Growing up I did everything to get out of gym class; I wasn’t an active kid or teenager. Health and fitness was a foreign concept to me, truly. In my early 20’s I attempted to run occasionally and later 20’s I joined a large gym, by myself. It was the typical, I didn’t know what I was doing, definitely didn’t put in a lot of effort, lacked consistency, and wasted a lot of money with unused membership dues. In July 2013 a friend posted on Facebook about going to a “boot camp” class and I messaged her. I showed up to some guy’s house on a Saturday morning with a group of girlfriends, not knowing what to expect. I hadn’t ever even heard of CrossFit before. From the moment I started, I fell in love. So at the age of 31, with zero fitness background, married, three kids, a dog, and full-time job, I added CrossFit to my list of priorities. I love the workouts (who says that about working out?!), it has stirred a lot of changes in me mentally/physically/emotionally, and the community of people are incredible. I have learned that I am competitive, but it’s the people of the CrossFit community that inspire, motivate, challenge, and cheer me on (along with my family) to do things I never thought imaginable. It sounds cliché, but coming from a mom of three kids, with all the “normal” demands of having a home, family, and career, if I can make it work and survive the workouts, I really believe anyone can – once they let go of their excuses and are ready to work on themselves.