You Can Do It!

KimK —  April 2, 2013 — 8 Comments



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!

~ Kim

P.S. Here’s a little video to get you motivated!



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8 responses to You Can Do It!

  1. Kim,
    You have been TOUGH and determined since the day I met you, and will accomplish anything you put your mind to! I’m looking forward to seeing where this new journey takes you and cheering you on along the way! I’d wish you good luck, but you don’t need it! Just keep on raising that bar! ; )

    All the best,


  2. Great Job!!! I feel I can totally relate! Been working and working out at a facility for 3 months and before then i never really did any “power lifting” (I am also 29) I am absolutely loving it!!! Broke 200 in my box squat and broke 100 in the bench! Cant wait to push myself more! And i love this Blog!! Totally relatable for me! Keep it up!

    • KimK

      Awesome, Erin! I’m so glad to hear you love lifting … and our blog! Having our readers be able to relate to us is exactly what we want. 🙂

  3. Good job, Kim! When are you competing and who is your trainer?

  4. I love this post! I used to weigh 250 pounds…(I was always overweight as a kid/teenager) In 2010 I think I decided enough was enough and I lost 100 pounds that year. I started running and got down to 128 pounds with 125 being my goal. I never made it down to 125. I realized I was miserable focusing on that number and running, and running, and running so much was not that fun for me. After I completed the full Shamrock Marathon in March 2012 I decided enough with running and I would try powerlifting instead. In October 2012 I competed in my first meet in the 148lb weight class and came out with a 250lb squat, 125lb bench, and 280lb deadlift for a 655lb total. I am SO HOOKED! I can truly say that powerlifting has changed my life in that I don’t obsess over how my body looks anymore. This stuff really works! Thanks for the post!

    • KimK

      That’s AWESOME, Aubrey! I’m so happy for you that you’ve reached a point where you’re satisfied with your body. Be proud. So many women never get there. Keep rockin’ the bar!

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