1. What brought you to CrossFit?
My husband tried to convince me to join CrossFit with him when we first started dating but I was completely against it! I was really into running and cycling classes, but barely did any lifting. During a Saturday morning cycling class, I had the realization that I hadn’t seen much progress in a really long time. I was tired of doing the same workouts every week and left in the middle of that class. I dragged my husband out of bed and asked him to try a CrossFit class with me at CrossFit LT that same morning. I’ve (mostly) loved it ever since!
2. What was your first impression?
I was super intimidated upon stepping into the gym! Erich was coaching and Carrie was working out alongside us. I definitely felt out of my comfort zone, but both of them encouraged us the entire workout.
3. How has that changed?
It took me a couple months to feel comfortable going to the gym without Micah (my husband). CrossFit has added so much more depth to my life. It’s pushed me to new limits, helping me realize how strong I am.
4. What was your first “Bright Spot”?
My first bright spot was when I used RX weight during a workout that involved Thrusters a few months after I started. I hate thrusters with a passion and almost cried, but I finished it!
5. What are you working on now?
Pretty much everything! I want to perfect my kipping pull-ups and work on double-unders.
6. What’s your favorite CFLT memory?
Party bus 2018 was a lot of fun! Also, I’ll never forget the time I smacked myself in the face power snatching. I had two black eyes for a few weeks. Definitely not a favorite memory but something I’ll never forget!
It is finally starting to feel a little like fall! The evenings are cooler and you can find pumpkin flavored everything everywhere. Some don’t like pumpkin either due to it being used so much this time of year or the texture just isn’t their style.
Whether you like pumpkin or not, there are many health benefits that this fall favorite can offer. An article on medicalnewstoday.com provides some insight to these facts. Here are some fast facts from their article that you might not know about a pumpkin:
- The potassium contained within pumpkins can have a positive effect on blood pressure.
- The antioxidants in pumpkin could help prevent degenerative damage to the eyes.
- Avoid canned pumpkin pie mix, as it typically contains added sugars and syrups.
- Uncut pumpkins should be stored in a cool, dark place for up to 2 months.
- Pumpkin puree or canned pumpkin can be used as a replacement for butter or oil in baking recipes.
Read the full article here to find out more benefits of enjoying more pumpkin!
Although Arizona has some cooler temperatures in the fall, it isn’t particularly cold and sometimes a baked pumpkin treat just isn’t going to cut it. Here is a recipe to turn your protien smoothie into a “Fall in a glass” treat!
- 1 cup Silk unsweetened almond milk
- ½ cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 1 teaspoon honey, agave nectar, or sweetener of choice
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 medium banana
- 6 ice cubes
- Add all ingredients to a blender and process until well combined. Taste and adjust sweetener, if desired.
Notes: For a little extra pumpkin flavor, you can adjust the amount of puree you put into the shake and then use half a banana. For extra Fall flair, maple syrup or maple sugar can be used for the sweetner. This recipe can be adjusted to fit your needs and taste preference!