Wait. Did I just say athlete? Am I an athlete? Are you?
This word can be empowering when you refer to yourself as such. But have I earned this word?
A few years ago my parents were visiting for the weekend and I had a 5k race in Dothan, AL. They came with me, and kept Elizabeth busy while I ran the race. Stephen was in school at that time and pastoring a small church so Saturdays were study/sermon prep days for him every week (for 5 years - seriously do NOT miss that!).
I remember after the race my parents were so excited for me. They've only been at a few finish lines of mine through the years as we live 5 hours apart. This race was great. I finished faster than I anticipated.
We got in the car and had a few errands to run on the way home. Mom looked over at me and said, "We're so proud of you. Our daughter is an athlete!"
I remember laughing and saying, "Mom, I am so not an athlete!" But inside I was flattered. And wondered.
Well. Am I?
I mean, I don't LOOK like one. I definitely have some well defined muscles, but definitely also still have some flab to get rid of. I don't look like a waif of a person who lives on carrots and runs 10 miles a day. (Kinda glad - I like to eat!).
So do you have to be skinny or look really "fit" to be considered an athlete?
Here's the definition of an athlete according to dictionary.com:
a person trained or gifted in exercises or contests involving physical agility, stamina, or strength; a participant in a sport, exercise, or game requiring physical skill.
Um. It doesn't even say you have to be fastest (or even fast), great (or even good), or come in first (or even last!).
It literally means someone who is trained or gifted (and we all know in this case for me it's definitely TRAINED - LOL!) in exercises/contests involving physical agility (check), stamina (check), or strength (check check).
I don't really call myself a runner anymore. I can run, and I do run, and I enjoy running, but it's not my main focus. As you know if you've followed my journey at all, running has been AMAZING for my confidence, and test of my physical stamina. But it was not helping me obtain the weight loss goal I had ultimately set for myself. Not in and of itself. It is a great complement to my current strength training program and as I said I enjoy doing it.
But I really like the term athlete better than runner anyway (for me). I like the fact that I'm physically strong. I enjoy being somewhat agile (well WAY more agile than I was at 285 pounds right?). I look forward to spending time on the ball field, or even just playing catch with my daughter, and love being outside now.
All of this from the girl who wanted her car started in the summer with the AC on full blast before I would get in it.
My my. How times have changed.
On another topic, I finished my first week of my second runthrough of T25! It was AMAZING!
Here are a few observations from my first week:
1) this program is NO JOKE! I mean, I knew that, but boy did Shaun T remind me! I kept thinking it would be easy after P90X3 but it was not!
2) I did EVERY SINGLE WORKOUT THIS WEEK! EEEK! So proud of myself.
3) When my quads wanted to give in I kept on going. Last year, if you remember, I strained/tore my quads during T25. Which was funny as I was a "runner" then. But truly runners end up having weaker quads and stronger hamstrings due to the fact that your legs go in a forward motion only. I was unable to run full speed for MONTHS and it was during softball season! It was sad. So this time, when my quads were on FIYAH! (think this girl is on fire, but insert my quads are on fiiiiire! ahhaha) I PUSHED THROUGH. Last year I would just stop and take a break until it eased off. Not this time. This time I imagined myself speeding around the bases on the softball field. FELT THE BURN.
Results from my first week:
- lost 1.8 pounds (now at 174).
- lost .25 inches from arm, 1 inch from my waist, and half an inch from my calves. My thigh says I gained .5 inch but I'm not totally sure I measured them in the same spot (lol). Not stressing over that as I felt the buuuuurn!
Remember that I also started my Simple & Sinister kettlebell workout this week which I'm doing in conjunction with T25. It's kettlebell swings each day (I did around 80/day) along with turkish getups (holy wha???). Did all of these with my 20lb kettlebell.
My shoulders are shaping up nicely. :) May do a shoulder/arm pic next weekend for ya.
OH - and you might be an athlete if...
You ask for heavier kettlebells for Mother's Day. :)
Have a great week all!