Stronger, faster, leaner.
Those words have been echoing in my head for the past 7 weeks. Probably longer.
What do I want this year? To be stronger. To be faster. To be leaner.
Seven weeks ago I set a number of goals for Crossfit Central’s I Am Crossfit Challenge. I’ve reached a few, and while there is only one week left in the challenge — and I may not reach all of them — I WILL reach my goals at some point in the near future.
After all, they’re MY goals. And MY quest to be stronger, faster, leaner does not end with this challenge. I already have plans to do as many challenges as I can that my Crossfit gym offers, but what do I do until then?
I will rest up for a couple of weeks. Let loose a little. Have some wine. But my goals will continue to be in the back of my head.
For several days now, I’ve contemplated joining the Strong is the New Skinny Challenge. And I have finally decided to jump in. I already blog about my workouts, food and goals — so why not continue to hold myself accountable?
I realize that my story of transformation from this point on my not be as dramatic as others. I don’t have much weight to lose. I have gained strength and endurance. But many of my friends don’t realize how far I’ve come. I decided to pull out a few old pictures to give you an idea of how much I have changed.
I can’t remember whether this was 1997 or 1998. Andy and I were in Red Wing, Minnesota for a wedding, and we trekked up to St. Paul for the day. It seems like I’m looking at a totally different person.
I hope my sense of style has changed as much as my weight and appearance. And yes, that is Andy. This was the summer of 1996. Nearly 15 years ago. That is one chunk o’ love.
There are so many more. Andy and I were laughing at all of the old photos last night as I tried to pick out the ones to display in this blog. They are pretty hilarious.
Needless to say, I’ve come a long way:
And with I AM coming to a close, the next week is a great time to reassess my goals and set some new ones. In the meantime, I’m going to finish this challenge out strong. I’m still practicing my handstands and pushups. My shoulder press goal will be tested on Tuesday morning during Crossfit Total. And I can celebrate what I’ve already accomplished — pushups on my toes, jumping on the box, and running 400m in under 2 minutes — consistently!
I will be strong enough to write RX on the board next to my name most of the time.
I will be an athlete.