Since joining I have felt constantly like my needs are being met and that I'm getting even more out of being a part of this team than I had ever imagined. Everything is explained in a way where I never feel overwhelmed or intimidated, I only feel like I'm about to kick ass at what ever it is!
While I do want to be dropping more weight I haven't been quite as focused on that as I am definitely becoming more toned and losing cm's. Only wish I had measured myself before i started coming along. I am feeling more confident in myself and my body and really couldn't ask for much more than that!
What led me to Box it Out was a pretty long journey. After getting out of a bad relationship and into a very very good and healthy one, my boyfriend and I really enjoyed being "foodies" and definitely went overboard on going out and over indulging and over eating a lot, which led to me gaining over 30kgs. All from good happy times, but we both needed to get back to the fit people we used to be and so started little 12 week challenges and fitness challenges here and there. We started walking then slowly started walking more and before we knew it we were jogging twice as far as we could even manage to walk when we started. Then we challenged ourselves to do the 6km city to bay and were over the moon when we finished it. In this time we also quit smoking and changed our diet and became health food "foodies". We were feeling so good but wanted more, needed to reach further and didn't know how to go about that. Years ago I did Pilates from YouTube videos so I went back to doing that and my boyfriend started running and looking into gyms. But I still wanted more and to be pushed harder. Where I work, I work in a very small team and sometimes days go by and I wont see another person, so the idea came to me to take up a group activity, make friends, be social. I had friends do boot camps and thought that might be for me but I couldn't find anything I felt comfortable with. Another girlfriend of mine did some martial art but I wasn't sure about that either. Then I remembered as a kid I wanted so badly to do kickboxing but my parents are, for lack of a better word, big hippies, and didn't want me doing that kind of thing. So kickboxing it was! After looking around, everywhere else seemed very full of themselves and tried to get across a "we are tough don't come here unless you're tough too" vibe which didn't sit well with me. After reading reviews of some of these places it was clear that they were very Ego driven places and some people had even mentioned bullying which almost put me off the whole idea completely. Then I came across Box it Out and it honestly seemed too good to be true. As a very reserved and shy person it seemed welcoming enough for me to try and step out of my shell a bit and it was even better than I had hoped! The first 2 technique sessions made me feel like I could definitely take what ever was thrown at me at the classes and I got so excited that right off the bat I was happy and comfortable and enjoying myself. Which is a huge credit to Deanna as she single handedly boosted my confidence and made me feel able to achieve what I was looking for, which is awesome! I was not expecting all of the extras that have come with being a Box it Out member. I had honestly assumed it would be learning techniques and hitting pads and that's where it would end. I did not expect the feeling of community, the online help, the goal and habit tracking and attention on mental health as well as physical. I cant stress enough how blown away I am with this group! I feel so very very lucky to have come across it and other like minded and wonderful people were also a part of it. I'm feeling so much better and like I can take on the world but I am also so excited to see how I can push myself further.
I have already recommended Box it Out to almost everyone I know, anyone at any age or level of fitness I feel could only benefit from coming along. The amazing welcoming and supportive group, the constant assistance in whatever goals you want to take on and the overall attitude is incredible.
Thanks for everything so far, if you can't already tell, I'm incredibly happy and inspired by everything Box it Out offers and can't wait to see where it takes me. - Beth M