Born in Crosby, Minnesota and raised in Temple, Texas. We kids kept our Northern accents for a good while but finally turned into Texans. No spouse or kids of my own that I know of.
I’m an office worker and for years was content with going home and being a fast-food-eating couch-potato which led to me becoming severely obese. Exercise was hard and uncomfortable at my size so I avoided it.
In Oct 2015, I was asked to join a practice Pilates class so I agreed to do one class with no intention of doing any more. I was honestly shocked I made it through the class and the next day I did another class. Then after surviving my first spin class I began taking Pilates and spin classes each week.
With the combination of taking a lot of classes each week and putting myself on a calorie deficit I lost 85 pounds over a period of 8 months. I am fortunate to have had Coach Kathleen’s nutritional programming guide me safely with my macros during that last half until I reached my final goal weight.
How did you get interested in Crossfit?
CrossFit never even crossed my mind (get it?) until Coach Kathleen suggested I add strength training to my workouts to balance out all the cardio I was getting. She mentioned how CrossFit Cataclysm had such an amazing fitfam that I couldn’t help but choose this location for my strength training and to see if CrossFit was for me. It took me a few months to get the courage to make my way here because I didn’t think I had what it took to do CrossFit. With her encouragement I finally got here, loved the coaches, the gym, the belief system, signed up for 101 foundation classes and found my new home.
When your motivation is down, how do find the drive to get up and come in?
I wish I had a more positive answer but to be brutally honest I am pretty harsh on myself so the fear of undoing all my hard work of losing weight and the guilt of skipping a class because I might miss out on a strength or skill or will somehow get behind keeps me coming day after day (although it did get explained to me early on that strength and skill movements are repeated in classes so I will always have opportunities to learn and work on them).
The workouts are hard for me and I do struggle mentally and physically so on those days that I want to stop coming I think of the improvements that I’ve made and I don’t want to lose that strength level I’ve achieved so that is the main drive that brings me back each day.
I still have so much to learn about finding balance in my life when it comes to eating, resting, attitude, working out and having a life outside the gym.
What is your least favorite movement?
Right now, push-ups are a source of frustration for me because I can’t do them well AT ALL and I feel like I should by now.
What is your next goal that Crossfit Cataclysm can help you reach?
The next goals I’m working toward are achieving pull-ups, multiple T2Bs, more double-unders and getting better at push-ups. Oh, and to get better at the pizza game because I suck – just kidding that’s SO not a goal but I do suck.
I also look forward to hitting more triple digit numbers in my lifting but that will all come with time.
What would you say to someone that has never tried Crossfit and is looking to get started? Tips, advice?
What delayed me from getting into CrossFit was thinking I wasn’t fit enough to do it. I had it in my head that I couldn’t be overweight and needed to be stronger but I was wrong. Some people think that CrossFit is just for people in their twenties and thirties. I would tell people that age, weight and fitness level are not reasons to stop someone from trying CrossFit.
What is so great about these CrossFit classes are the scaling for any person’s fitness level and age, the workouts are posted ahead of time so you know what to expect, the coaches demonstrate all the moves in class, progression is not rushed and is encouraged to take place over time and the coaches will modify movements for injuries.
By doing CrossFit and strength training I have never felt better, stronger or more empowered in my life. I am so glad to be here doing this and if it weren’t for Coach Kathleen I would not be at this great box taught by amazing coaches and surrounded by such wonderful and inspirational members.