Who is watching you all the time that you feel this crazy amount of pressure that you "shouldn't be doing this?"
It's hard to believe that at one time, our society thought that females should not play competitive sports and if they did, no one would watch them.
Glad those ancient times are a thing of the past!
The problem in today's society, however, is that many female athletes are so focused on being small and tiny that they lose strength, power and speed. Not to mention the unfortunate side effects of "shrinking" your image instead of strengthening your image......
Stress fractures, amennorhea, disordered eating, overexercising, orthorexia, an unhealthy relationship with food, forbidden food lists, hatred for the body.
"Body...you ROCK! Thank you body for what you allow me to do!"?
Now, I think of myself as a strong athlete. My body is pretty incredible in that I have a strong heart and muscles that help to carry me 140.6 miles. But let me tell you...so many of these girls can lift some serious weights (probably more than I weigh!) and they train super hard to be the best they can be in the weight room, for no other reason than loving the idea that lifting weights is empowering!
And lastly, we shared a common interest all weekend in that we are just so tired and sick of society telling women what they should look like to be healthy, happy and to perform well.
How special to think that we can have female experts in certain fields and they are the authorities on certain topics? In other words, just imagine how amazing it would be if you could reach out to professional women when you need trusted, safe and helpful advice that is 100% dedicated to helping you achieve your goals?
(Just want to give a little shout-out to all of my male coaching and nutrition athletes who respect my approach to training and nutrition.)
And most importantly, don't you just want advice that keeps you healthy while performing well? No quick fixes or extreme approaches just the old fashioned sensible approach of work hard, focus on yourself, no excuses and never lose sight of your dreams.
Oh and methods that allow you to actually function well in society.
Ask yourself if you are eating for fuel and for health?
Ask yourself if you are training so much, but not moving closer to your fitness goals?
Ask yourself if you are keeping your body in good health while training for an event?
Ask yourself if you are enjoying life with your current eating habits?
Ask yourself if you are enjoying life with your current training plan?
If yes, awesome. Keep inspiring others.
If not sure or no, search within yourself. You know you have some knowledge to make healthy choices. If you still feel stuck, consult a sport RD (or other professional) who can guide you in the right direction.
What an incredible world this would be!
If you are a female athlete, imagine surrounding yourself with strong, passionate, active, healthy women who love using their bodies for a goal MORE than moving their bodies for a look.
Let's stop the body bashing and body hating and let's celebrate the female athlete's body. It comes in all shapes and sizes and the only speed that matters is the pace that you choose to take to reach your goals and dreams.