Do you ever see someone rocking their day? Laughing, smiling, and enjoying each moment. Why is that? 

Meet Rebecca our early morning 5am Super hero! She seems to always be smiling. Wonder why? Because she is working her butt off to live her best life. Part of our JCCF Team. Thank you!

Rebecca, conquering her daily goals. Going through some difficulties in her journey. It’s not easy, and it’s not because she is lucky. She found a way to survive. And not just survive, but thrive!

Every day with a grateful heart. Sometimes hearing the truth and others stories may just give you a little more freedom, and a little more peace. We all have a story, and we aren’t always fighting this world alone. You can find your team. Rebecca did.

“For as long as I can remember I have been into sports and fitness.  I am competitive by nature and have always had the drive to be the best at whatever task I am trying to complete.  I started with T-Ball and Parent pitch when I was 4 or 5 years old and my love for sports only grew over the years.  I had a lot of anger issues when I was younger (a trait I can thank my red hair and father for!) and I would often cry or throw a fit when I lost at anything.  By the time I was in 7thgrade, I was one of the best in our grade at basketball, and the high school coach wanted to place me on the 8th grade team, but he told be my attitude was so terrible that there was no way he could even consider letting me be on his team until I got myself under control.  

I quickly realized that the world does not revolve around me and that I had been letting my anger and emotions control my whole life.  I worked hard to get my attitude adjusted to meet Coach Finley’s standards, so I could play on his team.  I learned to channel my anger, frustration, sadness, etc. into a more productive energy.  I let it fuel my passion and drive to be better and watched my skill and teamwork abilities blossom.  I was blessed to be able to continue playing basketball and softball into my freshman year of college until I transferred to MU.  Once I transferred, I no longer had my teammates to practice with every day.  I was forced to work out on my own and be my own motivation and coach – this model did not work for me, but I still had all of those emotions to get out of my system so I had to turn somewhere – so I turned to alcohol.

My sophomore year I gained at least 20-25 pounds.  I drank about 3-6 nights/week, every week!  It was my new normal and I was completely fine with that.  I honestly didn’t see a problem with it… at least I wasn’t as bad as my father, right?  I had completely lost sight of myself.  I stopped setting fitness goals and resigned to the fact that this is how my body is supposed to be.  Both my maternal and paternal sides of the family have history of alcoholism, high blood pressure, diabetes, high blood sugar, and cancer.  I felt that I was normal and based on my family history, I was destined to be overweight and likely develop diabetes at some point in my life.   

But then I met Ben. 

Ben is passionate about work and being the best person he can be – at everything.  He reminded me what it is like to live for yourself and live like you have something to live for.  He is competitive and driven – whether it is beating me at an arcade basketball game or winning a skill competition at work, he tries his hardest to win EVERYTHING.  His energy and drive reminded me how good it feels to set a goal and smash it. 

When we started Crossfit in March, I fell in love with it immediately.  It was like having a team again.  The WODs reminded me of our conditioning practices for basketball and volleyball in high school and kept me motivated and always wanting to come back for more.  I will admit, the lifting component was a bit scary to start out but having the coaches and “teammates” to provide cues and tips made me feel much more comfortable.  Since we started, I have lost 25 pounds and have gone down from a tight size 12 to a loose size 8 jeans!  I am in love with Crossfit because it has given me my motivation back – I set goals now and I crush them.  I am the healthiest I have ever been, and I am just getting started! “

I am so thankful for JCCF for getting me back to loving myself and loving to work out!”