Humans of LoLo: Alison Melis [CrossFit Pregnancy]

Sep 26, 2019

Alison has been blowing our minds in the gym lately with the upcoming arrival of her second child in the next week. We took the opportunity to learn a little bit more about this amazing CrossFit Momma who is crushing inside and outside of the gym!

What’s Up? Tell us about what’s going on in your life right now:

“Well I’m due with my second baby in just over a week. We don’t know the gender, just like the first one – it’s exciting that way. That’s basically what’s ruling my life right now.People are surprised that I’m still working out…some people are concerned actually. There’s no reason to stop working out as long as you know what you’re doing and you listen to your body. It’s hard to make it here (CrossFit LoLo) as much as I want, especially since I’ve got another child at home.  Sometimes I get weird stares when I’m running around the block doing the warmups, but getting here really does make me feel so much better! I think CrossFit makes pregnancy and labour a lot better, my last labour was only 5 hours! It was really hard for me to leave my old gym as I was a loyal client and had made a lot of friends there, but LoLo has made it a very easy transition. It is such a positive environment here. Everybody has made me feel equally as welcome.”

What has been the happiest moment of your life, so far?

“The happiest moment? Well, I’ll go with the obvious: getting married and having my first baby were probably my top two!”

What has been the saddest moment, so far?

“Oh my god, I don’t know. I don’t know if I’ve had one. I’ve been pretty lucky in my life.  Losing two of my grandparents was pretty hard, but I was also thankful to have been able to know them as so many people don’t get to know their grandparents at all.”

Who is your most influential idol?

“Greta Thunberg comes to mind today, she is truly an amazing person and is doing so much for our future.

Also, my own mother! Just knowing how difficult it is to be a parent, I have a greater appreciation for everything that she did and continues to do.  Knowing the sacrifice and what it took for my parents to ensure that my sister and I had the best lives. I think we take them for granted until you’re in that position yourself.”

When have you been the most vulnerable?

“Competing. There’ve been a few competitions that I’ve done. I don’t like competing in the moment, but after, the feeling that you get – no regrets! All the hard work becomes worth it.”

What is the best thing about CrossFit?

“Introducing a friend to the gym and seeing how it can change their life! The social network, the sense of camaraderie, and the confidence it creates in and out of the gym.”

What are you most afraid of?

“The lack of time that is going to come with adding another child to my family.  The lack of ‘me time’ I guess (laughs). It’s kind of bittersweet, I’m super excited to meet this little being, but also know that my own time is getting less and less important!”

What are you looking forward to right now?

“Obviously the birth of my child. We are also building a home in Bamfield – we are pouring the foundation on Friday. We are so excited to have this vacation home that we can create memories with family and friends in.  We’ve owned the property for three years, and have finally agreed on the design, so now we can move forward! The completion date will realistically be 2-3 years from now and we will probably list it as a vacation rental when we’re not using it ourselves. It’s going to have a wood-fired hot tub!”

Acknowledge yourself:

tub!””I would like to acknowledge myself for making the time to train despite all the things going on in my life.  I think it’s so important to prioritize your own time for fitness, specifically. Staying active really makes a huge difference for me. The social aspect and being able to combine that with fitness has been significant for me in growing as a person.”

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