Friday, August 31, 2012

Gearing up to Beat Down!

One week away from the BCBD, how's everyone feeling?

For those who don't know what the BCBD is, that's short for the Bridge City Beat Down, a CrossFit competition taking place in Saskatoon next weekend hosted by Synergy. The cool part, there are so many competitors, Synergy has rented the old soccer facility to house us all! Spectators are more than welcome, I'll be competing all day Saturday!

I think back to a year ago, the BCBD was my first ever competition and I was more nervous than the first day of school/every trip to the dentist/and every public speaking expirience I've ever had combined; it wound up being an incredible day. I think back to that competition and how much a year changes things. This last year I've seen exciting changes in my strength and physical abilities but the funny part is, I still get butterflies every single time WODs are posted for a competition. Today the WODs were posted, I am PUMPED about the first two WODs but a little apprehensive about the third. So all you out there who are new to this competition thing and you're feeling the nerves hitting you - you're not alone, I think it happens to everyone.

Though, I have to say, I LOVE the nerves! The nerves force me to dissect every single WOD in my mind; they force me to strategize, re-evaluate, and strategize again. With all the forethought that goes into the competitions in my brain (though I try to tell my brain to stuff it, it never works), by the time the competitions actually roll around, I usually feel pretty darn pumped and excited. So bring on the nerves, let them hit me hard, and then let's do this thing!

I'm so stolked, it's going to be SO cool to look at this competition thing in a full circle kind of way - what does a year of work look like? We'll see. It'll be fun to take last year as a bench mark and remember all the thoughts that went through my mind last year and compare them to where I'm at now. Regardless of what comes from this day, I am pumped to leave it all out there on the field. For all you who are entering into the BCBD as your first competition - WAY TO GO! Have fun, breathe in every moment, you've worked your tail off to get here so enjoy it! Be proud of yourself.

So excited guys, one more week!!


-Kimmy G

Sunday, August 26, 2012

I'll Take Muscle Any Day

There are a lot of things in life I don't understand.

Of course, I'm only 25 years old, so that's probably to be expected.

Here's the biggest thing I currently don't understand; why is it that muscle mass is sexy on a guy but taboo on a girl? I'm not saying I want to be "jacked" or "huge" but I see no problem with having some muscle. To me, muscles are a sign of health, a badge of honor for life-changing work, and a tool helping me to attain greater things. So why are girls expected to be weak to be attractive? Isn't it attractive to see someone caring for their health and longevity?

This next picture is me before I started taking care of myself and I don't find it attractive. I didn't have muscle but I certainly did not feel good, nor did I ever really feel like I looked good.

So I took matters into my own hands, or, took them into my own hands with the help of Synergy. This is what I look like now:

Absolutely, I have muscle. Each muscle is a reminder of every workout I have done, every drop of sweat that hit the floor, and every pound of fat I fought off of my body. My muscles are my journey. Nobody can tell me that's not acceptable.

To be clear, my goal is not to have huge muscles, my goal is to have a huge life-span. If working out and eating well will get me there, then you better believe I will embrace whatever muscles show up as a result of that.

I think it's time women stopped allowing everyone else to define what's beautiful or acceptable and just started putting time and effort into being healthy.

Let's make some new social norms.


-Kimmy G

Monday, August 20, 2012

When The Hard Stuff Becomes Habit

“A nail is driven out by another nail. Habit is overcome by habit.” –Desiderius Erasmus

I went on a camping trip just over a week ago, and I spent the entire time relaxing. I had a fantastic weekend. However, due to the travel required to reach our destination, our food options were pre-determined. I knew this going into the weekend and had fully prepared for it, even looked forward to it! I thought eating differently for a few days would be fun and well deserved. We didn’t eat anything too crazy, but definitely enjoyed some French toast and a fair amount of chocolate and cookies. To put this into perspective, basically, I ate the way I used to eat on a daily basis. Also, due to the mossy/squishy ground and copious amounts of trees, no workouts happened despite my best intentions going into the weekend.

It goes without saying I had an excellent weekend, but I came home feeling physically trashed. You know that thoroughly disgusting-can’t-even-stand-yourself feeling? Yeah, that one. That’s how I felt. I was so excited the next morning to wake up and make some eggs and was equally excited to get back to the gym and work out. After even just one day back into my usual routine I felt 100 x better (also factoring in a good amount of sleep, of course!). So besides learning that jumping off the Paleo bus for four days does not feel nice, I also realized something (I think) is really exciting. And it’s this; exercising and eating well used to be a novelty to me, certainly not a habit. The norm was eating poorly and exercising very rarely and at a low intensity, anything other than that was a very rare occurrence. Now, eating well and exercising has become my habit, so much so that dropping out of the “norm” for a few days left me feeling less than excellent.

This is exciting! What a neat realization! I used to consider what it would be like to be “used” to a lifestyle like the one I have now; to be honest, I kind of thought the people who could pull it off were hardcore and it wasn’t necessarily possible for me.  I don’t think I believed I had the will power. What I didn’t realize is how continually and intentionally following a healthier routine day-by-day would cause the new routine to become a well-ingrained habit… one that I miss when I step away for a few days. Cool!  For a block of time when I started my CrossFit journey, I woke up every day and encouraged myself to make healthier choices, before I knew it, I had to convince myself less and less, it just became a part of who I am… a part that I have grown to love and value!

I guess the realization I’ve made is how beneficial it is to make healthy habits. It’s kind of a real light bulb moment when one day you wake up and realize your old way of life is now completely gone and replaced with a new one… a healthier one. I can’t tell you all how excited I was when I realized just how much I wanted those eggs for breakfast and how badly I wanted to get my rear to the gym. Who is this person talking right now? For real!

I’m just super excited about this (you couldn’t tell, could you?). If anybody out there is reading this and thinking about possibly trying a gym for the first time (or fiftieth time), or trying to eat better… just start! Take it day-by-day. Don’t look at the huge picture right away, just look at the day ahead of you and make the healthiest decisions you can make for that day. The next day, do it over again. Before you know it, this new lifestyle will become a habit. Also, remember to give yourself grace, you’re not always going to be perfect (I’m certainly not). Take the next day to reset yourself and keep journeying on!

I’m so incredibly lucky to have a gym that continually educates me and helps me to make better decisions. It’s so nice to spend time with like-minded people. There are countless people at Synergy I look up to and I am so thankful for their impact on my life, and my habits! It has truly been an incredible experience learning from them and looking up to them. They’re certainly a constant source of inspiration for me. Thanks for helping me with my habits, team! :)

Okay friends (aka: anybody who reads this, even if I don’t know you), let’s make some healthy habits!


-Kimmy G