What/who made you decide to try BICF and join our “Founders Club”?
I decided to try BICF because Coach Brandi finally convinced me that every activity scales! I had been afraid of these types of workouts my whole life but knew that I needed to start building muscle in order to achieve some real change in my weight loss and fitness efforts. I joined the Founders Club because just weeks – days even – after my first couple of workouts, I was addicted! I really can’t imagine it not being a part of my life at this point.
What has been the most significant change for you since joining BICF (physical, mental, social, health, etc)?
It really is all of the above! It is emotional, it is physical, it is psychological. The huge boost to my confidence level in all areas of my life is extraordinary. If I have to narrow it down, it is my newfound ability to keep up with my three kids – I can carry them around the house, I can play on the floor with them and not worry about whether I can get up, I am NOT the sad mom sitting on the sidelines any more. I am a role model for them, and that means the world to me.
What is your favorite thing about BICF?
I feel on top of the world after every workout. Not just sometimes… after every workout! Coach Brandi knows exactly how to bring out the best “me” for every WOD. It is competitive without being antagonistic, and it is so rewarding and fun to see what new ways I can push myself.
What are your favorite/least favorite movements?
My newest favorite movement is the Overhead Squat. It is the epitome of what I thought I could never do – completing a squat with a bar over my head simultaneously. I also like situps, because after having 3 C-Sections, I thought those would never happen either, and mine have come so far so fast. Least favorite would be Air Bike and Bulgarian Split Squats. The Air Bike sucks your soul – that simple. The split squats are outrageously challenging for me still, my knees and balance are a work in progress.
What are your personal goals/aspirations for 2017?
I’d still like to lose around 20 pounds, but the weight loss is no longer the driving force. I’d like to be a size 8/10 which would be smaller than I’ve ever been in my adult life (I was a size 12 by the time I was in middle school, and a 14/16 in high school). I just want to keep getting better at all the movements, incrementally lift more weight, and overall just feel like I can physically do whatever I want to do. I guess if I were to pick something specific, I would like to do unassisted pull ups, double-unders, and box jumps onto an actual box.
What has been your biggest accomplishment since starting CrossFit?
That’s a good question! I almost feel like every subsequent WOD is my biggest accomplishment because I keep getting better and better and better. But to narrow it down, my biggest accomplishment was buying a couple pair of size 12 jeans. I hadn’t worn size 12 since I was in 7th grade.
Share something we don’t know about you.
I have never been one for extended tropical vacations, even though in the past I’d pretend I was. I think I was never comfortable in my body and hated being in shorts much less a bathing suit. Now, it’s all I can do to stop planning some great hot vacation, where all I do is hang out on a beach or in a pool with a swim up bar. I feel like the world is opening up to me.