Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Rediscovering Strength

I recently added this title to my blog, I don't know if anyone noticed, but I did this after feeling as if I had "lost myself", and now rediscovered who I've always been....strong. I realized this after someone had asked me if I felt like a new person. I told them that I didn't feel like a new person, I felt like the person I am supposed to be, the person I once felt I was, at my best, reaching for my lifes' potential.

Right now at this moment in my life I get to feel empowered....again. And as corny as it may sound my kettlebell training gets alot of credit for that. When I think of traditional weight resistance training compared to swinging, there is no comparison. Swinging moves, it flows, it starts the blood pumping, through my body, into my muscle, it pumps life into me. The movement and momentum generates strength....and builds it.

But it's not just KB's, it's this whole journey. Sometimes I think that there's somebody out there reading my stuff and thinking, "Oh that poor woman! She has to weigh her food, and count her calories." What I would want them to understand is that doing these things doesn't depress me, they empower me. I'm in control of my life, I'm making the choices...I'm taking responsibility. And I feel strong doing them. It's a joy.

The strength of my body is starting to translate into strength of character. To put my mind to something and do it. To decide what's right and do it, over and over again, until it no longer is a choice but a need.

As I approach my 44th birthday this summer I've never felt stronger. Discovering new strength, not to just manage the feelings and emotions that I sometimes let myself fall victim to, but strong enough to overcome them. Rediscovering the strength I always knew I had. Rediscovering my lifes' potential and living it.


Renee said...

You are SO freaking motivating! I don't understand people who don't have "food issues" (I thought as females we were born with that) kind of like people with food issues don't understand those who do. I'm sure you hear it all the time- but you have accomplished some AWESOME achievements in your life thus far- looking forward to continuing to see what's to come.

On a side note (sorry to post this as a comment)- could you possibly post (or email me at how you do your hands. I've checked out your videos, but I can't see exactly what you've got going on there. Obviously it works- and I'd love to have the inside scoop, 'cause my hands are wrecked. Thanks a bunch.

Anonymous said...

Tracy, you are so inspiring and truly amazing!!! I love ya, chica!!!! Jen

Jim Ryan said...

Yup, agreed. Tracy thanks much for your post. It motivates me, and I was the guy thinking "Oh, God she has to weigh her food"

I have food issues too! (it ain't just for girls, ya know) And I need all the inspiration I can get so thanks for re-discovering yourself. That's really a great way to put it. I can even relate to that one...

Tracy Reifkind said...

Renee, Thank you for the kind words.

I need to post some pictures of "my hand bands", because I get asked that very question often, and answer it often!

What the "hand bands" are, are crew socks cut off between the foot and ankle. That portion is then cut in half creating 2 "bands". I fold them in half, but after constant use, they get dirty and sweaty and they shrink and get compressed, so I have many pairs in various stages of wear (tightness/looseness). I hope this helps until I can post more details.


Tracy Reifkind said...

Jen B, love you back....chica. lol

Tracy Reifkind said...

aikibudo, I knew there was someone out there that felt sorry for me, LOL, no need, I'm great!

All I have to do is look around to see the women AND men with "food issues", it's kind of hard to hide, because it most often shows up as extra weight!

Thanks for the comments because the comments are my inspriration,


beverly said...

I am making my way through your archives. You are so inspiring and I am learning a lot from you. I especially like how you explain the completeness and empowerment and the regaining of your essential self that you have found.