Monday, October 22, 2012

November Athlete of the Month

This month I am recognizing Kelsi Morrow. She is by far the most inspirational client that I have had the privilege of coaching at Crossfit Central. Her story is damn amazing, and sometimes I wonder if she really knows just how many people look to her in class as just a bad ass woman. She has shown herself many times she is stronger than she thinks she is. Or, really, shown herself that she is as strong as I KNOW she is She attends my women's only class at Central, and my Lean Lifting class at Red Black Gym. Here is her story: 

I started Crossfit Central just over three years ago after having my first baby, and my goal at the time was to get my body moving again and shed some weight. Little did I know at the time what an impact Jen Shaw, Crossfit Central and the awesome women who join me in a tiny bit of hell at 6:15 a.m. 3 days a week would have on my life!

Since joining Crossfit Central, I had another baby, and roughly a few months after having my second baby, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and a brain aneurism.  Both diagnoses independent of themselves sent me to a bit of a temporary dark place.  My family, friends and the girls from Crossfit Central were the one of the few positive consistencies that made me feel like life didn't have to stop just because of a few setbacks.

I've spent the last year or so since my diagnosis learning about how important our diet really is to our overall well being.   I truly believe that if we give our bodies the right nutrition and proper strength training, our bodies can heal.  I decided a few months ago that I was going to completely take control of my health and be more committed to my diet and my crossfit workouts.  I also figured in doing so I'd be setting a decent examples for my kids.

Jen and I met a few months ago and we set a few goals, none of which seemed attainable, but like she does, she pushed me to believe that I was better and could do more than I give myself credit.  I really thought that with MS, it wasn't as likely that I could really get much stronger, or if I could, it would take me a lot longer.  And so far I've been really wrong about that and that's been pretty awesome. I still have a ways to go before hitting some of my goals, but in just a month I PR'd on my deadlift by 20 lbs and by 5 lbs on my push press.  It sounds so elementary, but it's amazing to me what some focus and encouragement can do.

It's hard for me to articulate the impact Jen and the class has had on my life.  I'm able to say that I feel so much more confident day to day, and even better, I feel really great about my future which I don't know that I could say not too long ago.  My symptoms are slowly but surely improving and as each day passes, my MS truly  gets to be just more of an afterthought than a forethought.  And that to me is pretty great.

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