tsmallWhat is your name?
Teresa Albani (soon to be Teresa Ashley)

Do you have a nickname?
No nickname

Where were you born and raised?
I was born and raised in Masontown, PA (Fayette County)  I moved to Pittsburgh in 1994.

What do you do for a living?
I work for Highmark as a Pharmacy Rebate Account Manager

What is your Athletic background?
I am the anti-Athlete!
I have run 4 half marathons (all Pittsburgh), several 5K’s and did the Dirty Girl Mud Run last year

How long have you been CrossFitting?
On 2/18 it was be 6 months

What is your favorite CrossFit movement?
This is easy! Deadlifts!!!  It is the one movement that I can lift over 100 lbs.  The Push Jerk because it reminds me of Superstar (LOL)

What is your least favorite CrossFit movement?
Without a doubt, ALL of the gymnastic movements!

What has surprised you the most about CrossFit?
So much has surprised me about CrossFit!  Since I do not consider myself athletic I wasn’t sure how I would do and how I would fit in.  It amazes me that everyone is so supportive.  I also like that all of the movements can be scaled so that no matter your skill level you can participate and feel like you fit in.

What were your CrossFit goals for 2014?
My goals were simple since I started mid-August.  I started CrossFit because I was looking for a new method of working out to help me on my quest to be healthier.  After that my main goal was to give it a fair shot. I was completely intimidated after Prep class and not so sure I would stick with CrossFit.  Lastly, regardless of how sore I was I vowed attend 3 days a week.

Did you accomplish them?
Yes

What is on your CrossFit to do list for 2015?
Right now, not much but I will likely add to my list as the year goes on
1. Attend 4-5 days a week
2. Not be intimidated to try a Saturday 11:00 WOD
3. DUBS
4. Bodyweight Deadlift (this is an end of year goal)

What are you most proud of?
My sons! Anthony & Dominic

What is your favorite book?
Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia and any sappy romance Novel (big fan of Nicholas Sparks)

16666298995_db9de660e3_oWhat is your favorite quote?
Life’s too short to wake up with regrets. Love the people that treat you right, forget about those that don’t. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a 2nd chance grab it with both hands. If it changes you, let it.

Why do you CrossFit?
I love the results!!!! I love the muscle definition I see.  It is a complete mood make-over on a bad day.  I look forward to the WOD’s no matter how brutal.  I love that I burn 400+ calories in 1 WOD.  Although running was my main mode of fitness I always considered it my necessary evil.  I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it.  I can honestly say I LOVE CROSSFIT (I guess I drank the Kool-Aid)

3 words friends would use to describe you:
Dedicated, Independent & Crafty

Name 3 things on your bucket list:
My bucket list is mainly around travel.  The 3 places that I’d love to visit are: Australia/New Zealand, Italy and Barbados

Can you tell us something about yourself that would surprise us?
There are so many things about me that would surprise you!
In 1994 I won a Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo from B-94.  (No, I don’t have it any longer.)  It wasn’t completely free.  I had to pay the sales, State and Federal tax on it.  Essentially I paid $10,000 for a $35,000 vehicle.