Tell us about yourself, hobbies, interests, family, job, etc.
 I am a medically retired vet from the USMC and a full time mom to the most wonderful little girl. I have two younger brothers and an older sister. I like video games, cooking, organizing, and DIYs/crafts.
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
My mom talked me into going to a CrossFit class with her back in February 2022 and I fell in love immediately!
What do you remember about your first CrossFit experience?
Oh goodness me. I can’t even remember yesterday. Lol. But I do remember the shocked faces of everyone when I climbed up a rope. I haven’t climb a rope since, like, peak boot camp, 8 years ago. Haha!
What do you most enjoy about CrossFit?
That it doesn’t feel like work and that I have to do it. It’s really fun and the people are great. Everyone is super supportive and if you want to try a harder version of a workout, they’ll teach you all sorts of different tricks and tips to get you where you want to be.
What do you most enjoy about being part of Light the Fire CrossFit family?
 Exactly that, it’s like a family. I’ve known these people for such a short time, yet I feel like I’ve known everyone forever. And now with this kids class starting, I am able to bring my daughter into this live changing experience.
What motivates you to come to the box?
 This is gross, but, the sweat. Nothing makes me feel more accomplished in a workout than feeling like I just got out of a pool. Don’t judge me. Haha!!
What is you most recent PR/biggest accomplishment?
I can deadlift 165 lbs, that’s more than I weigh!!
What is your favorite wod, lift, movement, or skill?
I’ve come to really enjoy back squats. I used to dread them.
What is your least favorite wod, lift, movement, or skill?
 GOL-DARN WALL BALLS. I’d rather do a million burpees than 12 wall balls! And everyone knows how bad burpees suck! Haha!
What is your current CrossFit goal?
 To do a pull up.
What would you tell a newbie or someone that has never done CrossFit?
CrossFit is the hardest easy workout you’ll ever do. You kick some heavy duty booty but only for like 5 minutes at a time.
Have you had a life changing experience since starting CrossFit?
 Absolutely. It’s helped me a lot with my body dysmorphia. I still have that rainy cloud over my head that tells me to watch the numbers on the scale (because I always thought to myself that if I was under 130lbs, no matter what I thought I looked like, I was okay) but I can physically see my body changing in the best way possible.
How has CrossFit affected your life outside of the box?
It’s helped me socially. I’ve made some really great friends. I’m extremely socially awkward but no one allowed that my first couple of days and then the rest was history!