The Biggest Workout Mistake You Might Be Making

I used to be a dancer. In fact I spent over 3 hours a day often in a leotard staring at myself in the mirror. As you can imagine this lead to some pretty hefty body image problems, as well as some frighteningly scarce diets.

When I stopped dancing and actually started eating again, I was pretty unhappy with the weight gain that followed. It was then that I began working out to get skinny. This meant that I ditched the strength training workouts I once did, as a dancer to prevent injury, in favor of hour long sessions on the elliptical, step classes, and just about anything that would get me burning as many calories as possible and breaking a sweat.

You can imagine my disappointment when my workout to get skinny plan was an absolute failure. But I didn’t see this as defeat. Instead I doubled up on workout sessions, started running, and kept my fingers crossed that someday I would just wake up skinny.

When my plan backfired I was stumped, frustrated, and just plain tired. I was subsisting on my low calorie diets that had worked in the past, I was exercising like a maniac, and I was still not losing weight.

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It was during this period of frustration that I decided to try CrossFit. I went to my initial class and loved it. My toes weren’t numb from standing on the elliptical for an hour, I wasn’t bored out of my mind, and for once I didn’t spend the entire length of the workout wondering how skinny this would make me.

After my first class I signed up for CrossFit the following week. At the time I was following a liquid meal replacement diet. I was desperate. After my first workout, a running Cindy (5 pull ups, 10 push ups, 15 air squats, then a 200 M run as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes), I realized shakes weren’t going to do it.

CrossFit has taught me a lot about my body and myself but the biggest take away I got from CrossFit was that I was no longer working out to get skinny.

Since that very first day of going to CrossFit, I became hooked. Slowly my elliptical workouts became obsolete, my endless string of diets became few and far between, and for the first time in a long time I learned just exactly what my body was capable of doing.

I have never once entered my CrossFit box hoping that my workout will burn enough calories to make me skinny. Not once. If you’ve ever struggled with your weight like I have you know how big of a deal that is. Thanks to CrossFit I don’t workout out to get skinny. Tweet it! I don’t workout to look a certain way. I workout to clear my mind, to move my body because I am capable, to set and achieve goals, to learn about myself, and most importantly to see just how much I am capable of.

I can now tell you that it is possible to live a life that is free of the frustrations of diets and working out to get skinny and nothing can make me happier than that simple fact. Want to learn more about this? Check out my free guide to ditching the diets and ditching the misery by signing up here.

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4 thoughts on “The Biggest Workout Mistake You Might Be Making

  1. Jessie

    So glad you were able to find a workout that you were and still are so passionate about, Danielle! This post is simple, yet it’s going to inspire so many men & women to take a second, and think do they want to be skinny or strong :)

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