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Old 09-01-2012, 11:09 PM   #1
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Default One year of being a bad@$$: A review

I realized that this September marks a year since I started lifting heavier I thought I would post this here, because I still see so many women afraid to pick up a heavy set of weights.

I've been weight training since '09. Nothing serious, I lifted maybe 40lbs max. I remember STRUGGLING to lift that and ending up with back pain. Not cool. I wasn't really making all that much progress, but I did lift once a week from the summer of '09 to May of 2011, when I started watching my portions. I kept lifting as my weight dropped.

A year ago—September 2011—I said to myself: "what would happen if I started challenging myself?"

So I started adding weight to the end of my bar in the class. Within a few weeks I was lifting heavier than anyone else taking the class. Within a few months I was lifting twice as much (or more) as most people. After those few months I had enough courage to add another lifting day outside the confines of the class and began lifting even heavier on those days. Soon my weight training class was no longer the day I lifted the heaviest.

A year ago I made one of the best decisions of my life, and because of lifting heavy:
  • My arms look fantastic
    Seriously! My once most hated feature has become one of my favorites. I love how muscular and solid my arms are. I used to be ashamed and would never dare to wear a tanktop...now I'm sad the summer is ending because I'll have to put them away.
  • I am bootylicious
    One of the things I lamented as I lost weight was that I had a flat butt. After adding heavy squats to my routine I have a round booty
  • My legs look awesome
    They're nice, sculpted, and easy to shave!
  • I have to eat a lot
    It's amazing to me how much I have to eat just to maintain my weight. I feel like I've discovered a cheat code.

And now, the most important ones:
  • I can run without trying
    I don't run regularly. However, when I do feel like running, I can go for 5+ miles without breaking a sweat.
  • I'm strong
    I can't even explain how this feels. I love defying the expectations of everyone around me. They look at me, see this tiny chick and expect that I can't lift much...only to find that I'm running circles around the guys. I can outlift a lot of men and I love that.
  • My confidence is through the roof
    It's hard to feel bad about yourself when you know what you can accomplish. So what if I've got loose skin on my stomach? This body can lift some serious weight, who cares?

Lifting heavy has changed my life, and I hope that I can inspire at least one woman to look past the wrong information she's been fed and pick up a set of heavy weights. As it is I've managed to get other women at my gym picking up slightly heavier weights...now to get them to lift even heavier!

Not only has lifting shaped my body—it's shaped my mind too. I feel strong and confident, and that's an awesome way to live.
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Old 09-01-2012, 11:23 PM   #2
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LOVE this. So proud of you!
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Old 09-01-2012, 11:38 PM   #3
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You have achieved so much! I hope that one day I can overcome my fear and self consciousness and walk into the weight room at the gym! You are an inspiration.
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Old 09-01-2012, 11:55 PM   #4
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I can't tell you how much I love this thread! I love reading about strong, confident women who speak well of themselves and their bodies.

Congratulations! I plan on having an anniversary too. In about 9 months!
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Old 09-02-2012, 07:54 AM   #5
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Thank you for the inspiration. I am planning on getting a personal trainer at the gym to teach me about lifting and hope next year to have a similar post!
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Old 09-02-2012, 12:02 PM   #6
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Great write up sontaikle! I wonder if you can cross post it in the regular exercise forum so that more people will see it. Heavy lifting evangelism!

Love this, btw. It's so true:

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  • I have to eat a lot
    It's amazing to me how much I have to eat just to maintain my weight. I feel like I've discovered a cheat code.
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Old 09-02-2012, 12:19 PM   #7
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Amazing! Congrats. I'm where you were a year ago... I'm now more focused on body re-composition than losing weight.
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Old 09-02-2012, 12:37 PM   #8
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When you say, "Lifting in class". What class?
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I'm inspired. Thanks for the post.
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Lifting For The Win!!!!

Your progress has been very inspiring.
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Old 09-02-2012, 05:44 PM   #11
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You are awesome. Thanks for the inspiration!
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Old 09-03-2012, 09:21 AM   #12
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Love it! Happy Anniversary!

This is by far my favorite part of lifting heavy:
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    One of the things I lamented as I lost weight was that I had a flat butt. After adding heavy squats to my routine I have a round booty
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Old 09-03-2012, 07:44 PM   #13
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Thanks so much everyone! This site has really been such a big motivator for me. So many wonderful ladies lifting heavy on this site I push myself just to keep up!

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Great write up sontaikle! I wonder if you can cross post it in the regular exercise forum so that more people will see it. Heavy lifting evangelism!
Great idea! I think I'll do that


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When you say, "Lifting in class". What class?
There is a heavy weight training class at my gym. Well, it's not really "heavy" in that most lift 40lbs at the most, but we use a lighter set of barbells. I just pile on more plates to compensate and adjust the class to my level, but I still love it.

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Love it! Happy Anniversary!

This is by far my favorite part of lifting heavy:
Haha yes! Each of my lifting days includes heavy squats because I love the results
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I looked at your pictures, and I agree about all of those things! You look amazing- who would have thought weight lifting would do so much?
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Congratulations. This is so inspirational. I've planned to add weight training to my routine and this just solidifies what a great idea it is.
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