Women’s Only: Getting Better Means Making Sacrifices

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by MEGHAN PRUNTY

Women's Only: Getting Better Means Making Sacrifices
Now, I’m sure you’ve heard this before. I know I’ve heard my coach say many a time that if we want to get better we need to eat more, mobilize more, practice our weaknesses and drink less. Those are the obvious sacrifices for any athlete.

I’m speaking specifically to women about this one – getting better at CrossFit means sacrificing our (and society’s) body ideals. Now what do I mean by this? I will explain with a story…

We all make sacrifices. I had to sacrifice how I viewed my body in order to get stronger.
About 6 weeks ago I started a strength and conditioning program from Catalyst Athletics. At the same time I started an eating (I don’t like the work “diet”) program from Eat to Perform. Long story short, I was eating more and lifting more with the end goal of getting stronger.

So, I ate a lot of protein (150g/days) and added in more starchy carbs. In the beginning I felt a little bloated – like I was drinking a case of a beer each night, but I knew I had to see this thing through. After a few weeks the bloat went away and I was slowly but surely feeling stronger.

A couple days before my testing day I decided to try on this fabulous dress I bought a few months ago for a friend’s wedding coming up the next weekend. I absolutely fell in love with the dress – it was more than I wanted to spend, but it just looked amazing and was posh enough for this NYC wedding. Well, the dress didn’t fit… I was too nervous to even try to sit down in it, there was no way I was busting any moves on the dance floor, and I would even need someone to go to the bathroom with me! This obviously was not going to work!

At this point I was devastated. I’m a girl, and I loved this dress. Now it did not fit.

The next day I went into the gym and told my male coach my extremely girly problem… and at the end of the conversation I said, “I better PR on my lifts!” Obviously, not really into my tremendously girly problem, he kept it short and said, “You will.”

PR!

Testing day inevitably came and needless to say, I was ringing the PR bell like no one’s business! Below are my before and after numbers:

  • Snatch: 105 – 125lbs
  • Clean & Jerk: 125 – 140lbs
  • Back Squat: 180 – 200lbs

I was beyond excited! 125 was always my “dream” goal for my snatch, and after I stood up with that barbell, did a dance, and dished out some hugs – with a smile on my face I said, “That was totally worth my dress not fitting!”

A strength mentality: I will take bigger thighs and ass if that means my lifts go up and my times go down.
We all make sacrifices. I had to sacrifice how I viewed my body in order to get stronger. My legs, butt, and arms are all bigger; in fact, I think I only have one pair of jeans that actually fit now! But I’m fine with that. I will take bigger thighs and ass if that means my lifts go up and my times go down.

You have to decide if you are willing to make the sacrifice.

I leave you with this quote:

“Sacrifice is giving up something good for something better.” – Unknown

Originally from The Real Rx Blog

Meghan Prunty is a Holistic Health Practitioner and Fitness Coach. I work with active individuals of all ages and skill levels who want to shed pounds, gain self confidence and perform to their optimal ability in sport and life.

If you are having trouble reaching your weight loss and performance goals click here to schedule a free initial consultation today. Together we can increase your self confidence so you can lead the life you always wanted.

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