Starting Point

Jen —  April 15, 2013 — 10 Comments

If you’ve read my bio you know I’ve not always been athletic; unless you consider power beer drinking a sport, in which case I was a pro. Not to take anything away from my fellow Miss Fits, they have all made amazing body transformations with strength training, but I think it’s safe to say my starting point is a bit different. You guys should probably know how it is I’ve come to be involved in a fitness group of power lifting women.

When I decided to get serious about losing weight I started just walking around the block in my neighborhood. Let me stop right here and tell you, that previous statement sounds pretty flip, but in actuality I couldn’t make it all the way around the block. I became a regular on my neighbors’ lawn, right next to the garden gnome, but gradually things got better. I made some changes with my diet (more on that in the future) and began to drop weight.

After losing about thirty pounds I joined my local gym and immediately slunk in and hopped on the elliptical machines. I can hear some people cringing right now…but wait, it gets worse. This continued for some time and as I began to get more comfortable with the gym I decided I wasn’t losing weight fast enough so obviously I needed to add more cardio.

There’s a weird thing that happens when you start exercising like a fiend…it’s highly addictive. I began to love it, would feel incredibly guilty if I missed a class or training session, and it became my main form of stress relief. I added after work group classes to my lunch time work outs and was working out twice a day four days a week. Tuesdays and Thursdays were super special because I could stay for two hours after work to do a spinning class and another group exercise class. All in all I was doing roughly eight to ten hours a week in the gym.

So, I’m a cardio queen, following my perceived healthy diet and things were good, except my body wasn’t changing. Fortunately it was around this time that I learned of Jim Laird and his new gym. I knew a woman that trained there and was in awe of her strength and body. I was amazed she could move as much weight as she can and not be all manly looking. I began working out at J&M Strength and Conditioning, and the rest is history.

When we are not prepping for a meet, my typical workouts now are roughly forty-five minutes long three to four days a week. I have seen the most changes to my body with less time in the gym by incorporating weight lifting. If you are currently a cardio queen and unhappy with your progress, I highly encourage you to seek out a knowledgeable strength coach and start smashing weights. It’s a game changer and never to late to start.

before and after

Starting point roughly 240lbs

10 responses to Starting Point

  1. Awesome Jen,, I am hoping to follow in your footsteps . I am just getting back into some Xfit and fuctional fitness. I am so ready to give up all this cardio crap,, and start doing some heavy Lifting. All of you girls are so inspiring . I love all your Stories.


  2. Stephanie Brown April 15, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Congratulations! You look wonderful.

  3. Been there and done that cardio madness too Jen! I also don’t have an athletic background either. Your before and after pic is so inspiring. It was great to meet you yesterday!

    • Jen

      Thanks Carla! Wish we could train more together, but I’m so excited for your first meet. You’re going to do great!

  4. High five for your great achievements. Lifting weights rock and are addictive like cardio, but the results are faster, longer lasting and requires less time in the gym. I must admit, your before and after pictures looks like a completely different person; you look taller. I suppose the confidence of lifting weights straightens ones posture tremendously : )

  5. Love this post…and sounds SO much like where I was. I can’t wait to start changing things, and moving towards strength training. I just need to find a good trainer, because I am def not gonna be able to do this on my own.

    • Jen

      Thanks Melanie! Finding a good strength coach is so important for your health/ safety as well as meeting your goals. If you want to message us on facebook with your location we may be able to point you in the right direction. Good luck!

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