I swore I would never gain the "freshman 15" going into college. I may not have completely, but in the first two years of college, I definitely lost every bit of muscle tone I had. I have competed in rodeos since I was 9 and my recent performance had also helped me to realize how my fitness had declined. The simple task of climbing onto my horse had gotten harder. I had lost a lot of confidence in my jockeying. I joined a gym to try to get back to my old self, but I lost interest in going after making absolutely no progress via self training. After listening to me complain everyday, my mom and a friend convinced me to try Crossfit. I admit, I was expecting judgmental stares from huge guys and ripped girls when I walked in, but I got the opposite. I was so kindly greeted by people from all levels of fitness. One of my favorite things about the atmosphere was that everyone was so focused and engaged on their own workout, that I didn't feel like everyone was watching me. However, the trainers were always helpful and encouraging when they saw flaws in my workout. I recently reached my 4 month mark at the CFLL. I've reached goals I thought would take years to reach. I'm the heaviest I've ever been yet the fittest I've been in a long time. I'm not exactly where I want to be yet, but I'm far from what I was. I'm at the top of my game in jockeying horses. Someone said to me at a race "I know of one thing you definitely have on the other girls your up against in this sport... you're strong" and for that, I can thank CFLL.