Meet Solution 1 member and CrossFit Mom: Annie Stelle, wife, mother of 4, Crossfitter since 2016.
“To me, CrossFit hasn’t been what I wanted it to be. When I started almost three years ago thinking I could better my already healthy fitness lifestyle, simultaneously I ironically began a new journey of fighting for my health against causes out of my control. Because of that, my road with CrossFit has been filled with more frustrations, limitations and disappointments than physical successes and celebrations. And restarts. Again. And again, and again.
So I’ve had to change my perspective. I’ve had to be okay with the restart, even if over and over again. And CrossFit gives that. There is always a starting place. A point to build on and learn from. I’ve grown to love, sometimes hate, but always appreciate this starting place and what it means, no matter how humbling or ugly it may be. The starting points help me set goals for myself like never before. My new perspective helps me work toward these goals, which are mine, and only mine. And I’ve learned to not compare myself to others, because that would take the joy away from trying to achieve my goals.
Someone asked me a few months ago how I was feeling, I said “I’m not where I want to be yet, but I’m certainly not where I was.” He answered me, “aren’t we all!” And I think that’s the truth. We all keep coming back to this Crossfit thing because in our own way, we hope to go, as the Bible says, “from glory to glory”- we hope to grow in our own journey all the time, without the comparison but with the encouragement of others while bettering and maturing ourselves, body, mind and spirit.
It’s been a three year journey for me, mostly really hard. But we ALL have really difficult parts of our journeys. Maybe, when it comes down to it, it’s all about how we get through it, just like a workout. We overcome. And become better in the process. CrossFit has taught me so much of this and I am so thankful. And now, as I look back, I’m realizing CrossFit has been exactly what I needed it to be in order to become who I want to become.”