Day 38

Our gym is starting a new strength cycle this week, which I’m pretty excited about. When I first started CrossFit, my biggest fear was that I would become bulky and masculine. That’s not what happened but I did gain about 15 pounds. Of course, it was all muscle but it still shook me up a bit considering I’m only 5’2″ – 15 pounds is a lot on a small frame. It took me a while to accept that the weight gained was an improvement to my body. Before CrossFit, I was running 4-5 times a week and while I was getting skinnier, I was also getting weaker. Nowadays, I can backsquat my own body weight (which I hope to surpass with this new cycle) and deadlift much more than that (another PR I hope to break). I still deal with the regular “Oh, I wish I were skinnier” moments but then I take a look a girls who are skinny and realize that I’m stronger and healthier and that’s all that matters.

Day 25

These next couple of weeks are going to be a bit hectic – I’m making some big changes (which I will discuss at a later time) so my schedule will be pretty full for a bit. I’m finding that the only time I can make it to the gym is in the morning at 6:30AM. Yeah, that’s early. Chris and I were (somehow) able to go on Monday and I will make a valiant attempt to go tomorrow morning as well. This will be my motivation.

If you haven’t read this article, you should. While you’re at it, read this one too. Happy lifting!