Hi I’m Amanda Tapley and I’m a CrossFit addict. This is how the addiction began. As a child, I was overweight and not an athlete. I lost weight when I started sports in high school but never was really fit. When college came I gained the freshman 20. From there I gained and lost those same 20 pounds. I tried not eating all day and only having one meal, I tried diet pills. After having 2 kids [twins] I finally started running and doing triathlons when they were a couple of years old. It helped me drop a few pounds. I got on the scales one day and saw 165lb. I was really depressed and upset!! I have always been really insecure about my body, though I tried not to show it. A friend of mine asked me to come try CrossFit DGA-Dublin, GA in October 2011…those who know me, know I’m a “recruiter” so I called about 10 of my friends and asked them to come with me. I’ll never forget doing that first workout and that feeling of accomplishment. I couldn’t do a pull up, a push up, or use anything but the bar to lift but I had a goal and I felt alive! The weight came off slowly; I started seeing muscles I didn’t know I had. My confidence in my body came not from the scale but that I could do an actual pull-up! I don’t even weigh myself anymore. I think I weight about 145lb…no I’m not skinny but I’m perfectly fine with myself . I look forward to my WOD [workout of the day] everyday with my friends. It’s my stress reliever. I’m a much better mom when I take that hour for myself. We are each other’s cheerleaders. I am just as excited for you when you get that first double under! That’s what we do its a community. So set your goals and come drink the kool aid it will change your life!