My husband, our two children (2y & 10m) & I moved here from Annapolis, MD in the fall of 2015. We knew no one save for a few work friends. We joined a gym, signed our kids up for pre school and figured we’d find our way in time.
A short time later I’m pregnant with our 3rd baby.. spoiler alert- I get HUGE when pregnant. Like I have my own gravitational force- small children and small pets orbit around me. So by the summer of 2016 I still know not so many people, I have two toddlers to contend with, I’m HUGELY pregnant and my husband travels -all the time.
I’m a good time.
It is also around this time that I meet this “so nice she must be selling something” woman at the gym- Angelica. And she makes mention of this gym she goes to, talks about how great the people are and tells me when I’m ready post baby I should check it out. I’m like meh I’m good, this is my third go round with the baby weight- I got this.
Fast forward to spring 2017…
Yeah no I so do not got this.
What I do got is no network, no sense of home, 40lbs that won’t go away, THREE genetic experiments under the age of three- with dueling sleep schedules, a baby who will not take a bottle- some super fun stuff. I run into Angelica again randomly (or was it?) at Wegmans. She gushes over experiment #3, and again this gym she belongs to pops into the conversation. Because she’s sure I’d love it. The people are amazing. Some woman named Bonnie has this amazing system, her gyms and the trainers are all just lights out. – I smell a sales pitch. Nod and smile and carry on.
But this time. I go to the google. And the google has amazing review after amazing review of this gym- The Fitness Asylum. And the Fitness Asylum has classes that sound like the CrossFit gyms I used to attend back in MD, and they have this challenge thing that sounds like the kick in the pants I need.
But baby isn’t sleeping, won’t take bottles, it’s expensive & so I don’t jump.
But by the fall challenge I’m f💣 OVER the weight, I’m over not liking me, i decide to wake up at 4:30am, feed the baby and make it to the 5:30am classes. So I’m in. I’m doing my first challenge.
I hoped I’d lose 20lbs, I hoped I’d make a friend or two along the way but I really needed to get “me” back.
“Say that they welcomed you with open arms and heavy kettle bells”- my husband.
That first bootcamp kicked my ass so bad. Which just threw more gas on the “I’m f💣over this “ fire.
At the end of 12 weeks- I was ME again. I hit my scale goal & I suckered a few slow moving or unsuspecting people into being my friends- I’ve found my groove and now this feels like home.
So why a second challenge? Partly because I’m a competitive weirdo, partly to just see how far I can go, because this keeps me accountable, because maybe I can be someone else’s “Angelica” that random encounter which derails your path for the better, because she was right. The system works and the people are so so amazing and inspiring. With the field of people participating in this challenge I’m still a bit shocked that I got this award.
I mean I hoped to deserve it, but mostly I’m just so grateful for the community I have found here, there aren’t words to express the gratitude I feel for that “NSV”.