Women Who Lift: Meet Emi

Welcome to my feature: Women Who Lift. If you are interested in being interviewed for the series, please email me at jennifer@metamorfit.org  I would love to spotlight you. You don't have to have a blog, you just have to be a woman who lifts!

Today I am spotlighting Emi. Emi is a quiet, unassuming, young woman. Proud. Strong.  And she's 17 years old. She's part of our amazing CrossFit En Fuego competition team and I often have the opportunity to watch her workout in the morning. I also happen to workout with her mother, and I'm always so inspired by the love, and support that her mom gives her; pride for Emi just beams from her. Emi has just begun her first year of college, and oh how I wish CrossFit was a NCAA sport because this young woman just rocks. She started CrossFit at age 14 1/2 and as she says "she has no athletic background except CrossFit." But I watch her and she's athletic in so many ways! She runs, she jumps, she does yoga. She's a true athlete.

Meet Emi


Name: Emily T.
Age: 17
Occupation: Student
Location: Florida
Favorite WOD:  Anything with handstand pushups, power cleans, or bar muscle ups.
Favorite Lift: squat snatch!
Deadlift Max: 190
Back squat Max:  175
Overhead Max: Which lift? 140 – split jerk
Favorite Girl? Grace
Got Muscle-ups?  Yes, but they still need some work.
1 mile run:  7:02

How long have you been CrossFitting? I started in December of 2010, so a little over two and a half years.

What keeps you coming back/motivated?  I love the people and I love the support.  It’s awesome working out with people who push me and encourage me to do my best.

How did you find CrossFit?  I’ve known Pete and Jen for a long time and I wanted to join shortly after they opened En Fuego.

What is your athletic background?  I have no athletic background besides CrossFit.

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness?  I was never athletic before I started CrossFit.  When I first started, everything was so hard.  I couldn’t do a pullup and I could barely snatch the 35# bar.  Since I started, I’ve become much stronger and I can lift weights that I thought I’d never be able to lift.  I definitely want to keep getting stronger.

What is the one thing you have done at CrossFit that you never thought you could do?  I never thought I’d be able to lift more than my body weight over my head. 

What motivates/inspires you?  Watching other people push themselves and give it their all in a workout is so inspiring.  I love seeing people PR, too.  It’s awesome.

What is your proudest CrossFit achievement?  Getting my first muscle up was pretty cool.  It felt so impossible and I could hardly believe it when I actually got one!  

Name one goal/personal achievement you would like to achieve through CrossFit?  I just want to keep getting better and working hard.  I want to see how far I can go in this sport.  Someday, I’d like to try to make it to regionals.

What goals have you achieved in CrossFit?   I’ve achieved a lot through CrossFit.  My strength and endurance have increased dramatically since I started. 

Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit?  I love yoga and playing the piano.

Do you follow a special diet? Paleo? Whole30?  I don’t follow any diet.  Most of the time, I just try to eat healthy.  I have a huge sweet tooth though!

What is your favorite meal?  I love my post-WOD meal – fried eggs with a sweet potato. 

Any advice for new members?  Stick with it and train hard because you can achieve any goal you have, no matter how impossible or far away it seems. 

17 years old. I did not have this level of dedication or drive at age 17. Did you??

Who am I? Genetic Testing with 23andMe

Recently I had genetic testing. I used the company 23andMe. It was quick, it was easy, and my results are making me think.

How it works

1.You go to their website 23andme.com and order it! $99.00. Super easy. 

2. Kit arrives. Follow directions and register your kit.

3. Collect saliva.

4. Mail back through snail mail and wait for emails to start arriving.

I received a response just a few days after I mailed it in that they had received it and would let me know when it would be ready. Normally they said 4-6 weeks. But I got mine back much faster. It was a 2 week turn around time!

23andMe Reports on 240+ health conditions and traits, Discover your lineage, find relatives and more!!

I have a lot of living relatives and those that have died, we've known what's done them in! Most of my relatives die of cancer on my moms side. 23andMe only traces maternal DNA. So you're getting 50% of the puzzle.

I also know that my family is Scottish. My grandma came to the US when she was a young girl. 12 I believe.

My results were interesting. I came back 27.6% British and Irish. And 100% European.


But it tells you more than just that! You can see inherited conditions! I have the variant present for cystic fibrosis and a blood disorder (iron overload). Does that mean I have it, no. I can pass it on to my kids.


I was glad to see that the BRCA Cancer Mutation indicated that the variant was absent. Though I already knew that because I went through genetic testing for that at Moffitt Cancer Center back in 2011. But it's good to have it validated.

And wet ear wax. That's interesting.


It also showed me which health conditions I was at low risk for. I was glad to see all of these on the list!


And then it tried to tell me a little bit about my personal traits. Said I would likely have blue eyes. I do. On occasion I have slightly curler than average hair. But I do flush when I drink alcohol. So they didn't get that one correct! Though it's not all alcohol. It's red wines that make me flush horribly.



I also found out that I have a slighter higher than average risk for gall stones, restless leg syndrome, Type One Diabetes, and two eye disorders. I'll watch for the gall stones. My maternal grandma had them. I think maybe my sister did too and had her gall bladder removed.


 There is so much data and reports to explore and I can't wait to delve in! James also ordered one, but he wasn't as on top of it as I was, so he's still waiting for his results. It will be neat to compare.

I wish that there had been a test for obesity. Maybe there is and I just haven't found the report yet! And one result that made me chuckle! They said I had the muscles of a sprinter! HA! I'm a S.L.O.W. runner/sprinter!

Have you ever had genetic testing like this done before? What did you think of your results?

October Instagram Challenge: #Octogram with #Parkesdale

Disclaimer: This Instagram #Octogram #Parkesdale photo challenge is a sponsored collaborative effort between the Tampa Bay Bloggers and Parkesdale Farm Market.  Other than prizes to be awarded as giveaways for the Instagram photo challenge, the Tampa Bay Bloggers did not receive any compensation for this campaign.

I am always taking photos and posting them to Instagram, so I thought "why not join in and host a challenge with my fellow Tampa Bay Bloggers?!?!"

Starting on October 1, I am co-hosting my first October Instagram Challenge with the Tampa Bay Bloggers.  Follow each of these talented bloggers on Instagram and the hashtag #Octogram #Parkesdale.

OctoGramChallenge October Instagram Challenge: #Octogram with #Parkesdale

The #Octogram Hosts – Blogs and Instagram IDs

Parkedale Farm Market@parkesdale
Tampa Bay Bloggers@TBbloggers
Denise of Run DMT@Run_DMT
Scotty of Dads Who Change Diapers@diaperdad
Life as Dad@lifeasdad
Haley of Running with Diapers@runningwithdiapers
Caroline of My Fascinating Life@carolinecalcote
Tara of Everyday Ramblings of My Life - @tfunair
Jenny of Metamorfit@metamorfit
Nanci of This Crazy Life of Mine@auntnanci
Jina of Behold the Turtle@behold_turtle
Stacey at Artsnark’s Artifacts@Artsnark
Crystal of Thrifty and Frugal Living@Latsyrc728
Beth of Making, Baking and Creating@anasilan
Lydia of Running Wild(er)@Wildlyd
Raffi of Running Betty@rafdarrow
Mindy of Mindy’s Fitness Journey@mindyartze
Carlee of Frugal and Fun Mom@frugalandfunmom
Bonnie of Not So Modern Housewife@notsomodern
April of Pixiedust Savings@pixiedustsavings

But we don’t want you just lurking at our photos!  We’re dying for you to play along too!

Everyone who Instagrams and plays along will be entered for a chance to win a gift fruit basket from Parkesdale Farm Market valued at $65.90.  TWELVE lucky winners** entered in linky tool below will be randomly selected  on November 1.

**Only eligible to USA and Canada residents.

Parkesdale GiftBasket October Instagram Challenge: #Octogram with #Parkesdale

We’ll be watching for your photos from the shadows of Instagram.

Add your Instagram ID to the linky collection below. Each day in October, snap a photo using the suggested photo prompt for for that day and upload it to Instagram with the hashtag #Octogram #Parkesdale.

I can't wait to see your photos!!