When I was younger I took my body for granted.
My diet was Smores, Pop Tarts, and Blow Pops, and since I was living in San Diego, California – carna asada burritos. I never thought about my what I was doing to my body. When we’re young, I don’t think any of us do.
I may not like all the changes age brings, but I am happy to be getting older and a bit wiser. I think about all the young men and women that never had the chance to see the fine lines beneath their eyes, the achy back in the morning. When I look at my body in that aspect I quickly go from cursing the aging process, to being grateful for each wrinkle.
Some of us get to a point in life where we see the awesomeness of our body, not just it’s flaws. For me, CrossFit is very little about the white board. I absolutely love knowing that last year I could hang clean 100 pounds and this year I can pull 135, but it is what I found out about my body on the way to 135 that I value most of all.
I learned that everyday is a day that I could curse my body for not being what I think it should be. Or, I could choose to be grateful that I woke up and still have the chance to chase my dreams.
I learned that I have spent too many hours thinking: Once I get into that pair of pants, then I will be happy. I thought that pants had the power to “fix” me. Turns out they don’t. Beauty doesn’t always come in a size 6.
Do I want to lose more weight, do I want to get stronger and move faster? Of course. But am I going to continue to not find value in my body because it has yet to make it’s goal? No.
Accepting where I am at this moment doesn’t mean I am waving a white flag, or that I won’t keep achieving. It means that discovering the treasure hidden away within me is much easier to find when I know what I’m looking for.
by: Cindy Young
AMRAP 8 Minutes
-Hang power clean
AMRAP 8 Minutes
Clean & jerk
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