Erika Fraley

The beginning of 2016 was definitely a rough start to a life changing year. I was suffering through a heart wrenching and devastating breakup, was in the process of moving back to my parents’ house while searching for a new job, and every day I struggled with my self-image. Over the course of 3 years, I had gained well over 40 pounds and lost even more of my confidence. I no longer knew the girl on the other side of the mirror staring back at me. She looked sad, lonely, and unhealthy. I did not like her.  

I was desperate to make a permanent change.

Soon after moving back to my parents’ house, I started a new job in West Chester. Every day, I would pass a building with a green awning that read CROSSFIT CORNERSTONE. I would shake it off and continue on my way to work, thinking there was no possible way I could even hang with the “Crossfitters.” But, the following day I would pass it again. I began relating it to one of those annoying alarm clocks that would only snooze for a short time and then start screaming again, forcing you to wake up out of a dead sleep. I took it as a sign and made a big leap into the unknown.

On May 24th, 2016 I nervously stepped into the Cornerstone world and it was then that my life changed forever.

Cornerstone has become my sanctuary. Outside of work, it is where I spend majority of my time and is the light at the end of my every day tunnel. Crossfit is the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but I never feel inferior to the person standing next to me, despite the restrictions I may have. We, including the coaches, are a team and community, supporting each other in our own personal journeys and rooting for the other’s success. I have made many lifelong friends with some of the sincerest and selfless people I’ve ever come in contact with. Without them, I wouldn’t be in the good place of my life that I’m in now.

Here we are 10 months later… So far I have lost 22 pounds and have gained so much more than just muscle. It hasn’t been easy, and I would be lying if I said I’ve never cried during or after a workout… especially if it involved running but it has been the most rewarding and empowering experience I’ve endured thus far. My body continues to surprise me every single day and I truly believe the sky is the limit.

It’s easy to say that Crossfit Cornerstone and the people surrounding it saved me from the darkness I was living in. Today, when I look in the mirror, I see a happier and healthier person with glowing confidence staring back. I love her.

Seneca Seley