You may remember my post back in April about finding my fitness groove. Since then I’ve been regularly going to Fit for Fashion and I’ve started training for a 10k. I’m also trying to go to yoga once a week for a nice stretch sesh.
My training plan has me running 4 days a week. I’ve planned on doing one weights class at F4F, one yoga class and then a rest day to fill out the rest of the week.
Yesterday I went to my weekly F4F class and after class I asked to have my body fat taken. I’m checking in monthly to keep track and as I mentioned in my previous post, it’s a much better indicator of progress than a number on a scale. Enter my shock as I saw that I had increased .8% in my body fat, lost a pound of muscle and gained a pound of fat. Umm…? After talking with the F4F trainer I was reminded that I need to do more strength training. Duh, Katie, you can’t expect to tone up/stay fit from solely running. So it looks like I’m going to have to incorporate an extra weights session on my short run days. Last time my body fat was measured I was running a few times a week and also doing a few intense F4F classes a week.
It’s funny though, how even though I’m still happy with where my body is, that seeing that change in my body fat sent me into a bit of a down mood. At home I started surveying my body, pointing things out to myself that still needed “improvement”. And then I caught myself. Improvement for who? Who am I trying to please with how I look? Myself, I guess? But why? I am still at a healthy weight and am in the “athletic” range of body fat percentage. I then started to point out the things that I liked about my body and moved to the statement that I try to hold as a personal mantra. “Be happy with your body for not how it looks, but how it serves you day-to-day.” I’m not sick, I don’t have any broken bones, I have all of my limbs…I should be happy that day-to-day my body gets me around and does the best it can. I should be grateful that I can go out and run when I want to and easily get from point A to point B. Not everybody has that privilege.
Body image may be considered a topic that gets talked about too much. But I disagree. We all know what we’re supposed to do and how we’re supposed to think positive thoughts. But sometimes there are bad days where we feel lousy for whatever reason and we turn to our body and forget how we’re supposed to think. We need these daily reminders because those thoughts always try to sneak in.
So let this serve as your daily reminder: It does not matter what you see in the mirror. How do you feel? What has your body done for you today?