Who I Am!

Words I live by:  
“Live as if everything you do will eventually be known.”

My motto
Yes, I Can! Yes, YOU Can!

2014 mantra: Choose Lovin'

I have overcome eating disorders, become a professional Crossfitter, I am married to a genius (for better or worse!!) and mother to an AMAZING boy, Jacob! I can have it all! My desire is to share this “can do” spirit with the community. I want to help others discover that they can achieve their dreams and overcome any obstacle!

Super Powers:
Harmony, Restorative, Focus, Discipline, Deliberative

I've always been competitive and athletic - I ran my first 5k with my mom at age 9 and 20 yrs later to the date I ran a 10k with my mom in Quito! You can look at my career and see a string of athletic, academic, and professional success. I’ve been in the fitness industry for ten years and a background in outside sales for Adidas and Fila. When I moved to Austin in 2003 I became an avid Sprint and Olympic distance triathlete. I am passionate about fitness - and have an affection for endurance sports and CrossFit.

I am driven and determined to meet my goals. These are great attributes that helped me succeed in academics and athletics. Finding a life in balance is important and I struggled for 10 years with an eating disorder. CrossFit and eating Zone/Paleo helped me make peace with food and love my body. Overcoming bulimia is the accomplishment I am most proud of, and I am mindful that recovery is an ongoing process. I am still driven to succeed but I balance that with family, friends and fun.

Something that you would never get from my “first impression” - I am spontaneous. I moved to Austin on a whim! I was headed to Phoenix, came thru Austin fell in love with the city and stayed! One call to the Mayflower moving guy and my new life was set. My favorite activity is random conversations with long time friends or strangers at the grocery store! I love to dance and I want to be a dancer like Shakira but was blessed with moves more like Elaine from Seinfeld. So don’t be surprised when you see me shaking it on the dance floor but more importantly don’t make fun!!

Fitness and Athletic Training
Bachelor of Exercise Science Degree from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
NCSM-CSCS Certified
Underground Strength Coach
Level 1 Certified CrossFit Coach
CrossFit Endurance Certified
CrossFit Mobility Certified
CrossFit Gymnastics Certified
CrossFit Nutrition Certified
CrossFit StrongMan Certified

Athletic Accomplishments
• 2014 International Reebok CrossFit Games - 21st Place Team
• 2014 CrossFit South Central Regional 1st Place Team
• 2014 CrossFit South Central Regional Individual Qualifier
•2013 CrossFit South Central Regional Finisher - 12th place female  (7 month post partum)
• 2013 CrossFit South Central Regional Qualifier  (5-6 month post partum)
• 2012 CrossFit South Central Regional Qualifier  (18-22 weeks pregnant)
• 2012 The Fittest Games, Austin TX – 2nd place Female Overall
• 2012 All Cities Open, Dallas TX – 3rd place Female Overall
• 2011 GODAI, Austin TX – 2nd place Female Overall
• 2011 International Reebok CrossFit Games – 32nd Individual Female
• 2011 CrossFit South Central Regionals – 3rd place Female Overall
• 2011 Fittest Games, Austin TX – 1st place Female Overall
• 2011 Garage Games, Atlanta GA – 1st place Female Overall
• 2010 All Cities Open, Dallas TX – 1st place Female Overall
• 2010 Next Level Invitational, Long Beach CA – 5th place Female Overall
• 2010 October Obliteration, HoustonTX – 2nd place Female Overall
• 2010 Texas Throwdown, Dallas TX – 1st place Female Overall
• 2010 CrossFit Games – 6th TEAM
• 2010 South Central Regionals – 11th place Female
• 2010 Hood to Coast - Finisher
• 2009 Boston Marathon- Finisher
• 2008 CrossFit Games- - 27th Female Overall
• 2006 MS 150 - Finisher

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