Congratulations! Amanda Wahlmeier is our July Member Of The Month! Amanda, aka Awol, has been a member since before we began.
What brought you to CrossFit Colby?
I was nearing 40 years old and was tired of not feeling good and didn’t want to submit to getting older as an excuse for not feeling my best. I was running a lot and my knees were bothering me and I was proving that you truly can’t outrun a bad diet and lifestyle. I had started looking up HIIT workouts and it made more sense to me. Then, I heard that a family was moving to town and that they were thinking of opening a CrossFit gym. I started stalking Monty and he invited a few of us to come give it a try. I had a couple of near death experiences in the first few weeks, but I saw results and I was hooked! That was over 6 years ago and I feel better now than I ever have.
Do you have any nicknames?
My nickname on the board is Awol. I tend to roam around a lot on the rig when I get tired. In my mind I guess I think that a different bar will make a difference.
What classes do you attend?
I usually attend the afternoon 4:45 class. I love mornings, but don’t like working out in the morning. I wish I did, but my body hates me if I do. I feel like I’m 30 years older and like I’ve never seen a weight in my life early in the morning. I’m ready to go full speed after lunch.
What do you do outside of CrossFit?
Life is busy right now and I am loving every minute of it. My kids have full schedules with activities and Mark and I get to spend a fair amount of time traveling to watch them do what they love. I know I am going to blink and that they will be out on their own, so right now I’m taking it all in. I also work part time at the college as a GED instructor. The best part of my job is getting to see someone fulfill a goal of getting a diploma. The hugs and high fives when that last test is complete makes it all worth it. I am also on lots of committees in the community and am glad that I get to give back to different organizations.
Who is your superhero?
My superheroes are people who take time to build others up while asking nothing in return.
What is your greatest Crossfit achievement?
I got pretty pumped the first time I was able to clean and jerk more than my body weight. My first goal was to be able to RX Fran. I worked forever to be able to do pull-ups and I guess I felt like a “real” crossfitter when I finally tackled Fran.
What tips do you have for new members or someone considering CrossFit?
*Remember that health is a marathon and not a sprint. Be ready to be in it for the long haul.
*Just start-You don’t have to get in shape to start CrossFit.
*And, most importantly, don’t compare your journey to anyone else’s.