I am Happy when I am Healthy - by Coach Kelly21 July 2013
I can sit here and tell you a thousand reasons why I love CrossFit and why I do it and why it’s so good for you, but that would be a read for days, so instead I am going to share the biggest impact It has made in my life.
Through my teen years and up until I found CrossFit I always had an extremely negative perception of my body resulting in low self esteem. The weight on the scale played a vital role in my general happiness. Thanks to society all I wanted was to be skinny, to have that big enough thigh gap and to have protruding collar bones. I would stand on the scale once if not twice a day - crazy much!!! I tried every diet, every diet pill, every potion which left me moody and miserable. When I think about what I have put in my body, it’s the only one thing in my life I wish I could go back and change. I wasn’t very happy and messed up my body in more ways than one searching for this perfection or what my idea of perfection at the time was. I was unhealthy and I now realize I was sick.
I was introduced to CrossFit about a year and a half ago. I tried it because it was the “latest craze” and when you are on your quest to find perfection you try anything and everything! It soon made me realize how warped my perception was about HEALTH, FITNESS and my own personal self esteem and goals. At the box no one cares what you look like and how much you weigh, what they do care about are your goals and how you achieve them. And I can assure you that every person in that CrossFit box has a goal and a purpose. My favourite part of it all is that everyone genuinely cares about your goals and will help you achieve them, even if it’s a team mate cheering you on while fighting for a PB.
My goals changed. Slowly but surely the scale no longer mattered. What mattered more to me was the weight on my bar and how many double unders I could string together. I wanted to be better, I wanted to be faster and I wanted to be stronger- I still want to be all those things, these are far more substantial goals than a thigh gap. I have grasped the fact that my body is not built to have a thigh gap- so what-whatever I don’t care! I care about my PB’s and I care about smashing them in the future, and I know I can get there by training hard and eating well.
It’s a funny thing, when your coach tells you can reach your fitness goals faster by eating correctly, it almost just clicks! You so badly want to be healthy it no longer becomes a chore, it becomes a lifestyle. You quickly learn, on your own what food has been making you sluggish and what food is enhancing your performance. You realize that food is fuel for your machine and why would you put rubbish in it if you want it to work at its best?
I am happiest when I am healthy, and to me, healthy is to be the fittest I can be and in order to be the fittest I can be I need to be the healthiest I can be! But I can also openly admit that cheese cake and brownies also make me happy, so yes I do eat them too! But everything in moderation.
These days I love my body more than I ever have in my life, and I love what it can do! This lifestyle makes me HAPPY and content, isn’t that the most important thing in life! Do what makes you happy and do it well with all your heart!
This are a few of the reasons why I love this stuff so very much!
Toodle loo for now!