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For those that may not know me, my name is Kari and I am co-owner and part-time coach at Big Horn. But my life obligations don’t end there; I also work full-time, rotating shifts as a meteorologist. Even better? I am also a mom to two very busy little boys. So yes, I am a CrossFit Mom.

I started CrossFitting in 2008, long before I settled into domestic bliss. Back then, I loved getting my workouts in every day. After that, I started training for Regionals in 2009 and 2010 while I worked and lived in South Korea. I would get in one and sometimes two workouts every day. My numbers were awesome!

Being a CrossFit Mom

Fast forward to 2017 and things have changed. I am lucky to get into the gym two or three days per week. My numbers have started over twice. I first became a CrossFit Mom in 2011 after we welcomed Bryce and again in 2015 when we had our second beautiful boy, Jaxson. Suffice to say, my priorities have changed.

CrossFit Mom

I would be lying if I said this was an easy transition for me. I struggled a great deal with not being able to maintain the momentum I previously had in the gym, as well as the infrequency I saw myself making it in. My husband Brian would tell me to make time for myself and to just do it. Although he was trying to be helpful,  I would scoff in my mind and think about all the things that needed to be done at home.

What about the dishes that need washed?

How about the laundry that needs cleaned and folded?

The house is a mess!

But guess what? After almost six years I am finally able to say NO!

No, to putting myself last (Seriously…You are more important than dirty underwear).

No, to discounting the importance of me time (It will make you a better Mom…honestly).

No, to thinking that a 30 year old (give or take) working mother can’t put up awesome numbers (I’m coming for you 300lb deadlift)…because you can.

For or all of our amazing CrossFit Moms and moms-to-be, learn to say no. It’ll free up a whole lot more yes in your life.