29 Sep Ninja Recognition
Dianna Moses has overcome physical, emotional pain and chronic illness. She has encountered every reason why to NOT exercise, but see understands the value in it and how it’s helped overcome many adversities.
Dianna is selfless in workouts. She gives you everything she’s got. That’s why we want to recognize her hard work and show that it does pay off.
If you’ve been at CrossFit 8 Mile for more than a minute you’ve heard “It’s not all sunshine and rainbows”…….but when its, celebrate! Dianna is basking in the sunlight now. Well done Lady. You’ve earned it.
Dianna’s CrossFit Story:
I started CrossFit 7 years ago. I was 46 years old at the time and felt like I was in the worst shape of my life. I had been “in shape” before having been married to a bodybuilder for several years, I half-heartedly adopted the lifestyle. I also loved powerlifting. I was around weights all my life; I grew up with a brother who was passionate about powerlifting. However, after I got divorced, having the strain of being a single parent and lack of adherence, I let myself go.
I was taught that women don’t lift weights, and it’s considered “manly”. To top it off, I was also taught it’s selfish to make yourself a priority. Little did I realize, if you don’t treat your body right and make it a priority, it will come back to haunt you. My body had finally taken the hit of years of an unhealthy environment, poor nutrition habits, and the pervasive feeling of selfishness and shame for even thinking of making myself a priority.
At the time, K’wame and I were running Cross-country 3-4 days a week. I remember thinking, “Sooo, OK, I can run in the woods over hills and rough terrain, why isn’t this enough and why isn’t this working?” I thought I was doing enough to improve my health.
Suddenly, I was faced with the reality of being diagnosed as having Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease of the thyroid. I had watched my father become disabled by bone loss after the removal of a diseased thyroid. His bones were very brittle after this and while experiencing a heart attack, during the revival process, his chest bones were shattered. I was weak, overweight, falling asleep anywhere, having dizzy spells, going through menopause, struggling with PTSD and grappling with two of my children being diagnosed with devastating, chronic illnesses. I felt beat up and beat down. The doctor prescribed medication and sent me on my way.
One day, K’wame excitedly approached me about CrossFit. He said he had done some research and that we should try it. He said it was “functional” fitness and involved Olympic weightlifting. I was intrigued, “I get to lift weights?”. Now that sounded right up my alley. I’ve been hooked ever since.
Why she continues to do CrossFit:
I continue to do CrossFit because it keeps me physically and emotionally strong and at a very basic level, makes me feel like I can survive anything. Quality of life is a priority. That includes tending to my physical, emotional and spiritual health. At some of the lowest times in my life, I walked through those CrossFit 8 Mile doors and felt a part of something bigger than myself.
Cleans and lunges.
Least favorite movements:
Burpees and pull ups
My goals as I ‘mature’ is to become leaner, stronger and maintain my JustFit nutrition program. I want to be a lean, mean, fighting machine! I don’t have to be the strongest or the best to anyone else, I just want to be able to survive stress, maintain a high-quality life, be a good example to others and lift heavy shit!