The CrossFit Librarian

Who is this woman? This CrossFit Librarian?

Well, it's me of course! But first let's have a little back story.

I know I've eluded to the fact that I hold advanced degrees in Library Science and Environmental Science. After working as both a private school media specialist and a public school media specialist, I left my position as a school library media specialist in our county school system in late 2012. WHY?? I decided to jump ship before the ship sank.

In November 2012 I attended a meeting with all county school media specialists. The backstabbing, gossiping, general dissatisfaction with all things Pasco County did not sit well with me. I was new to the county system, only 6 months in. I wanted to hear how much all these women (and I think one man) LOVED their jobs, but I did not. I left that meeting KNOWING that something BIG was going to happen and it wasn't going to go well.

And then in November 2012 citizens elected a new superintendent, Kurt Browning.

Just a few short months later, Mr. Browning made this announcement:

"The Pasco County School Board has decided to lay off all positions of media specialists and literacy coaches."


I jumped ship and decided to take some time to focus on being a mom, a wife, and try my hand at blogging about  fitness, weight loss, life with the #TampaTrio, autism, etc, etc, etc.

And as much as I loved being a SAHM, and blogging,  I was LONGING to be back in a library. I CRAVED it.

And suddenly, I received a phone call from Hillsborough County that they wanted to interview me!

So much time had passed between the time I submitted my application and the phone call, that I honestly had forgotten that I had even applied!

I went to the interview thinking it was for a Youth Services Librarian.

After the interview I learned that they were actually considering me for a SENIOR LIBRARIAN/BRANCH MANAGER!

I walked out of that interview feeling CONFIDENT!

Confident, but still like "whoa, a BRANCH MANAGER!!" That's a pretty significant/important position.

2 weeks went by, and then I got the phone call!! They offered me the position!!! And it was then that the CrossFit Librarian was born!

Returning to work meant a HUGE change in my daily schedule.

My "normal" CrossFit schedule was a 9am WOD. But I needed to be at work by 8:30am, and I have an hour commute (it's only 29 miles, but UGH to Tampa Traffic!) The LAST WOD of the day at CrossFit En Fuego is at 6:00pm. I get off work at 5:30pm. See my dilemma?

That left me with ONE option: 5:15am. Yell


To get myself used to the change, I started the transition to a new schedule 2.5 weeks before I returned to work. Thankfully, Hillsborough County only has 2 days per month for new employee hires, which gave me plenty of time to get everything organized on my end. Workouts, childcare, etc, etc, etc....

So back to CrossFit. 5:15am.

That's what time the WOD starts.

Which means I am up at 4:30am. Tongue Out

I tried a few early morning workouts back when I was training for the Iron Girl Triathlon. I hated them. LOL. Seriously.

So I was a bit nervous that I'd not be able to do 5:15am.

But you know what....I LOVE CROSSFIT EN FUEGO.

I truly WANT it.

So I've made it work. I have been doing CrossFit at 5:15am for OVER a month now. I have not missed ONE planned workout. Not one.

I'm up at 4:30am, I'm home by 6:30am, I leave the house at 7:15am, drop the kids off at childcare, and am at work by 8:30am. There is just something so AWESOME about getting your workout done first thing in the morning! AWESOME I tell you!! Awesome!!

I CrossFit, I'm a Librarian (and a really freaking awesome librarian if I do say so myself.)

I'm the CrossFit Librarian.

You can follow my CrossFit Librarian adventures on IG using the hashtag #CrossFitLibrarian

I'll see you around the stacks!

Atkins Diet for CrossFit Moms

It's not a secret that I've been struggling with finding the perfect diet this year. With my heavy workload, I know I'm not fueling properly. I'll be honest when I say I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON WITH MY BODY. In 2014 alone I've tried Weight Watchers, The Zone, and just plain old good common sense. And you know what?

NOTHING IS WORKING. I lose anywhere between 8-11 pounds, and it just STOPS. My body literally puts the brakes on.

It's so frustrating.

I'm tracking my food. I'm weighing my food. I'm monitoring my exercise calories, I'm not overeating, I'm not over drinking, the scale is just not moving.

Online friends mean well when they say "but if your clothing is fitting better, etc..."

Well, it's NOT. I'm just getting bigger.

Sure, I'm getting stronger, much stronger, but does that have to come with a weight gain price?

I don't know?

Here is a photo of me just taken on Monday October 27, 2014. With my extra 40 pounds. But not only do I have an extra 40 pounds on my body, I have an extra 40 pounds on my weight bar.

That's right. I PR'd my back squat by 40 POUNDS!

When Atkins reached out and asked if I'd try their plan, I decided WHY NOT? I've tried everything else this year (I even gave up alcohol for the ENTIRE summer...not ONE pound was lost) so what do I have to lose?

This CrossFit Mom is excited to give the Atkins Diet a chance.

Have you ever been on the Atkins Diet? What do you know about it?

Be sure to follow along with me and Atkins over the next few months as I eat a diet prepared for me by the lead Atkins dietician, eat their protein shakes for breakfast, and see if I can shake things up a bit around here!!

You can follow Atkins here:


This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Atkins.


Ronin does CrossFit: The Diablo Games 2014

Last year I competed in my first CrossFit comp, The Diablo Games. You can read all about my experience at last years event HERE.

This year I've been struggling with a nagging and severe foot injury, so when the WOD's were announced for the 2014 Diablo Games, I knew I was out. Yell

I was able to complete the chipper WOD Trick and Treat at the box the day before the comp. I did fine, and finished in 12:13, for both WOD's combined, plus the mandatory 2 minute rest. 

But it wasn't that WOD that scared me. It was WOD #2 which involved jump rope. I just can't jump at this stage of the game.

But really, I'm not here to talk about what I can't do, I'm here today to talk about what my son CAN DO!

Ronin has really been excelling in his sports lately.

For his FIRST CrossFit competition, I was more nervous for him, than he was!

He was calm, cool, and collected.

I was there as a volunteer, helping to mark athletes and pass out goody bags, and also served as general "athlete love" making sure everyone was comfortable. But I also had to be on "Ronin Patrol" making sure that he wasn't off getting himself into situations where he could get into trouble. He did fine, no issues.

And before we knew it, Event 1 was up!


Coach Jen prepped all her athletes and they went through a warm-up. She explained what they needed to do in the WOD, and Ronin did not pay attention. This would later come back to bite him.

You'll notice the WOD calls for burpees where the athlete jumps on a plate, Ronin didn't pay attention during the briefing, so he wasn't jumping on the plate, he was just doing burpees, so he got no repped A LOT. As he should. You need to pay attention and do the movements correctly.

After the first event he was in 5th place. He made it to the 12th round of hang cleans, and got in one burpee before time was called. 20 pounds was heavy for him, so he also got no repped quite a few times on the cleans because he couldn't get those elbows up!

Surprisingly he wasn't too disappointed with a 5th place finish. We talked about what he needed to do to move up in the rankings, (mainly...PAY ATTENTION) and he spent the next couple of hours just running and playing while the adults moved through their events.

And then WOD 2 was up!


Ronin felt very confident and comfortable during this event. And any event that involves running, he'll excel. After WOD 2, these were the standings.

He finished WOD 2 FIRST, and must have finished with a pretty good lead to boost himself from 5th, to a 3 way tie for first. And he was tied with 2 girls. Bam. Go girls! #LikeAGirl.

For Event 3, Ronin and I brainstormed how he would tackle it.


We decided that he would go for the 2 small wall climbs IF he was able to get to the wall first, otherwise there might be too much of a line. So he knew that he would have to run FAST to make sure he was out of the building first, and the first one to the wall.

We also spoke to his coach about the jump-rope skill. Due to Ronin's autism, he has some fine and gross motor delays that make more complex athletics difficult, and that includes jumping rope. His coach knows this as she's seen it first hand. We also had another boy competing that has a visual impairment and he can't jump rope either, so for both of these boys, line jumps were put in the place of jump rope. 

And then they were off!

This event had Ronin's name ALL OVER IT! He was finished with the KB swings first, and out that door very very quickly, he scaled that small wall twice, and I cheered him inside and said "back to the KB Ronin" and off he started towards that end of the gym. Thankfully he made it only 1/2 way before his judge hollered "Ronin, come back, you need to do your line jumps." Oops. Bad mama. I forget totally about the jumps. He made it back, did his 20 line jumps, and then was back at the KB. And again was first out the door and off on his 100m sprint.

He finished this event FIRST and actually wanted to do more!! He has so much energy it's just unreal. He finished Event 3 with a time of 3:58. He was very fast.

We both felt pretty confident that after a tie for first after the second event that Ronin would end up placing FIRST for the competition.

And we were right!! He did place first!!

Overall, Ronin did GREAT!! ALL of the kids did GREAT!! CrossFit has given this group of kids the confidence to step outside their comfort zone in so many areas. Its also given my son the opportunity to be with kids his own age, when he's often socially awkward in typical settings. He much prefers the company of adults.

There are a few skills we need to work on before next year, but I can only seem him improving with age, so I expect great things again for the Diablo Games 2015.

Have you or your child ever competed in a CrossFit competition?