Just read a fantastic post from my good friend and blogger Karen CL Anderson, whose blog is locaged at: Before and After: A Real-Life Story. Her post entitled “What Does Strong Look Like?” is a thought-provoking look at what strength means to her, and what ‘baggage’ we as women can sometimes carry about the word ‘strong’.
I’ve been ‘strong’ most of my life…as a swimmer, I could swim a mile (72 laps of a 25-yard pool) without a lot of effort in my teens and early 20’s, and I’ve loved strength training since college. I liked being strong – and when I stopped working out regularly, after having my son over 20 years ago, I did not realize how much I would miss being strong until I was no longer described by that word.
I returned to resistance training off and on well over 10 years ago, with varying degrees of competence and consistency. For the last few months though, I’ve been VERY consistent with my training. Combining a challenging walking workout with strength training and the Couch-to-5K program has given me wonderful definition in my legs, and the rest of me is following suit slowly.
Part of Loving Your Reflection is loving your body when it’s at it’s best…for me, that means being strong and able to do whatever I need do during the day. Whether it’s chopping wood in the backyard with my husband to stock up for the oncoming heating season, helping him move furniture from room to room, or accomplishing a 70-lb squat for the first time in a LONG time, I love feeling strong.
Take a look at Karen’s post – and add your thoughts either here on my blog, on her blog or both about what being ‘strong’ means to you, and will you know it when you see it looking back at you in the mirror? One more step on the journey towards loving your reflection…a journey worth taking!