Ladies and gentlemen, Julie Berger:
Weights, waist size, and salary—we are a measurement-happy society, and more often than not these “milestones” make us miserable!
This past weekend I witnessed something truly disheartening. After years of harassment from yours truly, my sister finally decided to add yoga and cycling into her daily routine. Weeks into this regimen and amidst so many healthy victories, her bridesmaid dress arrived. Of course the dress already had to be ordered about three sizes larger than her actual size, and when she put it on, big surprise, it looked awful.
I had to sit by and watch as she sobbed and exclaimed “I’ve been working out so hard for nothing!” Now, all of you ladies out there know that there is not a single woman in history who is pleased with a bridesmaid dress that was chosen for her, and meant to fit 6 different body types. However, this was a measurement, a milestone, and an indication in her mind of her progress.
Why do we let unrealistic expectations take us down to such a low point? This inspired me to finally give away a pair of j-crew pencil skinny jeans that should have been enjoyed by someone less fortunate years ago. They sit in my drawer, and they look like infant pants! Yet, I have been obsessed with fitting back into them. The entire year I wore those jeans I spent more time in the fetal position crying than I did smiling, so why am I so obsessed with getting there?
My sister just opened up her own successful business a month ago, has a growing family, and is finally dedicating herself to fitness. Too often we let a fugly dress we will only wear once, or a pair of break-up jeans govern our self worth.
Today is not that day! Measure your life and success not in pant size, or how much weight you lifted over your head, but instead rekonize and respek’ all of the love you have in your life, all of the success you have found in your career, and just be proud to be one of the few people who get themselves to the gym everyday to take care of the one thing in life that can’t be replaced – YOU.
A. 6 rounds for time:
100m Waiter's Walk (50m L, 50m R, 53/35)
12 Goblet Drop Lunges
B. 500m Row For Time
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