Ok, first of all I want to give a shout out to Megan Clements who wrote this article appropriately titled “On Being Strong: How Crossfit Ended the War with My Body.”
I read this article and could not help but realize how much it relates to me and my personal past struggles.
Before Crossfit, I had tried everything. Cardio, gym memberships, personal trainers, swimming, free weights, and running.
Before eating clean I had tried the fad diets. WeightWatchers, Nutrisystem, The 17 Day Diet, low carb, low fat, low calories, and low sweets.
None of them worked for me. The gym was always monotonous and the results absent.
I used to look at pictures of girls in magazines and think to myself, “man, I want to be skinny like her”. My mom always told me growing up that girls are supposed to be delicate, soft and small. After countless hours of cardio and her constant badgering on wanting me to be “happy and healthy” I looked for other routes.
Crossfit changed everything.
I realized through countless days at the box with I was changing. I started Crossfit with 45 lbs on the barbell. Nearly 9 months later I’ve been able to add 30 lbs on to that bar for some movements, tacking on another 100 lbs for others.
Crossfit made me stronger, eating clean made me healthier, and the box gave me friendships I wouldn’t otherwise have.
I’ve got curves I didn’t have before. I may not look like the girls in those magazines still, but I know I’m healthier and a better person because of Crossfit. I have the friends and fellow athletes I workout alongside pushing me and cheering me on. Having the coaches at my gym to motivate me to add on more weight and push my limits. Having my friends who support and respect my decision to Crossfit who surprise me with little Crossfit gifts like a Wonder Woman journal to track my WODs in.
I thought meal planning and prepping twice a week and living out of Tupperware would be difficult, but it’s quite the opposite. It’s unbelievably easy to prepare food ahead of time, pre-portioned and ready to grab and go from the fridge. Even grabbing a box of greens and tossing some tomatoes and grilled chicken in there during a work event (at least for me) is easier than I thought it would be. And eating out? Why sacrifice a social life when you can still go out with them, eat clean and maintain your health and happiness?
Before Crossfit, I just wanted to be skinny. After starting Crossfit I realized that skinny wasn’t for everyone. I was ready to be fit, strong, and healthy. Crossfit and eating clean was far easier than I thought it would be. Planning out meals and food prepping is easier and far more convenient than I thought it would be. It’s all in your head if you think it’s not. Wouldn’t you rather take a few hours twice a day to cook and prepare everything than opening the fridge and throwing something together last minute? Something that you might not know is healthy or clean enough for you?
Ladies, no matter what, you are beautiful. You are strong. You are unique.
You can be strong and muscular all while still being feminine.
Be you. Do you.