Because strong is the new skinny.
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
I giggled with glee when I read that one in SP's article "100 reasons you should work out today". It couldn't have stated my mindset of the moment more perfectly!!
I came to grips YEARS ago with the fact that I will never be "skinny". I'm just not built that way. I am descended from very sturdy German farmers, and my body reflects that. I'm tall, large framed, and "naturally" muscular...a waif, I will never be. But what I've recently learned to LOVE...is that I can be STRONG. I've got a genetic predisposition to build crazy muscle mass, so why not take advantage of it, right? I spent most of my young life being ashamed of my ability to train like a "dude"...I was a teenager in the 90's, when the "waif" look was in full swing, and believe me when I say, I felt the pressure. But like most things do, things have changed. We live in a culture of fitness today that rejoices "earned" fitness...hitting the cardio and ST and looking like you do so is now celebrated. I get results in months that it takes others years to attain...and I've learned to rejoice in that fact!!
I think I'm at a good place right now in my fitness. I'm not "done", by any means. I still want to lose more fat, but it's coming from a place of wanting to perform better, athletically. (As opposed to wanting to be the envy of my circle because I'm a skinny bi***). I'm in a plateau right now...but it's going to be okay. My body is in a building phase right now...building muscle and endurance. Becoming more awesome by the day. :) Its a process in itself, so I guess it would be a little much to ask for it to also be able to concentrate upon dropping loads of fat at the same time. So while my fat burning self takes a breather so that my athletic self can take a turn, I'm going to be just fine. We can't all be skinny...but we all can't be athletic machines either. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I've FINALLY accepted the fact that some of us are skinny, and some of us are strong...and I'll take the strong!!
So thank you SP for my new mantra...because strong IS my new skinny!!