Congratulations to Athlete of the Week, Sheena Warner, who was one of CF PAX’s very first members back in January 2013! Sheena has done more than 300 workouts with CrossFit PAX, has won a Whole30 Challenge and been highly successful in numerous challenges since (and in her own challenges). As one of our first and most consistent members, she has become quite the athlete. Her secret? She plans ahead in her diet and carves out time to workout, even if that means she comes to the Bunker for 5am!
Sheena has had her share of challenges- she has a busy schedule and many people relying on her at home and work, but has clearly done well in prioritizing her health and fitness and makes no excuses. She knows that in order to take care of the people she loves, she has to be feeling her best. And her best is pretty darn good… even though she often needs a nudge to remember that she can do a lot more than she thinks she can. She was surprised to get “promoted” to the Rx Competition at the Barbells for Boobs Throw-down last month and CRUSHED IT!
Sheena is also a pro at eating well and has a lot of great tips. As a working wife and mom of two great boys, she is BUSY but she MAKES IT HAPPEN! We are so proud of her for all that she has accomplished- not just fueling her body well or the personal records on a regular basis, but getting back in the gym after life throws her curveballs. Watch out for this lady, she is definitely a force to be reckoned with! We asked her a few questions about her journey and for some advice. Whether you’re not as consistent as you could be or you haven’t started your journey yet, her advice is simple… From Sheena:
1) How did you start CrossFit PAX?
My husband would come home from drill weekends barely able to walk and would sit in the tub complaining about how everything on his body hurt from doing CrossFit workouts as part of his training. So I got curious and started googling and thinking “I can do that”!! Then I found Crossfit Pax’s FB page and the rest is history.
2)What was it like starting out?
It was actually an easy transition from my previous workout regimen and fun. I love the fact that I get in a better workout in less time then when I would hitting the regular gym. I would catch my husband looking at me like I was crazy for actually loving the “military style” workouts, but that’s not to say I didn’t have wods that left me feeling like I was about to cry or hurl.
3) What has changed in your life since starting?
Everything!! But the most noticeable has been my bouts with seasonal depression. When I first started CF, I was on meds to help with that and now I’ve been off of them for over a year and a half and never felt better.
4) How has your diet changed? what does your diet look like? what foods do you rely on most?
Before CF my diet was most clean eating with the weekly family meal that consisted of us going to a restaurant, kids choice. Now I’m 80/20 paleo. I love my figuring out new ways of recreating my favorite foods Paleo style. The foods that I rely on the most and you will always find in my house are fresh veggies & fruit, lots of bacon and meat. I love variety.
5) What have you accomplished?
Too many to list!! But the most recent is butterfly pull-ups.
6) What are you most proud of accomplishing?
Finishing my first Whole 30. Just finishing the Whole 30 was pretty amazing, but all the gains I saw in the gym and the way I felt was outstanding.
7) What is your advice for the new folks?
Don’t put too much thought into starting, and by that I mean don’t over think it with thoughts like “oh I can’t lift heavy weights”, “that looks too hard” or “I have a previous injury that prevents me from doing those moves”. Just get in there, do the best you can and everything will fall into place. You will have good, bad and amazing days which makes this roller coaster ride called Crossfit such a blast!
The first step can often be the hardest, but the true test of commitment is where a person is in six months, a year, or even a few years after they start. Few will take the first step, but Sheena did, and has continued to take a whole lot of steps forward since. It hasn’t always been easy, but looking back nearly 2 years is a testament to what consistency can do for health. It isn’t hard… it just takes discipline and commitment to NO EXCUSES! Sheena, thank you for being that example at the Bunker. Thanks for being the friend to the new folks and the one who has “been there”, and thanks for allowing us the privilege to coach you to better health and fitness. You are a great athlete and terrific lady and we are glad that you’re part of the family!