I never thought that I’d say this, but power lifting has actually made me hotter. Not in the, “Damn gurl….you lookin FINE” sort of way…..unfortunately. Lifting has changed how I look, don’t get me wrong. But I don’t have that forever unattainable “perfect body”. But as another great lifter put it, “If I can’t be thin, at least I can be strong!” And to me, being strong translates to being confident. And confidence is really what it’s all about. It changes my perspective on almost every situation. Like the dressing room, for example. If I can get my bum into the desired size jeans….it’s okay, I’ll just blame it on my massive glutes ; )
But I’m talking about being hot in an atmospheric sense. I feel like my body temperature has actually increased. I used to sit at my desk and shiver all day. I’d wear wool socks and sweaters starting September 1st. I’d be the first one to put my coat on in a room full of people. But not anymore. I wore a long sleeve shirt yesterday (just one, not my typical layered effect), and I thought I was going to die. Then I was at a meeting today in a t-shirt when I noticed that all the women in the room were wearing their coats. I love it. I’m not a fan of being cold and knowing that I’ve been able to do something to prevent it….without donning a parka everywhere I go…is fantastic. Now when I see women shivering and putting on coats, I have to fight the urge to go up to them and tell them that all they need is a little heavy lifting.
Marilyn Monroe had it figured out!
It’s likely that it also has something to do with why I can’t stand wearing t-shirts at the gym. Hot! Especially when I’m tearing the place up with an awesome work out! Well, maybe that was a bit too much enthusiasm, but I am on a bit of a winning streak. It was another bench day. I got the orders via text (as usual) from my trainer early in the afternoon. So I spent the rest of the afternoon sweating about whether or not I’d be able to get through it. It was a lot of weight, more than I’ve ever done for reps….eek!!!
Luckily the supplement fairy (thanks Chris!) paid me a visit again today. I LOVE when that happens. I was the beneficiary of a giant vat of relatively expensive pre-workout goodness. And my challenging workout was the PERFECT way to break it in! I drank the magic elixir and then set out to warm up. I did a bunch of reps at varying weight and then grabbed a spotter. I was too nervous to try this one without a safety net. I know, such a sissy. I got all the reps though, 3 sets of 2 at a weight that I’ve struggled to single in the past. Woot woot! I was psyched. Then I did some rows, shoulder presses (the bane of my existence), and weighted dips. Seriously, I love dips. I used 30 pounds this week and had no trouble. I can’t believe it.
It’s not like I’m hangin’ 180 pounds from my waist yet though!!