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From unmotivated to unstoppable – Coach Missy’s CrossFit Story

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By Melissa N. Breaux

Coach, CrossFit Algiers

I played soccer nearly all my life, but when I got out of college I stopped because frankly I was young and dumb. And the thing is, I didn’t always love fitness or working out. It was hard to find the right incentive to keep coming back day after day.

Enter my marriage in 2004, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and then my daughter, Graysen, in 2006. Needless to say it was a busy few years, plus the ongoing turmoil of being married; going through a natural disaster and then having a child (P.S. no one ever tells you how hard that shit is.) When I got married, I was the smallest I had been since high school, at 118 pounds. Between the honeymoon and Katrina I gained at least 20 pounds back. And then along came my pregnancy; I ended up gaining at least 60-70 pounds. Graysen was a mere 7 pounds, and we all know that a baby doesn’t account for all the weight gained during pregnancy.

After she was born, I was the primary caregiver – feeding, changing diapers, and taking care of all the stuff in the middle. I was working full time-ish, with one weekday home with my baby. I was exhausted all the time, lethargic and lacked motivation for getting myself back in shape. I needed something for me though, so when I saw some old soccer buddies, they invited me to join their coed soccer team. I still remember my first soccer game, I was so slow, but I finally had something to do by myself. My sister was also a huge motivator for me after we had our girls, every Wednesday we would get together and exercise, have lunch and play with the babies.

I changed jobs in 2008, and they actually paid for a gym membership. I started working out twice a week and training for a half marathon with my sister and another friend. I was finally starting to feel comfortable in my own skin, and then my marriage fell apart. I couldn’t sleep, couldn’t eat, struggled to understand why this was happening to me. Finally, I pulled myself out of my funk, dusted myself off and started working out again. I loved high-impact cardio workouts, but it never made a difference aesthetically. I did two personal training sessions a week because my company paid for it. Still I didn’t see any big changes – same old machines, and same old workouts. I could sustain the routine for a couple of weeks and then I would fall off the wagon. I was able to maintain my weight with some fluctuation, but still wasn’t getting what I wanted out of the gym.

Then I tried CrossFit with one of my girlfriends on vacation in 2014, I was hooked. When I came back to NOLA, I looked at another CrossFit gym because it was near my daughter’s gymnastics class. I never had the courage to walk through the door. My sister had joined another functional-fitness type gym and loved the coaching, support and community. I wanted to check it out but I couldn’t figure out schedule and budget.

Enter CrossFit Algiers, literally 30 seconds from my house. I went in for a free trial in February and have never looked back. Classes fit my schedule and my budget too. In the first six months, I saw extraordinary changes in muscle definition, strength, coordination. My soccer team couldn’t believe the stamina and power I had gained in such a short amount of time. Last year, I decided to take the next step in my journey and become a Level 1 CrossFit coach. I love coaching, the friends I have made and the community that has been built at CrossFit Algiers. I am so glad to share my love of CrossFit with everyone that walks through the door.