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Find Something You Love and Stick With It

Find Something You Love and Stick With It

Kerry's outgoing and inspiring personality drew us to follow her on Instagram, and then we ran into her in an @over40fitness group on Facebook where she was recently nominated Athlete of the Month! She's such a positive contributor to the group and to all her know her. We are excited to welcome her to Team HBP! 

Ever since I was little and I watched Nadia Comaneci win 3 Gold Medals on TV in the Summer Olympics I have admired athletes. Like most girls I did acrobatics and gymnastics but quit when it was time to start competing. I also played soccer for 10 years until I got out of high school. However, I had developed bursitis in my hips and the 15 lbs. I gained in college did not help at all. My roommates and I started lifting weights and I finally dropped a few sizes. I learned about nutrition and was a very healthy eater.

As I began to work full-time I continued to learn more about food and nutrition. I would work out in the gym off and on but I fell into a cycle of gaining a few pounds, focusing at the gym until I lost the weight and then I would give up. I was just so bored with the gym. I liked lifting weights but if a machine was busy I felt lost and out of place and like I didn’t know what to do so I would go home.

Fast forward several years… I got married and got into rock climbing (in a gym – there aren’t any rocks to climb here). For a while, my husband and I climbed together on a regular basis and I got pretty good at it. We wouldn’t go home until I had reached the top of the climb I was aiming and he was very patient with me. I would keep falling try after try until I finally got it. I loved being on the wall because I couldn’t think about anything else. It didn’t matter what was going on in my life, what I had to do the next day. I could only focus on that wall. More time went by and I got away from rock climbing and got pregnant with our first and second children. I wasn’t one of those Moms who exercised a lot while I was pregnant but I faithfully did yoga and Pilates once a week. At the end of my pregnancies I did water aerobics and was in the pool until the day before my births.

However, as a new Mom with 2 kids, a husband, full-time job, and a dog I was very sleep deprived. It was hard to commit to working out. I hired a personal trainer for a month before I went back to work but once I started working again I just couldn’t figure out how to get the energy to workout consistently. One rough night with the baby and I was done for the week. My husband recommended CrossFit. I googled it and thought those people were crazy. I finally tried it and had a bad experience two classes in a row. I decided that was not the right gym for me and didn’t go back. I told my husband the only way I would try it again is if there was a gym closer to our house. Well, a few months later they opened a CrossFit gym nearby and it was free for the month. I gave it one more shot and fell in love! The coaches were sticklers about making sure I learned it correctly and watched me like a hawk – they still do. I couldn’t believe how hard it was, that I was actually doing it, and most importantly the sense of community that I found. When I would go to the regular gym no one would talk to me. Here I had a great group of friends who really wanted me to do well.

About 8 months into CrossFit, I competed in my first CrossFit Open competition which was amazing since I couldn’t do any pullups yet. I completed all 5 weeks RX and stayed in it. I think what made a difference was my coach who believed in me and told me I could do it. Just hearing it from him made me believe in myself. This was HUGE. I was told a lot that I COULDN’T do many things. It was nice to hear some encouragement for a change. I hope to inspire others with my story. I still love to compete. I don’t know what that will bring in the future, and I work out now so that I will live a long, healthy life and get to play with my grandkids. So much has changed the last 4 years as I have evolved and learned. Anyone can do this if they want to. Just find something you love and stick with it.

 Helping people makes me happy. I am a proponent of natural health remedies and prevention. I am a representative for one of my favorite lines. It aligns with my mission to educate people about health and not rely on conventional Western medicine. Don’t get me wrong, I think science is wonderful but I also believe in the exponential healing potential of our own bodies and minds. I believe it is best to give our body what it needs to heal itself and find the issue rather than masking symptoms with medication. I am constantly learning and striving to be and do better.

     

A few months ago I found HandBandPro. I read that they keep your hands from ripping and got a pair not sure if they would work or not. Well, I got rid of all my other “gloves” and wear my HandBandPros for every workout. They have served me well for every lift and rope climb. My “man hands” are a thing of the past, and I don’t need to use chalk anymore. They also keep the pads of my hands from being sore for days after deadlifts. I highly recommend them for both men and women.

Photos (except rope climb) by Aludra Photography

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