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Do It Cuz You Love It


This post originally appeared on FastPaleo.com here. As I wrote before, I’ve been dealing with hypothyroid symptoms for the past year. Well, it turns out that my iodine deficiency has been resolved, but I continue to struggle with my thyroid due to a little something called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Although it saps my energy, focus, and

This post originally appeared on FastPaleo.com here.

As I wrote before, I’ve been dealing with hypothyroid symptoms for the past year. Well, it turns out that my iodine deficiency has been resolved, but I continue to struggle with my thyroid due to a little something called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Although it saps my energy, focus, and drive, I’ve been able to work out at the local CrossFit box about once a week for the past four months. It’s been very frustrating since I LOVE being a “WOD Killa”, but things are really looking up since I worked out twice this week!

But it’s really scary to go back! I’m out of shape compared to where I was 8 months ago. Workouts I used to fly through now take much longer than before, and some days my thyroid just says “nope” and leaves me in a wheezing puddle on the floor without warning. But I keep going back. I have to go back because I want to go back. In spite of the pain and effort, I adore the accomplishment of every CrossFit WOD. But “going back” has required a recalibration of sorts…

CrossFit Kitten

Take yesterday for example. We worked on max effort 2-rep cleans, 5 sets. I used to come in and say silly things like “well, I hit this number last time, and that was 2 months ago, so I should be able to get 10 pounds more today.”  Well, the body doesn’t quite work like that because it’s not a machine. I had to learn to tell myself that I have no idea what I’m going to accomplish today, but I’m going to give it everything I have.

Yesterday I started my first set at a light weight to gauge how I was feeling, and how my body would respond. Then I added weight in increments that were a little higher than I was comfortable with. This lets me push myself without letting me doubt myself. I put the weight on the barbell, I go in for the lift, and I just DO IT. If I make it, that’s awesome! If I don’t, at least I tried and have a new understanding of my limits.

I also get really anxious when I’m going for a new max. I tell myself silly things like “that bar is soooo heavy, what if I can’t get it up, what if I hurt myself??” and so on, until I’m so out of it mentally that I’ve set myself up for failure. But nothing was going to stop me this time!! I was so damn giddy to be able to complete my lifts! I was reminded that I LOVE weightlifting and was THRILLED to be able to work on it! I started grinning like a fool, and the anxiety just melted away. I hit the lifts with everything in me every time, and managed to get a new Personal Record at 120lbs! So I tried for more. I attempted 125, but I just didn’t have the juice that day to get the bar up for the second rep. And honestly, I feel great about the effort because I gave it my all.

So this post has two messages:

  1. Whether you’re starting over or getting into fitness for the first time, find something you love to do so getting healthy and fit becomes a joy instead of a chore.
  2. Be the best YOU you can be, each and every day, whatever that means for you. And be HAPPY with your accomplishment.

If you need some ideas for fun exercise (no, it’s not an oxymoron), here’s a list to get you started:

  • Class-Based or Group Exercise
  • CrossFit
  •  Muay Thai
    Dancing
    Yoga
    Backpacking
    The horizontal mambo  ;)

Solo or Outdoor Exercise

  • Walking through beautiful areas of your neighborhood (with your dog or a loved one is even nicer)
    Kettlebells (some gyms offer classes, but these are an easy and cost-effective at-home workout tool)
    Ride a bicycle

Whatever you decide to try, the most important thing is to have fun with it! Go at it with a light heart and a tenacious spirit, and you can only succeed. ~Kristin

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