Happy motivation Monday! This week I’d like to share something near & dear to me – and my recent obsession – lifting.
Going to the gym, it makes me a little sad to still see so many of my fellow females slaving away for hours on the treadmill. However, a change is taking place – lately I see more and more lovely ladies getting their lift on. Why? Because it works.
It’s a pretty common misconception that lifting weights make you bigger. It makes sense, since the huge, muscley, hulk-ish patrons are often pumping huge iron.
But with women lifting heavy but not insanely heavy, it just sculpts. It burns loads of calories for up to seventy-two hours after you leave the gym. And we don’t naturally make enough testosterone to get big manly muscles.
So get to squattin’, ladies. I’ve been playing soccer and running and toiling away on the elliptical for as long as I can remember. And I’ve never, ever, ever gotten results like this. The results I’ve been looking for for so long and finally found.
These pictures of me are spaced about six months apart – the left is when I was all cardio, and the right is after I got into lifting weights for only a few months. I can’t wait to see what kind of results more time will bring!
I’m on my second week of Jamie Eason’s Live Fit Trainer (actually doing it, that is) on bodybuilding.com. It’s a three month supplement, training, and nutrition plan – detailed down to the last snack, protein powder, and even has how-to videos for every single exercise and coinciding machine. And it’s FREE.
The hardest part has been the nutrition, which focuses on whole, clean, protein-packed foods. It also requires you to eat every two to three hours, which has been a bit of a struggle also. But I can already feel the difference when I wake up each morning – even if I didn’t eat perfect the night before, I still feel stronger & more clean.
As for the lifting itself – I love it. I feel strong, sexy, healthy, & happy. I love lifting weights because, instead of daydreaming on the cardio machines, I’m able to focus and get in the zone. I feel like a badass – and that I’m strong enough to handle anything life throws my way.
It’s a little cheesy, but hey – I know I’m not the only one! And it DOES work. My muscles are coming out of my arms, my abs are finally getting more definition, and my legs feel shapely and toned. I’ll let y’all know how I’m doing after yet another week of lifting and clean eating.
Here’s some motivation for doing some strength training, ladies! I’m no fitness model, and I don’t aim to be, but I’m super happy with where I’m at and with where I’m heading 🙂