Hey all! I just want to put this out there- I’ve heard a lot from my box about discouragement from not getting quick results even though they’ve been committed for a month or a couple weeks.
LADIES- This is CrossFit. The entire goal is LIFELONG wellness, NOT a “quick 21 day fix”.
If you’re new and not getting the results you expected, it’s time to shift that focus and put your head down and just enjoy the journey! Throw the scale away! When you look back 2 or 3 years from now, you will be SO happy you didn’t let the number on the scale hold you back. Set some performance goals instead!
Celebrate small achievements. Connecting with your process is vital, because it makes the journey toward your ultimate destination much more manageable. If you’re trying to grow stronger, credit yourself every time you make the bar or free weights heavier, and every time you hit a new personal best.
If your goal is a pull-up or you want to deadlift 200 lbs., working on them once every two weeks is going to delay your progress compared to if you worked on them every other day. Focus all your energy on achieving these seemingly impossible goals, not only will you prove to yourself you can do hard things, but your body will take care of itself! I never set a goal to lose weight and I ended up dropping inches around my waist instead.
Any challenge is exactly that—a challenge—and some days you’ll feel sore, beat-up, or downright unmotivated to do much. But you don’t have to feel good to do good. So please, let’s focus on our abilities and not our weight! Go easy on yourself. THAT is how we are going to make the best change and set the best example for our kiddos! 😊
When negativity starts polluting your motivation, challenge these thoughts with positive ones. It’s easy to doubt every endeavor before an obstacle even presents itself, and feel like a failure if the progress just isn’t there yet.
Remember: Long term consistency trumps short term intensity- every time.
CrossFit isn’t another fad where we should expect quick results. Results come from putting in the work day after day for YEARS.
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March is the founder of the Barbell Beauties. Her goal is simple… Empower every woman to grab a barbell and LIFT. She’s been an active CrossFitter for 7 years and credits that sport for turning her into a true athlete.