I have been doing CrossFit for almost 2 years at Certus. Most definitely my body has changed. I am stronger, I weigh less, and I am more toned. I love this benefit of CrossFit! Yes, I feel more confident about my body, but more significant than these physical changes are the mental, emotional, and relational changes I have experienced in my life since starting my journey. I started at Certus CrossFit in the midst of one the most difficult times of my life. I had just experienced a major loss. Certus provided me with a community full of acceptance, encouragement, and inspiration that contributed to my personal healing from such a dark time in my life. The connections that I made with others gave me something to look forward to and motivation to move forward when I was in a hopeless place. Coaches and members welcomed me, encouraged me, and provided a positive environment for me. CrossFit also provides a mental outlet for me that challenges my mind which helps me to cope with the anxiety and stress that I experience in my life. As a professional and a foster to adopt mom, I have to balance home and work and both of these environments are demanding. I have experienced multiple major life changes over the last two years including welcoming three children into my home and a promotion to a management position at work, but even the most stressful of times are manageable because I am taking care of myself physically and mentally. CrossFit also has increased my self- confidence. Not only do I feel more comfortable in my own skin (and in bathing suits! Yes!), but I believe in myself in a whole new way. Every time I challenge myself in the gym, I find myself filled with confidence that permeates to all others areas of my life including professionally and as a mother. I have found joy in my accomplishments in the gym, which causes me to challenge myself to achieve more in other areas of my life. CrossFit is more than physically taking care of my body, it has become a way of life that I cannot imagine my life without. I look forward to many more years of being a part of the Certus CrossFit community!