I have said this before I’m an all or nothing woman. This is in all parts of my life. I work hard, rest hard, love hard. It’s the way I have been since I can remember. I believed it has served me well for the past 45 years. I have been successful, I have a great husband, I have a great daughter, I have my own business. Notice the I’s: for my entire life I have run the show. It has been me and my hard work that has gotten me where I am.
I did a Crossfit competition a couple of week ago and it was hard, really hard. 5 workouts (when there are usually 3) tough competition and my partner and I pushed. We did well 2nd place, I was really happy with that. But it took me 7 days to recover from this competition. I felt like I had been hit by a bus. My nervous system was shot, my workouts were crap and I was useless to my family. Through it all the word that kept repeating over and over in my head was WHY. Why do I push this hard, why am I working out for as long as I do each day? Why do I want to be this supreme Crossfitter? Why do I care so much?
I came up with a couple of things:
- I honestly do not know what I would do with myself if I didn’t have the goal of training hard to be a competitive Crossfitter. Who would I be? I am good at Crossfit people know me for that. And if I was really honest with myself I know exactly what I need to be doing instead of working out 2 hours a day and I am using Crossfit as a controllable distraction. Something I can be sure of the outcome of because what God wants me to do is not as clear and straight forward as a 12 min workout. The purpose he has for me cannot be improved upon in a 12 week training cycle and I won’t be able to know if I did well until I am with Him and He calls me his faithful servant. No immediate gratification, no podiums.
- I am afraid that my body will go to crap. And I am pissed that I care so much. Again there is no need for me to be 12% body fat. It’s great but my body fat being that low and me being this muscular is really not necessary. I can be fit. I can be healthy. My appearance is what I am know for, without it who would I be? What would people think? Again the all or nothing attitude. I can’t just be fit I have to be the fittest. I have forgotten who I am. Who I am has absolutely nothing to do with my weight or body fat. Who I am is who God says I am. No where in the bible does it say I need to be super lean muscular to lead people to Him. I know what you are may be thinking: it is good to be the best that you can be and I agree but it is NOT good to worship that ideal. To make it an idol, to define myself by it.
These truths were hard to realize and harder to admit. Now that I know all of this what do I do with it? That is still a work in progress. I am praying A LOT. Asking for guidance and courage to let go of this need to control and distract myself. Asking for faith and trust to wait on God’s plan and not to rush ahead on my own. I am terrified of what the future holds. Not because I believe it will be bad but because sometimes I don’t feel worthy enough for how good its going to be.
My biggest fear is that I will be average. What I have forgotten is that I can never be average!!! That fear is a lie.
But instead of starting from a place of average, I must remember what God says I am and that is far from average and that is without doing a thing!
So it is 3 weeks after the competition and I am feeling a lot better physically. This is giving me a lot of clarity mentally. I am so grateful for this experience. It has been a perspective and reality check for me. It has woken me up to what matters most, what Gods plan is for me and challenged my faith.
What am I doing now? I am working out 5 days a week. If I am tired I ease off. If I feel good I push. As for my nutrition I have not been tracking much at all for the last three weeks. I am back to tracking with some adjustments and it feels good. If I start to feel anxious about it I will stop. If I start to think about it too much I will stop. The key for me is to constantly keep connected and honest about how I feel. To trust that feeling I get inside when something needs to change. Allow it to guide my decisions and not get in its way.