I started CrossFit in late 2014 and 2015 was my year of success (in my mind). In 2015 I met some of my goals and was off to a really good start to my fitness journey, then 2016 came along and punched me right in the face.
You know how people always say “you can’t outwork a bad diet”? Well it’s true…that’s why they say that. 2016 wasn’t all bad. I made progress in some areas, completed my Spartan Trifecta, and completed my first competitive 10k race. Should have been a successful year, but it wasn’t. I ate horribly most days (only after the gym oddly enough) and drank a few too many beers. In my mind I knew I went to the gym 5-7 days per week, so I could just do what I wanted. That might work when you are in your 20’s, but I’m a few days away from 38th birthday and things don’t work that way for me.
If you’re like me you might have to find out the hard way. I hope you aren’t like me and just take my advice. I beat myself up a bit for the last few months of the year because of my lack of discipline, but I didn’t quit. I had nobody to blame but myself and the same goes for you. No matter how lofty your goals are you can achieve them, you just need to get out of your own way. Inspiration is all around you at CFR, just look around. Some make the impossible look easy and that can be discouraging, but you too can achieve your goals and inspire others. Remember this journey is about YOU, and nobody else.
So this year I have more crazy goals for myself including running my first half and full marathon in 2017. I don’t even like driving in a car for 26.2 miles, but for some reason I want to run it. I’ve come to a place in my life where I kind of like running. If you can get past the I can’t breathe and I feel like I’m dying part there is an unexplainable feeling that some call a runners high. Whatever it is I like it.
I plan on staring a running club that will tie into CrossFit Rowlett beginning this April. I want to inspire people to run. No I don’t expect you to want to run a marathon with me, but it would be cool if you did. I just want more members to actually get out and run. If you are trying to lose weight it will help tremendously.
I could go on and on, but instead I’ll start doing this monthly to let you guys know how things are going. If you see me at the gym and you want to discuss your struggles, or if you just want general advice, please let me know. As much as I like to succeed in my journey it means even more for me to help you with yours.
Coach Stephen Like
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