CFM Stafflete Profile: TIRZAHCongrats to Tirzah on recently joining Alicia as a member of CFM's office staff!
Occupation: What isn't my occupation? Substitute Teacher/After School Instructor, Jewelry Designer, Visual Artist, CFM staff 🙂
When did you first start CrossFitting?: 6 months ago
My favorite WOD is anything that includes deadlifts and box jumps.
My least favorite WOD....I don't have any. I enjoy every WOD. I may not be a beast in each one but I'll try my best and kick the WODs ass next time.
Three words to describe you: Artistic, quirky, diligent
Tell us about your sports & fitness background: I participated in Track while in high school and since then I've been an on and off runner. I love yoga because that's really the only time my brain will shut up...that and CrossFit.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD... what was it, and how did it feel? I was first exposed to CrossFit during my time with Lululemon. It was a free intro class so I said why not? All I can remember from the WOD was sit ups and a lot of heavy breathing. I was hooked.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?Since doing CrossFit my arms are more defined, the abs are coming out to play and just over all more toned. Before CrossFit I thought I was doing alright but I wanted more definition, none of that "skinny fat" stuff.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? My confidence has definitely shot up since CrossFit. When something challenging comes along, in my mind I'm saying "I do CrossFit...I can handle this". Also, as a vegetarian I thought I was doing ok but my diet has definitely improved. I've cut out a lot of the processed "healthy" stuff I use to eat.
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFM moments: My favorite CFM moments are usually on the court....the hooverball court! Between the med balls to the face, trash talk, tiny sand abrasions and the interesting look of bystanders, I cant get enough of it.
Any advice for people just getting started? My advice for anyone starting is listen to your body and appreciate each little achievement.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? My hobbies outside of CrossFit include, jewelry design, painting, reading, and watching quirky indie films.
What did you eat today?
Today I ate my dinner from last night. Fresh salmon marinated in coconut milk, seasoned with roasted garlic, onions, parsley and other seasonings. Topped off with pineapple bits, sweet potato and baby spinach...all on a bed of red quinoa.
Do you follow the paleo or primal lifestyle? What is your nutrition philosophy? Being a vegetarian/pescatarian, I don't think I'll ever fully adhere to the paleo diet. However, I have made some notable changes. I love black coffee...who would have thought? I've cut down on my sugar consumption and I thoroughly enjoy cooking. I'm more aware of what I'm putting into my body and I feel better for it.
Paleo Potluck is Friday!Bring a paleo dish to share with six to eight guests AND shop Arunima, the jewelry line designed and made by our very own TIRZAH!!!
Eat-Clean January Resource-o-tha-day!Paleo Food Matrix But what do I eat? Here's a good resource from paleo guru Robb Wolf, to help you construct a paleo meal...it lists good options for paleo proteins, carbs and fat, to put together a balanced meal every time you eat. NOTE: A balanced meal every time you eat... full meal OR snack... consists of protein, carbohydrate AND fat. If you're starving between meals, it could be that you didn't eat enough overall, or didn't eat enough fat or carbs at your last meal.
Workout of the DayAs many rounds & reps as possible in 20 minutes
12 kettlebell snatches (6 each arm)
10 ring dips
8 toes to bar
And coming tomorrow...A. Deadlift touch & go* 4 sets of 12, every 2min
B. As many rounds & reps as possible in 8 minutes of:
15 kettlebell swings
*touch & go means as soon as the weight touches the ground at the end of one rep, you immediately begin the next rep. So the weight TOUCHES the ground, AND you GO into the next rep.