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Self-Worth and Exercise
Weightless hits it out of the park again today with the question “Does how you look make you feel unworthy of love, satisfying relationships, a good job or true happiness?”
When your self-worth is dependent mostly or solely on your shape, it can be stressful and upsetting. It can bring on a variety of negative emotions and affect other parts of your life.
Margarita offers seven steps for separating self-worth from weight, including finding one’s purpose, working on self-acceptance, and giving oneself “the power.”
I’ve often allowed myself to think, “If I could just be thinner, and I’d be so happy.” That is, of course, utter nonsense. And the thing that helps me (although I am clearly a work-in-progress in the body image department) is training. Hard. Like an athlete.
It’s pretty difficult to disparage a body that can lift heavy things, jump on things, swing on bars, and then sleep the sleep of the righteous. Who has time to worry about a fat roll, phantom or otherwise, when there’s a WOD to tackle?
And speaking of WODs… although my energy level is not back up to peak levels, I was going a little bonkers from not moving, so I laid out my workout clothes last night and hopped (literally: I hopped) out of bed this morning to hit my CrossFit Women class.
We had a partner WOD, which was the perfect way to re-introduce my body to moving with some semblance of power and speed.
50 deadlifts, 115#
100 med ball situps, 6# ball
50 pullups, no band, partner assisted
My partner was perky, lithe, flexible, yoga queen Jill. (You should see her beautiful handstands!) We did the deadlifts in sets of five, the situps straight through, and the pullups in sets of five for the first set and 10s for the second set because we got tricky: we back squatted under eachothers’ feet to assist. GENIUS! The helper got a great core+leg workout, and the pulluper got major assistance on the pull.
Time: 19:55 (just under the 20-minute cutoff)
I should hear today or tomorrow about what’s up with my thyroid-on-the-fritz. Curious to see what’s up with that little monster.
Thanks again to Margarita at Weightless for inspiring reflection and common sense. And readers, what’s your trick for separating your self-worth from your weight? Do your workouts do it, or do you have other tricks?