My name is Troy Irvine. I’m 42, and work as a firefighter at Motiva Enterprises. When Stephanie asked me to do a write up for the Athlete of the Month, two things popped into my head. First, I was humbled and honored that she afforded me the opportunity to discuss my CrossFit journey. My second thought was “Why me?” I can think of so many other people that come in that gym and work their butts off.
What’s different about my journey is that I am not new to CrossFit. I began a few years ago at Crossfit MidCounty. I loved going, and even participated in a couple of competitions. I then got married and moved to Lumberton. At the time, CFL was not around, so I fell back into the couch potato routine. When CFL opened I was excited to have a box close to me, but I just couldn’t seem to get back in the groove I once was in. I was not motivated, tired all the time and just had no energy. My rut became my life. I ate bad, stayed on the couch, and just didn’t want to do anything. We ate bad at work and at home, and I was soon approaching 240 pounds. After a routine check-up, I found out my lack of energy was hormone related. After receiving treatment, I decided now was the time to get back in the gym and change my life. Since I have returned to Crossfit, I have lost 35 pounds, and I feel GREAT! I have also adjusted my diet, which has helped me not only keep the weight off, but fuels me for my day and for my workouts. Speaking of workouts, that is what I love about CrossFit. It constantly changes and keeps you on your toes. You never know what the next day holds in store for you. And the best part is it can be scaled, so anybody can do it.
So for me, this has been sort of a health and fitness rebirth, with the CrossFit community being at the center. I have registered for the Open and I’m excited to see how I stack up against others all over the world. I’m also training to become a coach, because I now want to give back to a program that has given me my life back.