I’ll admit if someone would have promised me a magic pill to accomplish this, I might have taken it. There would have been stipulations to that pill though: no chemicals that made pronouncing difficult, long lasting results, an immediate understanding as to how the body works, a lifestyle change that I could live with, muscle growth (I’ve always found muscle to be attractive), and no physical injury that couldn’t heal. Alas, not far in to my journey I started thinking there was no magic pill. I realized that slow and steady was okay. I realized that my body was capable of more than I ever imagined – even in my 50’s.
The pic in the blue shirt is from July of 2013. I had already lost a good 15 pounds from my heaviest EVER, and was nine months in to CrossFit. Thanks to our daughters, we took the plunge and readily sacrificed our bodies to the WOD gods. The photo in the tank is from May 2017. A little more than four years in to CrossFit and down an additional 30 some pounds.
The other day I read a FB post that went something like this.. “I’ve lost 30 pounds and you can too. I eat bacon, cheese, butter, high fat meat and don’t have to do any exercise.” Any CrossFit enthusiast will join me in a collectively cringe. It’s not the food that got me. It was the “don’t have to do any exercise.” I wanted to respond, “You mean, you don’t GET to do any exercise.” Seriously, my head nearly exploded.
Aside from the cardiovascular benefits of exercise, we reap musculoskeletal benefits. There’s nothing wrong with lifting some heavy weight and watching muscle grow. It’s a beautiful thing.
Honestly, I couldn’t find a way to completely poopoo the diet. I, too, eat bacon, butter and fatty meats – about once a week. The REALLY cool thing is, I eat whatever I want, in moderation and in good choosing. Back in my 20’s and 30’s, I was a good 20 pounds lighter than the tank photo, but I look better today than I did back then. EVERY DAY I’m amazed at what the human body can accomplish, I’m amazed with how tough, resilient and capable we can become.
Ironically, I was given a magic pill – CrossFit. It’s a slow dissolving pill, but I’ve realized that it contains no chemicals that make pronouncing difficult. It has long lasting results. I have an understanding as to how the body works. I enjoy a lifestyle that I can live with. I have muscles!!!! I’ve suffered no physical injury that hasn’t healed.
Hmmmmm who knew?