I am and Athlete! (Strong Women and the Power of LABELS)

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Take another look at that photo used recently in my blog entry about Olympic lifting and my love/hate relationship with those movements! You may just spot one of my favorite coaches, Amber, in the background.  She is one of my favorite label-making  supporters!greg-athlete_resized

Let me explain please. When in a CrossFit box (gym), you become an athlete! Yes, I am an athlete. Why? Well, because my coaching supporters say so. That’s why! Each person in the box is referred to as an athlete, and that term carries power and motivation with it.

I have been inspired recently in a sermon series at my downtown Raleigh church about the power of labels that we carry and those we place upon others. It hit me when I viewed this photo for an unrelated blog entry (I thought) that I have become an athlete after a half-century of living. Having supporters who put a positive label on oneself empowers one to do things one never thought possible (see handstand push-up blog months earlier).

Strong women/female coaches and friends like Amber have redefined femininity in their time and encouraged others along the way to see the term as strong synonymous with that of healthy! You may be surprised how this feminine strength is catching on in our world. NPR did a fantastic article about how weight lifting can help women stay strong.

We even have a terrific webinar from our Nutrition Decisions series on this very topic: Strong is the New Healthy.

So I challenge you to place a label on yourself— that label of healthy! What does that mean to you? We at Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less and Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes already label you as participant (or future participant)  and that very label brings with it hope, determination, and healthy potential! Thanks for joining us on this ride into better health.