“What is wrong with looking muscular? Muscles are beautiful. Strength is beautiful. Muscle tissue is beautiful. It is metabolically, medically, and philosophically beautiful. Muscles retreat when they’re not used, but they will always come back if you give them good reason. No matter how old you get, your muscles never lose hope. Few cells of the body are as capable as muscle cells are of change and reformation, of achievement and transcendence.” – Natalie Angier, Woman: An Intimate Geography
When I started my weight loss Journey at 170 lbs, I realized that my trainer had incorporated weights in my plan. I was terrified! I hear guys say all the time say that girls who lift are to muscular or they consistently look like men. The only thing I knew is that my new workout plan was going to get me to the weight I wanted to be and the look I needed and longed for. Every day I saw tons of girls in the gym pumping iron and looking their best. Even though none of them looked like men I was still a little weary of what I was getting myself into.
Day 1 of my plan was a complete failure. On the first day I actually worked out with my trainer and she literally kicked my tail. I couldn’t move my arms or barely walk. For about two days I laid in bed crying because of the pain and all the food I had to subject myself to. I remember thinking, “Why do girls do this?” I wanted to never go back to the gym and just continue my weight loss through cardio, which meant I was going to walk the treadmill or run outside. As time continued to go by I kept on my plan and eventually the pain subsided. I was eating six times a day, drinking my protein and glutamine, and pumping iron. Within 5 months, I literally dropped 40 pounds and had great muscular features that I never knew existed. I had the new me that I wanted and no one was going to take that away from me.
What did the guys think? My husband was astonished by the weight I had lost. I was smaller than when we first met. Of course he couldn’t really see the extent of my muscular features because he was deployed and it was hard to communicate through pictures. As for the many guy friends I have… they had a lot to say. I got the everyday men comments, “You look good”, “smoking body”, and “nice booty.” There were the few though that had to comment with the, “you look to muscular”, “you shouldn’t be lifting weights like that”, or “slow down on the protein.” I was okay with hearing the good comments but the bad ones literally took a toll on me. I had doubts. I wanted to stop lifting and felt like my body would still be okay.
I contemplated daily and when I went into the gym I still lifted but just not as heavy. I also begin to research female athletes online because my main goal was to compete in a figure competition. I ran across Felicia Romero and every word she spoke about competing lifted my spirits and took me to a new level. Why can’t girls be muscular? As long as I am comfortable in my own body, who cares. Today, I am 135 pounds and 12% body fat. I am so proud that I stuck to weight lifting and this is my everyday lifestyle and hobby. I want all girls to know that just because you lift doesn’t mean that you will eventually look like a man. You will be beautiful, sculpted, and healthy. The only person who can judge you, is you. What others say, doesn’t even matter.
As a female lifter, I am comfortable in my own skin. Keep Lifting.
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