! Anyway, I find you totally inspiring!
Learning to love yourself can be a challenging thing, especially coming from a childhood that didn’t reinforce strong bonds of love. Become immersed in things that make you happy and make you proud of yourself. One of my favorite quotes to remember is “food is fuel, not therapy”. CrossFit happens to be my therapy; I hope you can find yours! Thanks for the kind words.
No sir/ma’am! I was not in good shape at all.
The Army Physical Fitness Test consists of 2 minutes of push ups, 2 minutes of sit ups, and a 2-mile run. I could barely do 10 push ups and it took me about 28 minutes to run (walk) my 2-mile, and I barely passed the height and weight requirements for my age. I trained as much as I could the two months leading up to my ship date to help me not DIE the moment I got to Fort Jackson. Even though I wasn’t in good shape when I got to Basic Combat Training, after 9 weeks they made sure I was. I was getting paid to get healthy; who wouldn’t want that?
So if serving Uncle Sam appeals to you, don’t worry if you’re not in great shape yet - you will be!