My Stomach will NEVER be Flat…

For the past 6 months, I’ve been struggling with body image.  When I first started CrossFit, I lost a lot of weight and fell to 11% body fat.  Consciously, I decided to try to gain weight, which I have.  However, I have also packed on the muscle.  A LOT of muscle.  Some of this has been my abdominals.

Seeing pictures of all the professional CrossFit women, they all have intense protruding abs due to the insane amount of midline work CrossFit demands.  Well, I’m beginning to have that as well.  I’ve been hung up on this because in the media we are bombarded with images of thin women with a flat stomach.  How society thinks we should look.maxresdefault

I spent the night in a hotel room the other night, and there was a full length mirror.  I was able to see my body clearly for the first time in a long time.  And I’m beautiful!  I’m the fittest and healthiest I’ve ever been.  In all aspects.  I’m still curvy just in a muscular way.

I know it’s easier said than done–to accept your body.  But I’m getting there.  Small steps climb high mountains.

We’re only given one body.  We shouldn’t let others shame us over it.  Take care of it, and it will take care of you.

Tips on Removing Callouses…

It’s a love/hate relationship.75312745-110129_576x320

Those pesky callouses as a result of CrossFit.  What to do about them?

Many choose to shave them with either a pumice stone or an actual shaver.  Some just use a filer.

Me?  I pick mine.  Constantly.  When I’m bored or waiting at the doctor’s office or in line, I start picking my callouses.  It’s less painful (and dangerous) than any other way.  I’ve used a pumice stone, which works fine.  Too scared to use a shaver.

It’s a delicate balance cause you want callouses, but you don’t want them to build up.

No matter which way you choose to remove callouses, here are my tips:

  1.  Water helps!  Right after your shower or time in the pool is the time to work on removing your callouses.  It’s nice and soft and the dead skin will turn white so it’s easy not to trim too much
  2. Don’t ignore them!  The absolute worst thing you can do is let them build up.  Ripping hurts and it ruins your training for a week or more.  Keep at it!  You don’t want to slack on this one.
  3. Lastly, quit worrying about them, especially if you’re a woman.  It’s fine.  Most people don’t notice when you shake hands and men think it’s kind of cool to have them.  Use lotion still and embrace them!  They’re a sign of hard work.

Feel free to post your tips and any products you’ve found to work well below.  Hope this helps!

 

 

Why Are We Maxing on Fridays?

the_snatch_5Last Friday, the program was to max/PR (personal record) back squat.

Today, the programming is to max Snatch and/or Clean and Jerk.

I don’t know about you all, but by Friday I’m wiped.  Completely and totally.  Today I’m really sore in my lats and arms.  Last week it was my legs.  I hiked an insane hike on Sunday and I don’t think I’m recovered from that one either.

So who decides to max on Fridays?  I didn’t even try last week with the back squat and it probably won’t happen this week.  It’s just a bad idea.  Maxing should be on Mondays.  When my body and my mind is fresh since a lot of the times maxing is in the brain.  Thoughts?