Body Weight Only Matters If You’re Lifting It

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Print

I remember being about 10 years old, preparing for a dance recital. My jazz costume was made of some fancy crushed red velvet with sequins around the leg cuff of shorts that were a little longer than “booty shorts”.

That was the first time I remember saying out loud that my thighs were too big.

I said it to my mom, and I don’t know if what I’ve cultivated in my own mind as her response is accurate, but now I think back and remember sadness in her eyes. She then of course, smiled and assured me that wasn’t true and that I was beautiful, and strong & perfect the way I was…this I remember being true for sure. She was & still is magical with the kindness & genuine spirit she has.

I was always comparing myself to my friends. I’ve always had a small(er) upper body & a seemingly disproportionately LARGE lower body. My thighs were always my point of anguish.

In high school, my nickname on the cheerleading squad was “Diesel”. I was always a base. I supported the tiny little girls & would toss them high into the air to flip, twist & cradle. The thing that was most important to me about that role was that they trusted me. They knew I’d do everything in my power to keep them from hitting the ground-but I never appreciated my own strength. Or my thighs. Or my weight on the scale.

I never appreciated my own strength, my thighs or stopped paying attention to the number on the scale until I found Crossfit.

Do I still believe my thighs are big? Yes. But now I can squat well over 200# (ATG) and I can clean & jerk my body weight (150#) and deadlift almost 300#. I can carry my son up stairs or hills, I can jump like a crazy person with him…hell, I can just keep up with a 2 year old in general! On my journey through Crossfit is when it clicked!!!

The number on the scale doesn’t matter anymore. I only want to know how much I weigh to see how many of my max lifts are at or above my body weight. Body weight only matters if you’re lifting it & weight only matters if it’s on a barbell.


Now my legs look like this!!

{BTW-the answer is 3. I can deadlift, squat, and Clean and Jerk my body weight plus much more. I’m still working towards body weight lifts on snatch & bench press}

To be honest, I don’t know what weight looks like anymore. If any one of the girls I workout with asked me to guess their weight-it would be just that. A guess. I weigh 150, but I’ve weighed that (or within a few pounds) forever (minus being pregnant with Santi). Do you know what 130 looks like vs 150 or 170? I don’t. I surely would never be able to guess the weight of the tiny powerhouses that are well represented at Crossfit Covington, where I workout. These ladies are incredible! They are deceptively strong & crush heavy weights. Never judge a book. Crossfit Covington breeds some bad ass ladies & I’d take a gamble to say weight isn’t important to most of them.

I don’t know what weight looks like, but I do know what strong looks like…and it looks & feels pretty damn good!


Some of the wonderful ladies I get to workout with on a daily basis. Different sizes, shapes, weights, strengths & goats. One thing in common…all amazing!

Since I’ve started Crossfit & primal/paleo eating I’ve lost 17# of fat. I’ve gained 15# of muscle. But overall there’s only been ~1-2# loss on the scale. If I measured success by the scale as I’d done previously, I’d probably consider myself a failure. 4-6 days in the gym. Every single week. A clean diet (with some cheats in there, too) for almost 2 years & only a 1-2# loss? I could lose more than that with a stomach bug in a day!

But success is now measured differently. Success is now measured by how fast or strong or agile I am. It’s a sense of freedom & feeling of accomplishment. It’s breaking mental barriers to achieve physical feats I never thought possible. It’s measured by Pounds on a Barbell not Pounds on a Scale.

Crossfit gave this to me. Nothing else my whole life was able to give this to me, but Crossfit did. So, for those of you who think this is an “obsession”, maybe it is-but I’m a better person because of it.

Consider the kool-aid tasty.

Printable Version

We Are Scouting Top Writers

Are you passionate about fitness and have something to say? Reach a huge online community and get the discussion going - start writing for Tabata Times today!

Share this post
@TabataTimes on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook 
Advertise Here

Most Popular of All Time

szurley published the post You're doing it wrong. This is how you Bar Mup... on Tabata Times
Alright so in all honestly I still don't have a ring Mup a.k.a muscle up but let me tell you, bar...
zmosbarger published the post The Tug-o-War Between Playing to Your Strengths and Staying Constantly Varied on
We have been on the road for eighteen days now, a time span that has allowed us to visit fourteen...
szurley published the post Skipping Leg Day on
OK so you are probably rolling your eyes thinking about the last time someone at a CrossFit gym...
CrossFit Fairfax shared a link on Facebook

Two weeks before our Nutrition Challenge officially starts!

CrossFit Reston shared a link on Facebook

Two weeks before our Nutrition Challenge officially starts!

CrossFit Falls Church shared an image on Facebook

Last call before Fall Whole 30 kicks off September 17th! Join Amy and Bonny at CFA September 11th, 7:00 pm if you have any questions about this CFA/CFFC challenge! Folks who want to drop off their $25 buy-in are free to come by and do that as well! Note: If you have already attended info sessions for Whole 30 before then this meeting is completely optional. Just email Amy and Bonny that you would like to join! harris.amy22@gmail.com and bonnyc@gmail.com

CrossFit Reston posted on Facebook

Happy birthday to Sarah Pomeroy!! Birthday burpees > spinning!!!

CrossFit Chesapeake shared an image on Facebook

We are a week into our "Everything in Moderation" Nutrition Challenge. The high-fat, low-carb approach is taking some people out of their comfort zones. Not so for Tara, she's posting some gourmet-lookin' pictures on our challenge group page. Whether you're doing the challenge or not, have you tried any new recipes this week? Share them with us! That's what the community is for :) (Thanks to Tara for the photo!)

tarynhaggerstone published the post CrossFit: What Makes a Good Competition? on
Over the past couple years, the number of people who do CrossFit has gone through the roof, and...
Fentress CrossFit posted on Facebook

Wednesday's WOD: 21-15-9 Over the bar Burpees Power Cleans 135/95# Then 50 Sit-Ups 50 Ball Slams

@TabataTimes on Twitter

Watch the latest episode of GPTV