I’m doing it! I’m lifting heavy weights, and I’m steadily improving. When I first started out, I was doubtful that I’d ever move past squatting with a kettlebell, or that I’d bench press above 60 pounds. And if someone had told me I’d get into powerlifting at age 29 AND compete in it (stay tuned for that!), I would have laughed in their face—like rolling on the floor with tears in my eyes laughing. I mean, the only sports I’ve done are dancing, running and horseback riding. (I have a fear of any activity that requires a ball flying at my head.) I’ve never considered myself to be strong or capable of any incredible physical feats. (However, I have noticed a growing urge to try pulling a car. What do you think?) It’s not that the sports I’ve done in the past don’t require strength; it’s just a different kind of strength.
When I earned the right to wear a belt during my lifts—we have to prove that we have the correct form and mobility to lift heavy—I felt like balloons and confetti should have been released from the ceiling. When I benched 70 pounds and felt strong doing it, I cheered with excitement (yes, out loud, to the amusement of my fellow lifters).
I’ve just recently started noticing that my confidence and self-esteem have improved too, and I’m not obsessing about my body image. Well, not as much—that’s still a work in progress! So, if I can do it, you can too. Wow, that sounds cheesy, but it’s true! Get out there and find a trainer you enjoy working with. It could be life-changing.
What about you? Is there anything you’ve achieved that you didn’t think was possible?
Thanks for reading!
P.S. Here’s a little video to get you motivated!