1. What brought you to CrossFit?
I was an intern with the City of Bloomington’s Wellness Coordinator when I was putting together a health fair for city employees. Jesse from The Body Compound called to tell me all about the very first CrossFit gym in Bloomington-Normal, IL. He explained how I HAD to have them at my event. I had no idea what CrossFit was but he was so passionate about it that I decided to give them a spot at the health fair.
I met Jesse & Jim, co-owners of The Body Compound, at the health fair. They were crazy fit and really excited about CrossFit. After I graduated college and was finished with my internship, Darrell and I decided to finally give it a try. We’ve loved it ever since!
2. What was your first impression?
Our first WOD was a 7-minute AMRAP of 7 burpees and 7 squats. I could barely do push-ups on my knees let alone know what the heck a burpee was. I fell on my butt trying to squat below parallel to which Jesse informed me that I better be able to do that if I want to lift myself off the couch when I’m old. I only completed 2 ½ rounds and was extremely sore the next three days. From 7 minutes of work!!!!! My first impression was that CrossFit was hard, it was completely different than all the other globo gyms we had tried, and I had A LOT of work to do. It was just what we needed.
3. How has that changed?
It really hasn’t. I still have a lot of work to do (one of the good things about CrossFit, there’s always, always something to work on); it’s still different than all the globo gyms (God, I love our community); and it’s still exactly what we need.
4. What was your first “Bright Spot”?
Finally stringing together those &*#@*$&* double-unders!! 🙂
5. What are you working on now?
Being more consistent in going every day! And even though I hate it so much, running more!
6. What’s your favorite CFLT memory?
I have a few favorites but the one that stands out the most is my first week back to CrossFit. When we moved from IL to MO, we didn’t have a CrossFit close to where we lived. We tried to continue at home but it’s really not the same without the people from your gym suffering alongside you! For almost two years we just did what we could at a globo gym. We traveled to AZ for a wedding and dropped in at LT. We were so impressed by the people and the gym that when we moved here a year later, we told our realtor we wanted to live close to LT so that we could join that gym. Our first week back was extremely hard but it felt like we were finally home.
Yes, it is still over 100 degrees outside and will be for the foreseeable future. That doesn’t mean that Fall can’t be on the brain! For most, school is back in session, which is a clear indicator that Fall really is right around the corner.
Fall brings great flavors, such as Peach Cobbler, Apple pie, Pumpkin everything and items baked with lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. What also happens in Autumn, is with all the goodies that are full of these flavors, also comes the start of our “winter coat” that then has to come off once January 1st arrives.
Is it possible to enjoy all the goodness that Fall treats can offer and not completely blow nutrition goals? You bet! With a few swaps here and there it is easy to enjoy without the guilt.
Peaches are a great Fall staple and taste great when paired with cinnamon. They also have several health benefits that you can read about here. Here is an snippet from the linked article about the some nutritional facts about a peach. “Peaches store a broad range of nutrients that are vital for the healthy functioning of the body. Peaches are a rich provider of vitamin A, beta-carotene, and vitamin C (ascorbic acid). They are also a good source of vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), vitamin K (phylloquinone), vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B-6, folate, and pantothenic acid. Peaches offer a rich treasure of minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, manganese, phosphorous, zinc, and copper. They are low in calories, contain no saturated fat or cholesterol, and are a good source of dietary fiber as well.”
Here is an easy recipe that you can use when you are in the mood for a peach cobbler, but don’t want all the guilt (and work) that comes with it! This recipe is so simple and can be completed in just a little over 30 minutes!
- 1 fresh peach (or more if you are making it for more than yourself)
- 1 tsp. butter or grass fed butter, such as Kerry Gold, divided (if you are going dairy free, you can substitute Ghee)
- 2 to 4 tsp. brown sugar, divided (if you would prefer a more natural sugar option, you can use honey, coconut sugar or Maple sugar)
- Sprinkling of ground cinnamon, to taste
- Halve peaches and remove pit. Place in baking dish, skin side down.
- Place 1/2 teaspoon butter in the hollow of each peach, top each peach half with 1 or 2 teaspoons brown sugar, and sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Bake at 375 degrees until peaches are tender, about 30 minutes. Serve warm and enjoy!
These yummy peaches can be paired with your favorite version of whipped cream or ice cream (or both) if your nutritional goals are not compromised.
For 1 6 oz Peach
Fat: 3.6 (g)
Carbs: 22 (g)
Protein: 2 (g)