Member of the Month: April

Member of the Month: April

Since day one Hailee has come in with a focused and determined attitude. We watched her embrace the suck everyday and it made us proud to see her never back down from a WOD. Today we honor her with the member of the month. Here she is family:

Tell us about yourself:

My name is Hailee, and I am about to turn 27. I have always been a person who enjoys setting and reaching goals; however, most of my time and energy has been dedicated to my career and furthering my education. In 2011, after earning my teacher’s certification and being accepted into grad school at UTA, I began my first year of teaching and my first year of my Master’s. Making the decision to start both a career and grad school at the same time was probably the worst idea I have ever had; but, being the kind of person that I am, I stubbornly entered into the challenge.
I did not know it at the time - and I only realize this now in hindsight – but, by the end of my first year, I had become overwhelmed with the demands and everyday stress of trying to be an adult and trying to be the best at everything I had chosen to do. I began eating more, as if that would be the cure to take away my stress. This obviously led to weight gain, which led to a significant decline in my confidence. Ironically, I ate more – especially more ice cream – in order to feel better about being overweight. This all led to a repetitive cycle of eating to feel less stressed, then eating to fell less sad about the fact that I was overweight. Although I found myself in this cycle, I did make attempts to diet and exercise; however, most of the time I couldn’t resist temptation, and most of the exercise classes I did made me feel like I had done nothing more than clean house. I was bored with the food, and I was bored with the workouts. I needed something more, and this is where my story changes.
Thankfully, during my third year of teaching, our school hired a new teacher and I got a new neighbor across the hallway. Her name is Joy, and some of you may know her. Joy has been a great source of friendship, and she has also been a great source of encouragement in regards to fitness and wellbeing. I remember her telling me about the CrossFit box she and her fiancé, Loss, had found. I remember seeing the picture posted to Facebook of her and Loss doing box jumps on their first day, and I remember thinking to myself: “I can never do that!” Although I was hesitant, something just told me to pick up the phone and call the number at the gym to see what the process was about joining. I talked to Vernard and explained that I was out of shape, and although I can’t remember the exact words from the whole conversation, he told me that it was “Ok” and they would “help” me. I have had a lot of nameless faces at a gym take my money, but no one had every told me they would help me. That next payday, February 24th, I made it through my first WOD with Tarric and signed up for a full year’s membership.
On that day I joined, I told myself I was no longer going to try because my life needed a permanent change, not an attempt at change. I am currently entering my third month here at All or Nothing, and I am feeling better than I ever have. I’m excited to see what the rest of this year is going to bring.

What has been your experience with ANCF:

My experience with ANCF has been the best experience I have had in a very long time.  I am so blessed to have a community that encourages me and helps me push myself.  It is so great to know that every day I go to take on a WOD I am surrounded by coaches and fellow members who want to see me succeed as much as I want to see myself succeed.  The workouts are challenging; I never get bored, and I never feel like I am just going through the motions.  I was in desperate need of a healthy community, and ANCF is exactly that.  In fact, I told Amanda earlier this week that “I am so glad I have this place.”  I am so thankful for every coach and fellow member that I have met thus far.  I am so grateful that you all have made this such a wonderful place to be

What is your favorite workout/moment:

I have two favorite moments.  My first favorite workout moment happened on a Saturday.  I am fairly new to the CrossFit life, so there isn’t that much that I actually feel good at YET.  Snatches were a part of the WOD that day, and I was told by Joni that I “have an awesome snatch.”  My second favorite moment happened earlier this week when Amanda complemented me on my form.  It’s nice to feel like I am doing things right

What was your most embarrassing moment:

Anyone who has talked to me on days when we do burpees knows how I feel about burpees.  Well, one of the first times I did burpess, I did a belly flop on the ground.  I don’t know what happened to my arms between the air and the floor, but they didn’t catch me on my way down.  It sounded – and felt – worse than the ones that happen from diving boards.

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