My name is Pamela, I'm a 49-year-old mother of 3, grandmother of 5. I enjoy hiking, cycling and most of all CrossFit. I live on a small farm and with chickens, goats, a German Shepherd dog, and 3 cats. I'm also a Type 1 Diabetic and this makes any type of exercising difficult but I'm hanging in there!
Mako Athletics: 5 a.m.
It was 2013 when I began having serious complications from diabetes.
My daughter began doing CrossFit at 17 and encouraged me to try it so I could live longer.
I cycled and hiked before. I went to CF on-ramp and loved it because (I didn't know at the time) short bursts of energy are easier for me, plus it was great to see such an improvement in a short period of time.
I have to remember how important it is to pace myself during a WOD. It helps with my breathing, heart rate, and an overall performance.
I can run! It might seem like no big deal to some but I never learned to run or jump rope because I had been exercise-induced asthmatic since childhood! This is extraordinary for me. I can consistently run for 400 meters. I'm slow but it's happening since I can only come at 5 a.m., I must be disciplined to get there. And it just sets a great pace for my day.
It has made a difference because now I can do many things I couldn't before even as a child and teen. Most people my age say, "I used to could do that." I say, "I now can do this."
This may sound silly but any type of Rocky movie tunes can inspire me. I'm a child of the 70s, teen of the 80s. When I need the inspiration to get moving, this music is inspiring.
Don't be afraid to do something different. If what you're doing isn't working for you, try a CrossFit box. I know, seeing the barbells may be scary and you may not be able to do it now but if you stick with it you will eventually get there.
I drive a Jeep Wrangler
Eye of the Tiger, Survivor
Thanks for reading my untold story,