I love the ability to come to any class and feel like I’m at home with my people.
I was born and raised in Montana and met my husband (Adam) while attending Carroll College. We just never left Helena after that. We now have two young girls, I work as an engineer and love to serve my church.
After months of discussion with one of my co-workers, Casey Pearson Craig, about how she was able to look so fit (seriously…have you seen her muscles?), I decided to bite the proverbial bullet and try something completely foreign to me. I had never “lifted weights” before in my life. So, in July of 2017 I did my on-ramp. I continued to attend FireTower CrossFit classes on a very inconsistent basis over the next 11 months and was getting frustrated with my lack of progress. I finally decided I needed an accountability partner, who happened to be in a similar life stage that I was. My dear friend Heather Snyder is one of the main reasons I have been both consistent in my attendance and continue to keep pushing myself. We set up a system that worked for us, and after 3 workouts a week wasn’t enough, we set a goal of 4 workouts a week—that was her idea, not mine. I went with it and I am so thankful that I did.
I love the ability to come to any class and feel like I’m at home with my people. Life is crazy and I don’t have a set time to do CrossFit, but I know I’m welcome at any class. Also, I don’t often push myself hard enough without outside encouragement. I am fine going through the motions because even going through the motions is a great workout. The encouragement I get from the coaches as well as each coach’s ability to work around my many quirks have been some of the sustaining factors of my repeated attendance. I am still terrified of being upside-down, I am working hard to develop at least a little upper body strength and I continue to reverse what my children did to my core. So you will often hear me say, “I can’t do that…yet.” Even so, I never feel inadequate or that I don’t measure up, because CrossFit is “infinitely scalable.” Lastly, I started attending the new nutrition class. I absolutely loved what it has done for my energy and am confident that the fuel I am giving myself helps not only with my workouts, but with my every-day life as well.
CrossFit, like life, should not always be taken so seriously. Many times I find myself feeling like a doofus and I simply start laughing, more at myself than anything else. Choose joy often, and after time, it will choose you.