I first met Abby when she started CrossFit a couple of years ago. If you were to sit down and talk with Abby, you would find yourself wanting to become friends with her. She is the kind of person who builds people up and is not a gossip. Abby struggled with not feeling like she fit in with the common body image society tells us we should look like. After much work and determination she has not only found her strength, she has found comfort in her own skin.
Meet Abby Gittin;
I am currently living in a state of overwhelming relief. Relief that I no longer need to fit into any box of what the “perfect” female body should look like. After 30 years of existence, I have had an incredible weight lifted from my shoulders. Every now and again, that evil 300lb son-of-a-bitch tries to weigh me down with it’s god-awful opinions of what the perfect body should look like. Then I remember how awesome it is to be strong, fit, and healthy, rather than weak, skinny, and sickly.
Before finding CrossFit two and a half years ago, my main influences on what a “beautiful”, “hot”, or “sexy” female body was came from working in the automotive industry for ten years- a male-dominated industry with stick thin models everywhere you look; or my male friends- who possibly are insecure about their own body images and mock girls with muscles; or mainstream TV and photo shopped- galore magazines; or my personal experiences growing up “big-boned”(which some glass half-full folks might call “athletic”) and always comparing myself to my super thin, petite female friends.
I remember walking into CrossFit Bel Air in 2013 and my jaw almost dropped on the chalk and sweat covered floor. I saw beautiful, muscular women doing amazing and powerful things with their bodies. My first reaction was just that: “These women are awesome!” Then, the voice of influencing evil crept in: “They are too muscular, women with muscles are unattractive.” Where was this devil voice coming from? This was not my voice. After all, the whole reason I wanted to try CrossFit was to become strong! These women were just that and more!
A few months went by of doing CrossFit, and wanting to die during almost every workout, but feeling an amazing sense of accomplishment afterwards. At the same time, I had started eating a Paleo diet and became more concerned with my overall health and well being. After about six months I started to feel amazing. My horrible year-round allergies had vanished for good, I was sleeping a full eight hours every night and waking up with energy, I wasn’t getting sick at all and I was feeling much better about my body image.
This was only the beginning of my success. Flash forward to now, 2.5 year later, I am in 100 times better shape than I was before I started CrossFit, my health is better than it has ever been, I am strong as hell and getting stronger every damn day, and I feel beautiful, sexy and confident in my amazing, capable body.
Instead of being angry with my “big-boned” body like I used to be, I thank my “athletic” body every day for the amazing things it allows me to do. I am more muscular than ever, and you know what? I LOVE IT! Not only do I love it, but my husband does too! I no longer cringe when someone complements me about my thick thighs or muscular back; after all, I work damn hard for them!
What happened to that wretched voice that previously told me that females should not be muscular? I discovered that it was an ugly voice belonging to weak and insecure individuals. Those two traits no longer define me.