We are both busy professionals. Dan is an Attorney (running his own law firm) and I’m a Doctor of Pharmacy (cardiology specialist) working for a pharmaceutical company doing medical education/research. We have 3 kids (ages 5 1/2, 4 and 2). Life is a little crazy (understatement). Before we had kids, we traveled the world. We LOVED hiking. We loved “working out” (it shouldn’t be called working out when compared to CrossFit, but there’s nothing else to call it (now we would call it a warmup)). I ran alot. Then … we had 3 kids in 4 years. We have a full gym at home so we tried our best to continue working out while we were being blessed with kids. But … it was hard. When you’re home and there are 3 kids constantly fighting for your attention, it just couldn’t happen. So after the youngest was born and I returned to work after my 6 month maternity leave, it got even busier. Basically, all we did was work and “kids”. There was no “us”. So, I wanted to try to get “us” back. For weeks I thought about what we can do to spend time together – and love doing it. And I kept going back to how much we just loved working out/hiking, etc. Joining a gym wasn’t going to accomplish my goal, so I researched something we can actually do together. Something we can do LIFELONG. I wasn’t looking for a quick fix. I came across CrossFit. I’ve heard of it before. I recalled hearing about the intensity, the craziness. It sounded just like us. Our lives. So I started researching it. I researched gyms all around us. I narrowed it down to 3 and then decided to present Dan with the proposal.
So one day at dinner – after work, 3 screaming kids at the table, I look at him and say “I don’t mean to add more to your plate but I was hoping that you and I can do something together to reconnect. Just to try to spend a little more time together.” He said “like what?”. I said “CrossFit!”. He had no idea what it was. So I told him all about it. Everything! He thought I was going to offer something like winetasting (which didn’t make sense because I was still nursing) or photography classes (because we had just bought a really nice camera that neither one of us knew how to use – and still don’t … thanks to CrossFit).
So – we visited all 3 gyms. The gym that was only 2-3 miles away was coached by someone too inexperienced. The really nice HUGE gym was too impersonal. Too many people. Not impressed by the coaching. Then – of course, the farthest, most inconvenient gym – was the one we chose. Barbarian.
The coaching is incredible. It’s about being safe. Having good form and pushing yourself. We joined a little over a year ago – August 2014. We’ve become so close to many of the members. How can we not? We see them more than our own sisters/brothers. Plus – we obviously all have something in common to be there!
Bottom line – we started CrossFit to have something that we can do together; enjoy it; talk about it; live it; love it. It has brought us closer and made our marriage even “stronger” :-). No pun intended! I honestly believe it’s made me a better mom. I have a place to go to have nothing else to think about except finishing a WOD (without killing myself). I love every minute of it.
Daniela – Now the bad in all of what I just said: I can’t get enough; can’t stand when I’m not there at least 3 times/week; I plan around it; miss the kids for that hour … but I wouldn’t change a thing.
Dan – and the bad part: I don’t take late afternoon appointments (need to be at the box before 5pm), adjourn hearings if I haven’t been called before 3pm, I have to buy a new wardrobe (no more suits off the rack), paleo replaced bread and desserts, drinking gallons of water… but I wouldn’t change a thing.
Goals: Overall goal is to be the most fit and healthiest that we can possibly be for our children, and each other! My other “tangible goal” is to do a rope climb, have someone take a picture, and not have to do it again :-).
What we’ve accomplished: Every day is an accomplishment for me. This is the healthiest and most fit we’ve ever been!
What we want to accomplish: Lifelong healthy living.
How it has changed our lives: besides it taking a priority over work sometimes :-), and the WOD being the first topic of discussion every morning, it has become a completely different lifestyle for us. We eat better. We push our limits. We discuss exercise, health and nutrition with our kids (when my 5 ½ yr old daughter had to answer a question at school on “what is your mom’s favorite food?” when working on a mother’s day project … she answered “paleo muffins”. Yikes!
I’ve always been “small/petite”. But … 106 lbs can definitely distribute differently is someone who is fit and someone who is not. I’ve never ever been in better shape. I’m mad that it’s winter and I can’t show off my arms now that I finally have some muscle.
Dan is the biggest success story: He has NEVER EVER been < 200 lbs. NEVER. He’s tried every fad diet; has done the lemon cleanse, etc. Now, with CrossFit and Paleo, he/we eat more than EVER. And he is 196 lbs! No fad diet. Just a healthier lifestyle. He looks and feels like a completely different man. He looks younger than me and I don’t think I like that. But I couldn’t be prouder!
This has also changed our kids’ lives. They eat what we eat. They do what we do. Our eldest also now “coaches” us at home. Tells us to get against the wall … do walking lunges … do high kicks down and back … and then “go grab a barbell” …”grab a rower” … yep …. But the funniest thing is … they all think Adam is stronger than Superman.
The last thing we want to say is that if we can do it, anyone can. I have never touched a barbell until we joined. I never knew what a box jump was (and sometimes still wish that I didn’t :-). But we rock it out now! We’re 2 fulltime professionals with 3 kids, 5 yrs and younger. Nothing is easy. Nothing is convenient. If you want something bad enough, you need to work at it and for it. We’ve never taken the easy path in life. We’ve always worked for what we have. Including this. Would I rather be snacking on Doritos watching some reality show? Tempting. But, I’d rather be around to watch my kids grow, PLAY with them as opposed to just watch them from a chair, and be around when they need us the most. No excuses.
FINALLY – We start every WOD convinced we can’t/won’t finish, and then you do!!!