“Don’t compare yourself to others, Take advantage of personal training, do the nutrition program, and trust the process”
What is your name?
When did you join the gym?
about a year ago.
What is your occupation?
I’m a registered nurse at the VA hospital, love working with veterans. Retiring at the end of the month.
What is your Spirit Animal?
I would have to say an “Eagle”. Very proud and strong looking bird, I would like to be able to fly like an eagle.
What is your biggest motivation in life?
My biggest motivation has to be my daughter Megan. She is 31 and has special needs. She functions at about a 2 year old level but she is so special to the whole family and we love her to death. I want to be in great physical shape so I can take care of her as long as possible. I can’t bear the thought of not being able to take care of her in our home.
What is something that you wish more people know about you?
That I am actually an introvert, don’t mind being by myself at times, spending quiet night at home. I also consider myself the adventurous type, never landed in the first plane I flew in, will let you figure that one out.
What is one funny, embarrassing or quirky thing about you?
I sneeze really loud. I don’t hold back unless I am out in public, but my family is always commenting on how loud I sneeze. I think I scare them at times and I expect I will break a rib or two someday… hahaha.
What’s your favorite quote?
“Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.” This became more special to me as I have seen more and more people around me pass away unexpectedly. Celebrate life and every moment you have.
Favorite workout fuel?
Coffee at 4am before my workout. I need a kick in the pants at those hours.
I think it would have to be dead lifts. I enjoy the challenge.
What are your biggest goals? Personal:
As I enter into retirement it will be to enjoy life, be grateful to the man upstairs for giving me one more day on this earth. I want to do some things around my property, maybe raise some chickens and have some honey bees. I also want to get more involved in my church, I am part of the media team and plan on playing a bigger role. I want to be part of my grandsons life as much as possible. I also want to stay active and healthy and workout at A1 Crossfit.
What are your biggest goals? Professional:
With me at the end of my career, I would like to try and continue to make a difference in peoples lives whatever that may be.
What are your biggest goals? Athletic:
I want to gain more muscle on this leaner frame now. May want to try participating in some type of competition or a race of some sort to challenge myself at bit more. I don’t want to be nervous trying to get up that “warped wall” at they gym.
What is the biggest thing you’ve changed the most that has most led to your success?
Participating in the Nutrition coaching at A1 Crossfit and being consistent in both my eating habits and workouts. I have this echoing in my head “trust the process,” which is really hard at times. I enjoy using the My Fitness Pal app, it’s a great tool and it keeps me accountable.
What advice do you have for new members?
I would say first, don’t compare yourself to others in the gym. It is easy to do and everyone is on a different level of fitness, this was difficult for me initially because I was so impressed with so many members and even thought to myself there is no way I can do that. Well, after a year I am able to do a lot more than I ever thought I could. Keep challenging yourself. Take advantage of personal training, coaches have so much to teach you and especially how to lift properly so you avoid injuries etc. If you have a few extra pounds or want to get leaner get involved with one of the nutrition coaches. I could go to the gym 7 days a week if I wanted, but what I did outside the gym/my eating habits was going to get my goal. I can’t thank Alex enough for encouraging me, motivating me and assisting me in my weight loss goals. You don’t have to be perfect in your attempt, you just need to be consistent in both your workout and your nutrition and you will get to where you want to be. “Trust the Process”