“I’m really confident in who I am, and that contributes so much to being fit.”
Driven CEO. Devoted wife. Passionate mother of four (including triplets). Aficionado of women’s empowerment. Dedicated CrossFit athlete.
Stacey Godbold radiates passion and elegance with a dash of sarcasm and down to earth attitude to balance it all out. She is the type of woman whom you feel like you’ve known for years only minutes after meeting.
Balance – we are all striving for it, even Stacey. As the CEO of a growing non-profit (Project Reveal), co-host of MY 105.3 WJLT morning show, mother of Jude, 6, and 3-year-old triplets Jillian, Alex and Reid, and an avid CrossFit devotee who rarely misses a WOD (workout of the day), Stacey is always working to achieve balance in her life.
“As a mom, I want to be the best mom I can be. I also want to do things for myself and for my husband, but it’s constantly a tug of war with balance.”
Stacey’s full-time job and passion is Project Reveal, the non-profit she created to encourage women to uplift each other by sharing stories of strength and triumph. It is the channel through which she strives to make a difference in women’s lives every day.
“Project Reveal really came to be when I was struggling with infertility while trying to conceive after my first-born Jude. I was in a really dark place. I wanted another child so badly, and I was hurting inside. I would see other women, and if she had a nicer car than me, she was much happier than me. If she had a bigger diamond ring than me, her marriage was perfect. If she had a bigger house than mine, then she was just the sh*t. I was judging other women even though I had spent so many years building women up and really supporting them. I found myself being this person I didn’t like. I wanted to know what other women were going through and how they were getting through it. I needed to know that I wasn’t alone. I started asking people to tell their stories to me, and I compiled these stories for a couple of years. God took over from there.”’
Stacey is passionate and vocal about positive body image creating “Embrace Your Body” through Project Reveal.
“Embrace Your Body is a photography gallery that we (Project Reveal) exhibit for one night. We then put the photos online of the women sharing their body journeys with us. Each photo has a deeply inspiring and unique story with it; it tells a woman’s body journey through a photograph.”
“After I had the triplets, my body changed. I was three months postpartum, and I called my friend that worked for a magazine and said ‘Hey I have this really cool idea for a spread. I want to talk about trying to embrace my new body – I’d wear a sports bra and boy shorts, I’ll hold the triplets and talk about trying to embrace my new body.’ They told me no because I didn’t look like I just had triplets and people couldn’t relate.”
“I started stewing on it and I thought, ‘How dare you tell me no because people can’t relate! A size 2 and a size 18 can have the exact same body image problems.’ That’s where I decided, I am going to do this myself!”
“Here’s the thing about body image that is interesting. It’s not about how you look, it’s about how you feel about yourself.”
“As a family, going to the gym is super, super important to all of us. We’re happier with CrossFit in our lives, and it is something we do together that we can all have fun with. I love that the kids can see us working out through Plexiglas in the daycare. They will be at home and I will be cooking, and they will just bust out in a WOD (workout of the day). They’ll get the broomsticks and do cleans, thrusters, burpees, snatches, and then they’ll run over and do wall balls. And then they will run over and do handstands on the wall. They saw James (my husband) and I do that. We’re not teaching them these things; they saw us do it. Everything for me is about family. It’s fun for the kids to be there with us.”
Staying active and showing their children how great it feels when their bodies and minds are strong and connected is an important part of the Godbold’s lives and is one of the reasons CrossFit is an important part of their daily routine. A typical day in Stacey’s life is far from typical.
“I get up at 4:24 a.m. I leave my house at 5:20 a.m. I get to the radio station. I prep a little bit. I am there until 9 or 10 a.m. Then I drive over to Project Reveal and am there until 3 p.m. Then I have to be home to get Jude off the bus at 3:30 p.m. He comes in hot, man! He needs like six pounds of food, too. He’s starving. I feed him fast, we talk, and I hustle him into the van, because I have to go pick up the triplets. I have like eight minutes to get these children into the van which doesn’t always work out. From the time Jude gets off the bus, I have an hour to feed him, pick up the triplets and get to CrossFit 8085. I do the 4:30 p.m. class. We get home around 6:15 p.m., and we’re eating by 6:30 p.m.. I spend the evening time with my children playing and reading books and straightening up the house. After they go to bed, and it’s not too late, I get a little more work in if I have to — but I prefer to hang out with my husband.”
Mom-guilt weighs heavy on Stacey’s conscious. To ease that guilt, the family tries to prepare for the busy week ahead of time. This helps Stacey feel less guilty for taking an hour to herself for CrossFit most days.
“We food prep on Sunday. We grill a ton of meat, I make a ton of vegetables, then we make rice and noodles, and then all I have to do is put it on plates and heat it up. It’s great for us working out because when we get home after CrossFit our meals are already done. Food prepping makes me feel better about going to the gym because we have already prepared all these meals. We use plastic plates, and clean-up is a breeze!”
Five rapid fire questions to get to know Stacey Godbold better:
What is your biggest fear?
“I worry about failing as a mom. Are they getting all their vegetables, reading enough, getting enough exercise, do they have good manners? For god sake, the list goes on. (laughing) That is stressful just thinking about it. I guess I will just continue doing the best I can and as long as I keep loving them fiercely and giving them my time and attention — they will be good and kind people.”
What is the biggest thing CrossFit has given you?
“So many things! It reminded me of how supportive women can be with each other. It gave me that purpose and competitive edge I was missing. It made me appreciate ‘gainz’ rather than worrying about being skinny.”
Do you have advice for other moms who feel guilty for spending time working out?
“I feel it too, but feeling strong and confident makes me a better mom and woman. Some days I’ve worked out and I’ve imagined my children as that barbell (laughs)! I am just like grrrr! I don’t know that anybody ever figures it out. I am going to be straight-up. No one knows what they’re doing, and if they do (on being a parent) they’re lying! Joking aside, I think you just do your best! I know this is cheesy, but I do daily affirmations for myself. I say them out loud to myself. I remind myself that the positive things I say are real, and I know them to be true. And I try to remember that.”
How has Project Reveal helped you play a part in raising your daughter Jillian?
“I’ve changed my language toward her. My first reaction is to tell her how cute and beautiful she is. Now I say, you’re so smart and strong. She used to look at me like what are you talking about? I don’t want her to measure her worth by her beauty. But she’s so cute!”
Who inspires you to be your best?
“My kids, my husband, my parents, my friends… the list goes on.
I by no means have it all together. James and I have financial worries and work through balancing all the crazy things in our life just like a lot of people. Here is what I know — we are crazy in love and love our kids dearly. We try like hell to be good parents, be kind to others and put good into the world. God gave me a positive outlook on life, and I am grateful for that because I am having a heck of a lot of fun in this life.”