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I realized something the other day: For the first time in my life, I feel completely satisfied with my physique.

At 31, I am fitter than I have ever been. Leaner. Stronger. With a BMI of roughly 18, I’m in the “low-normal” or “athlete” range for females (who, me?). I have a six-pack and obliques and (according to Ironman, who might be biased) a pretty nice butt.

But it isn’t about looks, is it? It’s about health. Longevity. Vitality. Ability.
I love being able to lift heavier and run faster than ever before — not for numbers on a chart, though visual progress is satisfying, but because it’s practical, here on the farm, to be able to lift ranch panels and buck hay and haul water.

I love being able to hike up a mountain, row down a river, camp in the wilderness, ride a horse 50 miles in a day.

I love feeling as though I have, for once, actually arrived.

Not that I’ll stop striving. I’ll still add weight, still try to make each hill sprint faster than the one before. All the same, it’s high time I settled back a bit, mentally, so as to enjoy not just the doing, but the sense of having done.

Fitness is freedom, my friends. It ought to be earned — and once earned, it ought to be enjoyed.

Seize the day.

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6 responses

  1. Hurrah! Thanks for your good example

    October 9, 2009 at 10:04 pm

  2. I have been reading your blog and am really interested in what you're doing. You've gone into a lot of specifics on your diet, what it's composed of and given recipes… I was wondering if you could go into the same detail about your workout regimen? I'd be interested to find out how often you work out a day, what type, etc… I'm very, very curious about this, since this type of fitness is one of my goals also.Thanks for writing the blog 🙂

    October 20, 2009 at 7:45 pm

  3. nvm… continuing to work my way through old posts, I think I've found it 🙂

    October 20, 2009 at 7:47 pm

  4. Inspiring post this BG.-maba

    October 23, 2009 at 9:20 pm

  5. Hmmm! it's a good example… interesting!..thanks for writing the blog…

    October 30, 2009 at 12:17 pm

  6. This is awesome! why i love the primal way of life. Looking forward to hearing of further developments… -pk,

    November 23, 2009 at 4:49 pm

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