Each month, in order to get to know our Centex community better, we are going to highlight an Athlete of the Month. This athlete has exhibited determination, growth, and a great attitude in the gym. They challenge and encourage their teammates on a daily basis and represent CrossFit Centex with pride.
For the month of May and in honor of Mother’s Day, we wanted to highlight our May Athlete of the Month with an amazing example of motherhood and fitness, Paulette Montelongo!
Paulette and her family have been familiar faces of Crossfit Centex for as long as we can remember. Over those years as a member, her relationship as a mother in the box has changed. She used to run out of the 5am class early to make sure she had enough time to fix the girls hair before school to now being driven to the gym by Marisa and competing against and supporting any of her kids in the daily WOD.
We thought the quote below not only fit Paulette but all the other strong mothers we have at the gym.
“Some women are lost in the fire and some women are built from it.”
Tell us little bit about you and your family.
A little bit of history about me. Mark and I have been together for 29 years, and married for 19 years. We are blessed to have 3 beautiful children that keep us going 24/7. We started our venture from New Mexico to Texas 10 years ago for Mark to further his education. We thought we would only be here until he finished his Master’s degree, but we fell in love with Belton. Our oldest, Marisa is 17, she joined CrossFit 1 ½ years ago, also partakes in the Vaughn Weight-lifting class. She competed in her first Weight-lifting competition in February of this year. Megan is 15, and is busy with school activities, and both girls are BHS Cheerleaders. Mateo is 12, and plays any sport he can find, and joins us occasionally for a CrossFit workout on family days.
What are your hobbies and interests?
My hobbies are being with family, the outdoors, cooking, baking, taking vacations and any crafty item when time allows. I also consider my career as a Pediatric Nurse as one of my hobbies as well.
What is something we don’t know about you?
I was the queen of big hair in the 80’s, just ask Mark and was a nationally ranked Baton twirler in high school, and chosen as an All-American Twirler to perform at a half-time show for the San Diego Chargers.
When did you start crossfit? Why? Do you remember your first wod?
Our venture to CrossFit all started when one day Mark said a new Gym had opened in town but when we drove by is was filled with nothing much but a few bars, rowers, wooden boxes and pull-up bars. Needless to say I was very iffy about going, but he stopped by one day to check it out. That was 6 years ago! Our first WOD was Fran, to this day I remember saying to myself, what in the heck did we just sign up for. I also remembering having the Fran cough and I thought to myself this workout gave me asthma.
What is your favorite/least favorite thing about crossift? (movement, wod, etc.)
I enjoy our WODs most days, I like most movements that are body weight, and my friends at the box tease me because I like burpees. The movement I dislike the most are snatches. Plus I still hate Fran.
How has crossfit and/or Centex affected your life?
CrossFit has changed our lives for the better. We eat cleaner, we are more active and I always say the CrossFit is my life insurance! Plus we have gained great friendships in the community as well.
What advice would you give a newbie?
My advice to a newbie: I always say if I can start CrossFit at 40, you too can do it! It is not about the amount of weight you lift it is about working through it and finishing!
Tell us your most memorable moment/wod/etc. at Centex?
The most memorable WOD at Centex was early on and was a ton of sprints and lifting, only because I puked right after! I have yet to perform that episode again!
Have you met any goals since starting crossfit? What future goals do you have?
I have met several of my goals during my 6 years at Centex, but I feel I continue to meet them every day when I show up at 5am.
Give a favorite quote or encouraging word.
One of my favorite quotes:
Life is like a camera…
Focus on what’s important,
Capture the good times,
Develop from the negatives,
And if things don’t work out,
Take another shot.