Getting there…

It’s always great to be prepared and have all of my meals packed and ready to go.  Makes the morning start go that much faster.  Hit the gym this morning and hit shoulders and biceps.  But let me go ahead and back track a bit and talk about last night’s training that worked up tears of omg-I-MUST-MUST-MUST-MUST-finish-the-set-and-put-in-another-rep-in.  At the end of the night my body was trembling from the torture it just been through. But I can finally see visible improvements in my back, so I can’t complain. 🙂

Training includes:

  • Incline Hamstring Curls – 40/30/40
  • 1/2 Incline Hamstring Curls – 40/40/40
  • Kneeling One-handed lat pull-down – 90/90/90
  • Pullups – Own Weight
  • Narrow Grip lat pull-down 90/90/90/90
  • 1/2 Narrow Grip lat pull-down – 90/90/90/90
  • Weighted Hyperextensions – weighted twist rod
  • Hercules Lat Pulldown – 70/70/70
  • Stiff-legged Deadlifts – 60/60/60
  • Angled One-handed lat pull-down – 70/70/70/70
  • Cable Back Row – 70/80/40
  • Reverse Woodchoppers – 40/40

Meal#1: Steak, eggs, oatmeal
Meal#2: Whey, rice cake
Meal#3: Eggs, oatmeal, spinach, coconut oil
Meal#4: Chicken, oatmeal, spinach, coconut oil
Meal#5: Chicken, rice cake, spinach
Meal#6: Chicken, spinach
Carbs: 90g
Protein: 140g
Fat: 28g

An article caught my attention as my friends passed back and forth some information regarding Zoe Smith, weightlifting Olympian:

Zoe wrote:

“The obvious choice of slander when talking about female weightlifting is “how unfeminine, girls shouldn’t be strong or have muscles, this is wrong”. And maybe they’re right… in the Victorian era. To think people still think like this is laughable, we’re in 2012! This may sound like a sweeping generalisation, but most of the people that do think like this seem to be chauvinistic, pigheaded blokes who feel emasculated by the fact that we, three small, fairly feminine girls, are stronger than them. Simple as that. I confronted one guy that said “we’re probably all lesbians and look like blokes”, purely to explain the fact that his opinion is invalid cause he’s a moron. And wrong. He came up with the original comeback that I should get back in the kitchen. I laughed.

As Hannah pointed out earlier, we don’t lift weights in order to look hot, especially for the likes of men like that. What makes them think that we even WANT them to find us attractive? If you do, thanks very much, we’re flattered. But if you don’t, why do you really need to voice this opinion in the first place, and what makes you think we actually give a toss that you, personally, do not find us attractive? What do you want us to do? Shall we stop weightlifting, amend our diet in order to completely get rid of our ‘manly’ muscles, and become housewives in the sheer hope that one day you will look more favourably upon us and we might actually have a shot with you?! Cause you are clearly the kindest, most attractive type of man to grace the earth with your presence.

Oh but wait, you aren’t. This may be shocking to you, but we actually would rather be attractive to people who aren’t closed-minded and ignorant. Crazy, eh?! We, as any women with an ounce of self-confidence would, prefer our men to be confident enough in themselves to not feel emasculated by the fact that we aren’t weak and feeble.
And here’s some food for thought – maybe you should broaden your criteria for what you consider ‘attractive’ anyway, because these perfect, feminine women you speak of probably have no interest in you either.

What makes me sad is that some girls had this opinion too! How ironic that the title of the show was Girl Power. You’d think that young women around the same age as us would commend us for doing something different and with our lives, and putting 100% effort into it in order to make something of ourselves. But apparently we’re ‘weird’ for not constantly eating crap, binge drinking regularly and wearing the shortest, tightest dresses that the high street has to offer. Sigh…”

Hm, yes. I can relate to this.  Even some of my relatives think I should stop weightlifting because it’s not feminine. But at the end, it makes me happy. And you’d think they would want me happy.  But instead because they don’t see that they would do it for themselves means I shouldn’t do it either. I think it would be a different story if I was shoving healthy food down their mouths or be demanding that they go and exercise.  But I believe that it’s everyone’s prerogative on how they should look, feel, and be like. But seriously. I’m trying to live a healthy, fit lifestyle and people are complaining. What gives.

Today’s such a busy day.  Still have to hand in my essay for school, hit another round of 60 mins of cardio, and make more websites.  Well, no one can say life’s boring! 🙂


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