Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Fitness

Today's Weigh-In: 203.4 lbs.
5-Day Average: 203 lbs.

The weight average is going up a bit, but that's mainly because I didn't weigh-in on Saturday or Sunday, so it's missing some data points. Also, I think that last weeks weigh-ins were skewed a bit low due to dehydration (due to imbibing a bit too much the night before) so these weigh-ins are more honest. No big deal, I would rather be honest with myself, and it's not about the number on the scale, it's about reducing body fat and increasing fitness.

Which brings me to my next point: fitness. When I started out on this journey all I cared about was a) losing weight and b) looking good. So to achieve those goals I followed the typical advice on bodybuilding forums and e-books. And I lost weight. But I didn't get stronger, and I didn't get faster, and I couldn't run for much longer. I realized that I didn't really know what I was doing, and that I didn't want to just look fitter, I wanted to *be* fitter. Through trial and error, I eventually came upon Crossfit, and haven't looked back. They know what fitness is, and how to achieve it. Now, reducing my body fat and weight are simply means for me to increase my performance, so I can do more pull-ups, have a higher strength-to-weight ratio, have less strain on my joints, etc. Crossfit outlines a scale of fitness; on one end of the scale is Sick, in the middle is Healthy, and on the other end is Fit. I've made it to Healthy; now I want to make my way closer to Fit. I believe this is a more worthwhile goal than just losing fat and looking good, so I guess you can say I've had a bit of a priority change. Not that I won't continue to lose, but my focus is on performance rather than raw weight loss. It helps me stay motivated.

I recommend checking out the "What is Fitness" article that Crossfit has made available. I think it can really open some eyes.

3 comments:

Ripx180 said...

Sounds like a good goal change to me. If you reach Fit on crossfits scale of health the other stuff will fall into place too.

Beck said...

Focus is definitely key. And man...Crossfit. That's some serious stuff. I'd kill to be able to do half the stuff they (you) do. Unreal.

Anyway, great goal!

Jason said...

Hey man, I'm really interested in learning the whole crossfit thing. I unfortunatly live about 40-50 miles away from the closest affliate and was wondering if you have any sugguestions to getting into it? Like how to use the web site for good workouts and what not. Everytime I go on there I get information overload and forget what I'm doing or thinking it's to much.