Recently I was guest on Silverdale CrossFit’s Train for Life podcast. We had a productive conversation about Ideal Protein, body image, wellness and the power of endurance. One of the subjects I discussed was a personal revelation about wanting more than just a thinner body.
I lost my weight when our practice first started offering Ideal Protein, back in 2011. Initially, it was exciting to finally live life at my goal weight and I did everything I could to ensure it. (Incidentally, this is how I know you can keep your weight off too if you make it a priority!)
I did cardio workouts three times a week at my local YMCA and I was very specific about my nutrition—keeping calories as low as possible. I spent about two years in this space—before I grew bored.
Eventually being thin was too hollow of a purpose. Like everything else, it got old.
I was skinny enough—but I was weak. I spent plenty of time on the treadmill but couldn’t run a mile on a trail without extreme fatigue or pain. It was time to change.
The shift it my thinking was subtle but resolute. Now I desired strength and endurance. I didn’t want to merely be thin—I wanted to be an athlete.
Now counting calories wasn't nearly as important as counting reps. I needed to eat more to develop musculature. It meant the scale had to travel North even though my body fat percentage stayed within range. For me, it meant embracing the body God gave me. (Hello quads!)
Life is an adventure and when one goal is achieved, it's time to set another.
I’m not here to tell you what your goals should be—but to give you options. There’s no way around the importance of good nutrition—but that’s a vague term at best. “Good nutrition” should really be defined as eating that which is in accordance with your personal goals--and our personal goals differ. Some of us want to grow muscle. Some want to cut fat and while others are content to maintain their current body composition.
In my line of work, I mostly see people who really want to be thinner. So do it. Get your body fat as low as you can and when you’ve mastered it--go beyond.
Here’s a link to the podcast: “Finish Well” Episode 7 http://www.trainforlifescf.com/latestpodcast
Dionne is a certified Ideal Protein coach who lost 25 pounds following the protocol way back when. Since then she's learned to cook healthier meals (and actually eat them), get a daily dose of iron in the form barbells and kettle bells and is usually training to improve her time in an upcoming half marathon.