Member Monday: Jenny Westphal

20
Aug

Member Monday: Jenny Westphal

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This week we check in with member Jenny Westphal! — Crossfitting since: July 2013 — A little about yourself: A forever resident of WI (minus a stint in Anncey, France) I'm a solid blend of my parents—- artistic talent from my mom and athletics from my dad. Which has lead me to have a feed/fuel my relationship with art and athletics in my life. If I have a creative block, any demanding physical activity helps me by allowing my mind downtime. I got into sports by cycling to play pickup tennis matches over summer. Over the years that grew into organized road cycling, hiking and lifting while going to college at MIAD (The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design). Unfortunately college is where I picked up some horrifically bad nutrition habits. They compounded after graduation and followed me into high stress ad agency work. Even though I had a garden and grew a lot of my own food, I frequently skipped meals due to my job as an Art Director. I classically neglected my own health for "the job", but hey I was winning awards so I thought it didn't matter—until things came to a crashing halt and then it did. I got into 2 cycling accidents: one horrific endo flip and one with an SUV. After these accidents I knew I had to change my diet and workouts. (No more 5k morning runs, HA yes I used to be a daily runner.) I chose to invest in myself because I hated hearing that my injuries were probably worse due to my poor food choices. So, I completed a couple of nutrition challenges at the gym, and just when I started making some progress another hurdle hit me like a brick. He was 6' muscular, blonde veteran who's PTSD quite literally left imprints on me. It was my level of fitness and knowledge of BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-jitsu) that allowed me to be a domestic abuse survivor instead of the alternative. This is where I'd like to thank Brie. She is one of the few people who instead of politely disregarding my bruised face, took time and asked if I was ok. Her actions created trust and a feeling of community, but more importantly made me feel that I wasn’t alone. Bouncing back from that I chose to focus on my future. @jwestphal76

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