My name is Kelly. My friends call me KJ. I am a wife to an incredibly fun and supportive husband, and a mom to a wild little two year old and soon to be new baby. I am also a CrossFitter. I have had a healthy obsession with health and fitness since high school, but this obsession was catapulted to new extremes when I discovered CrossFit in 2008. Since then, I have helped open and run two different CrossFit gyms, become part of the Level One staff, and competed in the CrossFit Games. Even larger events in my life since then have included my wedding day and the birth of our daughter in May of 2012.
The problem is I have found myself falling in to the category most new parents do- the one where you regularly use the excuse of, “I have been up half the night- I don’t have to workout now, AND I think I have earned and thoroughly deserve to eat this giant bowl of Cocoa Puffs”. The excuses are never ending, and throw in living in three different states since we had our daughter, and I can add even more to the list! Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t completely stop working out during the last two years- I was back at regular body weight the day I got home from the hospital with my daughter as well. I just feel like I have thrown in the towel and I owe my family more than that. I need to demonstrate to my children what a truly healthy lifestyle is, and need to include my husband in that as well.
Over the last two years, I have received a new e-mail or Facebook message from women all over the U.S. about once every ten days sharing with me their new pregnancy news and asking what I changed in my WOD’s throughout the pregnancy. I share with them the wonderful website, www.crossfitmom.com, as well as what worked and did not work for me. Safety is key, and I am no doctor! I am so honored these women would seek me out and trust my coaching ability enough to ask me such questions that I always share these messages with my husband, Tanner. Every time I do, he tells me, “you should really just start a blog”. At first I laughed and was terrified of the simple thought of it. It has taken me about six months of thought to finally break down and do it. I am a pretty private person, and not a very good writer, but I am going to do this anyway.
This blog will be for all the mamas, old and new, out there who are having trouble getting back in to their fitness rhythm. I don’t care if you are a CrossFitter, a bodybuilder, a triathlete, pilates master, or avid step class participant-if I can help just one mama out their feel better about herself because she got back after it for her health and to be a better role model for her little ones, my mission is accomplished.
On Saturday I will be 34 weeks in to my second pregnancy. In the time from now until this little bean decides to fly out of me and in to this bright and sunny world, I plan on sharing with you what I have done during my pregnancies to stay fit in a safe way for my baby. After the baby comes, I am going to take two weeks to rest and bond with this beautiful little creature. However, after that two weeks of bliss (if all is well and I get the go from my doctor), I am going to return to my WOD’s and Zone diet. I am setting a goal of nursing for eight months- that is how long my milk lasted with my first, and I am hoping to make that same amount of time, so I will need to gear my nutrition in such a way that allows this. I will share with you when the time comes exactly how I plan to accomplish this, and how I tweak things along the way to maintain my milk. My goal is to write at least one post per week for the next year. I will share with you my measurements, nutrition, workouts, and some lovely photos (most likely taken at four in the morning). I have decided, to keep myself on track, that I will participate in at least one competitive athletic event every six weeks, and am hoping my husband will join me as well.
My year of weekly posts will end at the beginning of the CrossFit Open in one year. My overall goal is to have my family cheering for me in the stands at Regionals next year, and I want to walk in as one of the top ten women in the Region. The most important things in my life are my husband and babies, but this mama is making a change. I am making myself take 60 minutes each day to work on my fitness, and will be Zoning my food to the perfect proportions. I am doing this for my family- to set a better example of what a healthy lifestyle is. Any data that I am able to collect I will share with you- and please go easy on my writing skills (or lack there of), I was a science major!