It’s a commonly known fact that I have a big mouth. You don’t have to know me well or long to figure that out. I tend to joke that with my personality people either love me or hate me. There is no room for middle ground. My husband likes to put a positive spin on it by saying that I’m very passionate. Mostly I like to tell people what they should do.
Since joining J&M Strength and Conditioning, I have become passionate about health and strength training. I have talked about my experience with a Paleo diet and “recruited” several of my friends and acquaintances to give Jim’s program a shot. It’s not necessarily an easy sell. It’s hard for people to wrap their head around concepts like “Less is More” but in the end, it’s about the results. And, my results have been hard to deny.
You may remember an earlier post titled, You Can’t Serve Two Masters, where I talked about my transformation from a distance runner to a powerlifter. If you haven’t read it, I encourage you to check it out. Since that post my transformations have maybe been less noticeable to some but I would argue they are more significant than the ability to wear a 2-piece swimsuit.
I had a recent conversation with one of my friends and gym “recruits”. Renae has been attending J&M’s group classes for several months with impressive results and had just begun personal training with Jim. She was telling me how much she loves the additional challenge and individualized training and I seized my opportunity to convince her that she should compete. She was curious and asked questions about the training process and, of course, cringed at the thought of wearing a singlet. More importantly, we talked about why she should do it.
We all have personal reasons for competing. I really enjoy pushing my body hard and accomplishing something that seems “crazy” to some. I admittedly love the feeling I get when another soccer mom (or dad) comes up and expresses admiration at the weight I can lift. But what I love the most is that my kids are watching me and cheering me on. My 14 year old daughter who was once mortified at the thought of her mom competing in powerlifting was the one who told me that I had to aim for a deadlift PR at Nationals. Little did she know this conversation occurred during a time in my training that I was experiencing a lot of self-doubt. You can read about that in an earlier post titled, Go Big or Go Home. So, for me, powerlifting is about pushing myself outside my comfort zone, believing in myself and learning to love my body, including all the imperfections.
I want my friend to experience that same kind of transformation. It’s time she finally said goodbye to her inner critic, a 300 pound girl that no longer exists. Competing can and will be a way for her to proudly say look at me and what I have accomplished. That kind of confidence is not just for a chosen few. Renae, come get yours.