Athlete of the Month - Liz Greco

Tell us a little bit about yourself! 

I'm a stay at home mom. I always have a hard time writing that because I am so much more.

I'm blessed to be able to stay home but being a mom is probably hands down the hardest job I've ever had. Both my boys are special needs and bring me so much joy but can also can be very challenging. My day to day is always an adventure to say the least!

Tell us about your family. 

I'm the youngest of six. Some in my family would like to say I was the spoiled one. I believe I was the good one, which in turn let me get away with much more then them. 

I'm pretty lucky to have three amazing men in my life, one being my husband and two being my twin 10 year old boys.

How did you hear about Crossfit Delaware Valley? 

My sister in law Amy. She belongs to Crossfit West Chester. I was looking to get into something new so she suggested I check out Crossfit Del Val. The rest is history as they say. 

Tell us some memories from your first class. 

All I remember is Pete Carrea yelling at me to run. I thought why the F is this guy screaming at me?? But at the same time I kept my ass moving. I quickly learned after, that right there is what Crossfit is all about and I was hooked. 

We can usually find you at either the 9:30 or noon class. Tell us a few of your favorite memories from that class. 

Sooo many favorites! One of my first 9:30 classes they were celebrating someone's birthday after class and everyone brought all this food and booze, I thought wow, it's 10:30 in the morning and everyone's drinking. These are my kind of people! The inappropriate banter between coaches and athletes is probably my favorite. I mean we aren't called the Dirty 9:30 for nothing! 

You just finished up the Fall Nutrition Challenge. Can you tell us about your experience and how it turned out for you?  

First and foremost Jacki did an awesome job running that challenge. She was available 24/7 with all my cry for help texts. She even got me through Halloween. I've yo-yo dieted my entire life. I went into this challenge saying I wanted a permanent lifestyle change that I could actually stick to. And what I found in taking the 7 week challenge was exactly that. I've learned portion control as well as "treat" control. I always had a hard time with combining the two. My daily stresses in life can derail me, as with most people.  I've learned how to NOT let them derail me. I feel 110% better with all aspects of life with my nutrition under control. CrossFit class and eating well went hand in hand for me since I've started CrossFit. But not getting into class for consecutive days for whatever reason (kids sick, holidays etc.) would totally sink my good eating. It felt like I was "starting over" all the time. I've learned during the challenge how to get through that. I'm happy to say I'm down almost 20 pounds since starting the challenge. I have a long way to go but I feel like I finally got it. 

What are some short term goals that you have recently achieved and some long term goals that you would like to achieve? 

I've never really set goals for myself other then getting to the gym consecutively. But I did recently...finally..move to the floor for push-ups. My goal now is to try to work on them as much as possible so I can stay on the floor. Double unders and the dreaded kipping pull-ups are next. 

Tell us about a recent PR and your game plan to achieving it? 

I recently PR'd with my shoulder press, push press and box squat. Doing the challenge has definitely improved my confidence with lifts. It's truly amazing how much nutrition plays a part. I also have my good luck charm Julie to thank. She gave me the push I needed to get those records.

What have you learned about yourself since starting Crossfit? 

I've learned that no amount of therapy can cure what a good ass kicking Crossfit workout can cure. It's truly my sanity and look out if I can't get in for a few days! 

What is one piece of advice that you would pass along to a new athlete who is just starting Crossfit? 

Don't be intimidated.  Stick with it. Show up. Don't be afraid to scale. No shame in it. Don't obsess over the whiteboard. Compete with yourself. 

Tell us something we don't know about you... I've been watching General Hospital since grade school 

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I love my husband Bill because... haha how did this question get in here?? Is the correct answer because he makes the best wangs in Delaware County?? I love him because he's the bees knees (just heard that recently and had to use it!)

My favorite type of music is.... ugh hard question. I love all types of music... I guess my favorite to workout to would be hair bands or 80's pop and my favorite song is... impossible to answer. Right now I'm on a Wham kick (r.i.p. George Michael!)

If I could go anywhere in the world it would be to... anywhere with my husband, with no kids of course lol

I'm really excited for... kids to go back to school (that sounds horrible lol)

I find happiness in... a quiet house and a martini ...or two

Extra comments: I've made some of my best friends here at Del Val. Everyone should be as lucky to find something they love and to do it with such great people.  Being supportive of each other and to each other is what makes this a wonderful and amazing community.