A book I can read in a day: How I Became The Fittest Woman On Earth: My Story So Far by Tia-Clair Toomey.

I signed up for Crossfit late last year when I realised I needed to expand my horizons. 2019 was a MASSIVE year. My hubby was posted to another state, to a city I knew no one and I had to figure out my new normal. The job part was simple, I was able to transfer within my company, however in the 12 months since the move, I have changed locations twice, which essentially meant new people and a new normal at each place. I’m not a normal military wife, in that we don’t have military friends, so I was mainly alone.

I was pretty worried about Crossfit since I am not a fitness person (and indeed, am at least 30 kilos overweight), but I went for a trial class and let me do a handstand. Right-o. I’m in. Since then, I have been watching the documentaries and reading the odd book – namely Dottir by Katrin Davidsdottir.

One day I had a few free hours, so got stuck into How I Became The Fittest Woman On Earth. I didn’t find the writing particularly amazing I think she would have done well to fire her editor, but I enjoyed the tone. It was like chatting with my girlfriends. It was so typically Australian, and the slang made me smile as well as my familiarity with the places.

For someone who is the fittest woman on earth, I found Tia-Clair very relatable. It wasn’t all focused on fitness, but it complimented it. Her relationship with her boyfriend/coach Shane felt familiar. I laughed when she said that she hated Crossfit when she first went there. It aligned with the panic attack I had when walking in the door.

I’m keeping this short and sweet, as the book itself is relatively short and sweet, definitely easy reading, once you get past the terrible editing. I probably wouldn’t buy this book, but borrow it from the library given a chance, but if you are interested in Crossfit, it’ll do for a few hours and you’ll walk away feeling like you’ve just had coffee and caught up with a lovely friend.

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