- How old are you? I’m 45 years old – I am from Ogden,Utah and I have 3 amazing daughters and 1 pretty awesome husband.
- When did you begin CrossFit? I began doing CrossFit 3 years ago!
- What inspired you to start? My husband and I had been doing the Insanity program and a friend said “oh if you like that come try CrossFit, you’ll love it!” So we did (try it) and well…we did (LOVE it)! I started with a partner WOD one Saturday and my partner was this tiny little girl. Part of the workout included having to farmer carry each other across the gym and back. I told my partner “oh I am way too heavy for you” to which she said “oh no you’re not”! She then picked me up, threw me over her shoulder and practically ran the length of the gym. I was hooked!! I knew I wanted some of that…..
- Why do you continue to CrossFit? I continue to do CrossFit because I love everything about this sport! I love the community, the commitment, the intensity, the feeling I get when I complete the workout and knowing I just gave it everything I had and actually found a little more and threw that in too! It is my sanity keeper!!
- What is your greatest accomplishment in CrossFit? I just became a level 1 trainer!! Plus – in October my husband and I became part owners in Mt Ogden CrossFit, the gym that we go to!
- What life lessons have you learned from CrossFit? No matter how impossible something seems, just start, it’s usually the hardest part! I may struggle, sweat, cry, might even bleed – but I will not quit!
- What do you struggle with most in CrossFit? I struggle most with beating myself up for not being able to do certain things – like the muscle up! My internal dialogue says “I have been doing CrossFit long enough, I should know how by now”.
- What are your current CrossFit goals? I have a few goals! I would love to get my first muscle up and I would love to handstand walk!
- How has CrossFit made you a better person? It has made me a better person because I’ve learned to see the value in everything! I see the value of being healthy versus sick, and knowing the for the most part I am in control of my own health! I am more patient with my own kids! I am teaching them at a much younger age the importance of eating to live instead of living to eat, as well as being physically active! I’ve learned the value of not quitting! No mater how daunting a task may seem, you can do it – just start the clock!
As a side note – at the bottom of Kristie’s email she signs off with a quote that I found to be spot on – for isn’t this what CrossFit is all about?
Love is the absence of judgment!
Thanks for sharing your story Kristie!
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