Today marks the 2 year anniversary of me walking into my first Foundation class. Since I’ve never been a big “before” photo person, I have no good photographic evidence to serve as inspiration, just my story (if you are new, please take photos, you’ll appreciate it later). I’ll try to be as brief as possible. I have led an active life. I started gymnastics as a child and continued through a NCAA Div I career. Afterward I spent a couple of years competing in body building, 12 years in martial arts, and threw in a few half marathons here and there. I had my son late in my 30’s and was not allowed to do any physical activity aside from working during my pregnancy. After he was born, it was hard to get back at it regularly, between working part time to full time, and pretty much never sleeping for two years. Over the years, I got back at it somewhat, but walked into CFP in close to the worst shape of my life. I pretty much swore at Scott in my head, when during foundations, he said “I assume that you can’t do pull-ups”, but he was right. I also couldn’t do push-ups with some roll up, run at any speed or lift much weight, all things that I could do (except the weights) starting at 7 or 8 years old. Over the last two years, I regained some previous skills and added new ones. I went from hiding in the corner with a trainer bar with my CFP-BFF, Jennifer Lynn, to consistently adding more weight and trying new things. The most important thing that I have gained is patience with myself, my skill level, and how I look physically. In my youth, I never appreciated fully skills that I could do or how I looked. Instead I always looked to the next goal or what I could do better. Maybe it’s my age, but I think that it’s more about the process at CFP, but now I value all that I can do and am proud of my myself. I also realize that most of my peers in their mid-40’s are even attempting what I do. I don’t say this to be boastful, but only to inspire others to value what you are doing. How many friends outside of CFP, co-workers or friends can do what you do? Celebrate your accomplishments, and set goals for the next skill, weight lifted, time cap or whatever, but never, never lose sight of your accomplishments. Measure yourself by what you can do, not what you can’t, what you can’t will come with time. Give yourself time if you are sore or injured, scaling back from what you can do for a short time is not failure. I appreciate all of the support from my CFP pals, and all of the Coaches, especially WOD Boxes, who tends to be my coach most frequently, and provides me with great technical advice and the right amount of push. Go out there and get it, and don’t forget to enjoy the process, have fun and provide some push to those around you.