Stacie Tovar

Stacie Tovar completes a kettle bell deadlift in her final event at the 2017 CrossFit Games.

Sometimes you can’t see past tomorrow until you let go of yesterday. Sound cliche? It's not. It's reality.

Three months ago I competed for the last time, at the 2017 CrossFit Games. It’s been a tough transition for me to go from a competitive athlete who trains four hours a day to a fitness enthusiast who works out once a day, for an hour.

I don’t go to bed as early with the intention of getting 10 hours of sleep to recover. I wake up earlier — but to work instead of work out. I hop into group training classes at CrossFit Omaha rather than train alone. My diet is more flexible, and my weekends are free. And because I’m not demanding as much of myself in the gym, I haven’t maintained the same muscle mass.

Watching my body change, a new daily routine — all of this is so foreign to me. I’ve been doing it my way for so long that naturally I’ve had a hard time adjusting.

Thankfully, I have a great team in my corner and lofty ambitions to help me keep me grounded during this transition phase. There’s also my never-ending need and love for fitness. I will continue to build on the years of hard work I’ve put in and the legacy we’ve created here at CrossFit Omaha. The only difference now, is that I want to give back more than I ever received.

I realize that I have experience under my belt that couldn’t be duplicated by most human beings. I want to teach, educate, and share all the knowledge and expertise that I’ve acquired over the past decade. I’m ready to invest in others now and pass along opportunities for them to succeed. I’m committed to the future of my business and accomplishing my professional goals. We are looking forward to launching an online business geared toward helping other gym owners with their fitness programming, and I’m designing more workouts than ever for our clients.

I posted about my recent transition on social media the other day. I shared the things that have kept me anchored and how I’m finally looking forward to life after competition and crushing my new goals. I asked my followers if any of them were going through a transitional period of their own and encouraged them to tell me what’s keeping them grounded.

The response was inspiring and uplifting. I find so much comfort in knowing that I am not the only one dealing with an uncertain future. I loved hearing about all the new challenges that others are facing and what they depend on most to help them stay levelheaded.

I heard from new and expecting mothers, students getting ready to graduate and adults making career changes to pursue their true passion. For some that meant going back to school and for others that means thinking with their heart now instead of their wallet.

I heard from several who were leaving the military after serving for many years. A few had joined the armed forces. I heard from many who were taking the plunge and starting their own business.

Among what keeps them anchored: the prospect of a new career, family, significant others, kids, books, positive people, God, stillness, forward thinking, looking at the big picture, seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, knitting, sewing and fitness.

The most constant theme was family and leaning on loved ones for much needed support through transition. One even mentioned the loss of a loved one recently as the motivation behind leaving a secure job for something different — her driving force being the loss and a passion for helping others.

If you find yourself facing a tough transition like me and many others this season, remember that you are not alone. Focus on the opportunities that lie ahead, not just the challenges. Ultimately it is up to you to make it happen — but don’t be afraid to rely on the things and people you love most to help keep you grounded through the change.

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