Candace Fraser

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January 3, 2014 will mark my one year anniversary here at CrossFit Woodbridge.  My BFF Kelly Mine, called me up that first snowing, sleeting freezing cold morning and told me to wear my running shoes.  I was introduced to CF through “Nancy” and Lloyd.   I walked/ran those 5 rounds of 400m and used an empty pink bar to do the overhead squats.  I came back from my last run to find a medicine ball in my way.  I kicked it away and with a big smile Lloyd said, “Noooo, put it back.”  It was for me to squat down to!  Our love/hate relationship began on that day .    

A big challenge I had was not feeling guilty about devoting so much time to myself.  I can’t say enough about how thankful I am to have the complete support of my husband and daughters.  They have been my biggest fans, constantly cheering me on!

I am not the same person who walked into the box a year ago.  CF has provided me with an opportunity to conquer fears.  I used to avoid pain, but now I come back for more!!  Yay for pain, the good kind!!

My concept of beauty has changed.  I’m more comfortable with who I am than I ever have been!  I love becoming strong.  I love the muscles.  I love finally feeling healthy for the first time in my adult life.  I love strong me!   Yay for muscles!!  I would not have said that a year ago!! 

Dan, our box is great because of the talented team of coaches you have assembled.  I thank you all for seeing potential in me that I would never have seen myself!!  If someone told me last Christmas that I would be climbing ropes, doing pull-ups, weight-lifting and handstand push-ups I would think they were insane!!

I also learned this past year that, for me personally, trying to eat a strict paleo diet while doing CrossFit leads to starvation.  I will always be thankful for coach Wendy, who gently grabbed my weak skinny arm, looked me in the eyes and told me to, “EAT Candace, EAT!  You need CARBS!!”  Those were wonderful words to hear!!  Yay for food!

One of my favorite parts of CF is cheering others on and being cheered on!!  Elysia, said to me recently, “Candace, you’re stronger than you think you are.”  Simple words spoken can make such a difference.  Jen Voss stuck by me through “Badger’s” 90 pull-ups.  JV believed I could get through it without a band!  She put up with my angry, dirty looks and getting mad at her for counting down!  I love that we encourage each other like that!!  I have met so many amazing friends this year.

CF has helped to bring two of my biggest weaknesses into perspective, perfectionism and always trying to please people.  Both are impossible to achieve.  Every workout provides a new opportunity for growth and I have to WANT that growth myself.   I love opportunities for fun competition and to push myself beyond what I thought was my limit. 

I cannot be all things to all people.  What I can be is a strong healthy person that does life well.   I truly believe I’m a better wife, mom and friend now.

One of my daughters said this past week, “Mom, crossfit has really become a natural part of our lives, like eating, drinking and breathing.  I can’t imagine not doing it!”  

Thank you everyone and Happy New Year!!

~Candace Fraser

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