Amy & Goose,
I wanted to take a few minutes to express my true and utter appreciation to both of you, the CrossFit staff, and Southie community.
When I first started my crossfit journey two and a half years ago I was probably in one of the lowest points of my life…not to mention one of the fattest! I had just returned home after living in NJ for three years and I was overweight, drank and ate way too much, and had this overwhelming feeling of being lost. I woke up one day and decided I’d had enough and I needed to make some serious life changes. That’s when I reached out to you, Amy and with a few words of encouragement and a little push I began my crossfit adventure.
I will never forget my first day. Amy, you told me that you couldn’t coach my intro session because we would end up talking and catching up the entire time instead of working out (Goose, I’m sure that you can attest that this is far from the truth…I’ve never been much of a “Chatty Cathy” J). Retta introduced me to the movements and my first AMRAP (what the heck does that even mean??) and I survived my first 12 minutes of box jumps (step ups on an irrigation box), thrusters (with a pvc pipe), and burpees (buck furpees…I still feel that way to this day J). For the next few weeks I was in so much pain that even my hairline hurt, but I was hooked!
The box has become an outlet for me…a place that no matter what is going on in my life, no matter how stressed, angry, or down I might be feeling I can put it all aside for at least one hour and let it all out! You guys were so supportive to me during the time of my brother’s accident (and always) and that is something I will never forget and be forever grateful.
I never played any sports growing up so I was never apart of a team. For the first time in my life I feel like I’m part of not only one of the best teams, but also the best families I will ever have a pleasure of knowing, loving, and growing with. Every person I’ve ever met at the box pushes me to be a better person. They push me to both my physical and mental limits and help me rise above them. I can’t tell you how much stronger I feel not only physically, but emotionally and mentally as well. Two and half years ago when I walked into your box, was the best decision I’ve ever made. I’m truly thankful for all you have taught and instilled in me throughout my experiences here at CFS.
Over the years you guys have made me strive to be a better athlete, coach, friend, and most importantly, a better person. I came from the darkest place in my life to the happiest. I no longer always feel self-conscious and lost, and have transitioned from being a negative Nancy to positive Patricia. I can’t thank you guys enough for all of your guidance, energy, patience, and support over the years. I take everything I learn at the box (and will continue to do so) and apply it to achieving not only my long-term goals, but also my goals in every day life.
Three months ago when I found out I was moving my first thought was, “How the hell am I going to be able to leave, not to mention replace CFS?!?” You guys and the community you have created are honestly irreplaceable and I will miss you more than words can describe. Thank you for always lending an ear to listen, for being such wonderful friends, and for letting me crush weight with the best of the best!
I will never forget where I came from J
Love you guys!