Some days I question the path I’ve chosen and the goals I have set for myself. Balancing motherhood with life is hard enough, now add to that the desire to becoming a competitive athlete in this growing sport, CrossFit.
Trying to juggle taking care of my family, our box, and myself; it always feels like there’s never enough hours in the day.
Because I know my training time is limited, I give 100% in my sessions within the time I do have available. Always trying to prove to myself that it’s quality training over quantity. I’m also still exclusively breastfeeding, so I have to plan when I’ll be taking breaks in between WOD’s to feed my baby.
If you haven’t experienced any of this it’s hard to understand how draining it can be.
I consider myself lucky to have my biggest supporter always by my side. And I like to remind myself to find motivation within myself. Remembering that I competed in the Crush Games in Florida 5 months after having a baby. And that I continue to train everyday despite being exhausted from night wakings. But some days I need that extra inspiration. I need to be reminded that training for CrossFit (and being successful) while balancing motherhood and work is possible. I need to hear it from other CrossFit moms. So here are some quotes from a few CrossFit Games “supermoms”:
“It’s important as a mum to invest time in yourself, just like you invest time in your partners and your child, because if you’re not looking after yourself then you can’t be a good mum.”
Denae Brown, 1st place Australia Regional and 2-times Games competitor.
“I want to be the best mom, the best wife, the best teacher and the best athlete. But how can you be the best at everything with only 24 hours in a day? I am still trying to figure it out. In the meantime, I am always trying to maximise my time.”
Valerie Voboril, 4-times Games competitor, 3rd place finish in Games in 2011 & 2013.
“Growing a beautiful life, bringing it forth into this world and nourishing it with your body – I don’t care what gym you walk into or which athlete is there, you are the baddest mother in the place. One of the greatest things I have gained from my experience with pregnancy and fitness and now as the mother of a school aged child who trains as a competitive athlete, is to let go of the rigidity. It seems contradictory because training requires such consistency and discipline. However, fluidity and flexibility lead to balance.”
Elisabeth Akinwale, 4-time CrossFit Games competitor.
Who are your favorite CrossFit supermoms? Let me know!
U have no idea how inspiring your writings are to me I’m a regular girl who just started crossfit and studies at the same time if u can do it so am I as well lots and lots of applause to u my friend !
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Aw thank you so much. Balancing different parts of life is tough but manageable! Good luck in your studies and keep CrossFitting 💪