- If it feels good, it can’t be that bad.
- If you want to see life differently, ask a child.
- Women were designed perfectly to have children with no interventions.
- Don’t mess with Mother Nature.
- Don’t ask questions you don’t want to know the answers to.
- Be kind to your spouse/partner especially when you don’t want to.
- Marriage is work but it is the best job you’ll ever have.
- Your children are watching you, not Big Brother.
- Sometimes you may swear to make a point but other times be more creative with your words.
- Yelling sucks unless you’re at a concert, sporting event, or CrossFit.
- Know who your core friends are and treat them like royalty.
- Interact with the people you come in contact with on a daily basis and use their name. If you don’t know it – ask.
- A simple act of kindness goes a long way.
- Anything boys can do, girls can do better.
- Dance whenever you get the chance.
- Sing in the shower.
- When in doubt, hug.
- You need germs to fight germs.
- Christmas is and will always remain my favorite holiday unless they name one after my Mom.
- Why can’t everyone just get along? – Really?
- I don’t have time for politics. I either like you or I don’t.
- It is hard for me to disguise what I am truly thinking.
- Suck face whenever possible.
- Worry attracts problems.
- Trust that the outcome is out of your hands and have faith that God will deliver.
- Go to bed thinking about 2 or 3 good things that happened to you that day.
- Laugh until your sides hurt.
- Create a beautiful day, always.
- Treat your body right and it will remember to do the same.
- You can’t eat marshmallows and Doritos and expect to be healthy.
- If you can’t see your toes past your belly and you’re not pregnant then you better make some lifestyle changes before it is too late.
- Make the most of the moments we have together.
- Put down your phone & enjoy the world around you.
- Pick up your phone and SPEAK with someone instead of texting.
- Be present with your children and spouse.
- Create your own traditions and celebrate them.
- Have a backwards day. Breakfast for dinner, for example. Break up your routine.
- Get good at crossword puzzles.
- Keep learning new things.
- Wear solid colors in pictures.
- Being color-blind means seeing the world through my own set of lenses.
- It’s not how you see the world but how you see yourself in it that matters.
- Trust your instincts, always.
- Talk nicely to yourself.
- Treat yourself well and make time for you.
- The sound of the ocean is magic but when you can smell the waves and feel the sand beneath your toes it is pure Heaven.
- I am responsible for how my kids leave this planet.
- If I could choose any animal to be my best friend it would be a dolphin.
- I was a woman before I became a mother.
- Look deeply into your children’s eyes when you talk to them and teach them to do the same.
- Good manners never go out of style.
- I believe that rainbows are made by my Mother to cheer me up when I am having a bad day.
- Move your body before it moves you.
- I’m not old, I’m old school.
- If you have to ask you probably already know the answer.
- Embrace polka dots, period. Get it?
I am strong from within.
From the depths of my soul to the core of my being.
My strength defines me.
My female heart knows no limits.
She takes on any challenge with reckless abandon.
Stay out of her way because her compass is strong.
Before you even notice she will pass you and cross the
finish by putting her heart on the line with a roar.
— Kerry Marraffino
This will be my fourth time participating in the CrossFit Open. The first time was in 2013 and I had no idea what I was getting into or what it was all about. I decided to do it because my coach, Steven Wang, told me I should do it and believed in me. This made me believe in myself. I had only been doing Crossfit for about 8 months and still had many moves (and weights) I couldn’t do. I set a goal to get a score for all 5 workouts and not get disqualified before the end.
I was so excited to do the Open in 2013 that I did my first workout with just me and 2 of our coaches. Needless to say, they were much better at CrossFit than I was. We had 7 minutes left and I was not able to get the weight over my head. I thought to myself, “I can’t just stand here and watch them (the coaches).” Everyone was cheering so I kept trying. After at least 12 failed attempts I finally got the weight over my head, not once, but 7 times. By the end of the Open I was able to do 20 lbs. more than that.
A funny thing happens when you compete in the CF Open. You get to see what you are really made of and how deep you can dig. Each year I have had several firsts in the Open which is amazing with everyone cheering you on even if you are last to finish the heat. The CrossFit Open is about competing with yourself – mind and body. As my coach once told me you can teach skills but you can’t teach heart. For me, it’s not about finishing first or qualifying for the Regionals or going to the CrossFit Games. It’s about not giving up, hitting new records, giving it my all and then seeing where I stand compared to the year before. I am happy to report that even as a Masters athlete I get better every year.
I have some of the best coaches around. You can see Gabriele Schlicht in many of these pictures. She is my inspiration, a friend and has 3 medals from the CrossFit Games, including Gold.
All photos taken by Pamella Falcao.
I recently did an Abs Challenge with a bunch of friends and strangers on Facebook. I was going to blog about my experience as I went through it but my abs were too tired. Just kidding… actually, I’m not kidding. They call it a challenge for a reason. Last year around the holidays I did the same challenge. We started with 25 sit-ups and added 5 more reps every day. So day two was 30 sit-ups, day three was 35 sit-ups, etc. By the end of the challenge we were to hit 325 reps. Holy crap, I really didn’t need to do that math but it was hard to avoid it since I was the one who did the calendar!
The first few days I thought this isn’t so bad. 25 reps were pretty easy but I started slowing down when I got to 40. Then we were approaching 100 reps and all I could think was where is my rest day? The not so funny thing about if you skipped a day you had to double up the next day to make up for what you missed. When I did that and had to do 200 + sit-ups in one day instead of 105 I thought to myself wow, I need to refocus because I am NOT doing that again. It became apparent early on that if I didn’t get them done early in the day I would run out of steam to do them at night. Refocus I did – I jumped out of bed to do my sit-ups, put on some Tyler Rich, and knocked them out. For a while I almost looked forward to doing them. Then my lower back and my abs started to get fatigued. I got an awesome AbMat to give me a greater range of motion but also to support my back. This helped a lot. It was much better than the rolled up hand towel I was using. You can see what I got here http://amzn.to/1ZuVF3M
I learned a lot about myself such as when things are going well and I am seeing results I want to quit for some reason. It’s as if I think my goals will continue to be met if I’m not putting in the work. I had to look deep inside myself when I noticed that happening. Reaching out to the members of our group for support really helped. I asked them to hold me accountable as I was doing for them. The amount of encouragement from our group was amazing. It took a few days of struggling with that to realize that when you meet a goal it is much easier to keep up the momentum then stopping and starting again. Last year when I did this challenge I quit before the end when we hit the 200s. This year I did all but the last few days. I think my results could have been better if I watched my diet during the holidays. I am very happy with my results though because I can feel how strong my abs are and have noticed a difference in my appearance. I have moved onto maintenance mode which reminds me I am going to add some extra abs exercises to my routine tomorrow. I will be doing more challenges. If you want to join me sign up on my contact page. There were people in our group who had never exercised before and others who were mega exercisers and even did double the amount of prescribed reps each day.
Please join me on my next challenge! More on this will be coming soon. It will be more than just the physical aspect.
Welcome to KerryMarraffino.com! I am so happy that you have stopped by and hope that you stick around. My goal in starting this blog is to offer inspiration to other Moms who exercise no matter what their fitness level, shade of green, or age. I believe that we can all help each other be our best self as we reach for our goals and dreams and set a healthy example for our children, friends and family.
I have always been interested in nutrition, taking care of myself, and leading an active lifestyle. Like you, over the years, I have had several close friends and family who have died of cancer and other health issues. This made me think. “what can I do so that I don’t end up like that?” I really want a great quality of life for as long as possible. However, it was when I became pregnant with our first child that I really started to do my research about my health and the baby’s health in utero and beyond.
I have learned a lot and continue to learn more. I have lifted weights off and on over the years and did yoga and Pilates through both my pregnancies. When our daughter, our second child was 10 months old and I was a couple of months from turning 41 I discovered CrossFit. I absolutely LOVE it for several reasons such as the sense of community but also because it works with my limited schedule and the workouts are constantly changing so I don’t get bored.
I have been CrossFitting for 3 years now and when I started it was not pretty. I had trouble doing the 5 lunges in the warmup because my balance was so bad. I have competed in the CrossFit Games Open each year since 2013 and am proud to say I completed each one.
Two of my girlfriends and I won The Disney Fit Challenge in 2014 in the Female Masters Team division.
I hope you will join me on my journey as I continue to challenge myself physically, cook healthy food, and get healthier and stronger every day. I am here to show you that anyone can do this – I know because I did and I am a busy Mom who works every day like many of you.
I don’t use our children as an excuse not to exercise but rather I use them as my motivation. I admit it took me a long time to find the right man and to start a family. I want to be on this beautiful earth to see my children fall in love and have babies of their own.
I want people to look at me and say,”You’re an inspiration. Because of you I didn’t give up.”