A few years ago, I started running as a way to start getting into shape. And then decided to attach a goal to it – run a half marathon – because a friend of mine was going to do it and after I made it through a 5 mile run basically without stopping, I thought it would be awesome to train for a half marathon.
When I completed the half marathon, it was truly the first time I achieved a goal I never dreamed possible. I didn’t grow up active (in fact grew up out of shape most of my life) and as a typical young woman, I didn’t have the highest self esteem and confidence in myself to do extraordinary things. So completing that half marathon lit a fire in me and woke up the side of me that is ambitious, driven, and motivated to achieve more things that I never thought I would.
Fast forward to now – my fitness goals have shifted slightly because along the way I decided I wanted to start building muscle. That journey led me to crossfit and weightlifting which was attractive to me because a lot of it is goal driven by nature -there are always new goals being achieved and new goals to be reached. The journey is truly an incredible one. Chasing strength is beautiful and empowering. The things I’ve learned since beginning Crossfit has translated to many positive things in my life beyond fitness, including my professional and personal life.
So this leads me to my new goal to kick off 2016 with – Competing in my very first powerlifting meet! I’ve signed up for a meet in April so that gives me a couple months to train. I’m nervous but insanely pumped to be doing this as the power lifts (back squat, bench press, dead lift) are my three most consistent lifts and I know with some consistent training I’ll get far. The progress I’ve made in the last few years have been significant, but slow – primarily because I’ve just casually done those lifts maybe once a week at most when it’s programmed in the workout and I happen to be at the gym that day. Now I’m focusing on each of those plus accessory lifts designed to strengthen those lifts so I’m hoping to put up some good numbers in April. No matter what the outcome though, I expect to have a ton of fun and learn a lot.
I’ve also signed up for a weight class that is slightly lower than what I currently weigh so I am going to try and cut a bit to make weight, however my focus is to feel good and strong. If it becomes obvious that cutting is getting in the way of that, I’ll adjust. None the less, I am going to try and adhere to a stricter nutrition protocol for the next couple months to fuel me properly so that may mean that my meal prepping and cooking may look a little different (though I am still going to really try and make it interesting :)). I will also probably be checking in here and there about my powerlifting journey so I hope you will follow along!