1) What got you into CrossFit?
– I’ve dealt with various health issues my entire life, the most difficult being Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Polycystic Ovarian Disease – both autoimmune disorders characterized by chronic fatigue, hair loss, muscle weakness, rapid/uncontrollable weight gain, joint stiffness and depression. I was literally trapped in a body that was killing itself from the inside out. I’ve watched the CrossFit Games and American Ninja Warrior for years but knew I would never be able to do anything even remotely similar because of my health issues. After years of doctors visits and trial runs with medication or elimination diets, I was finally healthy enough to start participating in life again and I was ready to experience CrossFit first hand.
2) What is/are the biggest changes you’ve noticed?
– My confidence level is through the roof. I no longer obsess about the numbers on a scale or the size of clothing, now I focus on the number on the barbell and the size of the box I’m jumping.
3) What do you enjoy most about CrossFit?
– The camaraderie is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. Not once has anyone ever made me feel like I didn’t belong, in fact I’ve never felt more at home. Everyone at GrassFed is happy to be there and happy to see you from the moment you walk in.
4) What do you find the biggest challenge to be?
– Patience. I am not a patient person by any stretch of the imagination but it’s so important to cut yourself a little slack and know that eventually you’ll reach whatever goal you’re trying to obtain.
5) What would you say is your favorite moment and why?
– RX’ing my first hero WOD, Jack. This was special for a number of reasons, one being that only a few months ago I was nauseous at the idea of jumping even a little stack of plates and now to be able to jump 20″, land and not break anything is a huge accomplishment.
More importantly, I have a number of friends and family members who are either presently serving or have retired from various branches of the military. To be able to participate in a WOD dedicated to someone who gave their life to protect our country is a huge honor and a reminder of how lucky I am that everyone I love who is serving or had served is safe.
6) What would you say to someone who is hesitant to try CrossFit?
– You literally have nothing to lose and even if it’s not for you, you can brag that you tried CrossFit once.
7) What challenges lie ahead that you’re most excited about?
– My goal for 2016 is to do a strict pull-up. I think it’s also like to nail double unders and stop whipping myself with the jump-rope.
8) What’s your ideal workout?
– I love rowing and the strongman aspect of CrossFit but really if the whiteboard doesn’t have a single burpee, I’m happy.
9) Anything you would like to add/say?
– It’s completely surreal that I’m being recognized as the athlete of the month. I’m not someone who participated in sports growing up and I’ve never considered myself athletic (I landed myself in the hospital after a particularly challenging yoga class once). I’ve always dreamt about joining CrossFit but due to my health issues, I never thought it would be a possibility for me. I don’t have the words to express the gratitude and love I have for everyone at GrassFed but especially for Chad, Candice, and Chris – without their patience, positivity and guidance I’m 100% sure I would have quit after the first week. I also owe a huge thank you to my swole-mate, work wife and 1/2 of team “#catnap”, Courtney – you don’t know how thankful I am that you agreed to join CrossFit with me.