Thank you very, very much to everyone who read or commented on my last post. I’m so grateful to know that while we are all unique individuals, we sometimes struggle with similar issues and can understand, commiserate and support one another. Gratitude!
I thought after a couple of heavier posts this week that I would end the week on the upswing. First, the delightful little treat that my boss brought to work yesterday morning. His name is Bentley and he’s a Duck Tolling Retriever. He’s 10 weeks old and a little sweetheart….also a biter with those sharp puppy teeth! Really adorable and playful.
I’ve been trying to prepare myself for the second stage of New Rules of Lifting for Women because of course there are new exercises and new equipment required. As happy as I’ll be to be done with Stage 1 (9 weeks is a hellaciously long time to repeat the exact same workout!), Stage 2 freaks me out a little because it means I have to do new movements with new weights and due to the equipment required I have no choice but to enter into the big co-ed area. I kept thinking of this little graphic and how it really is true.
And then yesterday my friend, Tara forwarded me a link to an article that got me fired right up. Fired! Up! Click for the full article but I’ll give you below a couple of my favourite experts:
“Push. Turn up the volume. Go hard. Go harder.
Re-prioritize your aches and pains.
Infuse your sensitivities with courage.
Tell fear to fuck right the fuck off.
Devote to Done.”
“Decide to be one of those people who pull it off.”
“It’s your soul speaking and she says,
Get UP! I need you. I want you. I am you. Choose me.”
Anyway, go check out the link, the article isn’t long and you may just feel like an invincible, unstoppable ROCK STAR when you’ve finished. A thousand thank you’s to Tara for sending me this, I love it! I am going to infuse my sensitivities with courage and I AM going to tell fear to fuck the fuck off and I’m going to pop my iPod on and go and do what is right for my body and if there are boys there then there are boys there. If there are women fitter than me there then so be it, I will use them to push myself harder. It’s going to be at 4:30 in the g’damn morning, if it was me and I saw someone new lifting heavy weights at that time of the morning, the only thing I would be thinking was “good for them!”. The more cynical part of me would also be wondering “I wonder how long they’ll last?”, but I know me and I’m a “laster”! 😉
Tonight after work we’re going out for a quick drink with one of my favourite co-workers who is retiring. Tomorrow morning I’m hoping that the rains break for awhile and I am successful about prying Ray out of bed and going for our now beloved early Saturday morning coffee-walk. I really love that time that we spend together first thing on Saturday morning. Sometimes it’s what drives me to make it through the week! Saturday during the day I hope to get some work done on my wagon and then Saturday evening we’re going out and we’re going to celebrate my dear friend Tara with a few drinks (it’s her b’day, go give her some love!).
This has been a long and somewhat rocky week (and a bit) and I’m glad to be going out of it on a more balanced, positive note. I’m excited again and motivated and my vision is clear and for that I am extremely grateful.
It is empowering when you enter the coed area! I was terrified at first and actually didn’t work up the courage until my trainer took me. Now, a year later I am just one of the guys. They respect me and now ask me for advice. I try to take other women under my wing when they enter the weight room and make them feel comfortable, we need to stick together! Go get it!!