CrossFit has been a part of my life off and on for 10+ years, but having children made it difficult to be consistent in my health journey when the kids were young. There was always a “reason” not to work out. Finally, in October 2020, when my children were 5 and 3, I decided to get back into CrossFit. I came to Lodestar, and it was such a family friendly gym. My kids came with me when I worked out, and for the first time, it really clicked that I functioned better as a mom when I took care of myself. I also wanted to set a healthy example for my kids. Since that October, I have consistently been at the gym 4 - 5 times a week. Committing to this has helped me get in the best shape of my life. I can confidently say that consistency and small steps do add up. I now enjoy competing and coaching CrossFit, something I would have never dreamed I’d be doing 3 years ago! I looked back at an Instagram post from that first week after joining Lodestar and I had shared a friend’s quote that said “choose your hard.” For me, being out of shape, unhealthy and unmotivated was hard. It was hard not having enough energy to make it through the day. Choosing to go to the gym every day was also hard. I wrote: “Going to the gym is also hard. It’s hard to be the last one to finish. It’s hard to want to be able to do some skill so bad and just not be able to yet. The workouts are physically hard. It’s hard to be committed when it feels like there are 828,898,625 other things competing for my time and attention. But for now, this is the hard I chose. I’m praying for strength to continue this journey and by the grace of God to get to a much better place with my health.” I am SO thankful this is the HARD I chose! It has been so worth it!