First, tell us a little bit about yourself. What are your interests outside of CrossFit?

A local girl, raised in Siler City. Married to Jeff. Mom of two boys, Lon (4) and Beau (2), and two dogs, Remy and Lu. Hard working Nurse Practitioner, but hardly working these days. Outside of CrossFit, I love the beach and enjoy spending time with family and friends. I don’t love being in the limelight, so this is very uncomfortable for me.

How and why did you get involved in CrossFit?

I started CrossFit in July 2013. I was three months postpartum and feeling fluffy and unmotivated with my current gym routine. That routine was, by and large, running on a treadmill and people watching. I told my frugal husband that I was going to purchase a Groupon for a three month CrossFit membership but that I wouldn’t continue with it beyond those three months. I didn’t have a great experience with the first box I tried but decided to drop in at CFS for a community workout. I watched the last twenty minutes of a WOD and was hooked. After watching. That’s all it took.

What was the first workout that you completed? What do you remember most about the workout? 

I don’t remember what we did in my first community workout. I do remember watching Paul and others complete the WOD just prior to it. It was July. It was hot. There were 200m plate carries and rope climbs. People were sweating. Paul was grunting. It was awesome. I remember watching the cool down and thinking this place is different. And awesome. I signed up that day and the rest is history. My Mr. Saver husband was thrilled.

One of the first workouts I do remember completing was a partner WOD. Laurie and I had just met through our neighborhood and kids’ preschool and decided to partner together. We read that it involved partner carries but neither of us really knew what that meant. Carrying and being carried by your partner is what that meant. I was completely horrified when I realized that her 100 pound body would have to carry my not 100 pound body. She did it and probably faster and more graceful than when I carried her. That fateful day when we got all up close and personal with each other lead to a really special and not at all competitive friendship.

What are your current and future training goals?  

My current goals:  Beating Laurie. Getting a muscle up before Laurie.

Future goals:  Beating Laurie. Sub 6-min mile.

What is your favorite activity or lift, e.g., pull-ups, dead-lifts, running, front squats, snatches, burpees, etc.?

Running! Handstand push-ups are a close second.

What is your least favorite activity or lift?

Deadlifts, for sure. I also have a deep hatred for sledgehammer swings. I think they’re awful.

What PR are you most proud of achieving and why?

Stringing together double unders! Finally! After two years!

What do you enjoy more, strength or conditioning and why? 

Conditioning. A nagging back injury prevents me from ever feeling completely comfortable and confident when lifting heavy weights. That said, I’d love to try Barbell Club at some point and improve my form with lifts.

Do you eat Paleo/Zone?

My goal is a 80/20 split. In reality, 60% of the time I follow the Paleo guidelines very closely, and 40% of the time I eat what I want to eat. I don’t argue that a Paleo diet is probably the healthiest diet for me to eat, but I’m just not that strict or uncompromising about it. And, I enjoy Laurie’s husband’s cooking too much.

What are 3 fun facts about yourself?

1. I’m pregnant. I discovered this while reading Paul’s blog as did all of you.

2. I love my dogs more than my husband. Kids. Dogs. Jeff. In that order.

3. I played rugby in college. My parents didn’t approve.