5 rounds for time of:
30 KB swings
My time: 19:35. Very painful. The swings killed my grip strength so I was doing sets of 2 and 3 on the pull-ups. Mostly sets of 2. I know I can do better than that, but at least I got through it.
Some Thoughts on Body Image
So some interesting stuff came up at the 9:30 class today. Specifically, the issue of body image.
It kills me to hear the things women will say about their bodies. The most beautiful woman in the world will find flaws in her body and tell you all about them. Today, I heard three women, all of whom are physically elite, extremely strong and lean and fit, say negative things about their bodies and express concern about their bodies changing in a way they don't like.
I think that, as women, we need to love our bodies no matter what.
Someone once said to me that you should not say something to or about yourself that you wouldn't say to or about someone you love. So I don't. I would never tell a friend that her thighs were too big, so I never said that to myself. Instead, I would say she was curvy, so I said that to myself. When I lost weight and my chest shrank down to pre-pubescent levels, I just laughed and said, I look slim and athletic now, and hey, models don't have breasts either. I think it is critical to use kind and positive words with ourselves and to understand that it is in our own power to love our bodies. It is not just about words, but it starts with words.
And it doesn't have to be empty statements, that self-affirmation crap. When you walk across a room, think about what you LIKE about your body. When people compliment you, thank them and smile. And BELIEVE them. It feels good. It doesn't make you a bad person. We're often raised to think that humility means denigrating ourselves. But there's a difference between being humble and being negative and self-destructive.
Every woman I train with is beautiful. They are beautiful because they are strong and disciplined and committed. They are beautiful because they are warm and supportive and kind. They are beautiful because they take care of their bodies. They are beautiful because beauty is subjective, and we see beauty where we look for it. I look for it, and I see it.