I love what my body can do AND//OR love what my body looks like.
Sometimes it feels like you have to pick one or the other, right?
I’m a firm believer that the pursuit of vanity goals is just as valid as the pursuit of performance goals.
But I’ll tell you what: it’s much easier to change your mind about what you view as ideal than it is to change your body to fit that ideal. I know because I’ve lived it!
In pursuit of my pull ups, I grew lats, traps and shoulders with countless rows, presses, and flys.
In pursuit of bigger oly movements, I developed a stronger core, wider upper back and thicker thighs to catch, stand and hold big weight.
In pursuit of a better cardio engine, my legs leaned and my full C cup went to a barely B cup (RIP) with the miles I ran and swam.
Squats, lunges, deadlifts, RDLs, hip thrusts, oh my! These were key for keeping me injury free, making me competitive in all my lifts – and key for making a bigger, perkier .
My body shape and size is a reflection of my current goals for strength, power, endurance and flexibility. Drunk off my abilities, I’ve been able to flow with the changes I’ve see in the mirror over the years - a swimmer’s back, boulder shoulders, thighs that fill out every pair of pants and definitely chafe in the summer.
It’s a lot easier to love what your body looks like – change and all – if you master the way you talk about your reflection.