Day 320 - Rethinking Strength
Thursday, October 04, 2012
When I was young(er) and still when I was not so young I was told I had 'Footballer's Legs'. I didn't have long lean legs - they were short and muscular. So I avoided strength work.
Somehow I realised I believed this 'truth' as a bad thing, and believed that the rest of my body would bulk up too, if I worked my muscles. I'm naturally strong and powerful and I didn't want to look like the Incredible Hulk. So I avoided strength work.
Not actively avoided - just consistently ignored it. Even though I was often advised that strength work need not mean bulk, and is required for healthy long term weight loss and maintenance, I thought, "Not me, my body is strong enough and would definitely bulk up, no matter what they say." I want thin. Thin. Thin. Thin. The strength work wasn't for me and I didn't need it. I wasn't understanding its usefulness at all.
Recently I also heard myself saying "You're nearly 50 - you won't ever be lean or sleek or curvy-strong." ANOTHER story I was living with!
But something's changed.
Something about how I see my body and what I want for it. Just the other day I realised the story I'd been telling myself didn't serve me. I want muscle! I want to look and feel strong! I know I won't bulk up like Arnie and I want a lean muscular body- even at 50! I know that I can do strength work that serves my health and wellbeing, in a positive way.
Bring on the strength work!