I’m 27 years old and work as a firefighter paramedic for the Pearland fire department. I started Crossfit in September of 2012, about a year after moving to Texas from California. In California I was always very active, whether it be playing hockey, hiking, swimming or going to a normal gym ( treadmill and like 2 machines I knew how to use). In 2010 I began paramedic school, worked full-time as an EMT and part time as an EMT lab instructor at a local college. To say the least I had no time for sleep let alone physical activity. Throughout that time I gained 20 pounds, then after moving to Texas I gained even more weight due to depression. I finally got the point where I knew I needed to do something and normal gyms weren’t working, I had no motivation. After 6 months of contemplating CrossFit I finally walked into CrossFit Lumberton. It took me no time at all to fall in love with Crossfit and the community. I became so inspired when I first started seeing all the athletes do amazing things, from pullups, to handstand push-ups to lifting ungodly amounts of weight. I was in awe and knew I wanted to be on that caliber one day. I never imagined being capable of doing a pullups but with great coaching and guidance ( and Sean banning me from the green band) I began doing pullups and eventually chest to bar. Throughout these years at Crossfit I have been able to lose some of the weight I gained but I undoubtedly have became a fitter/healthier version of myself. I have always battled with body image and composition, through Crossfit I have been able to embrace my strength and be amazed by how far I can push my body. I am grateful that I found the courage to walk through those doors years ago, being apart of this community has helped me countless times in and out of the gym.