People, Perceptions and Progress
“People will always try to stop you from doing the right thing if it is unconventional.”
I saw this quote on Twitter this morning and wanted to shout out an Amen! right here at my desk at work but decided against it at the last minute because lately everyone already things I’m crazy enough.
No sugar at all? How do you survive?
No grains ever? But what about the healthy ones?
Isn’t Crossfit a little extreme? I heard someone died once doing that…
Why are you ordering your burger without a bun? Shouldn’t you just avoid the burger altogether?
And these are just the polite questions I get. Don’t even get me started on the raised eyebrows and some of the other more judgmental opinions people I hardly know have professed. You would think I was lecturing them about what they should do with their lives the way they respond.
Part of me gets it though — a “diet” with a catchy name (ugh), a fitness program that has a reputation for being intense, and the fact that I have spent A LOT of time over the last 10 weeks thinking about my eating and my activity level and my plan for my health in lieu of doing other things. I get it that all of these things are not necessarily mainstream.
But the truth is — they’re working. Call it what yo want but this “Fad Diet” that I am on has me feeling better than I have ever felt in my life. Tell me that Crossfit is crazy or full of kool-aid drinkers or dangerous, but after only 5 sessions I feel stronger, tighter, and more capable and supported than I ever felt at good ol’ 24 Hour Fitness. Tell me that I am being extreme — go ahead, I dare ya — because the proof is in the results:
Stats from 7/25/10 Stats from 9/24/10
Blood Pressure: 150/90 120/80
Triglycerides: 130 103
Glucose: 92 mg/dL 84 mg/dL
And if all that doesn’t speak loudly enough: I have lost 30lbs and about 18 inches overall. My skin looks better, my hair looks better, I am sleeping sounder, no longer have headaches, and have the energy of a teenager. The data doesn’t lie.
So while I can see how some people think what I am dong is a bit unconventional, I think I will just keep politely fielding questions and smile on the inside. Because even though I’ve got a long way to go (oh, so long…so so long) so far getting there is feeling pretty damn good. And I plan to enjoy it!
This was Night 1 of Crossfit (Look of Panic, unintentional) and I thought it was about time to take a Before Pic for comparison!