One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Big News From My First CrossFit Competition!

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Well, I don’t know how else to say this except…


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I’m speechless. I really didn’t expect to do that well.

I was in the lowest scaled division because I can’t do unassisted pull-ups or double unders (jump ropes) but I was proficient in all the minimum weights.

The first workout was by far the hardest.


It was basically a ladder of push-ups and jumping pull-ups.


The ladder was 3 push-ups, followed by 3 pull-ups, followed by 6 push-ups, followed by 6 pull-ups, then 9, then 12, and so on until 30 or 7 minutes was up. I made it through 21 push-ups and I was done.

My arms felt like rubber bands!

The next workout was my favorite and the one I did the best at.


It was 2 minutes of tabata-style jump ropes, step-ups and kettle bell swings with 20 seconds on and 10 seconds rest.


Honestly, I killed it winning the round with 306 reps.


The next workout I did (even though it was 4th in the scoring) was a stamina test. I had to carry a 55-lb bar in the front rack position as far as possible.


I did good but not great. The pressure on my neck was too much after 1,399 feet.

The last workout (3) was a killer.


3 minutes of Max Effort Thrusters.


That means as many as you can do in 3 minutes but there’s a catch. If you drop the bar you get a 15-second penalty.


I refused to drop the bar.


I did 53 before time ran out.

This is one of my favorite photos of the competition.


And I caught my friend Leslie snapping it. :)


Even though I didn’t win every round (I only won one) I took first in the division because I had the lowest overall score. Basically that means I consistently performed well in each round.

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I’m proud of myself. I did my best, faced some fears (OK, a LOT of fears) and again pushed myself to do something WAY out of my comfort zone. I can honestly say I’ve never truly felt like an athlete before today but I’m totally embracing it now.

Next goal: Train for pull-ups and double unders so I can compete at an Rx division one day. I’m not sure how long it will take but I’ll get there, slow and steady, doing what I can when I can just like I’ve been since I started this crazy journey 8 years ago.

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There are 36 comments so far.


    September 22, 2013

    Oh my gosh!! Congratulations! That’s awesome news :)


    September 22, 2013

    Congratulations! You did an awesome job. But please change the “I only won one”. You won the competition for your division. Own that and be proud. You earned it!

    Lisa Johnson

    September 22, 2013

    Awesome Roni, great story and I love, love the pics. :-)

    Brooke: Not On A Diet

    September 22, 2013

    Well aren’t you just a badass! Great job, Roni!

    jennifer p

    September 22, 2013

    what can i say you are a FRICKING ROCK STAR.congrats you deserve it.

    Gwyn E

    September 22, 2013

    Fantastic! Congrats. Wonderful pictures. I never knew about this competition. I learned a lot.


    September 22, 2013

    I’ve seen Crossfit, watched Crossfit, and now DONE Crossfit (I’m so new at it) — I KNOW how hard everything you did was. How awesome for you. Congratulations!


    September 22, 2013

    Amazing! Congratulations Roni!!!! So happy for you :)


    September 22, 2013

    This is a success, truly something to celebrate and be proud of!

    Jackie Miller

    September 22, 2013

    That’s so awesome! Great job at pushing it and doing better than you thought you’d do. You should be so proud!!!

    Dee M.

    September 22, 2013

    Awesome job! I just started Crossfit myself and love it. You are amazing and an inspiration! Thank you!

    Emily Brown

    September 22, 2013

    Big congrats! That is awesome. I am so proud of you!


    September 22, 2013

    Wahooooo! Congrats Roni!!


    September 22, 2013

    You are a rock star!!! Congrats lady, way to go!!!

    Irene @ IZO Fitness

    September 22, 2013

    AWESOME! I am incredibly jealous!


    September 22, 2013

    You are a rockstar!!! I love that you caught your friend taking a picture of you, that is a great pic.

    Do you read Janetha’s blog? She had part of a post on how to do double unders


    September 22, 2013

    You now know you can do anything you set your mind to do.
    Job well done!


    September 22, 2013

    so happy for you!!!

    Sammy @ Peace Love & Ice Cream

    September 22, 2013

    You should be so proud of yourself Roni! You’re the (wo)man!!! And that is a great pic of you!! Congrats!
    -Sammy @

    Emily Sandford

    September 22, 2013

    You kick so much ass.


    September 22, 2013

    Delurking to say a huge congratulations! What an achievement!


    September 22, 2013

    Well done Roni! Great achievement!

    Fitness Phoenix

    September 22, 2013

    Good for you, and for giving us all something to shoot for!


    September 22, 2013

    You. Are. AMAZING!!


    September 22, 2013

    You are awesome-a totally inspirational post. I’m doing my first tough mudder in a few weeks and I’m nervous, but redwing about your experiences with them has helped. Thank you. You have a lot to be proud of.


    September 22, 2013

    Wow! You are strong and fit — no doubt about it now!


    September 23, 2013

    Awesome! Congratulations, Roni!


    September 23, 2013

    Roni, you’re gorgeous!!


    September 23, 2013

    Lump in my throat and tearing up at my desk. Your boys must think you are Queen of the World.


    September 23, 2013

    WOW!!! Congratulations Roni!! I hope you feel like the powerful woman you are. Those photos above gave me a flash-back to HS gym class, lol. *Shudder* Is Cross-fit meant for those who are already in shape (or can those of us who can’t do even 1 push-up try it out too)? (Sorry if you’ve already answered this and I missed it).

    Leesa Galvan

    September 24, 2013

    Good Job! You should be very proud of yourself! That’s a hell of a way to conquer those fears! Awesome & Totally Badass! Keep up the great work! :)

    Kimberly Evangelista Weber

    September 24, 2013

    Congratulations! That is awesome.

    Heather Smith

    September 24, 2013

    Congratulations! This is amazing and you look totally badass!! :)

    Lauren S

    September 24, 2013

    Whoa, you’re a badass lady! 53 thrusters!?! Congrats!


    September 24, 2013

    A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! Congrats!!!!!!!!!


    March 4, 2014

    omg, great job! Crossfit has the greatest community ever, would you agree? And the comps are fun are as fun as a carnival. Good job, really!!!!