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So, You Call Yourself an Athlete...

Friday, April 26, 2013

So, something has been on my mind since last week. I was giving a presentation at a conference and the Chairman of the Board introduced me. In the introduction, she labeled me "a CrossFitter". Now, mind you, I now had to get up in front of these people - weighing in the 290s - what the heck are they going to think? I relayed this story to my coach and he thought it was great. "Did you tell them how much weight you'd lost?" he asked... yeah.. uhhhh... No! Then he looked at me and said I was an "Athlete". I thought he was nuts and the look on my face must have said so... but he went on to say that I am training like an Athlete... that I'm working just as hard as everyone else.. and as I looked around the box, I do consider everyone else an athlete.. but shied away when applied to me.

It got me thinking... what makes an athlete? When I "try on" the label it makes me feel initially uncomfortable.. like a pretender.. but in the back of my mind, I feel empowered and proud. It makes refusing a sugary treat a positive - "Athlete dont' put that crap in their bodies" rather than an "I'm on a diet" type of thing. It kinda legitimizes my efforts in the box (gym). I am not "less than". I am not "trying" to be something I'm not... as if in the future I will train like an athlete. I am training like an athlete right now! My coach has a plan to strengthen all the ligaments, tendons and muscles to prepare me to be able to do advanced moves safely as I continue to take the weight off. The Dictionary says "a person trained to compete in sports or exercises involving physical strength, speed, or endurance".... My workouts involve ever increasing weights (strength), time trials (how fast can I row 2000m = speed) and the interval training that's continuing to push up my tolerance of lactic acid (endurance). So, yeah, I'm an Athlete!

I remember during the Olympics reading an article about the traits those elite Athletes have... here's a short list:

1. Determination
2. Strength
3. Hard Working
4. Motivation
5. Ability to deal with adversity
6. Optimistic and positive perspective
7. Strong Focus
8. High Stress Tolerance

Interestingly, those all sound like traits that someone needs to be successful at weight loss too.

So, yeah.. I am a CrossFitter.. I am an Athlete.

What labels do you resist?... Are you an Athlete??

Tonight was CrossFit workout #23
I did a 500m row for warm up. Tonight was leg day and concentrating on strength. 50 ft 90lb sled pull, 5 40lb sandbag over one shoulder squats, 5 tuck jumps x 5 rounds (13:35)... and a 400m walk time trail (4:32)... burned 500 calories!

112 days til Africa
34lbs to go to meet my Zipline goal

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  • MISSG180
    Great attitude! You've inspired me to think of myself as an athlete, too!
    1270 days ago
    I'd definitely agree you are an athlete! Look at how strong you're getting, and your endurance! You're definitely an inspiration.

    I LOVE your new avatar pic! You look so cute!

    I resist the label 'loveable." I struggle with loving myself, and don't really think I am loveable. If I decided to, I could be an athlete.
    1270 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
    Great job! Keep moving! emoticon emoticon
    1271 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    You ARE an athlete and a champion in the life Olympics!
    1271 days ago
    Absolutely correct! And if anyone challenges that thought, remember that athletes are never "done". They're always pushing for that next goal. It doesn't matter if you start out at 320 or 120. It's the work that makes you the athlete, not the size of the shorts.
    1272 days ago
    It's all about the mindset....act, feel, train, and eat like an athlete.....because you are one and that's the lifestyle you're living....your body will catch up to your mind
    1272 days ago
    Great blog! It really does help to be in the "I am an athlete" mindset, to help treat my body like an athlete's body. You're an athlete and deserve the label! emoticon
    1272 days ago

    Yes, you are an Athlete!! I am so glad you shared this thought as it gave me a whole different perspective. From now on when I tell people I am an avid tennis player, I will hold my head high and proudly declare it! What I weigh will no longer change who and what I really am.

    Thank you for making a difference in how I think today! Everything we do in life is a mindset. Keep up the great work you are will surely meet your goals with your incredible attitude and determination! And, enjoy that Zipline..what a great reward that will be!



    1272 days ago
  • COLUMBINE2're not only an're an amazing athlete! emoticon
    1272 days ago
    You go Girl! You ARE an Athlete!!
    1272 days ago
    Good luck with your goal!
    1272 days ago
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