I never was a sporty spice
People who get to know me now, always think I have been a sporty spice all my life… and that cannot be further from the truth. In high school I had a permanent permission slip to skip PE and I used it… a lot!
10 years ago that all changed. And, as often happens, the change started with a big event: I had a fall on a skiing trip and wrecked my knee. It took over 6 months to learn to walk again. Then my physio therapist told me to start running as part of rehab.
I had always convinced myself that I am a terrible and awkward runner… but in rehab I proved myself wrong. Within 6 months I ran my first 10K under a hour. In the 6 months after that I ran a 10 English miles under 1:30 and a half marathon in 1:51.
That taught me to appreciate my body for what it can do and how resiliant my body is. That started to take precedent over how it looks. Maybe that is where the dietmindset of restrict-restrict-restrict started to fade and crumble.
Naomi introduced me to CrossFit about 4 years ago. I dabbled in it for a while, but for a over a year now I am a regular at the box. Almost weekly I improve and surprise myself. I am FOR SURE fitter at 48 than I was at 18!
Nutrition, sleep and stress management are the factors that, combined with movement and training, made and keeps my body strong. Still have to keep an eye out forn my knee(-health) and also the intensity level, because I also suffered a burn out in 2011 and recovery is a thing post-burn-out. I can’t tell you how much Whole30 helps me with that: when nutrition is on point, my knee is better, my recovery is better. And: I am so proud of how far I’ve come over the years. Today, I am throwing down in CrossFit Open 19.4… maybe get my first pull up EVER.
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