"Member Monday: Mary Spaniol"

CrossFit has given me so much; the information to dispel myths and actually improve my health, the ability to understand that strong doesn’t equal bulky (and if it does - who cares!), a community of unconditional support, and most importantly a community where I was able to find confidence in myself, inside and out.
 Photo Courtesy of: Samantha Chin 

Photo Courtesy of: Samantha Chin 

1. Choose 3 words that best describe you. 
Optimistic
Light-hearted
Unique

2. In 2-4 sentences, tell us - "Why CrossFit?" 
Before Danny and I started lifting, I was like many post-college grads “skinny-fat” girls; my answer to most things was “run more.” CrossFit has given me so much; the information to dispel myths and actually improve my health, the ability to understand that strong doesn’t equal bulky (and if it does - who cares!), a community of unconditional support, and most importantly a community where I was able to find confidence in myself, inside and out.  Kingfield is, and will always, special place to me.  It’s where I transformed as a person and made numerous life long friends. So, I CrossFit because I like the person it has helped me become, the challenge it presents, and the people I get to do it with. 

3. What goals are you working on INSIDE of Kingfield? 
I’m someone who NEEDS goals inside of Kingfield; it gives my competitive personality something to focus on. A lot of people might not know, but at one time, I have worked with almost all of the coaches on something CrossFit related. Currently, Caitlin and I are two-years into developing and refining my gymnastics (i.e., handstand walking, ring and bar muscle ups, etc.), overall strength, nutrition (haha I’m a weirdo and don’t eat enough carbs), and mindset (aka Mary needs to be okay taking breaks and go easier on herself ). All of the work I’ve done with the coaches has been incredible and incredibly helpful. They get to know you, want to help you, are excited to be there, and always have your best interest in mind. Thanks guys :) 

4. In 2-4 sentences, tell us what you're up to OUTSIDE of Kingfield. 
Well... if you’re looking for me outside of Kingfield, you probably shouldn’t; I’m in prison, but they keep letting me out, so that’s cool. Haha for the record, I work in prison (a super-max) - I’m a psychologist; Dr. Mary.

I work with incarcerated male offenders who have severe mental health symptoms, are a danger to themselves or others, and/or no one knows what’s going on with them and I’ll try to figure it out. I get to help a lot of people and it’s pretty fun.

When I’m not at Kingfield or in prison, I’m probably with my amazing (unbelievably patient) boyfriend and my dog... haha probably pointing out a dog, talking about my dog, or showing him a dog that is “the one” who I “need” to get. Surprise, I love dogs (haha and I told ya, he’s very patient).  Other than that, my niece and nephew are my favorites, I try to volunteer at the animal rescue, and I love to read and nap (naps for the win).

5. If you had 1 box for all of your things - what would you put in it? 
How big is this supposed “box”... my pets would definitely go in it- 1. Because my dog is terrified of life and 2. Because my 21lb cat is lazy AF.  Depending on the remaining space, I’d put in a copy of my dissertation (cuz that wasn’t easy), family heirlooms (WWII stuff, Great Grandma’s jewelry, Ali poster), the candle my nephew made when he was 1 month old, at least one of my fabulous dresses, and I’d top it off with my cell phone (I’m horrible with telephone numbers), a snack, and a beer... cuz if all of your stuff is in a box, you’re probably having a bad day ;) 

6. Lastly, what is your spirit animal? 
After hours in the car, I read this question out loud; Mike and I answered at the same time... (Me) “Unicorn”... (Mike) “Puppy... oh wait, probably a Koala. They sleep 16 hours a day, like you.” 

So for the record, my spirit animal is a unicorn, because they’re majestic, unique, pretty fancy, and “unbelievable”  

Haha if I had a dollar every time was told “you’re unbelievable” I’d have at least another fancy dress.