Archive for August, 2013

Cup of Joe

Posted: August 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

Since I’ve started my powerlifting journey, I’ve made one simple, yet significant, diet change (thus far):

I drink the coffee at work and have stopped buying mochas, white chocolate mochas and caramel macchiatos at Wicked AZ coffee or Starbucks.

Why, you ask? Well, a grande size White Chocolate Mocha from Starbucks has 344 calories! Whereas, my morning snack of strawberries, blueberries with vanilla greek yogurt (250 calories) and cup of coffee with 1 – 2 tbsp. of Coffee Mate’s sugar free caramel macciato creamer (15 – 30 calories) has less calories and more nutritional value than the White Chocolate Mocha from Starbucks (and it’s just as delicious).

Truthfully, I didn’t splurge on these sweet coffee drinks on a daily, but whenever I get a craving and want to pull through a coffee drive-thru, I just remember the yummy morning snack I have waiting for me.

 

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Third Session

Posted: August 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

Okay, I will admit it: I cannot do a pull-up. So I am suprised that I do not even know how many pull-ups I completed today (with assistance, thank you).

Mu husband found a great article about a mom who struggled with post-partum depression and used weighlifting as her “medication” (wow, that sounds familiar). He printed the workout outlined in the article and I completed all the items for Day 6: Back/Triceps. I was informed that this will be my workout for the next 4 weeks.

Onward and upward!

 

Second Session

Posted: August 29, 2013 in Sessions & Stats

The morning did not go as smoothly as it did yesterday (for a number of reasons), but I still made it to the gym for a 40 minute leg day.

My challenge for the day: the laying hamstring curl

Some takeaways from today’s session:

1). Push up through my heels (to the point where I can lift my toes).

2). Roll my knees out (not in) to press weight.

3). “Bend the bar” over my back when pressing weight.

Burpee Challenge

Posted: August 28, 2013 in Links and Information

Challenge accepted.

First Session

Posted: August 28, 2013 in Sessions & Stats

I am a very lucky lady because I have the best coach and partner in the gym, my husband! With his help, I rocked my first session this morning! Since going to the gym together is a task in itself, we did a few things to help us get out the door on time:

1. We prepared meals for the week (last night).

2. I prepared my gym bag and laid out my office outfit (last night).

3. We woke up early (6AM), ate breakfast and packed lunch.

4. I filled a water bottle to drink on the way to the gym.

We started with some technique and talked about how to effectively focus on the muscle I was working (tricep and some bicep). My max tricep weight was 80 lbs. (and that was at the end of my work out).

My challenge for the day: a variation of the barbell decline with a 45 lb. barbell (example shown below).

triceps extensions

Some takeaways from today’s session:

1). Squeeze the bar like I’m squeezing butter through my fingers.

2). My left arm is not weak.

3). I CAN do this!

Why Powerlifting?

Posted: August 27, 2013 in Links and Information

My husband sent me this link about “Powerlifting Girls” last week. If you have a few minutes to spare, I suggest reading the article, then searching YouTube for videos of the featured women. One of the powerlifting women, Caitlin Trout (shown below), wrote this great article: 5 Reasons Women Shouldn’t Be Intimidated by Powerlifting.

From what I have read, most women shy away from lifting weights (in any capacity) because they do not want to “bulk up.”

I am not one of those women.

I want to look strong, I want to feel strong, and, most importantly, I want to be strong.

Throughout my journey, I’ll make sure to post pictures of my transformation. This way, we can see how “bulky” I get (ha ha).

The Journey Begins

Posted: August 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

This is a blog about one women’s powerlifting journey and her complete physical, emotional, and mental transformation. Thanks for joining me.

Let’s begin by talking about the picture below. That’s me with my husband, step-son and daughter on August 17, 2013.

The Journey Begins Pic

My natural instict is to ignore this photo, delete it from every social media outlet, and pretend it never existed. Why? Because I can’t help but think I look horrible in this picture (which sucks because it is a wonderful picture of my family).

The truth is that this photo serves as an external reminder of signifcant internal anguish. I know how I feel when I look at this photo and I am not happy with my body or how I feel. Yes- I have a cold in this picture. Yes – I am still breastfeeding. Yes – I am back to my pre-baby weight. But these “truths” have become excuses for remaining stagnant.

I’m done with excuses…I’m ready for a change and for a challenge!