Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Strong is Beautiful

This past weekend we celebrated the conclusion of the Paleo Challenge - and a few other variations - at Crossfit King of Prussia.  I was struck at how vibrant everyone looked, and it was really cool to hear people share what they learned over the past 30 or so days.  Some experienced headaches clearing up, acid reflux / GERD eliminated, that their morning stuffiness had evaporated, and most of all that everyone felt great.  People were setting PR's, losing weight from 2 to 18 pounds, and noticing that their clothes fit differently - in a good way.  It's amazing to be a part of helping people to see how tweaking their food they can live life optimally instead of just getting by.

Another thing that I realized this weekend was that just as my thoughts on food have evolved, so have my thoughts on beauty.  I think strong is beautiful.  I realized I really admire the women I work out with - I love that we have killer muscles, and that we want to show them off.  Some even have rock solid 6 pack abs - I want them too!  Being strong is beautiful, and I find that I am envious of another athlete's muscle up, ring dips, perfect form heavy dead or effortless 100+ clean and wanting to be like that and then figuring out what I can work on to get better at those things.   It's empowering to know that you can squat more than your body weight or deadlift +200lbs.  What's best is that you know that there are so many things that you can do that other people wouldn't even try like climb a 15ft rope, or get over a 6' wall.  So ladies keep up the amazing work and keep getting stronger and more beautiful, and thank you for being a constant source of my inspiration.


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  2. Nice post. I'm jealous that your paleo challenge is over. We're in week 5 of 7 (possibly extended to 8) at CFDV and I'm itching for a cheat meal.