iron & spice

Musings on mindset.

Mindset shift:

What if, instead of feeling guilt over the fact that you're a human adult who likes to eat and drink certain things that may or may not be "healthy", you objectively looked at how those things could be a part of your diet without being the hinge upon which you're "on plan" or "off plan?"

Pay attention for a single day. What rituals/habits do you participate in that bring you a real sense of satisfaction? This doesn't have to be food-related, and it doesn't have to be Pinterest-y and woo-woo, either. Maybe it's your morning cup of coffee. Maybe it's the feeling of hopping into the shower after a long workday. Maybe it's a square of chocolate and a cup of tea before bed. Where could you create moments like this if you don't have any? What mindless habit could you work on giving up that would make space (be it time, energy, calories, money) for a moment of peace and clarity?

What if you could find a non-food-related response to success achieved, hard day ended, tragedy survived? What might that look like?

Most of us have a specific vision in mind when we consider our goal achieved - whether it's a way our body will be shaped or a task we'll be able to accomplish. Think about how you'll feel when you've achieved it? Will the method you took to get there be one you can maintain?

What if you designed your nutrition to fit your life instead of forcing your life to fit your nutrition?

How Have You Changed?

[Reposted with some tiny edits from the Iron & Spice Facebook page]

Resting a sandbag on my head at CrossFit Center City, circa 2009-ish. 

Resting a sandbag on my head at CrossFit Center City, circa 2009-ish. 

How have you changed since you picked up a barbell/kettlebell/dumbbell/strongman implement for the first time? 

I'm thinking aesthetic OR mental OR spiritual OR anything else you think has had an impact on your life. There's absolutely nothing wrong with lifting to change your physique, but I think we sometimes get a little too caught up in the outside (for better or worse) and forget all the other benefits we reap from throwing heavy stuff around, and I personally ALWAYS forget to note this kind of thing in my workout logs.

I'll begin.

1) I have a distinct memory as a young kid of seeing my thighs flatten out when I sat down and hating that (so sad). My legs are still not small, not even a little bit, but they're muscular and strong and I love them now!

2) I'm confident in the weight room at just about any gym I visit. I don't know how to do every movement perfectly (coaching will always be a good thing) but I know my way around and am not intimidated when I'm there.

3) I can do more stuff without worrying about "getting in shape" or "training" first. Like, I can run fun distances (sort of, let's not get carried away) and go on long, steep hikes, and lift the 50 pound bags of potatoes at work without hurting myself. This is going to make me a tough broad when I'm older (and everyone loves a tough old broad).

4) I love going to the gym, even on days when I don't love going to the gym (does that make sense?) Sure, sometimes I'm sleepy or sluggish or I'm just not feeling it, but overall it's not a grind. It's a joy. It's an excuse to accomplish awesome things.

How have you changed since you started lifting?