I am a 36 year old mother of a 10 year old daughter, Ella and 7 year old son, Gavin.  I am the Charge Nurse/Unit Supervisor at Saint Alphonsus Boise and have been working on the general surgical/trauma floor for 13 yrs as an RN.   I am a wife, mom, nurse, cook, laundress, maid, tutor, accountant, volunteer, and chauffeur that wanted to work on my health and fitness with a new found passion starting over a year ago. I have the opposite attributes of what I would imagine a CrossFit person would have including being uncoordinated, clumsy and I would never have called myself an athlete.   I was a straight A student that filled my after-school days with high school musical rehearsals.   Being active has always been very important to me but most of my exercise programs have been exercise videos, boot camps, and very little weight training, all of which caused boredom and failure.

CrossFit makes me feel so proud of myself.  I’ll never forget Tony’s comment, “Everyone’s got to start from somewhere.”  This is so true, and CrossFit works for people at any level and at any age.  I was extremely excited when I got to put weights on my bar, when I was able to jump on a 20 in box and swing a 35 lb kettle bell.  Nothing can describe how powerful it feels to participate among elite athletes!

CrossFit is a way to challenge yourself while being cheered on by peers.  Why else would we all be there at 5am!!   The greatest change for me was with the pairing of CrossFit with Paleo.   I have had great success with the support and guidance from Trina and fellow challengers.   I have my success and failures with food but this foundation was a true gift and will forever stay with me.

If you had told me a year ago the day after I completed half of a modified WOD and almost died that this would be my new passion I would have laughed in your face.  CrossFit is ever challenging, forever keeping things exciting for me, and very addicting.  I have been going 2 days a week but try to complete WODs at home as well.   There are many WODs that include running so with this I have challenged myself to running and have so far achieved my 5 mile goal.

My goal is to keep progressing with CrossFit.  I have seen so many people progress and it is very inspiring!   I have some work ahead of me.   My kids are active with lacrosse, soccer, skiing, and I want to be an active family.  I have found my inner athlete with the help of Trina, Tony and ALL the support from the team.  I try to do something active every day for myself and to set a healthy example for my family.   It just makes for a better day!