Swolemates: A Love Story

Swolemates: A Love Story

This fancy lady has a birthday today! ┬áTo say she is a friend, a best friend, is an understatement. Renee is my better half, my conscience, my biggest cheerleader, my swolemate. Renee and I met through Crossfit, but before I actually started going. Kirk came home one day – I was pregnant with Reid at the time – and told me that he “thinks this chick at Crossfit is pregnant because she keeps asking questions about you.” Long story short, Renee and I started talking and became friends. Once our first babies were born, our friendship changed. We relied on each other.

So many times over the past 4.5 years, I have felt like I need Renee’s friendship like I need air. If I am worried about something, she talks me off the ledge. So many times we have called each other in tears, and by the time we got off the phone we were laughing. You know those friends that will actually tell you if you don’t look good in that outfit? Renee will tell me. She is honest, and will always tell me the truth- even when I don’t want to hear it. Like the time she told me peas are actually a legume- I’m still heartbroken about that.

Renee inspires me every time we are at the gym together (and that is fairly frequently). She is an absolute badass- full of so much strength, determination, and grit. She has been known to yell at me for not going heavy enough in a workout, and always, always pushes me to be better- at the gym, and in life. I watched her kick ass at Crossfit through 2 pregnancies, running circles around non-pregnant athletes (myself included). She encouraged me to continue to move as much as possible when I was pregnant with Sydney, and to get back to the gym after she was born. We have basically the same workout wardrobe, and have accidentally matched outfits more than once.

We have purposely matched many more times than that.

It’s taken me several days to write this post because I struggle with the words to define our relationship and describe what an incredible person she is. We understand each other like sisters. I consider her a part of my family, and I know she considers me the same. We share stories, recipes, clothes, our frustrations, our joys. She is one of the most selfless people I know. She is lovely inside and out.

Happy birthday to my beautiful friend, my future life partner, my swolemate. I hope you have a truly excellent day full of everything you want!

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