Is public speaking ever a comfortable endeavor? To some it may be and I might very well get there one day, but it always stirs some butterflies.
I had the opportunity to speak to a group of female college students about healthy body image transitioning into college life. I wish someone had spoken to me about this over 10 years ago (cough, cough. Was it that long ago?!).
I knew exactly what I wanted to wear for the presentation and thanks to my friend Kathleen at She Rocks Fitness, I shared my message verbally and visually.
Strong is beautiful.
That’s exactly what I want young girls to internalize. Strong transcends not only to physical assets, but to mind and spirit.
In the past few months, I have realized my readers are a wide range of ages. Some are at the highly vulnerable high school age. So, it is important to be mindful of the words I choose to share.
The group of women were diverse. Some were regular exercisers, others were looking for ways to stay healthy as they transitioned to college life.
I put a request out on twitter for YOUR definition of a healthy body image and was so pleased with the feedback. Here are a couple of my favorite tweets that also made the presentation (there were many more too). You guys are amazing!
Katie S. responded with, “Healthy body image is embracing imperfections and recognizing strengths both inward and outward.”
Danielle said, “Healthy body image to me is perceiving yourself as you do others and being able to see past the image on the outside!”
Kat responded, “… being proud of the work & fuel I’ve put into making my body the best it can be and knowing I’m unique.”
Katie stated, “…to me, having a healthy body image means appreciating my body for what it can do, not what it looks like.”
I tried to get Cooper to pose with me after the presentation, but he was more interested in playing with my brother’s dog, King:
After the failed photo session, I hit up CrossFit where we worked on dead lifts and a 3 minute AMRAP (as many reps as possible) of burpees. I got in 50. I wonder if the coaches read my burpee post previously. Hmmm.
What’s the deal with the long socks?!
So, I used to think it was a fashion statement or a uniform of sorts, but there is a reason why long socks are worn in CrossFit. With any lifting done from the ground like dead lifts, power cleans, or snatches, long socks are worn to protect your shins and be sanitary. There is always a chance to you can scrape your skin. Plus, they match my Real Flex shoes!
I seriously love the challenge that comes with every CrossFit workout and can see why individuals fall head over heals in love with the sport. The phrase, better than yesterday applies to each day. My body is gaining flexibility and strength that will help me with running, teaching, and staying healthy for years. I love the variety.
I leave you with this quote:
“You is kind, you is smart, you is important” – The Help