Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Mel Loomans, a Bootcamp member at CrossFit Toronto .
Let me start with this.
I am not a calorie counter.
I have a weakness for chocolate.
And I am always on the hunt to find best cupcake ever made.
I’ve been using Bootcamp as a way to kick-start a healthy lifestyle; we’ve been eating Paleo, working out regularly and I’ve cut down significantly on my sweet tooth.
After three months of Bootcamp, I am excited to report that my favourite jeans are too big, my work pants need to be worn with a belt, and my stretchy pants fit like they were intended to.
I was incredibly excited about my progress, until I participated in a WOD (Workout of the Day) that required me to jump on the scale.
3 rounds for time:
- 400m run
- 20 sit ups
- 15 deadlifts prescribed at your body weight
After getting on the scale and seeing that my weight had actually gone up, I started freaking out.
How was it possible that my body was shrinking but I was actually heavier?
I was sulking around, setting up for my WOD when Julie came over.
She said, “would you rather be healthy, strong, and look like your ideal weight? Or would you rather be your dream weight, and look tired & unhealthy?”
A Healthier Perspective
That’s when I realized – strong is the new skinny.
Dan (my fiancé) and I joined Bootcamp as a way to get fit for our wedding together.
He is using these daily workouts to gain muscle mass, a nice six pack, and have enough upper body strength to push-press me for our wedding photos (I’m serious!)
I am using Bootcamp as a way to make sure that the parts of my body that aren’t meant to jiggle stop jiggling, and to get toned and have some definition in all the right places.
Julie’s pep talk made me realize that I’m doing everything right.
Muscle weighs more than fat, so all that jiggling that disappeared has turned into strength.
All those sit-ups and plank Tabatas have created definition.
Julie’s pep talk changed my entire perspective on the daily WOD.
I now look at this daily sweat as my own personal war against fat cells and a final goodbye to all the jiggles.
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Needless to say, next time I have a WOD that makes me step on the scale, I’m going to embrace it as a new challenge.
The larger the number, the better the sweat!