Today is a hard day. It’s a day I had no idea would affect me so much. Today, one of my best friend’s (Jon) is leaving for the Air Force.  And this man is very special to me. He’s not only incredibly good looking, driven, and intelligent BUT he’s a phenomenal CrossFitter….and the one reason I even started CrossFit. I did my first pull up with this man. I learned how to kip, learned how to power clean, learned how to climb a rope, learned how to snatch, all with Jon. I cried through my first wod with him, did my first competition with him, and cooked my very first paleo meal with him. I owe my entire lifestyle to this one man. If I hadn’t met Jon, I would have never stepped foot into a CrossFit gym, I would have never EVER thought about eating paleo, and I sure as hell wouldn’t know the amazing people that I know now.

Jon showed me what CrossFit is all about. He showed me what perseverance really is. What heart looks like. Jon showed me a world full of endless possibilities. Without him my life would not look like what it does today. I would not be a CrossFit coach. I would not have a PaleOMG page. I would not have a PaleOhMyGoodnes Twitter account. I would not have a Facebook Newsfeed filled with people talking about how CrossFit has changed their life today. And I would not be near as happy as I am today. I can say without a doubt in my mind that Jon has shaped the person I am today.

So I sit here crying as I write this post. I cry because I know exactly how true this man is. How caring he is. How amazing he is. And I am absolutely so happy for him to start a new chapter in his life. To brave the unknown and to take on new opportunities. I have no idea when I will see him next, no clue to when I will compete in another CrossFit competition with him again, and no glimpse of cooking for him anytime soon. But I do know one thing, I know how lucky I am to have known this man, to have called him my boyfriend at one point, and to have spent some of the best moments of my life with him there.

Thank you Jon. Thank you for everything you have done for me and given to me. You have no idea the impact you have had on my life and I cannot come close to even explaining my appreciation. Good luck out there. Show the world what you’re capable of.

Picture Timeline!!!

Jon's Second home: CrossFit Parker

Our first competition. I had no idea what the hell I was doing.

Our second competition. Our pic made it in the fitness section of the paper!

MBS Turkey Challenge 2010-our 3rd competition

We both won 'Helen' at Alpine CrossFit

He was one of my counters a Regionals. Pretty amazing since he was the one who had started me in CrossFit just a year earlier and was there to cheer me on