March 3, 2015
By Jennifer Ferguson
Though lifetime Lawrence County resident Monica Hickey appears to have her fitness life all in order by not only participating in Cross Fit, but actually owning her own box (Cross Fit business), she’s the first to admit she hasn’t always led the healthy, active lifestyle that she does today.
It was in a dressing room in June 2007 that Hickey had her, what she refers to as an “Ah Ha Breakdown.”
“I locked in after being in that fitting room and realizing my waist size was expanding from a women’s size 20 to a 22 in pants. I had walked around for years feeling miserable and finally that day, in that fitting room, I realized I had to take charge and do something about it.”
Though Hickey says she’s always “felt fat,” it was the moment in that dressing room that changed her way of thinking
I had no idea that in high school being a size 10 or 12 wasn’t as big as I thought. Just a couple of years out of high school was when I started having real weight issues. I worked my way up to a size 14…16…18…20 and when I discovered I had made it to a size 22, that was my breaking point.
Participating in workouts such as CrossFit and Yoga, Hickey has lost 95lbs and completely turned her lifestyle around.
Losing weight has helped me improve at life. I can do things now that I never imagined possible! Fun adventures such as biking, hiking and swimming. I most certainly would be in a different place today and I not walked the path I have over the last eight years. I have went from working multiple jobs to owning multiple businesses and exploring community growth and creation. None of this would have happened had I still been eating out of drive-thru restaurants for every meal and “sleep walking” 24/7. My energy level, mood and the simple strength to face each day had increased greatly! I give all the glory to God for leading me down this path and giving me the strength to continue on it.
Hickey also follows a Paleo-ish diet, she says she’s had to put in lots of work to discover what foods she is intolerant to and those that she’s not affected by. She also supplements with Omega 3, Vitamin D and Magnesium Zinc which she says helps with her levels of soreness, her mood and also rest and recovery from an intense workout or CrossFit competition.
Though she has traveled and even moved away a couple of times for school and to explore the world, Hickey says she always finds coming back to Louisa which she refers to as “home.” However, she never planned to actually open her own business there.
When I moved back to Louisa I didn’t plan on opening up a box, but realizing the amount of people that wanted a CrossFit Affiliate here it was a no brainer for my husband and I that we had to do whatever it took to keep it going. Seeing that within six months our group had grown from five members to thirty, we knew we had to do it.
Though CrossFIt Louisa is a full time commitment for Hickey, she also has recently learned to quilt, a passion of her late mothers, and also recently renewed her license as a massage therapist. Hickey credits her mother and the fellow coaches and athletes at the box with keeping her motivated.
Every person that walks through the door at CrossFit Louisa, along with every person that may possibly walk through the doors in the future keeps me going when I feel like giving up. How can I expect them to believe a word I say if I’m not fully living the lifestyle myself? Also, my mothers’ precious spirit will forever remain in my heart urging me to get back up when I fall. She was ill the majority of my life and the experiences I had with her have always inspired me to (now in honor of her life more than ever) become the healthiest I could possibly become. It is truly my greatest blessing to live each day doing what I dearly and passionately love in my hometown with my family and all the while feeling better than I ever have in my life!
Hickey advises others to always seek prayer and support when wanting to take control of their health.
“Change your lifestyle, not your diet! That’s very difficult to do alone and without others that live the healthy lifestyle you with to live. Find a coach and/or mentor who has already achieved what it is you wish to achieve. Remember, you must be coachable (it took me a long time to learn this one!) Set goals and make them public. 3,2,1…GO!!
For more information on CrossFit Louisa visit www.CrossFitLouisa.com. To coneect with Hickey and learn more about her journey, you can find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/urgelife