City/Town of Residence: Rumford
Occupation: Artist, entrepreneur and nonprofit program coordinator
Your sport or fitness activity: CrossFit Prowess and Eyes of the World Yoga
Events you are training for: I’ll be competing in a bunch of fun adventure races with my CrossFit gym like the Tough Mudder, but the one I’m most excited about is the Ragnar Relay, which is a 200-mile running relay from Hull to Provincetown!
What is your proudest fitness accomplishment?: I’ll never forget the feeling of my CrossFit “firsts” – my first rope climb, first unassisted pull-up, 250-pound deadlift, 200-pound back squat, etc. All things I NEVER thought I’d ever be capable of. The best part is, it’s just as exciting to witness somebody else getting their “firsts” as it is getting your own. We have a really great community!
What motivates you?: I get really motivated by recording my workouts; it’s so helpful to have benchmarks. I’m always trying to beat my old times.
Best local eats: I’m a HUGE fan of Flatbread Providence! They do a lot to give back to the community, and their emphasis on locally sourced, organic ingredients is something that is really important to me. Plus, they spin vinyl records! Try the Mopsey’s pizza paired with a Gray Sail Flyin’ Jenny. You’ll thank me later, I promise.
What’s on your nightstand?: A handmade gratitude journal, “Real Magic” by Dr. Wayne Dyer, and a bunch of salt lamps.
Favorite cheat meal/snack: The flourless chocolate brownie from Wildflower Cafe has taken my passion for chocolate to new, unexplainable heights!
What do you like to do in your downtime?: Outside of my love for fitness, I’m also wildly passionate about making art. I have an Etsy shop where I make and sell hand-painted silk scarves, and I also make mixed media paintings with silk, ink, oil and wax. One of my goals for this year is to exhibit some work publicly—it’s been a few years since I’ve gotten new work out in the world!
Best thing about living in RI: It’s a three-way tie between the beautiful beaches, the amazing restaurants, and the sense of community!
One thing people don’t know about you: I sometimes pair my morning green smoothie with chocolate chips.
Favorite quote: “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”
Fitness tip for RI Fit Readers: There’s a real magic that can take place from group-based exercise. Community is stronger than willpower. I’ve formed some of the most meaningful friendships and made some of the best memories of my life through my local CrossFit Gym (CrossFit Prowess).
Give group exercise a shot and shop around. Try lots of different studios/gyms and take classes with lots of different teachers. Find an activity, or two, that really resonates with you. Find a place that you get excited about showing up to, and maybe even a little scared. Getting out of your comfort zone will make you grow in ways you never imagined. Find a place where you know you will be cared for, protected, and encouraged—a place where your health and wellbeing are a top priority to the gym owners—and then commit to sticking with that activity. It will transform your entire life, as it has for me.