Last January, I made some lofty goals. I wanted to be a certain body fat percentage, but I also wanted to be able to do some heavy lifts and certain movements I was afraid of inside the gym. Sadly, I did not reach all of my goals and even sadder (or so I thought) I definitely didn’t reach my body fat percentage goal.
But, my mindset on these numbers I wanted to achieve has completely changed this year. This year, instead of focusing on the number on the scale, I’ve focused on getting stronger and feeling badass. There’s something that happens when you join CrossFit and really commit yourself to the lifestyle. You suddenly realize that your body isn’t something that needs to look a certain way, but rather it’s something you were given to help you perform.
It wasn’t until I let it all go in my vacation bathing suit Instagram post this past August that I realized it. My body empowers me. It doesn’t look exactly like anyone else’s. It’s getting so much stronger… and I mean SO much stronger! I can feel baby biceps now! And not only does my body empower me to achieve athletic things I never thought I could do, but it also empowers other people. When I show off my curves, it empowers those who feel self-conscious and want to hide. When I get stronger and fitter, it empowers those who have goals to get in shape too. And it empowers everyone to be more accepting and comfortable with different body types (I hope).
Since I had that lightbulb moment, I’ve felt more comfortable in my own shoes. I’d always wanted to wear crop tops – so I started wearing crop tops. I’d always seen the cute Instagram fitness models wearing sports bras and high waisted leggings but never thought I could. Now look at me!
While I didn’t achieve my goal of being able to do a pull-up (why are they SO hard?!), I did face my fear and achieved my goal of doing box jumps. I still can’t do 50 double unders, but I’m so close to pulling a 115 pound squat clean. Crossing my fingers I can work on that by the end of the month! Next year I’ll be focusing less on the scale by not weighing myself as often and instead focusing more on some skills I can learn in the gym. That way, I can still achieve the body I want without focusing on any failures I may make on the scale.
As we create our resolutions for 2019, I highly suggest you too reframe your goals to focus on achievements instead of focusing on reaching a certain weight or scale victory. Try to focus on learning new skills instead of changing the way you’re living already! And always remember that happiness comes before any goals you try to set. A year is a long time to keep up with one goal, so make sure you’re setting goals that are within reach but still take awhile to work on. Now let’s go celebrate the end of the year!
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