Spending 16+ hours in CrossFit New England (CFNE) this past weekend might not sound like a good time to you, but to me it was heaven. Talk about being in a room with 50 or so people who think just like you do. We all think CrossFit is the bomb, it changed our lives, and eating Paleo is a lifestyle choice and not a diet. (God I hate to even type the word diet.) It was 9-5 on Saturday and Sunday and we worked out both days. Our day alternated between large group lecture and break out groups of 10-11 people for some hands-on learning with a coach. I tell ya’, it’s really humbling to be CrossFitting for close to 14 months and still have your form and technique picked apart by the coach. It just goes to show that no matter what you may have heard; CrossFit really does care about safety and form as a priority. And no matter how long you’ve been exercising or how much of a ninja you think you are, no one moves perfectly all the time. Well unless you are Heather Bergeron, co-owner of CFNE or Austin Malleolo, head coach of Reebok CrossFit One in Canton, MA. Both Heather and Austin demonstrated all the moves for us and helped teach the workshop. I was in awe the entire time watching these two elite athletes move with perfection; they make it all look so easy. Oh, and did I mention that Heather just had her third baby six weeks ago and looks amazing standing still and while doing muscle ups? Silly me for leaving that part out 😉
I was able to talk with Heather for a few minutes after the workshop was over. I wanted to know what advice she had for the everyday mom who reads this blog. Here is what she had to say:
“Be consistent. When you keep up with this stuff (exercising and eating paleo) you feel good and have more energy and are a happier person in general. “
Humm… this sounds vaguely familiar. Kinda like the answer I give people when they ask me how I get up at 4:30 in the morning to exercise!
We got to talking about critics; people who just don’t understand the paleo lifestyle. They think it’s some fad diet and try to make some moms feel guilty for feeding their children this way. Here is what she had to say:
“Really believe what you are doing is the right thing and forget about what everyone else says. It’s too easy to give in and buy or make separate meals. If it’s not good enough for you why would you feed it to your kids?”
I actually found myself saying this in my head on several occasions as I follow a strict paleo diet and my kids are gluten free and paleo at home, but I do let them have some questionable items when we are out. It’s a fine line between giving in because it’s easy, and being “that mom” who won’t let her kid eat any junk. In terms of exercise, Heather says:
“Be consistent! It’s too easy to come up with excuses not to exercise. How many days do you wake up and say I don’t have time to brush my teeth. You always have time. If you really sit back and think about what you are spending your time doing….like Words with Friends, Facebook, reorganizing drawers, etc. The time is there-make it a priority.”
The same mentality goes for those who say they can’t afford to eat healthy.
“How much money do you spend on coffee, chips, beers, etc.?” The money is there, you just have to find it and make eating whole foods a priority.
This is exactly what I have always said; if something is important, you will find a way to make it happen. Whether it’s time in your day to exercise or money in the bank to buy better quality food, it has to be a priority. For me, the health of my family is priority. And I know that the food I choose to feed my family can either make them sick or make them strong. The expression I use is “pay now, or pay later.” I can pay now by spending more money on groceries and more time making my own food, or I can pay later in co-pays to the doctor’s office or pay emotionally when someone I love is sick. It’s a no brainer for me. I’ve already been down the road of paying emotionally when someone I love was sick, only I had no control over that situation. I would rather not have to go through that again. Here is one of my favorite quotes I found on Pinterest: