When I started cross fitting December 2009, the most important thing to me was to lose weight. I wanted desperately to be less than 140 pounds, obsessed you might say. I probably weighed 147 at that time. I weighed myself daily, sometimes more than once a day. “ARRRGGG why can’t I weigh under 140?” Like that was some magic number that would make me happy, make me feel better, look better. I can’t believe that I gave the scale that much importance, so much; that the number it gave me each day was reflected in my mood. That is crazy! But I also know I am not the only one who has ever felt that way.
And so, the more I did CrossFit, the more I read about CrossFit and Paleo. I would read blogs, articles, and forums, whatever I could find. I found a theme between the women that regardless of age everyone had the same thought- THROW OUT THE SCALE! WHAT? How will I know if I should be happy today if I don’t weigh myself to see that I have lost .5 pounds?
It didn’t happen overnight and probably took about 6 months. But, I am and have been scale free for over 6 months now! It is so freeing! During the last Paleo Challenge, I took before and after photos and measurements, but did not weigh myself. I lost inches everywhere! So for shits and giggles the last day of the challenge I weighed myself. 147. Exactly the same weight as when I started CrossFit over a year ago. That pretty much says it all, doesn’t it? I now have no clue what I weigh now, but I can sure tell you how much weight I can pick up and put over my head!
I feel better, look better, and am happier than ever. CrossFit is an amazing workout where you are surrounded and supported by a great group of individuals. And now I don’t care what I weigh, only how much weight I can lift.