*Note: This is geared more towards the ladies but, fellas it wouldn't hurt to read through it.
Put the scale away. I mean it. Lock that sucker up. Unless you're a competitive fighter, wrestler, or weightlifter and you need to make weight to compete, stop worrying about how much you weigh. If aesthetics is your concern, focus instead on how your clothes are fitting, especially if you're in your first few months of CrossFit. Focus on the inches you are losing versus the number that shows up on the scale. Is the waistband of your jeans looser? Are your shirts and pants a little baggier? Maybe you're starting to see a little bit of definition in your (insert body part here). These are all better things to look at than how much you're weighing in at. The reason? Muscle is denser than fat. The more muscle you have, the more you're going to weigh but the smaller you're going to be and the leaner you're going to look. So fixating on the number on the scale can be really frustrating and depressing when you feel (and LOOK) like you've lost weight but step on the scale and perhaps weigh the same or maybe even more than when you started. Don't let that number distort the image you see in the mirror. On paper, I'm considered "overweight" and if you do body fat calculations based on my measurements I'm in the obese category. But my jeans/dress size say something very different. In most brands, I'm a size 6, and I wear a size 28 jeans. Funny how that works, huh?
Embrace what you got going on versus criticizing what you don't. You are you and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Don't compare yourself to anybody else. I used to think tall and skinny was the epitome of beauty. But I'm 5'5" on a good day and have always had a more athletic build than the naturally slim, tall girls that I went to school with. It's not realistic for me to be that. No matter how much I wished for it, my quads don't shrink, my butt doesn't go away, my arms don't get skinny, and I stopped growing at 13. I don't have a thigh gap, and if my jeans don't have some stretch I'll most likely end up ripping the crotch out trying to shimmy them on. But damn if I'm not proud of how much I can lift, or how fast or far I can run, and what my body is capable of. I'm strong and healthy. And that's a whole heck of a lot better than being unhealthy chasing what we're told is "beautiful." Learn to see the beauty in what you've got and take pride in it.
Because beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors.
A. EMOTM 8:
Odd - max reps behind the neck snatch grip press from the bottom of a squat
Even - 30 second hollow hold
B. Every 4 minutes for 5 rounds:
15 overhead squats (115/83)
10 lateral burpees
5 pull ups
Posted by Megan