Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Finish Line

Today I ran my first official 5K.

It was an incredible event for me because there was a time in my life where I'd never have thought the words "I ran a 5K" would ever come out of my mouth. Accurately enough, those words were impossible for me at one point; they're not impossible anymore. Below is a picture of me at about the 2.5km mark (thanks for the picture, Scott!)

I didn't expect this event to be so emotional for me. However, as I ran, thoughts and flashbacks of who I used to be jumped through my mind. I remembered the girl who would have loved to be able to run but never thought it was attainable. I remembered the girl who accepted defeat. I remembered the girl who believed in impossible. Then I remembered the girl who decided to get up and start fighting for her life... and because of that desire to fight, today I was the girl who crossed the finish line.

That's right, today I crossed the finish line in 31:46. I did so with a big smile on my face and tears streaming down my cheeks.

Sometimes it's good to remember the journey and to thank yourself for fighting. On that note...

Dear Kimmy G in April of 2011,

thanks for fighting - I love you for it. It was hard, there were days you were exhausted and days you didn't know if you were really going to go be successful but you hung in there. You fought with everything you had, all of your passion and all of your energy. Thanks for fighting for a better future, because of your dedication, I am now able to experience a sense of freedom like none other. Because of your perseverance, I am learning what it feels like to be 100% alive.


-Kimmy G

Friday, June 15, 2012

Eat Right

This morning in my Kin class we were learning some of the basic foundations of nutrition... and honestly, I was shocked. Sometimes I wonder how Canada's food guide is allowed to exist. Over the past year, I have been intentional about learning elements of proper nutrition from my gym as well as from some personal trial and error. I'm finding in most cases, what I eat is in direct opposition to Canada's food guide. So needless to say, this morning's lecture was a shock to my system. Also, just a quick disclaimer, I hope nobody is offended by this post; I know many people follow Canada's food guide and I am not here to judge at all. I just want to reflect on how I’ve been learning to eat and how it opposes the social norm at this point.

I'm not perfect (obviously, nobody is) but I do my best to eat Paleo - sometimes known as the 'hunter-gatherer' diet. Essentially, I eat a lot of protein, I get most of my carbs from vegetables and I'm not afraid of healthy fats. I don't count calories and I don't starve myself. When it comes to sugar, well, there's no better kind of sugar than the natural kind, good old fruit! Sure, I slip up from time to time and maybe eat frozen yogurt from Pure with all the sugary toppings imaginable  bad things but how I feel after them reminds me of why I don't eat those things on a regular basis. Yet, even with things like bread or cereal (which are apparently supposed to be consumed as part of your regular daily diet) I find I feel pretty gross after eating them. What does this tell me? My body is unhappy. Why is it unhappy? My best guess, the things in these foods aren't necessarily the best for my body. Upon further investigation/learning, not only are bread and cereal high in carbohydrates (which we actually don't need a crap-ton of... unless we’re working out obnoxious amounts, excess carbs are going straight to fat rather than to aid in muscle performance) they're generally also very high in sugars. Why do we have such an epidemic of diabetes? I think part of it is because sugar is hidden in so many foods, things we may not even think of. Once I started to become aware, I was shocked to find out how many foods had hidden sugar when I took a moment to sit down and read labels. Honestly, try it sometime! At least 50% of the pre-made spices (fancy-type spices) in our cupboard have sugar as one of the first three ingredients!

I ate by Canada's food guide for a few years, or at least I tried my best to do so. I continued to gain weight. I started eating paleo... and well, this blog is a testament to that journey. I may not win the battle in my Kin class but I am going to listen to my body. If it continues to respond positively to how I am eating, I will continue to fuel it with whole and healthy sources.
This may seem like an advertisement for eating Paleo… honestly, I wouldn’t demand that of anybody because it’s 100% a personal choice and belief. However, I would encourage you to do your own research – know what you’re putting into your body and how it’s impacting you on a daily basis. View food as fuel; what do you need to have your ‘engine’ running optimally? Check food labels too, one of the first steps in making a change is becoming aware of what needs to change. Education is powerful.

Personally, I want to eat well for my health, for longevity, and for the best performance I can put forth in every aspect of my day. On that basis alone, I will kindly disregard what I learned in Kin today and continue with what my body tells me is right. For me, that’s Paleo. No matter what it means for you, become aware and eat for your health.
-Kimmy G

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Positivity Month... Yay!!

“Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you too can become great.” – Mark Twain

It’s positivity month at the gym. What does this mean? Well, we're going to all make great efforts this month to keep our actions and words positive. Negative words and actions will be met with the label of "Negative Nelly" and a side of burpees. When I first read it was going to be positivity month, I was super excited but also a little bit confused. You see, for the most part, I would say people at Synergy are already very positive. Though, when I thought about it further, I realized that only a gym with positivity in its nature would even be able to come up with the idea of having a positivity month. “Negative Nellies” would likely never have the thought cross their mind; thank goodness our gym is run by people with positivity cemented into their daily routines.

Actually, from what I’ve seen, a great deal of the CrossFit world centers around positivity. I’ve had people from other teams cheer for me in competition just as I’ve been able to do the same for them. It’s not so much about annihilating the competition as it is about being positive and doing your best… and if at the end of the day you actually are the best, it’s usually accepted with pride as well as humility. One common trend I’ve noticed of those (I know) at the top, they seem to be the first to encourage and give tips to those who are learning. They spread positivity.

When I stumbled across the quote by Mark Twain at the top of this entry, I was immediately drawn to it. Though, I would make a slight addition if I could... just as you should avoid those who belittle your ambitions, be careful not to belittle the ambitions of others. Also, just as it’s wonderful to receive encouragement, be intentional about encouraging others as well. Be the example; positivity is full circle and it keeps us all striving for better things.

Alright all, let’s get positive!


-Kimmy G