My friend, and Crossfit Durham coach, Ashley, asked some of us female Crossfit bloggers to write a post about 10 things we like about ourselves. The things should be physical traits. I think the point of the assignment is to not be so hard on ourselves and focus on our positives.
Given my current condition, this is truly a difficult assignment. My body as I've known it for my adult life is completely different now. My physical abilities are different now. So how do I find 10 things I physically like about myself when my entire being screams MUTANT!
Ok, here goes (in no particular order):
1). I have the ability to be athletic. My experience with the MetroDash proved that to me. This is one of my bigger accomplishments.
2). I can do a pretty mean handstand. Took a lot of work, but I got it.
3). My noggin is pretty. Even bald. There is lot to learn about yourself and your facial features when you are bald. My features are nice.
4). I do not fear physical discomfort. I fear the unknown. I think there is a difference.
6). I can cook some fab paleo food from no recipe. I just make stuff up and it usually looks pretty and tastes good. I have lots of ideas about a cookbook.
7). I have kicked some terrible habits: smoking (11 years) and drinking (6 years). These count as physical traits, because they were physically hard to break. If I could only kick cake...
8). Even with a few, ahem, extra pounds, I still like my belly button. I have a lovely belly button ring, and it makes me happy. When I had to take it out for surgery, I thought it looked weird and sad. It's not something I show off, just something I know is there. And I have good memories of getting it done with my BFF.
9). Yikes. How many more. I can lift heavy shit. The heaviness is variable, but I know it's more than most regular jo-Anna blows off the street.
10). I am surviving a diagnosis of invasive ductal adenocarcinoma, being told I carry a genetic mutation for a high risk for ovarian cancer, being told natural born kids are not in my future, having both breasts cut off, losing my hair and getting Chemo. I still have so much more to go, but I have perseverance like it was on sale at target.
The other ladies posting their top 10s are awesome ladies that I could write a top 10 for easily. I suppose that is the point, no? You are your own worst critic and probably no one else noticed your fat arms but you.
I need to notice #10 and #1 more.
Here are some links to the other top tens:
Beatrice - general soft hearted badass who takes good care of me and reminds me that I am loved
Nelly - all around superstar. Bootcamped with her forever and so glad she now see's how badass she is
Amy - makes me laugh hard. Brings me crass cross stitching to taunt the cancer. Super proud of how hard she works and glad she found Crossfit. It suits her.
Colleen - I don't know Colleen, but I can tell I'm going to like her.
Lindsay - I can always lift more with Lindsay around. One time I tried to kill her with my poor spotting abilities and she is still my friend. That shit is deep. Plus she sparkles just like me.
Ash - badass of all Crossfit badass girls. Pretty much who you want to be if you are Crossfitting. And she makes me giggle and act silly.