Occupation: High school nurse
Illumine Family Member Since: April 2015
- How did you get started with CrossFit?My great friend since high school Jill Pasia invited me to the wine and wod in February. I had a blast with her and Ashley Albazi as well as all the other ladies that night. After being over served by hot shirtless men I was sold, I started the April onramp.
- Favorite and least favorite WOD and/or movement? My favorite movement is probably squats or the split jerk. My least favorite movement is probably wallballs since I’m height challenged. I love every wod no matter how brutal (and they all are) because they help me feel great.
- Give us a long term AND short term fitness goal: My long term goal is to string together more double unders and pullups. My short term goal is to keep improving my strength and time during wods.
- What would you tell someone that is on the fence about CrossFit and not sure whether they should give it a try or not?I tell anyone and everyone about my love for CrossFit (I have definitely drank the Kool-Aid). I think anyone who is looking to greatly improve their life emotionally and from a health stand point should give it a shot. My thought process has always been don’t knock something until you try it and I truly believe if people give CrossFit a chance they too would fall in love with it, especially at Illumine.
- What is your proudest CrossFit accomplishment thus far? I’m so proud everyday just to come and workout with some amazing athletes and I know how cheesy that sounds. I’ve done things recently that I haven’t had the opportunity to try or do in at least 20 years. Two that pop into my mind are rope climb and pullups (I can only do 2 in a row but it’s a start).
- Tell us something about you that nobody knows, preferably an embarrassing story!I have too many embarrassing stories and most I shouldn’t share because everyone would look at me funnier than they already do. I guess most embarrassing and maybe humiliating is that I ate McDonald’s breakfast every morning while pregnant with my first daughter, it was a craving I couldn’t fight. I got so huge that everyone thought I was carrying multiples and the best part is I had a tiny 6 pound baby.
- If you could workout with ANYONE…who would it be and why? I would love to workout with my mom because she has never stuck to any workout program and would love the community and sense of accomplishment doing CrossFit gives.
- If you could have dinner with 3 people, any lifetime, who and why? I’m sentimental so I’d choose two friends and an Uncle I lost much too soon whom I loved breaking bread with; one passed at 28 from pulmonary fibrosis he and I went out to eat all the time and shared tons of laughs; my other friend also passed at 28 from lung cancer (never smoked a day in his life), he was big into kick boxing and would have loved CrossFit; and lastly my Uncle who overdosed at 33 whom I have tons of fun memories with, they all died much too young and are missed daily by many.
- What do you love most about Crossfit Illumine? I know everyone says it but community. I’ve never been to a place where everyone is so kind and caring to one another that includes other workout establishments, churches I’ve belonged to, work environments, etc. Everyone can belong at illumine and thrive here.
- What is your favorite quote and/or motto…one that you live by? The two quotes I live by are “It’s not about how many breaths you take it’s about the moments that take your breath away” and “lifes short live each day to its fullest”. I have no clue who said either but it’s how I try to live each day.
- How has CrossFit changed your life? Crossfit has helped me to get my groove back so to speak. I have always been active/athletic; I’ve run marathons and half marathons, I kick boxed, I belonged to gyms; nothing has kicked my ass back into shape like crossfit. I have lost 4 dress sizes since joining, I’ve gained confidence I had lost, I feel stronger, healthier, and happier then I have in years. I love that my girls can see me as a strong confident women. The other day they told me I have bigger muscles then daddy which isn’t true but certainly put a smile on my face. Crossfit is a daily challenge that keeps me on my toes and I leave each day feeling better than when I arrived.