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How Fitness Became A Way Of Life For Wendy | Still Got It Series

The choices we make today will compound and affect our tomorrow. In the Still Got It series, we are highlighting people who have made fitness a priority and experiencing compounding results. 

Meet Wendy Judkins. She is the owner of CAVU Fitness (CrossFit Snohomish Affiliate). 

She's crushing it in fitness and in life. And just because she owns a CrossFit gym doesn't mean scheduling her own workouts is any easier!

1. Can you share what you do to stay fit?
I love CrossFit and try to get in at least four workouts a week, but I always feel it's essential to mix up your workouts, so I also try and bike, run, or swim to get outside the gym.

Mobility is essential, especially as we get older, so yoga is key to my fitness. But I have to say, eating whole and healthy foods allows me to stay as active as I am. Eating well is definitely at the top of the list to staying fit.

2. What are some of the challenges you face with scheduling "fitness" into your daily routine?

Many people may think that owning a gym allows you all the time in the world to workout; when I first bought the gym, I believed I would become so advanced. That couldn't be further from the truth!

There are days I coach up to 9 classes and still have other duties plus my home life, so I have to be mindful of my workout plan for the week, but also give myself grace if something doesn't go as planned.   

At first, it might seem selfish to schedule your workout time, but the more you do it, and the people in your life realize the benefits of the time you spend making yourself healthier will reflect in your relationships.

3. Why do you make fitness a priority?
Thankfully it is no longer a priority but a way of life; sometimes, I wonder what I would even be doing if I didn't have fitness in my life.

Start small, but stick with it—set boundaries. If you didn't get your heart up during the day, no checking Instagram. If you find yourself on Instagram, do 25 situps for every reel you watch.

4. What would you tell someone who doesn't think that they have the time or energy to make their health and fitness a priority?

I hear this all the time from members that may leave the gym or even say they would love to do CrossFit but are so busy with kids, work, and life.

I understand entirely and always ask, as a parent, while driving your kids to practices and games and at work trying to hit deadlines, what would happen if you became ill and couldn't do it anymore?

I know it's a little harsh, but sometimes I believe you can't sugarcoat staying fit and active. I try to encourage parents to run or walk while their kids are at practice; it's not crucial if you don't see them practice, you will be there for game day, and kids enjoy seeing their parents working out, especially when they ask why were you running? You can say, "so I can be around to watch your children play soccer".

Working out and taking care of yourself truly shows the people in your life, "Hey, I love you and want to be with you for a very long time".

5. What are the results or compounding effects of your habits over the years?

I feel that CAVU Fitness has become a massive success for a  place of hope and health because I have stayed loyal to myself and my members, trying to be an example of a person that puts eating well and fun into fitness.

As a CrossFit gym, we all want to be better at pull-ups and get our first MU, but that's not the real goal. As a coach, I have to stay true to my word; we are all here to better our lives outside the gym, and that takes dedication, planning, and sacrifices, but it will always be worth it in the end. 

6. Are there any "Still Got It" goals you want to achieve? 

I have two goals that I would like to achieve by May 28th when I turn 55.

First, qualify for the Boston Marathon.

Second, I feel you are never too old to keep learning and improving yourself, so passing the CrossFit Level 3 certification.

Who thinks we should check in with Wendy on her 55th birthday? If Wendy's track record is anything to go by, she is going to put big check marks by these two fitness goals!

Follow Wendy and CAVU Fitness on Instagram @CAVUfitness. 

How do you build fitness into your life? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below.
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