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Just one year ago I bought a Groupon for CrossFit DTP not knowing a single thing about it. My initial reason for checking it out was to simply see if I had the guts to do it and after the Groupon expired in just 30 days, I would quit and walk away with the “pride” of knowing I tried it. Week one I showed up for only one class. Week two I showed up for two classes before realizing I wasn’t getting the full experience of CrossFit. For the next 2 weeks, I went Monday through Thursday at 6pm and slowly but surely fell in love with the program, the coaches, and the people that make DTP such a special place. Physical activity wasn’t exactly foreign to me since I had played basketball most of my youth and in high school and also participated in cheer (yes, it’s a sport) but I found myself completely tired and out of breath after each workout. I was sore every day and could not believe how little weight I could actually lift after all my years of being an “athlete”. I quickly became discouraged and felt like I couldn’t do it because there was no way I could ever dedicate the time, effort, or emotion it takes to make real changes. Excuses became normal, being average became normal, and I convinced myself I was never going to get in shape because I was simply meant to be that way. After officially signing up for CrossFit I decided to start the Nutrition Program with Tom in order to help myself lose weight. Every week I would email Tom and weigh myself in the morning so we could see what progress I was making, if any. I would find any reason I could to justify my bad habits of eating junk food, drinking soda, or missing a workout. I was staying up till 1 or 2 in the morning almost every night and missing breakfast because I was waking up with just enough time to get ready for work but could never figure out why I wasn’t losing weight. With all the wrong I was doing, Tom never gave up on me or brought me down. He always encouraged me to get after it and start again the next day until I could get into a rhythm but even after all of his encouragement and dedication to helping me reach my goals, I simply was not ready to make the necessary changes I needed to in order to be successful. I took a break from the nutrition program and began to just go on with my bad habits until Ali reached out to me and asked if she could take over my program in hopes of helping me reach my goals. Unfortunately, I had the same outcome with Ali. I made excuses, I didn’t do anything I was supposed to do and at one point I stopped checking in with her. We had countless talks about my goals and how to reach them. I unloaded every emotion possible before or after classes on Ali and she was there for me through every step of the way. She allowed me to vent and express my fears while tears just poured down my face and never made me feel unworthy of change or success. She encouraged me every time and would check on me constantly. It wasn’t until about two months ago when everything clicked in my head and I was tired to untagging myself from pictures, refusing to take full length pictures, or not wanting to stand next to my much smaller friends in pictures. I was holding myself back from life and dealing with more than just weight loss issues. After coming to terms with what all I had to do in order to become healthier, stronger, more confident, and HAPPY I am so proud to say I have lost 30 pounds. I just did my first half MURPH (scaled but that’s okay), I have started running, and I even make it into the 6am class on Mondays which seemed impossible before making it a habit. I am so grateful for the love and support I have gotten at DTP from the coaches and the people. Everyone is extremely encouraging and it really has become a second family for me. My favorite part of every workout is when everyone gets together and stretches before going home and we all get to catch up and talk about life, work, relationships or just shenanigans. DTP is special and I have never been happier that I bought a random Groupon! I still have a long way to but I can’t wait to do it with DTP.