• Interview with Christmas Abbott

    September 27, 2013

    Hi, guys! Happy Friday!

    Remember when I met Christmas Abbott at the CrossFit Games back in July? Well, I had the opportunity to interview her via email last week. So cool! Christmas recently competed in the Spartan World Championships, so the nice folks from Spartan helped coordinate our interview.

    Without further ado, here’s what Christmas had to say during our Q & A!

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    I know you eat a clean, Zone-esque diet, but what’s your favorite, going all out cheat meal?

    Cupcakes!!! Preferably filled with custard. YUM.

    What did you eat for breakfast today?

    Three eggs, 1 1/2 sliced apple. 3 Tablespoons of almond butter. Water.

    When you’re training for a competition like the Spartan World Championship, how do you mentally and physically prepare yourself?

    I incorporate more strenuous running into my workouts. I try to work out outside and embrace the elements more.

    What’s your pre-competition routine consist of?

    I CrossFit regularly, yoga and running.

    If you’re willing to share, who is your tattoo artist?

    I have a few!! It depends on where I travel to. I haven’t lived in the same place all my life so my tattoo artist has changed. However, I seek out the best in the city and will travel for ink!

    Will you share a little about your time overseas in Iraq? What did you do there?

    I started as a “Laundry Attendant” and worked my way into Regional Supervisor for the Laundry. Before I left I was Camp Operations Specialist where I coordinated logistics to help maintain the camps sustainability.

    What’s your biggest CrossFit “goat?”

    Rowing! I conquered thrusters…now I need to conquer and love rowing.

    What’s the hardest CrossFit WOD you’ve ever done?

    Kelly – 5RFT of: 30 Box Jumps, 30 Wall Balls. I was only about a year into CrossFit and just a little more out of smoking. It was the first time I ever did a 24″ box jump. The guys I work out with (this was in Iraq) always said if you can do it one time, you can do it as many as it demands. The workout took me over 45 minutes to complete. But I did all rounds, all wall ball shots with the 20 pound ball and the 24″ box. It was a mental breakthrough as well as a huge accomplishment.

    What’s your best advice for someone just starting out with CrossFit?

    Enjoy yourself and learn the proper technique! It’s the foundation of your success.

    What’s something people would be surprised to hear about you?

    I was a vegetarian for eight years. I started eating meat when I was twenty and haven’t looked back!

    P.S. Be sure to enter my giveaway to win a pair of Reebok Nano Speeds! I will pick a winner on Monday!

    P.P.S. Rank & Style just picked the winner of The O.G. bag yesterday (sorry for the delay). The winner, Haley S., was notified via email. Congrats, Haley! Thanks to everyone who entered!

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    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat September 27, 2013 at 10:25 am

    It was great reading some info on Christmas Abbott since I don’t know a whole lot about her. I was a vegetarian too for 10 years. It wasn’t until about 5 years ago that I started eating meat again; although, I don’t eat red meat at all.

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    Lisa September 27, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Awesome interview.
    Rowing is something I love to do since I used to be a rower in high school, I never understand how people don’t love that machine as much as I do;)

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    Sim @ The Micro Harvest September 27, 2013 at 10:39 am

    I love this interview. She is such a strong and healthy role model for women! Thanks for sharing!

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    Amy @ The Little Honey Bee September 27, 2013 at 10:50 am

    What a great interview — love all the questions (and answers!) So psyched to be starting Crossfit (finally!)

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    Tracy September 27, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Hi, I enjoyed the interview it was inspiring. I am an older cross fitter with no lil to no athletic background. I often mentally defeat myself saying what I can’t do.

    Thnx
    Tracy

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    Kelsey @ Ramblings of Change September 27, 2013 at 11:08 am

    What an amazing opportunity and interview! She is one of my CrossFit idols (I have quite a few…), so it is cool to hear from her!

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    Chrissy September 27, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Kelly is my hardest workout too!!!!

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    Sammy @ Peace Love and Ice Cream September 27, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Great interview! She seems so cool and easy….and really pretty!!! #StrongisthenewSkinny!
    -Sammy @ peaceandloveandicecream.blogspot.com

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    Ashley September 27, 2013 at 11:48 am

    She seems SO cool! Very chill.

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    Nelly September 27, 2013 at 11:49 am

    LOVE Christmas! I live in raleigh and went to her box the other weekend! She is awesome

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    Jen@ Chase the Red Grape September 27, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    What an inspiration Christmas is!
    Great questions too Tina!

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    Captain Competition September 27, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Good interview. I am so glad to hear that someone else doesn’t like to row machine.

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    Jess September 27, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Her body is ridiculous! I REALLY need to start eating better. #inspired

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    Jess September 27, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    By ridiculous…I mean AMAZING! I LOVE the strong/lean look…and like I said…I REALLY need to start eating better! : )

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    Jackie September 27, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Wow, cool girl!

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    Emil September 27, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    She seems like such a chill, fun girl to know. Great interview!

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    Melissa September 27, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    How fun! I was in Iraq the same time she was and all the guys had a crush on her even then. LOL.

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    Annie @ herightfit September 27, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    I think she is really helping shape perceptions of what makes a beautiful, fit woman. Great interview!

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    SarahD September 27, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Can I just say that Christmas is now my favorite girl name? Why didn’t my parents think of that??

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    Annette@FitnessPerks September 27, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Cool interview!

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    Taylor @ Single-tracked Mind September 27, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Great to see someone mixing CrossFit with running and yoga! Refreshing mentality.

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    Alexandra September 27, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    I have such a girl crush on her, she is beautiful and inspiring. Kelly is my least favorite workout too, we are doing it as our comparision paleo WOD and I almost decided to not go through with the paleo challenge because I couldn’t imagine doing that workout again next month.

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    Lindsey September 27, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    She’s the best! Definitely my favorite crossfit athlete. By the way, doesn’t Kelly include 400m runs too?

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    Renee September 27, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    I love her sleeve! I’d love to get one someday. Need to get killer Crossfit arms first though! haha

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    Amy September 27, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    so cool!! shes such a badass

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    Purelytwins September 27, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    loved this interview!! she is so inspiring, just like you!!

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    Allie September 27, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    ahh this is an amazing interview! I just started CrossFit so this is such an inspiration! I have a new girl crush

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves September 27, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    This is a great interview! Thanks for getting the scoop on such an inspirational athlete!

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    Ashley September 28, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Great interview! She is such an inspiration .

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    Megan Infantino September 28, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    She seems so down to earth!

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    Sarah October 3, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Christmas is one of my biggest inspirations…great interview

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    John @ Fat Loss Diets that Work October 9, 2013 at 7:20 am

    A very impressive individual, nice to see the part about making the change back to eating meat too!

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    Kashish @ Christmas Abbott Diet December 3, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Great Interview, I have been following Christmas from quiet a few days. Strict Paleo diet is good but I like her idea of Cheat Days and Cupcakes are my favorite too!

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    Becky @ Life Outside The BOX December 10, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    She is such an inspiration! I’m so jealous you were able to meet and interview her! Super cool :)

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