How CrossFit is like Marriage

You might have seen that I posted to Instagram a quote from a soon-to-be featured couple answering the question, “Do you relate any elements of CrossFit to marriage?” I didn’t realize it when I put my questionnaire together (ages ago!), but after several features, and receiving a variety of answers, I’ve concluded this is my favorite question of all time! I decided to round up the answers from past features and share them here, so you can see why this is so awesome, too!

CrossFit is about never throwing in the towel and giving up, it’s about being honest about your workouts and being supportive of the community. All of these pertain to marriage and always standing by your partner, telling the truth and being there for one another.

-Laura, CrossFit Noble

CrossFit Couple


Like CrossFit, there will be good days and some not so good, but you keep showing up, trying hard and don’t give up.

-Traci, CrossFit Chadwhick


We use CrossFit as a way to refocus. There’s no better way to get over an argument than throwing heavy weights around and yelling (cheering) at the other one to keep moving/pushing harder. No matter what, we are there to support one another!

-Karli & Matt, CrossFit Shatter

Karli and Matt

The best part of CrossFit is encouragement and I feel like it really translates into our relationship. For example, a couple weeks ago he saw me struggling mid-WOD to finish the 3 rope climbs I had left. He actually stopped in the middle of his WOD and said “I know you can finish this, we will do it together!” He got on the rope next to mine and did 2 extra rope climbs for me… Now that’s love!

- Alesha, CrossFit Wolfpack


If you know a CrossFit couple (or you’re a CrossFitter!) submit your love story here or ask your photographer to submit via TwoBrightLights!

Please tell me, what elements of CrossFit do YOU relate to marriage? 

Engagement Party!

Gooooood morning, and happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was good! We were out of town for my sister-in-law’s engagement party, which was a lot of fun!

We were in charge of dessert and I was so pleased to stumble on Cakes by Tawanda and Extraordinary Cupcakes in Williamsburg. Both were a pleasure to work with on really short notice and, as you can see, the dessert table turned out beautiful! We focused on lilac, one of Amber’s colors, which I’m sure we’ll see a lot more of on the wedding day!


The party was a lot of fun! We played a bunch of really fun games like the shoe game where the couple is quizzed on questions like “who does most of the cleaning?” Or, “who spends the most money,” and they have to raise the right shoe to say who!

We also played a newlywed game with couples in attendance (including Aaron and I) and we had a lot of fun with that, answering questions like “what’s your spouses favorite food?” and “how does your spouse like their eggs cooked?” As each of us answered, our spouse revealed their answer and whether it matched up. The game was really fun for everyone — from four to 40 years married!

We tried to go out furniture shopping after the party because we move into our new place this weekend (!!!!!!) but we were so tired, we didn’t last long! We’re so eager to shop and buy things for the house, but we really need to get in there first and see what we need and what will work in the space.

On Sunday we went to church and then got on the road to come home. As you know, the Whole30 starts today and I hope I’m still going strong by the time you read this! :) I started reading the book and couldn’t put it down! It’s been such an eye-opener and I’m really glad I’ve decided to do this.

What did you do this weekend? 

Did you have an engagement party? 

Fashion Friday: Feyoncé Style

Hey, hey! Happy Friday!

I’m headed out of town tonight to attend my sister-in-law’s engagement party in Williamsburg tomorrow. She got engaged last Christmas so this party has been a long time coming!

For the event she purchased this off-the-shoulder sweater that says Feyoncé from Etsy — I die! This is seriously the cutest top, ever and it makes me sad I’m not engaged anymore and have no excuse to wear it!

BridetobeStyleSports Bra | Nike Zoom Fly Sneakers | Feyoncé sweater | Athleta Leggings

Of course, paired with these black and berry nikes, you’ll definitely look the part of a fit bride! (And one with great musical taste, too!)

What are your favorite bride tanks and tops? 

Weekend plans?

Whole30 Meal Plan & Grocery List Printables

Nothing gets me pumped about meal planning like a pretty printable so, I created this pink planning document to write out my first week’s meals during the Whole30.

Whole30 Meal Plan

I like to write out my groceries and what I need to prep after I write out my meal plan so I created this grocery list, too!

Whole30 Grocery List

You’ll notice I didn’t put Sunday on the meal planning document because I lusually go grocery shopping on Sunday! It’s also impossible to plan out every single meal for a full seven days so I like to leave at least one day open!

Will these docs get you excited to meal plan? Download them!

These links open into PDFs:

>> Whole30 Meal Plan + Whole30 Grocery List <<

Both files are 8×10 so all you have to do is click ‘em and print ‘em!

I’m still working on filling everything in. In fact, I need to edit my ideas at this point. I found a lot of great recipes on Pinterest (see them here) and I need to narrow them down.

In fact, I need to make week one as simple as possible! We’re traveling out of town this weekend and probably won’t get home until late Sunday night. I plan to shop on the way home and prep what I can that night, but it’s definitely going to be tricky! I’d love to hear your ideas for a last minute prep! 

Do you like to use meal planners?

Do you write out your meals and/or your grocery list?  

Be FFAB! Workout of the Week II

100 Burpees for Time

I know.

This is insane.

It really is.

And, even if you don’t already despise burpees (which, chances are you do!), you will likely despise them after this. That’s what happened to me… This exact workout was on the programming at my box a few months ago and I walked in excited and walked out totally whooped! I vividly remember feeling winded at 30, and panicking a little thinking “I’m not going to make it!” Of course I did but two days later I could hardly move my arms! Sign of a good workout, or insanity? You be the judge! :)

Yesterday, Karlye and had a similar reaction to this workout we did yesterday (another one from the programming at my box):

10 Thrusters
10 Over-the-bar burpees
8 Thrusters
8 Over-the-bar burpees
6 Thrusters
6 Over-the-bar burpees
4 Thrusters
4 Over-the-bar burpees
2 Thrusters
2 Over-the-bar burpees

Of course neither of “enjoyed” the burpees, but we did enjoy getting in a really good workout in less than 10 minutes! That’s the beauty of burpees, right? No equipment needed, explosive and the perfect OMG-my-heart-rate-is-up movement, to make even the shortest workout feel tough!

So, how about giving it a try? If 100 seems way out of your league, try just 50 or 25. Don’t forget to time yourself, too, so you can retest in a few months and see if you’re any faster!

Do you hate burpees? 

Have you ever done 50 or 100 burpees for time? 

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