How/when did you get involved in CrossFit?
In August 2018 I was looking to make a big change – I had finally been cleared to be more active after years of chronic injury and recovering from ankle surgery and saw the Primary 6 Week Challenge on Facebook. I had a feeling this was what I needed to lose the weight I had gained over the years and regain the strength I had lost so I went and signed up a week later. I fell in love with the community at Primary and felt so passionate about the improvements I made during that time that I stuck around!
Do you remember your first workout? How was it?
I’m very thankful that my first workout was with a couple great ladies that were coming back from being away from CrossFit for a bit so Ramon gave us sort of a “CrossFit Basic Breakdown” and went through a lot of core movements to get us started. Although it was a workout full of basics, I was so sore for days. I can truly say I’ve been sore ever since.
Favorite lift and WOD?
Probably either a front or back squat, and any WOD involving double-unders and/or sit ups like Annie!
What about your least favorite?
What are your fitness/health goals?
Now that I’ve lost 42 pounds since before I started CrossFit 5 months ago, I want to maintain this weight and continue to build my strength, especially in my upper body. I’m determined to get a strict pull-up and get those handstands down! I also am working on stamina and can’t wait to get back outside and run when it warms up.
Is there a specific diet or nutritional habit that helps you with your goals?
Changing my diet as a part of the 6 week challenge has changed my life and has created amazing habits that stuck. I like to call my diet “Paleo Light”, sticking mostly to meats/fish, nuts, vegetables, some fruits, but I don’t beat myself up if I stray a bit here and there. My philosophy is that I’d rather save the calories/carbs/dairy for something that truly matters in moderation (like the occasional pizza, my fave) instead of just eating them all the time. Also, I have gotten so much better at meal planning and grocery shopping versus getting delivery or eating out for almost every meal.
What motivates you?
Knowing that I’m already doing more than I ever thought I could so I know I can do even more in time; knowing how I’m setting myself up for a long, healthy, future by making these lifestyle and fitness changes; and the amazing friends I’ve made in the process!
Do you have any advice for new members?
I got great advice from a friend who says “I’ve never regretted going to the gym, but I always regret not going” – so just show up and make the most of it. Don’t be afraid to try something because you a) can always scale it and b) might be super talented without ever knowing. Also, you’ll always be sore.
What do you hope to achieve in the coming year?
Pull ups and handstands.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I’m so thankful for everything I’ve gotten out of my time so far at Primary and am looking forward to a full year together with our amazing community!