Ahhh being a woman. It’s fun to embrace your curves, to indulge in chocolate, to watch chick flicks (and to stereotype a bit). It’s wonderful, regardless of the fact that I wanted to be a boy when I was little. Giant’s baseball hats, torn jeans, ponytails…All I wanted was to climb trees, rig up ropes in those trees and never wear a dress. In fact, the only real fights I ever had with my mom growing up were over clothes (right mom?). I was that little girl roller blading around with the boys, jumping fences in backyards, and generally getting dirty with the gang. Great memories!
Me, my brother Taylor and our friend and neighbor Leah – lemonade stand time!
But things change! As soon as I became more confident in who I was and learned that I could still be strong, get dirty and keep up with the boys, I started embracing being a girl a little more. Now, I still like to get dirty, but I do like to embrace dressing up from time to time:
But sometimes being a woman is not the most convenient or comfortable. Take what happened during my class today. …You see, it’s that time of the month. Not a huge deal for me – life goes on. But today, as I was teaching a jumping/plyometrics/heart rate boosting class, I felt things…shifting. Let’s just say it was tough to keep my cool for the rest of a class filled with squats, jumps and burpees! Whew.
So sometimes being a female leads to little inconveniences that can be a bit awkward. But there are also some pretty great things – like feeling empowered by other women. Tonight on the train ride home, I notice throngs of middle aged women jumping on the train in groups. Different from the usual mix of university students, drunk people and businessmen going home late. I made a comment to some of the ladies standing around me and they laughed, thinking I was making a joke. When they realized that I was being serious, they said they were going to see Oprah. Now it was me who was laughing! Oprah? Seriously? No wonder there were gobs of women (looking pretty out of place, I might add) grouped together acting giddy! I love it.
What’s even more empowering than women going to see Oprah together? Women taking a PARKOUR class together! What’s parkour, you might ask?
I discovered Erica through the FItFluential ring and befriended her, amazed at her coolness as I’ve always wanted to be able to do gymnastics-type stunts and have such incredible core strength. I posted on her facebook page about wanting to take a parkour course in Calgary when one of her friends, Amanda, and a trainer at a local free running facility connected with me. Long story short, this Sunday I’m starting a women’s intro to parkour course at No Limits AFC! Check out the link to learn more, but I’m excited to begin a fun 8 week course with other women and learn to how climb and jump and use my body strength in a new way! SOEXCITED 😀
Alright. One more thing that I’m excited about: pull ups. Everywhere. Every day. Today I had 8 hours of back-to-back clients, including 1 class, 2 partner sessions and 1 small group among single clients. I had no break to squeeze a workout in and had to get to the grocery store after work, putting me home around 7:30 pm and eating dinner just after 8 pm. I still had to do my pull ups but was home and in my pjs. I was going to make this a rest day but decided to suck it up and get my pull ups done!
So I did! 6-5-4-4-3 and I was done. …And got my husband to document the process. 😉
To finish off this girl-power post, here’s some great links to check out:
Why a Woman Should Be Strong (amen!)