Lizz

Lizz —  March 13, 2013 — 1 Comment

Age: 25

Occupation: Global Outreach Leader at Southland Christian Church

I get to travel to Haiti, Central Asia and regionally to work on community development and relationships.  I have the best job in the world: to love the least of these, and learn from the poor.  I’ve never learned more that I have when I’m abroad.

Lifting Since: I started training in powerlifting with Jim Laird in the Fall of 2012, but got hooked on lifting while training in track and field in 2006

Favorite Lift: I have a love affair between dead lift and squat.  Currently the squat has captivated me, but dead lift may make a comeback.

Favorite Workout Song: I can listen to anything when I work out, mainly it occupies me between sets rather than motivating me at the actual lift or exercise.

Favorite Post-Workout Snack: I have a huge sweet tooth, I love cup cakes, cookies, ice cream.  But I try to be good, so I’ll have dark chocolate or a yummy baked sweet potato.  Every now in then, a cup cake is in order!

How I got Into Lifting: Well I lifted in high school when I had college hopes as a pole vaulter, but from injury and over-exertion, kissed that dream good-bye.  I had always been in shape, I was strong and lean from six years of track.  But my body was so broken down, with torn ligaments and stress fractures.  When I hit college, I competed on the University of Kentucky’s equestrian team.  I competed at a national level in the sport for two years, and remained in shape from this.  The combination of farm work and random exercise kept me pretty lean the first two years of college.  But when I moved to England for a year, had a diet that consisted of dark beer and bread combined with little exercise and poor decisions, I gained about 20 pounds.  For the first time in my life, I wasn’t that “in-shape” girl or star athlete.  It was extremely humbling, I lost what little self esteem I had.

When I moved back to Kentucky my senior year of college, I found Jim Laird, and started training with him.  I moved terribly, I was over weight and had lost a lot of muscle mass from lack of activity.  The stronger I got, the more I realized that my value and worth weren’t found in how I looked.  While I leaned out again, I’ve never strode to get that athlete mindset again.  I don’t want to look like I belong on a fitness magazine, or like the next big supermodel.  I want to look like ME.  That’s something I never felt before I started lifting.  I’m not bulky, I’m not skinny, I’m not masculine or whatever else you want to label a power lifter with.  I’m me.  I can’t ask for anything better.

Positive Effects Lifting has Had for Me: When I moved back to Kentucky my senior year of college, I found Jim Laird, and started training with him.  I moved terribly, I was over weight and had lost a lot of muscle mass from lack of activity.  The stronger I got, the more I realized that my value and worth weren’t found in how I looked.  While I leaned out again, I’ve never strode to get that athlete mindset again.  I don’t want to look like I belong on a fitness magazine, or like the next big supermodel.  I want to look like ME.  That’s something I never felt before I started lifting.  I’m not bulky, I’m not skinny, I’m not masculine or whatever else you want to label a power lifter with.  I’m me.  I can’t ask for anything better.

 

Oh, and when I’m upset, I get to go to the gym, lift heavy things, and hang out with these awesome ladies.  The great thing is, we’re so different whether it’s age, careers, schedules, where we are in our lives, but we all come together a few times a week and just LIFT! None of the other stuff matters.

 

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Motivational Quote:

“No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.”

~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Lizz

Lizz

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One response to Lizz

  1. I am happy to read this morning that you have Jesus in your life!

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