When I came up with the idea of The Kettlebell Club medal, I wanted to present it to the individual who reduced their body fat percentage to the healthy range and kept it there for one year.
The idea being, if our body fat percentage is in the healthy range, we are improving our health plus physically, we can see the change in body composition.
While I still believe this is important, over the last few years I have really started to embrace the holistic nutrition approach, which considers the mind, body and spirit – looking at the body as a whole and not just as individual pieces. We are more than just numbers on a scale, and so with this medal, I would like to start incorporating more of a holistic approach and not just be stuck on numbers because the scale is only one way of measuring success. Too often we give the scale too much power, and in doing so, we miss seeing all the other ways we are succeeding and quit when we are actually making significant progress. If we are able to see the big picture or at least know that it exists, we will keep going, and we will see the numbers on the scale come down to where they should ideally be.
The individual who is receiving The Kettlebell Club Medal of Excellence today, started working with me on changing their nutrition in 2017. Since that time, they have:
- seen the numbers on the scale improve to where they should ideally be,
- significantly improved their overall health
- showed extreme dedication to consistent exercise
- through their example, is inspiring people around them to change their eating habits, and
- they are stepping outside of their comfort zone and choosing to live on the edge
They are showing up and living their life, which to me, is really the purpose of improving our health in the first place.
In September, I decided who I felt was the deserving recipient of this year’s medal when they commented to me how happy they were. And they weren’t feeling happy because their life was perfect. As with all of us, there was a whole lot of stuff going on, but in spite of all that, they felt happy. When they said that, I knew they deserved this medal because although we all say we want to lose weight, what I believe we want more is to be happy and content and feel comfortable in our own skin.
When they then came and told me they were going to sign up to do something that they have always wanted to do but it absolutely terrifies them, I knew I had chosen the right person.
Liz, you are the recipient of the 2019 Kettlebell Club Medal of Excellence. Congratulations!