Tell us about yourself.
I live in Wayland, MA with my husband Scott (Cornish). We have two geriatric dogs: Troy a 65 lb. German Shorthaired Pointer who is Scott’s shadow and Nicki a 4 lb. Yorkshire Terrier who is deaf and going blind! I work at Takeda Pharmaceuticals in Lexington, MA in Global Regulatory Affairs and my job focus is on chemistry, manufacturing and controls. I’ve been going to Daybreak Crossfit for about 2-2.5 years, although the first year or so was HEAVILY modified (thanks to the fantastic coaches!). I probably started adding weight to the bar and doing less modified workouts about a year ago. I attend various classes depending on the day and my work schedule. You can find me at either 6:30am, 12:30pm or 5:30pm.
What keeps you coming back to CrossFit each day?
It’s my time to shutoff my brain, I love being able to show up, disconnect and have the coaches tell me what to do. I don’t have to think (too much) and know I’m making myself better every time I walk through those doors. I have immense trust in the coaches, they have helped me get to the healthiest place I’ve been in over 10 years!
The transformation you’ve made from using a PVC pipe in workouts to now pushing yourself to use heavier and heavier weights hasn’t gone unnoticed. It’s inspiring to everyone around you, especially those that are also dealing with injuries. Tell us about the long process to get to where you are now and how you are keeping yourself healthy.
I came to Daybreak with chronic injuries, very thin, weak and generally unhealthy. I started with personal training at Daybreak and then for about a year I worked on form (using only a PVC pipe or 15 lb. barbell) and core with hopes of gaining stability and teaching my muscles to fire correctly. The coaches know my limitations and have worked with me to modify almost every workout I’ve done at Daybreak. They are awesome, have more than earned my trust and appreciation and to top it off… I’ve never been injured! Outside the gym, with Mel’s help, I worked with a nutritionist and focused on macros to improve my diet and nutrition. In the last year or so I’ve been able to begin adding weight and it’s been awesome! I did my first weighted Rx workout last week! I am, by far, the healthiest if have been in over 10 years! It feels great to be able to do simple things that I used to fear due to lack of strength and pain.
Do you have a travel bucket list? What are the top 5 places on it?
The top 5 on our bucket list are New Zealand (for some of the most fantastic wines on the earth, in my humble opinion!), Cruise to Antarctica (This continent is ever changing and we want to see it as soon as possible!), Egypt (I’ve always been fascinated by the pyramids and the sphinx… Scott claims he built them, I don’t believe it!), England/Ireland (my dad was from England and for some reason we have never made this easy destination a priority!), and last, biking part of the Tour de France route (when I lived in NH I cycled daily, I miss those peaceful afternoons on the quiet roads!).
What’s your favorite TV show?
I recently started watching Temptation Island. The first season is one of those train wrecks you can’t stop watching. However, I’m now getting into season 2 and it’s a little risque for me! Before temptation Island, I binged on Awkward.
What’s your spirit animal (an animal that represents you)?
I looked up what type of animal shares my Myers-Briggs personality type… apparently I’m a Beaver. If I had not looked it up, I would say I am a horse only because its my favorite animal.