This is me... when I was 7 or 8... in my dance costume.
Yep I was a skinny little thing back than but as you can see even as a little girl I have always had pretty muscular legs. This was after 6 years of tap dancing, which continued on until I was into my 20's. I also took others styles of dance lessons, ran track, played basketball, softball and anything else I could get involved in that had to do with athletics. Of course I pay no attention to my diet at all and ate cookies and cake for breakfast and my favorite food were smores pop tarts... but thats besides the point!
I went through some odd times as all teenagers do with their bodies, but there was always one thing I could be proud of and that was my legs! Long, strong, lean and muscular.
As I got older (and let some things go) the strength was always there, but the appearance... well, lets just say I wouldnt be caught in shorts outside of my house and was pretty self conscious in a bathing suit. Its hard when the part of your body that you loved the most becomes something you hide from people. The last few years were tough. I was embarrassed that I had let myself "go" and felt that no matter what I did I just wasnt going to be able to get back to where I wanted to be. It became very hard to come up with a part of my body (or appearance) that I liked the most about myself... and everyone should have at least one thing on that list always!
You learn very quickly that its impossible to spot reduce and that really, when it comes down to it, you can work out all you want but if your diet doesnt allow for it, your body will never change. I would go to the gym and squat, deadlift and lunge my heart out with no results... nothing seemed to work. However, one day my mind and my body started working together. I realized that if I wanted what I wanted... hell, I could have it. I just had to put my mind to it and go for it. Commit 100% to it.
Being where I am now, 8 months (tomorrow) into my new life I still have pretty big legs. They have reduced in size quite a few inches in that time and certainly have more to go... but I am proud of where I have come. I can say that I worked hard for the shape that they are in and I am no longer embarrassed by their size. They are strong, even stronger than ever before and I am becoming not only happier with my legs, but with the changes happening to my whole body.
I have trust in crossfit, I understand that its up to me to make the right decisions in regards to both food and exercise to have the results I am looking for... and I will tell you (in case I havent said it enough) CrossFit is the right "fit" for me.
p.s. this girl has pretty skinny legs if you ask me... but I liked the add : )
- Row 200m
- 10 Inchworms
- 10 Ring Rows
- 10 Air Squats
- 10 Leg Swings
2 Min Squat Sit
135X5, 185X3, 225X1, 255X1, 265X1 <---- PR
Failed at 270 and 275
- Bent Over Row