What a high it was to end with a Snap-approved heavy squat after re-working my lifts for this past year! Thank you all once again for your encouragement. I don't receive much of it in my "real life" so knowing I can come for a drink at the fountain everyday is good for my soul.
My very first log back in 2005 chronicled my falling in love with lifting:
I did the newbie mistake of over-doing it, expecting too much of myself and basically allowed life to dictate my lifting until it became a sporadic, anemic little thing.
My second log decribes my glorious cough cough return to lifting, of trying to lift about 5 hours a week regardless of what life threw at me and basically what it takes to create a good habit.
My last log focuses on finding balance between lifting and other things I love, such as family, eating, diving and photography. To keep enjoying lifting I realized that I needed to be doing other things that made me miss the gym, the time alone, fed the hunger really.
So it's been a year now: full circle and what I've focused mostly these past few months is relearning proper form as much as I could through videos and constructive critism. I feel that I've gone a great distance in the past 12 months. I've also been coming to terms with what I love most about it: lifting heavy ass shit. The heavier the better and improving is my biggest high. This meant wrapping my head around eating for strength, accepting my weight gain and the fact that everytime I kick my ass in the gym I step a little further from conventional ideals of beauty. But you know what? I find myself more beautiful for what my body can accomplish today, and that is worth a thousand whistles from strangers. Trust me on that one.
The angle of this new log is to take it to the next level baby! This year I will narrow my focus on the big cheese: my fromage. I will take proactive steps to find similar minded people to lift with. I want to be the weakling at a new gym so I can get my butt seriously kicked and I want to know that I am doing all I can to reach those goals while having as much fun as possible. So a proper gym, and live coaching is my next step.
stats: 5'5, 155 and going on 31.
grrr! Here's to another year of falling down and getting right back up, of beating the iron consistantly, of ripping out the corn from my hands and knowing that nothing can keep me down unless I let it.