Madeline... so much has crafted this woman into who she is today. A D1 athlete to a wife, mother, teacher- decided she finally needed to like herself.
With a lot of carving out time between all those roles (not to mention house building) she has become a better version of herself.
She has become an I'mPossible Mom.
Read Madeline's answers to all those important questions you need to ask yourself too.
Q: Do you consider yourself an I'mPossible Mom? If so, why is it important?
A: I do consider myself an I'mPossible Mom, but it has taken me a long time to get here. Life is chaotic and busy with ALL THE THINGS that make up our daily world. For the longest time, I had this notion of having to do it all and be everything to those important around me. It left me exhausted and ironically caused me to neglect me. My weight suffered. My self-esteem suffered. In the last 4 years I've slowly come to realize that I do matter and I need to take time for me to become a better version of myself. I need to like ME.
Q: What inspired you to begin making yourself possible?
A: I was tired. All the live-long day, I was tired. I was chasing a 5 year-old and an 8-month-old, while also trying to keep up with work and a household. I was anywhere from 15-20 pounds overweight, and I began to have this defeatist attitude of, "Well, I guess this is just where my body (or weight) is comfortable and happy." I didn't feel worthy. I would see Joe after school on the days he would come to EGMS for after-school workouts with the kids, and he would pester and ask and beg for me to get back to the gym. I think he saw my potential more than I did. At the very end of January, 2012 I just decided to jump back into a workout routine. I could either continue to stay where I was, or I could take the leap and see where it would go.
Q: What progress, both physical and mental have you achieved since you started to dedicate time to yourself?
A: They physical changes have been lovely. I've lost and kept off 15 pounds. I'm still a work in progress, but that's the fun part. I will continue to see growth and change in the coming years. I'm in as good of shape, if not better than when I was competing as a D1, Pac-10 athlete in college. I am lifting just as much weight as I was when I was 20. While the physical changes have been great, it's the emotional/mental changes I've experienced that have been the game-changer. I matter. I like myself a whole lot more now than I did before. I get cranky when my gym routine is messed up! I care more about what I'm putting into my body. I don't care what the scale says as much as I used to. I care about what my kids and my husband see, and hopefully that a more confident mom and wife.
Q: Is it hard to make yourself possible? Why/Why not?
A: I wouldn't say that it's hard as much as it is simply a choice to make myself possible. Was it hard in the beginning? Absolutely. Now, it's part of who I am. It's part of my routine. Crossfit (or whatever the routine may be) has given me that outlet to be competitive and strong. There are days when I whine and don't want to work out, and there are days when my schedule just doesn't allow me to be at the gym, but ultimately it always comes back to choice. I choose to strive to make myself a priority.
Q: By making yourself possible, what message do you believe you are sending your husband and children?
A: I love this question. My kids, Kellen and Allison, have spent a good portion of their life at Triumph! Allison spent countless hours in a playpen over in the corner of the gym her first few years of life. Kellen climbs on the bars and from time to time will work out with me. They know the routine. In fact, if I take a different route home, Allison knows and asks, "Uhh, mom? Why aren't we going to the gym?" I want my kids to see me as someone who takes care of herself. I want my kids to see that being strong is beautiful. I ESPECIALLY want my daughter to grow up understanding that being tall, athletic competitive, and powerful are very important and that she doesn't have to fit this mold of what society tells her to be. She is going to be tall. I want her to stand up tall and throw her shoulders back with grace and confidence. My husband, bless his heart, has always loved me for me, and for that I'm forever grateful. I like to think he understands my competitive spirit considering he too, competed at a collegiate level once upon a time! In the last few months he has started his own workout routine in our shop, so it's been fun to compare notes. I like to hear about his workouts, and I share mine. I'm proud of him and his efforts to be the best version of himself too.
Q: What would you like to say to all those moms out there- that may be having a hard time making themselves possible?
A: I'd say the first thing is to make the choice. Just take the chance and try. The first step is the scariest, but you have to give yourself the opportunity to see possibility.