Athlete Profile: Monica Miller
Hometown: Ruskin, Fl (Only Lis knows where this is)
Age: 38….39 I was 38 when I started filling this out. Just found it in my drafts folder.
Occupation: Clinical Hypnotherapist, Massage Therapist….and Yoga Instructor!
When did you first start CrossFitting?:Sept 12, 2008
Favorite WOD: Any without Running
Least Favorite WOD: Any with Running. I effing hate running.
Three words to describe you: Patient, Curious, Smartass
Tell us about your sports & fitness background:
Never played sports, always active, not consistent with exercise. Until crossfit.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?
My friends opened a crossfit and wanted to trade massage for ass whooping. Don’t remember the first, except that it was 10min long. My 2nd time I asked my coach “Can I really get in shape doing a 10min workout?” So we did a 4min squat tabata. I quit at 3 minutes. I stalled my car 4 times on the way home due to my shaky jelly legs. I kept my mouth shut after that.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?
I’m faster, stronger, more agile, not afraid of anything thrown out there, I. will. always. finish. (maybe not first, but I don’t quit) I was never an athlete. I am now.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?
Coordination, an ass (never had one til squats), really really liking the gym, and hearting Oly Lifting foreva. OH, OH! annnd Having a HUGE client base from Crossfitters all over the city! Totally Completely U N E X P E C T E D!!!
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFM moments:
The opening day WOD at CFM 🙂
Any advice for people just getting started?
Don’t stop. Just don’t. And, it’s ok to Crossfit your way. You don’t have to be all crazy on the Koolaid, compete, eat strict paleo… It’s ok. Do Crossfit in a way that best suits you. Go all crazy nuts with it, come 3 times a week and give your all, come once a week and mix it with other activities, whatever. Just don’t quit.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
Travel–my truest passion, I saved all year to leave for a month this fall, and I plan to go for a month every fall from now on. Cello, Yoga…
What did you eat today?
Coffee (w raw local honey, and organic soy creamer…hush Lis), wild caught salmon patty w tons o butter, free range chicken sausage w organic grape tomatoes, spinach and artichoke hearts, cream of kale soup, 85% dark chocolate, Crock pot turkey thighs w onion and carrots, 85% dark chocolate, 85% dark chocolate, 85% dark chocolate. What?
Do you follow the paleo or primal lifestyle? What is your nutrition philosophy?
I guess it’s Primal since I have full fat dairy and some sugar. I avoid grain crap. Rice, pasta, bread, any gluten junk. I stay pretty clear of legumes, but sometimes have them (room clearers those are). I eat pretty clean, I’m not a freak about it, but it feels so much better not to have gluten, crap sugar, and really too much dairy in my diet. I enjoy food, but I’m picky, I hate cheap processed slop and require higher quality. That cheap factory farm stuff tastes bad to me. You outta see me scalp a pizza. Mmmm just the sauce, meat and cheeese!
Workout of the Day
Deadlift: 3 sets of 10, Rest 3:00
Time Trial: Row 2000 meters