This morning I donned my Red Devil Shirt I got on the clearance rack at a Halloween store 5 years ago. I tried it on to see how it looked and I was shocked that it looked just fine without my body briefer on. For those of you who don't know, a briefer is a contraption that us girls wear to hold smooth out are lumps and bumps, it looks like a bathing suit. It has been a staple in my wardrobe (especially when getting dressed to go out) for most of my adult life.
I have worn this Red Devil Shirt Each Halloween to one party of another, each of these five years. I even wore it the Halloweens when I was at my lowest weight on the scale. GUESS WHAT?? Even at the lowest weights I needed a briefer to smooth out the back fat! I remember at my smallest trying on shirts, being so disappointed....they looked cute in the front but the back just didn't meet my standards!
I can attribute the burning of the briefer (no I lie, I’ll hold onto it for now!), to none other than CROSSFIT! I lost 160lbs after my gastric bypass surgery, but I never felt tight & strong, I lost fat but never gained any muscle. The effect of the CrossFit workouts make me feel like my middle is being sucked in from the inside. I am walking taller with better posture, and my back especially feels stronger. This is due to the focus on the "CORE" in CrossFit exercises. I have been enjoying CrossFit for about 6 weeks, and in that short time the aesthetic results & the improvements in my performance are evident.
The RADICAL part of it all....is that what I do each day, I don't do for the results (like a smoother back & smaller jeans). I do what I do, because I LOVE me, and my body is an extension of my spirit. Having that as my focus has lead to a natural enjoyment in physical fitness and eating healthier. The results are a positive side effect of being in the moment with my body. Today I will experience JOY in the positive sideffects of my Radical Hatess. Joy and intense GRATITUDE, Gratitude for CrossFit, for natural foods and especially SPIRIT for guiding me to these new ventures that support my values! I don't weigh myself these days...but who the hell needs a scale when you can see the results of living your life in the moment, loving your body and yourself...in moments like these!
P.S. I am going to attempt the CrossFit WOD (workout of the day) in costume. Hopefully I'll have pictures to share, so i won't reveal my costume! This is the WOD:
THE WOLVERINE CUB: (You should see what the Momma Wolverine looks like, maybe next I'll do that one next Halloween!)
4 Rounds for time of:
10 Clean and Jerks 95#/65#
If I make it through the first round without ripping it off...I'll be happy!