Today’s session with Jake was a killer.
Squats: 4 sets of 5-8 reps – starting at 60kgs and moving my way up to 90kgs (a new PB for me!!)
Single leg press: 3 sets of 8-10 reps at 80gs. Final set of 20reps at 70kgs
Walking lunges: 3 sets of 20 reps with 16kg dumbbells in each hand. We threw in some stair running in between to get my heart racing.
It’s days like today I get a sick satisfaction out of this. I do not know one girl who could squat 90kgs, and I did it. I get an interesting response from the guys – they are either extremely intimidated or extremely supportive. I like working out with the guys, I feel it pushes me to my max as I have this crazy determination to lift more than them.
I’m off to see a dietician tomorrow. I’ve been tracking my food pretty seriously over the past few days and I’m really interested in hearing what she has to say. From what I can see, I’m eating around 1500 calories a day. I eat my fruits and veg, and I include a good amount of protein. Food is a difficult one for me though – I love food, I love eating, I love socialising and eating, I especially love candy. I don’t eat terribly though…I don’t have take aways very often, I eat breakfast, lunch and a small dinner and I drink lots of water. So getting a scientific point of view is going to be very helpful.
I will let you know what is said
The girl who lifts.
Over 18 months ago I moved to Australia from New Zealand, and once I had settled in I decided to get back into the gym and get myself a trainer. This led me to Mark at Top Health PT. Now, if you’ve never had a personal trainer, a good one is definitely worth the money, and Mark was worth it. Yes, he was total babe… but Mark GOT me. He knew my struggles, he made me enjoy exercise and everything that goes along with it.
You can discover about Top Health PT here.
Many people have asked me WHY I need a trainer – can’t I just do it myself? Think of the money you would save? Can’t you just download an app for that? The answer (for me) is no… I can’t, and here’s why
- Self-motivation only lasts so long. There are days when I just CAN NOT be bothered going, but I’m booked and paid so make use of it
- KNOWLEDGE. These guys are trained to know what they’re doing. They know what exercises go together, they know what’s going to work for me, much more than I do
- They make training fun. I can’t remember a session where I wasn’t laughing – mostly at myself, but the laughter was there
- Support. Anytime I’ve got a question, or something hurts, or I just need to be reminded why I’m doing it – they’re there.
- RESULTS (nothing more needs to be said)
Over the next year and a bit, Mark and I worked away…my weight went down a little, but never much. This didn’t annoy me though (much). I loved being fit, I loved feeling strong, and I was finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. Being a girl, heavy lifting was NEVER something I thought about doing, I didn’t want to be BIG, or muscly and the preconceived idea kept me far far away from weights. MAN I WAS WRONG.
The road to 100 began very soon after this – a 100kg deadlift. I remember the feeling of lifting 80kg and that was it – I was hooked.
Mark then introduced me to Jake, a new trainer to the Top Health PT team… and without these guys, I could never have gotten to where I am now. Jake and I started training together – 100kgs was well within my reach and I was getting excited. The day I smashed 100kgs by 10kgs was big. This was soon followed by 122.5kgs…..135kgs……then 140kgs just before, and then once again on my 28th bday. Jake followed this lift by making me do 3 sets of 10 x 100kg lifts. This was it. This was what my thighs were built for. I am The Girl Who Lifts.
I am 28yrs old and I am The Girl Who Lifts. This is my journey into a better and healthier life through lifting…heavy
My weight has always been an issue with me, my body LIKES to big and I’m sure if I let myself I would just get bigger and bigger and bigger. At my heaviest I weighed 95kgs, and right now I’m nearing closer and closer to that number – this is not something I am happy about. Which is why, on the 20th Dec 2013 (my birthday) I found myself at the doctors, seeking help and maybe a few answers to my body woes.
But let me clear a few things up…
- I exercise…4 – 5 times a week. 3 of those sessions are with my amazing personal trainer Jake.
- I eat healthy – I don’t binge excessively, I enjoy a good solid, mostly healthy diet
- I have PCOS
For those that don’t know what PCOS is, it stands for Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome. Poly – meaning lots; and Cystic – meaning Cysts… on my ovaries. This as a result leaves me with such fun symptoms like excessive body hair, being overweight, out of whack periods, acne…the list continues.
You can read more about this condition here.
My PCOS hasn’t REALLY affected me the past few years– I’ve always been overweight, and I have just learned to always have tweezers with me to attack the stray chin hairs…I was given a Marina IUD 5 years ago (life saver) so my life has just plodded along. This all changed on my 28th bday, when suddenly I realised was 2 years away from 30 and children were definitely on the menu in the next few years and in the state I was in, this wasn’t going to happen easily. So off to the doc I went and my journey began…