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Meredith Joy

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Meredith-Joy-1Age: 34 Hometown: Pataskala, OH Occupation: Nonprofit Program Director How long have you done CrossFit: Just celebrated 3 years! What do you LOVE seeing on the whiteboard when you get to Fit Club? Why? "Love" is a strong word....but I tend to enjoy tabata-style WODs the most—Fight Gone Bad and the like. What do you HATE seeing on the whiteboard when you get to Fit Club? Why? Push-ups and pull-ups. Because I suck at them, duh! What’s your go-to “cheat” meal? (not that you do it very often, right?) I can't have Garden of Eatin Red Hot Blues tortilla chips in my household lest I eat an entire bag in one sitting. Also, Jeni's Ice Cream! Favorite Mitch-ism "STFU and do the work." I need frequent reminders to stop thinking/talking and just take action. Has Fit Club changed your life? How? Oh yes. My entire family has changed because of Fit Club. Previously my husband and I didn't exercise whatsoever, and now it's one of the main things we do as a family. Our son will have a very different understanding of the components of health than we did growing up. Meredith-Joy-2What has Fit Club/CrossFit taught you about yourself? Committing to Crossfit has been among the most transformative experiences of my life. I know myself in an entirely different way than before, as someone who is strong (even athletic!) and in control of my body and mental health. I didn't realize previously that my actions could be so powerful—I thought I was destined to gain 5 pounds a year and take antidepressants the rest of my life. But nope. 'F' to all that! What motivates you to push yourself further? Two things. First, seeing family members suffer terribly from lifestyle-related poor health and wanting a different future for my own family. And second, experiencing a decline in my own mental health when I haven't prioritized moving my body. How many times a week do you workout? How do you find/make the time? Four is my sweet spot, but often I can only make it three times a week. My husband and I take turns WODing and watching our babe. Pretty much we have decided that this is the one thing we do as a family, so we try not to schedule much else in the evenings. What advice would you give to someone curious about or just starting CrossFit? Just show up and keeping showing up. Eliminate your ego, do the WODs to the best of your ability and become fit. Easy-peasy. No really, it's THAT EASY. Tell us something really cool about yourself: I've been a Big Sis to an awesome little girl for the past 4 years, and I'm super proud that she's doing great in school these days. Mentoring a kid is pretty much the best thing you can do to create change in the world!