I started CrossFit in November 2010. I didn’t know what it was for a long time. I just kept showing up because I wanted to be stronger and in shape for a Tough Mudder. Even though I didn’t finish the Tough Mudder because I got hypothermia I still continued my CrossFit journey. I wanted to lift heavy weights and do gymnastics. I did get stronger and am able to do all kinds of things. Throughout the years I had setbacks. We all do. It’s how we decide to respond to change is what makes us succeed or fail. I chose to adapt and I came out stronger on the other side. I had ACL and meniscus reconstruction in 2013. This gave me the opportunity to relearn movement pathways for the better. I continued to reflect on my training and do what was best for my body and focused on the intent of the programming. In 2018 I welcomed the birth of my son. I took this opportunity to relearn my body and it’s new functionality. Now my focus is on movement, to be healthy and strong for my son.
I have met the enemy and it is me. It’s so hard to see progress because you see yourself every day. Take notes along your journey. Surround yourself with supportive people. Those people will help you put yourself into perspective. Constantly reflect on how far you’ve come. I’ve had setbacks but those have made me mentally stronger than I was before. Learn from everything, good and bad. You’ll be better for it.
I love watching people grow. If I can help one person do something they never thought they could do, I’m happy. I want people to see what they’re capable of and that transfers over to things outside of the gym. It’s not always about fitness of the body, it’s about fitness of the mind.