Losing weight & gaining confidence has meant a lot to this self-proclaimed, “mama-bear”. But the friendships and support she’s received have made all the difference. And her healthy recipe she’s sharing with you will change your life forever. Ladies & gentlemen, I give you Mandy Oeltjen.
J: What do you do for a living?
M: I’m an administrative assistant for an engineering firm.
J: Where are you from? Where did you grow up?
M: I am originally from Southern California, but moved to Colorado right before High School and consider that home since my family is still there.
J: What brought you to CrossFit Progression? How did you find us?
M: A co-worker told me about it. She said how much she loved it.
J: What’s your favorite thing to do outside of the gym?
M: Spend time with my husband & kids. We like to do all sorts of things together.
J: We have Hip Hop Friday, but do we need to talk about an entire day at the gym devoted to Country music?
M: I love Country music so I would say, Yes!
J: Favorite cheat meal?
M: My husband’s special spaghetti.
J: What’s your favorite healthy recipe?
M: Paleomg’s Sweet Potato Brownies.
J: Would you rather: Clean & Jerk or Overhead Squat?
M: Clean & Jerk (I haven’t actually done either so I googled it, ha!)
J: Would you rather: Leopard Crawl or Mountain Climbers?
M: OH man that is hard; they both are terrible but if I have to pick one it would be the Leopard Crawl.
J: What’s your least favorite movement?
M: Burpees for sure!
J: What’s your perfect WOD?
M: Any type of strength training. I like working with weights.
J: What goal(s) are you currently chasing?
M: To keep working out. This is the longest I have gone with keeping a routine.
J: What’s one thing that your fellow CFP members would be surprised to know about you?
M: I have lived in 25+ different houses/apartments, in 5 different states, and 1 country in my lifetime. The home I live in now has been the longest, which is 10 years.
J: What’s the hardest part of CrossFit?
M: Because of my size it can be very exhausting during the workout.
J: What’s the best thing you’ve gotten out of your time at CFP?
M: Because of my size I am very self-conscious. No one judges you there. I am accepted. That is a great feeling.
J: Favorite piece of advice you’ve gotten from a coach at CFP?
M: I received a lot of great advice; however, just knowing that I had someone on my side fighting for me to get through a workout or even just a certain movement was incredible.
J: What’s your spirit animal? 😉
M: Bear. I am very protective of my kids.
J: How has your outlook on yourself changed since joining CrossFit Progression?
M: I have gained confidence that I didn’t know existed. I still can’t believe I am doing CrossFit!
J: What has been your fondest memory during your time at CFP?
M: The friendships I have made. They will be forever.
J: How is your experience at CFP different from what you’ve done previously?
M: I’m actually sticking with it. It’s fun and inviting. You keep wanting to come back even though it’s hard!
J: What would be your one piece of advice for someone who’s just joining CrossFit Progression?
Look at me; I’m a large woman and I’m doing it. I am proof that anyone can do this!