Elloooooo. Do you ever have those days where you just can’t get it together? I’m sure you don’t. But sometimes I get those days. Today I did. It has been one of those days where I’ve just been sad about dumb stuff that doesn’t matter.  I’ll spare you from all the details. They don’t matter. The only reason I’m telling you this is because it’s never too late to change your attitude and have a better day. And I’m also telling you this because sometimes friends call you and talk some sense into you, tell you everything you need to hear, all while not making you feel bad about yourself. And then you feel like you’re on track again. You know who you are.

Moving on…because at the end of the week, I like to say nice things about people on here – so that other people can know how great they are and/or be inspired. And today I wanted to tell all of you about my husband. His name is Daniel. I prefer to call him Daniel. But many call him Dan, and frankly Dan rhymes with a lot, so sometimes I call him Dan too. In fact, I think I accidentally started the “Dan” thing a long time ago. But his name is Daniel. First things first. 

I talk about Daniel on my blog from time to time… because he’s easy to talk about, he’s better at cooking than I am, he has great ideas, he’s my husband, I live with him, and he says things that are worthy to be heard by others besides me. But one time a looooonnngggg time ago, I wrote a whole entry about him on my blog. It was like one of the first things I wrote about on here because he was the person that told me it was time to start a blog, and after a few months of putting it off, I finally listened, and made my own cute little blog. 

But I wanted to talk about him again. Mostly because he’s been out of town for a few days, and I miss him. I’ll try to keep it short though because I originally started this post around 4 pm today, but it’s now 9 pm (I got a little distracted, anddddddd my computer hates me and randomly turns off and doesn’t save my work). 

But back to Daniel. I’m biased, but he’s a pretty spectacular dude for a lot of reasons. 

First of all….look at him. 

 photo by our neighbor, Josh  (Josh Wilson Photography)

photo by our neighbor, Josh (Josh Wilson Photography)

<<<I also like that picture because he is working out, and I’m just watching him/cheering for him/yelling at him in the background.>>>

Second of all, he’d be the first to tell you he’s not perfect by any means. And we -as a couple- most certainly aren’t perfect. 6 + years of marriage will show you that. We’ve had to work our way through some junk. And I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the easiest person to live with. But he does a good job putting up with me. And I DO believe that the more difficult days are 100% worth it because they shape us into who we are right now. 

And at the end of the day, he is my person. My man, Danif you will. I won’t bombard you with all of the reasons why I love him…Especially since most of the people who read this little blog, read it for fitness inspiration, not to hear some crazy chick talk about her marriage. But I DO want to brag on him a little bit and talk about how CrossFit has helped us as a couple and a family. 

Daniel works really hard. He works full time at St. Francis Hospital in Greenville, where he is over all things non-invasive Cardiology. He is over a department, made up by a group of great people. He has a lot of responsibility, yet he still makes time to better his health every day. Whether it’s doing CrossFit, just trying to stay active, or eating what he knows is good for him, he gets it done, and doesn’t make excuses. And I think people look up to him for that.  He works in the health care field, and just like most Americans that work 9-5 type jobs, sometimes work can be a little stressful. But he is able to use CrossFit as an outlet after work, and I’m thankful that it is something that we can do together. 

We began doing CrossFit sometime at the beginning of 2013. Two of our good friends, Kelly and Jason, are really strong, and they’re the kind of people that get into some cool adventures and/or activities. At the time, they had been doing CrossFit for awhile and loved it. We wanted to leave the looooonnngggg running, and elliptical machines, and free weights behind us, but we were a little hesitant about the price of CrossFit. Well, long story, short…Daniel applied for a job that would have been a little bit of a pay cut. He didn’t get the job, and we were a little bummed at first. Buuuttttttt, here’s to looking on the bright side of everything… He looked at the whole not getting the job as having more money in the bank to do CrossFit. <—–I dunno if I made sense right there, but it makes sense in my head. If that makes no sense, then carry on. It’s not important. All you need to know is you get what you pay for, and we gave in and made the investment. 

So, we went through foundations at CFEC (with about 13 other people), and we were hooked. I was pretty terrible. I mean, I could like run and just plow my way through workouts, but I was terrible, had no body awareness, and had to have a looottttt of help from the coaches that I now get to coach alongside (there’s hope for everyone 🙂 Daniel was decent at first, but he got better way faster than I did. It was a sloooooowwwww process for me. I remember in Foundations, not being able to do a pullup, and needing a thick green band for assistance, and coming home and crying (SHOCKER, RIGHT?!?!?) But Daniel picked up on the movements faster than I did – especially those gymnastics movements, which is how I gave him the name, Muscle Up Man Dan. He loves it when people call him that. 

One Saturday, about a month into CrossFit, we were partners in a workout. I don’t even remember the whole workout, but it had a lot of running in it. Unfortunately we had to run together. I was a little more into those 400 meter runs than Daniel was, and we got in just a small, little fight about keeping up in workouts. He then called me Jillian Michaels, and that was the last day we were partners in a workout. I’m willing to give it a shot again though soon. 

But on a serious note…CrossFit for us has been one of the best decisions of our marriage. You’re probably like “WUT?!?” But for real. Here are a few reasons why (but not in any order of importance)

First of all…we get to workout together. We don’t like take the same class or anything, but 9 times out of 10, I’m usually there when Daniel is there. We don’t workout together, but we do the same workouts every day, and that’s cool. 

 Second…We’ve been able to meet some pretty incredible people through CrossFit. The coolest thing about CFEC (and I’m sure you can say the same thing about your gym too…or hopefully you can:) is that everyone is different. We are friends with all different kinds of people- People that don’t all look the same as us, don’t all think the same as us, or believe the same as us. But they are our friends, and we love them. Fitness, working out, going hard in the paint, and sweating all over the floor brings out the realness in people, and the world needs more REAL. 

And Third…CrossFit has helped us to establish some habits that have dramatically improved our health. There are a couple of restaurants in Anderson that are amazeballs, but we would always overeat and feel pretty bad about ourselves after the fact. And then I would go try to “run it all off” the next morning. We also used to overdo it BIG TIME with food and drinks during football season. But now, we’re pretty chill about all of that for college football. I’ve also put some bad habits and negative thoughts behind me when it comes to binge eating and exercising. I used to have some pretty dumb thoughts and exercise habits that probably weren’t the best for our marriage. Daniel now has a workout routine that he loves. Before CrossFit, going to the gym was hit or miss for him because it was hard to stay motivated working out by himself. Now, he’s motivated, doesn’t miss a day, and loves to set goals and exceed his expectations. 

Anyway, it’s getting late, and I need to take a shower and go to bed before coaching/watching people dominate the assault bike at 5 am tomorrow morning. Thanks for listening to me brag on my husband and share a little about how CrossFit has impacted our life.