I never once said, ‘Be Skinny!’

It’s not often that I find myself both lost for words and also overwhelmed with thoughts.

This is one of those times. As I’m reading the news this morning, while sipping my coffee ( I know coffee is so bad for me) I stumble across a headline,

“Dreaming Big: NJ Lady’s 1,000 pound fantasy”

Then I come to discover that at already well over 500 pounds Donna Simpson’s goal is to be the fattest woman in the world.

Yet, she’s not sure how realistic that goal is because she does have a 3 year old and household to run.

All the while, I feel pain in my heart as this woman talks and tries to convince either the readers, the reporters, or herself that she’s happy in her life.

To be honest, I’d be thrilled if people wanted to send me gifts all the time, give me their credit card number to buy things…but not at the cost of killing myself.

I forgot she also believes that all the diseases that are associated with being overweight, aren’t really true, at least that’s what I understood as her opinion in this interview. Yet, she already has diabetes and fibromyalgia, imagine the luck she must have if these diseases aren’t associated with being over weight.

Even now, I’m lost for words, but have thoughts flying through my head at the speed of race cars.

I never once told anyone they had to be skinny, I don’t believe in that as much as I don’t believe in being obese. Despite having struggled her entire life dealing with a weight challenge, I feel this is an attempt at giving up, it’s not accepting herself as she is, as she so admits.

You have a 3 year old. Is any of this worth not being able to see her grow up?

You can watch her interview here.

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

32kg Kettlebell Snatches

I love accepting new challenges, it keeps my training interesting and gives me something to strive for.

Lately, at the gym I’ve been fortunate enough to work with a group of girls who are really interested in strength training, and I have seen them make amazing progress.

It isn’t just gifted to them, they work really hard for it.

They know they work hard.

They also suffer some disappointment and frustration, as we all have.

It’s almost self reflective to watch them train each week, to see how excited they get with their progress. To see how encouraging and supportive they are of each other. To see the frustration from a bad lift.

I’ve been through all of it, just as they are going through it.

They’ve become an inspiration to me. Each day I work with them, I want to train with them. As much as I enjoy being their coach, I also appreciate their efforts and want them to see me succeed and even fail.

So I set up some challenges to conquer myself. With their support and drive, I know I’ll succeed.

So for now my goal is 20/20 kettlebell snatches with the 32kg.

Lofty…Perhaps.

Attainable…No Doubt.

The Evolution of Strength

I’ve always prided myself on being strong.

When I hit my first 32kg kettlebell snatch I knew I could do more. When I deadlifted 295lbs for the first time I knew that one day I’d do more. When I finally got that 40kg turkish get up, I still wanted more.

I’m so thankful to get to work with this group of women at the gym so closely on their strength training. To see where they started with their training…then to see where they are today puts a huge smile on my face.

I’ve written about it before, I’ve mentioned it on the Urban Athlete website, I love it when the people I work with see what their potential is…the look on their face when they’ve done something they’ve never thought about doing (or only dreamed about doing before) it’s amazing, it’s beautiful, it’s empowering, and it puts a smile on my face. (I know, the second smile…that means I mean it!)

In fact, my good friend, Alicia, had an awesome training session just yesterday, and she did the best push ups I’ve seen her do, and she couldn’t believe how happy I was for her. It’s a milestone.

Watching people do things they never even thought about doing before is absolutely breathtaking.

Here’s a video (it’s a little long) of three different women on strength training programs, and their progress with the Turkish Get Up.

I’m proud of their efforts. Great work ladies!