My name is Becca Brill and I was born and raised right here in Indianapolis. My family lives near Eagle Creek Park and I have loved being on this side of town. I am the oldest of 5 (3 brothers, 1 sister) and it’s been a fun crazy ride! I went to college in Hillsdale, Michigan, to a small school called Hillsdale College. If you have never heard of it, that’s totally cool. It’s got like 1400 students and is this interesting combo of Tea Party students and hipsters. As a Fine Art major, I fell under the hipster department, flannel and all. ☺ After I graduated I was getting ready to teach 4th grade at a small school in Pennsylvania, but (thankfully!) got a wonderful job offer at the last minute from a school here in Indy, and decided to come back after all. I never regretted it. Indianapolis is one of my favorite cities, hands down.
When I was in college I had heard about Crossfit through my participation in the paleo lifestyle. I was a pretty active runner and swimmer, but doing something like power lifting and burpees for days just sounded crazy to me. So I never tried it. Fast forward to my first year teaching… I was feeling really drained physically and mentally and had tried several different fitness options during the school year (Zumba, running, and yoga), but was feeling unmotivated to continue/ not challenged. This cycle of unmotivation continued into my second year of teaching. I was stuck in these terrible cycles of exhaustion, poor eating habits, and countless reruns of NCIS. I was super depressed about it and told my sister Hope about how discouraged I was that I couldn’t get out of the cycle of Frappachinos, naps, and tv shows when I came home after school. She had just started at 317 and was really wanting a buddy to come to the gym with her, so when she challenged me to come with her I was like, “what the heck? I am wasting all this time sleeping and watching shows anyway! What’s the worst that could happen?” I was ready to try anything, even the crazy Crossfit.
Never say, “What’s the worst that can happen?” Because burpees will happen….. Burpees will ALWAYS happen…My first WOD was a variety of movements, but the only thing I remember was lots and lots and lots of burpees. My forearms were burning so bad after that WOD that I had to sleep with my arms completely straight in front of me…. For two weeks….. I literally couldn’t bend them!
I visited once with my sister last September, and then signed right up for the October intro class. Almost a year ago! ☺
Oh gosh! Pretty much right away…. I have always been into fitness and have a small competitive streak, so the whole style of Crossfit really interested me. I love the variety, I love that no matter what level I get to, it’s still challenging and changes me.
Short Term– Those darn DU’s… and ring dips… and always getting heavier in my lifts.
Long Term– Bar Muscle Up, Handstand pushups, and doing my bodyweight in every lift!
I guess this isn’t really something that I have accomplished, but just that I am so BLESSED by God to have such wonderful friends and family in my life. There is no way that I could do what I do every day without their encouragement and support. God is so good to me.
Favorite– Any body weight movements (burpees, box jumps, situps, pullups, rope climbs etc) and hang snatch/cleans. I don’t know why, but I really love to hang anything….
Least favorite– Oh gosh….. Double Unders? Because I can’t freaking figure them out yet! And maybe wallballs…
I teach K-4th grade art at a Christian liberal arts school near the east side of downtown Indy called the Oaks Academy. Their goal is urban renewal and I could not be more excited to teach for them for a third year. Even though there are days that are hard, I love my kids, my class, and my administration. I can literally talk for hours about my school, it’s just that rewarding. ☺
Cooking, reading, thrift shopping, making people coffee (I used to be a barista), discovering new foodie places in Indy, watching old movies, and being outside as much as possible!
I did Paleo in college, but I now try to stick to Whole30 as much as possible. It literally changed my life and perspective on food. If you have never read It Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, you need to do so! It will change your life. So I tend to eat pretty close with Whole30 during the week, and then will occasionally let myself get a treat or go out to eat on the weekends.
Favorite Whole30 meal is probably Chicken Thigh Curry. OH.MY.WORD. sogood. I make it with Cauliflower rice and have never regretted giving up rice ever again. I also have the awesome Whole30 approved Pumpkin Pie protein shake that I just started making. It is also delicious!
Non Paleo- A toss-up between homemade pizza or s’mores for sure! S’mores are like my favorite dessert ever…Definitely not Whole30. ☺
Catalyst from Advocare.
I love to collect old records. I just got this awesome vintage record player which inspired my record collection. I have several Johnny Cash albums, lots of jazz, and lots of my favorite indie bands. It’s so fun that vinyl is being produced again!
Although I am the oldest in my family, I am also the shortest (including out of my mom and dad.) My brothers love to rub that fact in.
I have hiked the Grand Canyon in a day…. And almost died of dehydration. To this day, the sight of orange Gatorade makes me sick because my brothers and I had to chug almost a gallon apiece when we got back to the top. That was an exhausting hike!