MY RHAPSODY: From an unhappy emotional eater to a vivacious athlete, Jennifer Bellini shares her journey of reclaiming joy, finding strength and challenging herself with Rhapsody CrossFit in Charleston.
What is your story?
In my late 30’s I found myself 40 pounds overweight due to extreme emotional eating. I woke up one day, looked at myself in the mirror and thought – this is my life?! I was unhappy physically, mentally and emotionally. I knew I had to make changes if I wanted to feel good about myself, and I realized I was the only one who could make me happy.
Then and there, I made some major life decisions to move forward in my journey to become healthier and happier. I joined a local fitness studio, hired a personal trainer, learned how to eat clean and did a metric ton of personal development.
It took me a couple of years, but I lost all my excess weight, started to gain muscle mass and completely transformed my mindset about eating and life all together. I am proud to say that I have maintained a clean healthy lifestyle now for almost 4 years!
What brought you to Rhapsody CrossFit?
My boyfriend, Keith, actually came home from his first class at Rhapsody, and told me I just had to try a class. I was real hesitant at first because all I could think about was how intimidating CrossFit appeared to me, and I didn’t have any experience.
My perception of CrossFit was a big warehouse smelling of sweat, filled with super muscular athletes, and workouts way out of my league. However, I tried my first Rhapsody CrossFit class and I was immediately addicted.
What have you gotten out of your experience with Rhapsody CrossFit?
I have learned so much about my personal strength, stamina and drive to become a better athlete. CrossFit workouts are challenging me in so many different ways. If you told me three months ago I would be climbing ropes, performing ring dips, back squatting heavy ass weight, jumping on 30’ boxes, snatching barbells over my head, doing double-unders and much more, I would have laughed!
Starting with zero experience and watching my growth in all aspects of CrossFit, it’s not only an amazing feeling of accomplishment but a dose of humility, which leaves me wanting to strive to reach bigger goals.
The determination and mindset required to complete the daily CrossFit WODs can take some digging – when going for that PR or trying a new exercise it can be extremely humbling, and I love the feeling I get when I accept the challenge!
What has being a part of the Rhapsody CrossFit community meant to you?
I absolutely love the Rhapsody CrossFit community. From the moment I walked through the doors I felt so welcomed. I am accepted by everyone for who I am; there is no judgment. The community cultivates a healthy competitive environment. All the members are so friendly and inviting. The staff takes the time to get to know you as a person and as an athlete. They support and encourage you, while pushing you to become the best version of yourself!
Follow Jennifer’s fitness journey here.
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