I'm a  Jesus-follower, creative, author, CrossFit Affiliate owner and CrossFit Level 2 Trainer.  You don’t have to travel this crazy journey alone—let’s do it together. 

As seen on Good Morning America, the CrossFit Journal, CrossFit Games, CrossFit Podcast, White Bear Lake Magazine, WCCO, CBS and more.

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Did you find me through “Famished, Force-Fed, 450 Pounds—”?  How it all began...

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Did you find me through “Famished, Force-Fed, 450 Pounds—and Finally Fit”?  

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The Book

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Lifting The Wait: A Story About Faith, Fitness & Perfect Timing

Book #2 - Waitless: The Unlikely Advocate

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"Ever since I saw her story in the CrossFit Journal Athena has been a source of inspiration to me. I have followed her on social media for a while now and looked forward to her book! It was so worth the read and I look forward to reading more from her!"

- E.L.

"As a Christian, Crossfitter, and a person who’s struggles with past trauma this book touched my heart! I have followed Athena and her story since watching her on the live Crossfit Open announcement in 2018. I was so proud of her when I watched and inspired to work harder. Well done Athena!"

- Hiddenstar

"This inspiring story is a wonderful read. The courage it took for her to tell her story is remarkable. So many lessons and words of inspiration in a time when many people struggle to get through the day. The lessons on self talk and interpersonal happiness are easy to relate to. Thank you for sharing your story."

- Trevor Henke

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essential spiritual truths

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Let’s be real- Weight loss is often a self-centered pursuit and yet we hope that God will bless and strengthen our efforts. When we commit our goals, plans, and passing on the second cookie to Him, He will show up in a big way.

1. Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:3 ESV

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Every time you make a healthy choice that you know is good for your body you are worshiping God. Don’t just lift your hands and your voice to Him on Sunday – worship Him with all of your body, mind, and soul!

2. Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship. Romans 12-1

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All of those characteristics are important to nurture, but don’t miss the “self-control.” Don’t pick and choose which fruit of the Spirit to include in your life. Work on all of them, including reigning yourself in to do what’s good for you instead of just what sounds good at the time.

3. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

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You were created to do good works but your weight can hold you back from doing those things. They could be physical activities because there is lack of energy or maybe it's more emotional because of built up insecurities. Step out of your comfort zone. Be vulnerable. Get out there and serve!

4. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:10

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I’m Athena Perez, a Christ-loving dog mom and CrossFitter who is on a long journey of self-discovery. I’m obsessed with sharing everything I’ve learned to help you too!  

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