Meal Of The Day

Sunday
Jul142013

July Spotlight Athlete: Tawnia Lipsey

Deadlift Max:  165 lbs 
Back-squat Max: 165 lbs
Got Muscle-ups? NO!
1 mile run: 9:24
 
Name: Tawnia Lipsey    
Age: 38
Occupation: Stay at home mom! :)

Favorite WOD:  I'm still getting acquainted with all of the WODs.

Favorite Lift:  Back squat

How long have you been CrossFitting?  8 months

Which class time do you usually attend?
8:00 AM

How did you find CrossFit?
Google search engine

What is your athletic background?
I played softball and ran cross country in high school. I also served 8 years in the US Navy and had an opportunity to work out with Navy Seals, Marines, and Army Rangers.  Serving in the Navy is where I embraced the phrase "Pain is only weakness leaving the body"!   

How hasCrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness? 
CF has changed the way I view my self image. Specifically, it's ok to have curves! Also, I feel stronger physically, mentally and spiritually.  I can accomplish anything I set my mind to and quitting is not an option!

What motivates/inspires you? 
 My coach and all of the members of our gym inspire me. We have such a great mix of people in our gym with different levels of fitness but the one common goal we all share is that we want to be better!  


What is your proudest (CF) achievement? 
My proudest achievement had to be cycling T2B! It was such a great feeling! 
 
Name one goal/personal achievement that you would like to achieve through  CrossFit?  I have a lot of goats but I am currently working on cycling pullups. I want to complete a WOD without using a band!

Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit?
I enjoy reading and spending time with my family.

What is your favorite cheat meal?
  Everything is a cheat meal because eating clean is a challenge!

Any advice for new members? 
Don't be afraid to add more weight but only do what you can do and feel good about it!

Have you met Pukie?
  No but I came close a few times. Anyone that has completed Murph can empathize.
Sunday
Jun162013

June Spotlight Athlete: Nick Skoba

Deadlift Max: 325#
Back-squat Max: 235#
Got Muscle-ups? Negative!
1 mile run: 6:44

Name:Nick Skoba
Age:46 
Occupation:
IT admin

Favorite WOD: Cindy
Favorite Lift: Deadlift

How long have you been CrossFitting?
11 months

Which class time do you usually attend?
 6:15pm Mon/Weds/Friday and Sat endurance at 9am

How did you find CrossFit?
 I was tired of working 
out at the regular gym, I felt like I was just spinning my wheels, and I had heard of this thing called Crossfit so I hit the internet and started doing some research. That lead me to the official Crossfit site and through them I found Clear lake Crossfit!

What is your athletic background? 
I don't really have an athletic background.  I used to play all sports as a kid, and did some pickup basketball occasionally but not much moreuntil I decided to get in shape.

How hasCrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness?
 Well Crossfit has given me confidence above an beyond anything I would have ever expected.  Many, many times I look at the board and think "No way", but manage to finish!  This confidence has absolutely carried over to the rest of my life.  My level of fitness is miles ahead of where I was before(Ha!).  Not one year ago I never would have been able to finish the Spartan race, not only did I finish but was in the top 1% this year!

What motivates/inspires you? Watching my fellow crossfitters push through the pain and exhaustion to finish a challenging workout!

What is your proudest (CF) achievement? 
Doing a handstand pushup!

Name one goal/personal achievement that you would like to achieve through CrossFit. 
Muscle up!

Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit?
 Reading, playing guitar, playing video games, working on my car.

What is your favorite cheat meal? 
Oreos!

Any advice for new members?
 Don't think, just do it.  If you think too much about the WOD you will psyche yourself out.  Just dive in and give it your all.

Have you met Pukie?
 I have.  My first Saturday WOD back when they used to be crazy.  Thanks Cory!

Tuesday
May212013

May Spotlight Athlete: Bethany Valdez

Name: Bethany Valdez 

Age:  21

Occupation: Nursing Student

 

Deadlift Max: 165

 Back-squat Max:  115

Got Muscle-ups?  Nope

1 mile run:  6:07

Favorite WOD:  Anything with running or box jumps

Favorite Lift:  Power jerk

How long have you been CrossFitting?  1 year

 

Which class time do you usually attend? Mon/Wed 6:15pm Endurance Tues/Sat

 

How did you find CrossFit? My mom, she thought it would be a good idea for me, so I came to try it out.

 

What is your athletic background?  Growing up I did a variety of sports: soccer, softball, gymnastics, basketball, volleyball, tennis, and ended up running cross-country and track in high school, and was named captain my senior year.

 

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness?   I feel a lot stronger/healthier and my running times have dropped tremendously.

 

What motivates/inspires you?  Honestly I got tired of being called out before workouts by BJ because I was using lighter weights or modifying when I probably shouldn’t have. So I decided to change that by making higher standards for myself and pushing myself harder than I ever have. Having everyone push each other has also been a big help.

What is your proudest (CF) achievement?  RXing for the first time, which took me a year to achieve.

 

Name one goal/personal achievement that you would like to achieve through CrossFit.  I would like to compete someday.

 

Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit? Besides being a full time student and having an internship, the extra time I do have is spent at the box, training for marathons, and hanging out with friends.

 

What is your favorite cheat meal?  Hmm…it seems like all of my meals are cheat meals but my favorite would have to be four cheese lasagna with garlic bread and ice cream for dessert! J

 

Any advice for new members?  Don’t be intimidated by anyone, just work hard and you’ll get to where you want to be.

Have you met Pukie? Nope

Thursday
Apr112013

April Spotlight Athletes: Keri Smith and Brandon Howe

Name: Keri Smith
Age: 25 
Occupation: Police Officer

 
Deadlift Max: 235
 Back-squat Max: 185 
Got Muscle-ups? Not yet.
1 mile run: 8:29 
Favorite WOD: DT
Favorite Lift: Clean
How long have you been CrossFitting? A year and a half

Which class time do you usually attend? Mon., Tues., and Thurs. at 615pm and Saturday Endurance class.

How did you find CrossFit? I heard about CrossFit from a former coworker. I looked into it, found the main site, and realized I didn't have the equipment nor knowledge to do CrossFit. A year later, I drove passed a CrossFit place, and after a long google search, I found Clear Lake CrossFit. My gut told me this was the place and haven't looked backed.

What is your athletic background? I played basketball and tennis in Jr. High and Varsity Fencing in High School.

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness? It's completely overhauled my life. It's given me more strength, endurance, and energy not just for fitness, but for everyday life as well.

What motivates/inspires you? Everyone at the box. I love the fact that everyone pushes each other pass their limits and helps one another achieve goals and/or get through a WOD.

What is your proudest (CF) achievement? I've had a lot of proud moments. For the longest, it was finally getting over the fear of being upside down and achieving a handstand. Here recently, it's been getting pull-ups without a band and getting a few chest to bar pull-ups thanks to Open WOD 13.5.

Name one goal/personal achievement that you would like to achieve through CrossFit. I want to continue to grow as a CrossFitter and become stronger and faster.

Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit? I like being with family and friends in  my free time. Work takes up a lot of my time; so, CrossFit is my hobby.

What is your favorite cheat meal? My mom's homemade pizza.

Any advice for new members? Showing up is the hardest part. Just keep showing up to the box and stick with it. Don't worry about what others are doing. Stay strong, do your best, and have fun!

Have you met Pukie? Close, but not yet!

 

 

Name:Brandon  Howe       
Age: 31
Occupation: Budweiser Brand Manager
Deadlift Max: 305
Back-squat Max: 315
Got Muscle-ups? Not Yet
1 mile run: 9:15
Favorite WOD: Grace
Favorite Lift:  Clean & Jerk
How long have you been CrossFitting?1 year

 Which class time do you usually attend?  M,T,TH 4:15PM

How did you find CrossFit? My best friend and fellow athlete Travis Hobbs (WFD) kept telling me stories about it and also how his captain had been losing a lot of weight doing it. So I hit the big “Free Trial” button and off I went.

What is your athletic background? None, Zero, Nada. Little League was the extent of it. I was a band nerd.

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness? It’s changed everything about me. It’s a part of my life. Everyone who knows me knows where I am on M,T,TH at 4:15. Even though I have no athletic background, I still crave competition and new adventures. I also have an energy level that I have never had. I now seek out outdoor activities instead of being inside watching TV. I have also discovered how truly strong I am. I remember doing my first back squat exercise with just the bar and looking over seeing some guys with 2 45’s on each side of the bar. I thought to myself and said, no way will I ever be able do that. Now I max with 3 45’s on each side of the bar. Crossfit has simply made me tell myself that yes I can. Will it be easy? Hell No. But it will be worth it. I see what fitness really is now. I love the fact that at CLCF I’m referred to as an athlete.

What motivates/inspires you? Being better every day. I have already exceeded what I ever thought I could do. I am now playing with house money so to speak. I look forward to getting bigger, stronger, and faster and mastering the movements that give me problems. Just can’t wait to see what else I can achieve.

What is your proudest (CF) achievement? Completing the 2013 Crossfit games Open. I was able to perform every movement. May not have been the best form, but it got done (C2B Pullups, T2B). During the open, I achieved many first times. It was great.

Name one goal/personal achievement that you would like to achieve through CrossFit. Competing. I have it in me to be better. I would love to be able to throw it down with the best in our box during our in house competitions. I am working towards that goal.

Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit? Golf. Gardening and now Ive gotten into backyard chicken farming. I look forward to bringing fresh veggies and eggs to the box for everybody.

What is your favorite cheat meal? Jack in the Box & Fried Shrimp

Any advice for new members? Warmup with a purpose. I have noticed how certain warmup exercises and mobility translate to the WOD. We warmup for a reason. Next, honor your coach. What I mean is respect them and listen to them. They care about your fitness and progress as much if not more than you do. All of them give their time during the week to help you achieve your goals as well as the goals of your box mates. They are valuable assets and resources that help set CrossFit apart from any other fitness program.

Have you met Pukie? Yep, 30 minutes into my first session. I’m not even sorry.

 

 

 

Sunday
Mar032013

February 2013: Colleen D'Ercole and Jason Landry

Deadlift Max: 213
Back-squat Max: 165
Got Muscle-ups? Nope
1 mile run: 8:15

Name: Colleen D’Ercole
Age: 50
Occupation: RN in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Favorite WOD: Have not found one yet. I love the anticipation of coming in and finding out just how I’m going to challenge myself that day.
Favorite Lift:  Deadlift, because lifting a lot of weight makes me feel like a badass!

How long have you been CrossFitting? About 10 months.
Which class time do you usually attend?  Monday-Wednesday class at 615pm.
How did you find CrossFit? My daughter (Amanda) and I wanted to get in better shape for a cruise that she got me for my birthday. We both worked with different people who had experience with CrossFit so we decided to give it a try. After all, if it didn’t kill us it would make us stronger.

What is your athletic background? With the risk of dating myself too much, I grew up in a different time than most of the athletes I see at the box. I remember going to the baseball field with my brothers to try out for the Little League team and having the coach tell me I could not try out because I was a girl. I played Varsity field hockey, basketball, and softball all four years of high school. After that I just played recreational sports. I coached my kids' baseball and soccer teams when they were little and one of the moms asked me if I wanted to join her indoor soccer team. I immediately fell in love with it. I did some running for a few years and now I play on a COED softball team and do CrossFit. Mainly I just want to stay active and enjoy myself along the way.
How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness? I have always enjoyed to companionship of team sports but I also like being independent. CrossFit seems to have a perfect balance. There is definitely an air of competitiveness in the box but there is also always someone there to cheer on his or her neighbor when necessary. 
What motivates/inspires you? I am such a competitive person that when I go to a workout I am always comparing myself to everyone else. Not to the point that I get discouraged but enough to make myself push harder and be better than I thought possible. There are so many amazing athletes around that I never get tired of watching them perform and this makes me want to try even harder. 
What is your proudest (CF) achievement? This is really a hard thing to pick because I am really proud of a lot of things that I have accomplished over the last ten months. All of us like adding more weight to the bar, mastering a technique, and improving our mile time.  I would have to say the thing that I am the most proud of is that I show up. I come to my classes and I try to be the best 50-year-old CrossFitter that I can be every single day. I can’t tell you how many times I find myself shaking my head as I walk to my car and telling myself that I can’t believe I just finished that WOD - and then I smile. 
Name one goal/personal achievement that you would like to achieve through CrossFit. I am hoping that with a little more time with CrossFit I might just be able to find the motivation I need to improve my nutritional habits. I am not quite sure what this will entail but any improvement will help. 
Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit? Of course my family is the most important thing in my life. My dog, Sophie is very special to me and believe it or not most of the time I really love my job.
What is your favorite cheat meal? Well most of my meals are cheat meals so it’s kinda hard to have a favorite! 
Any advice for new members? I would recommend that you find what motivates you and use it to your advantage. I am competitive, so coming to the gym and standing next to someone younger and fitter than me makes me do things that normally I would not think of doing. Don’t be intimidated by the person next to you - learn something from them. Everyone deserves a spot in the box, so just claim yours and run with it.
Have you met Pukie? Close, but no cigar!


Deadlift Max: 430
Back-squat Max: 360
Got Muscle-ups? Yep.. Had em, lost em, got em back just in time for the Crossfit Open
1 mile run: 6:32

Name: Jason Landry
Age:40
Occupation: Director of Operations @ Datavox

Favorite WOD: DT
Favorite Lift: Clean & Jerk (or anything heavy I can throw over my head)

How long have you been CrossFitting? 2 years
Which class time do you usually attend? Monday & Wednesday @ 6:15, Saturday am
How did you find CrossFit? My wife made me go, then I was immediately hooked.
What is your athletic background? Baseball as a kid, football in jr high and high school.
How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness? CrossFit (our box) has taught me skills I NEVER thought I would ever do, whether it has to do with running, lifting, eating healthy etc... All have made me faster, stronger, healthier and more confident, which I can carry outside of the box and apply in the real world. The box community, by far, has the most awesome people!!
What motivates/inspires you? Everyone in the box motivates me. Seeing everyone struggle and fight together to get through a WOD is an awesome experience. It's not easy to describe to people what we do, you have to personally experience it. We are all there with the same goal, to be a little better than we were yesterday.
What is your proudest (CF) achievement? Have to say MU and DU
Name one goal/personal achievement that you would like to achieve through CrossFit. Regionals, for the old farts.. I mean Masters
Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit? Spending time chilling with the fam, work, hunting, fishing
What is your favorite cheat meal? Pizza or Mexican food (with margaritas of course)
Any advice for new members? Don't give up! It's not easy, but the harder you work, the bigger the payoff..
Have you met Pukie? I've seen him driving down NASA many times, but have never met him... Yet