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Female Olympic Weightlifter Stands Up To Twitter Bullies Who Call Her Manly

Sunday, July 29, 2012

You have got to check out this article:

A female Olympic weightlifter was harassed on Twitter for having too many muscles such that no man would ever find her attractive. Read on to see her awesome response...

British Olympic female weightlifter fires back at her Twitter bullies
Tue, Jul 24, 2012 9:04 PM EDT

LONDON – An angry British female Olympic weightlifter put an online bully in his place with a spirited and eloquent response to a series of offensive Twitter taunts.

England's Zoe Smith's popularity increased after a BBC documentary. (Getty Images)
Zoe Smith, 18, was targeted on the social networking site, with one user in particular issuing a stream of disgusting remarks that accused her of lacking femininity and questioned her sexuality.

Smith, who will compete in the 58 kg category, had the last laugh by confronting her tormentor on Twitter, then writing about the experience on her personal blog.

A user called "infidel1978" initially made disparaging comments about Smith and teammates Hannah Powell and Helen Jewel after the trio was featured in a BBC documentary about their training called "Girl Power – Going For Gold." When Smith responded, the pair then engaged in an ongoing web battle which the weightlifter can claim to have comfortably won.

"I wouldn't even look at you," infidel1978 tweeted. "I'd think you was a bloke and so would 9 out of 10 lads."

"Your futile attempts at insulting us have brought me many giggles!" Smith responded. "It makes me laugh that you think we'd give a toss what a closed-minded, clearly weak fool like yourself who can't handle a bit of muscle thinks anyway!"

Infidel1978: "In other words your insecurities are kicking in lol. Now piss off back to the kitchen and make your boyfriend a sandwich he's hungry."

"Meh, not particularly," Smith responded. "I just find it funny to argue with idiots on the internet. What a very original comeback, you are a credit to men everywhere. I bet all those feminine women you speak of are queuing round the block for a chance with you!"

Smith has since changed her Twitter handle, while infidel1978's account had been deleted as of Tuesday evening. Smith and her colleagues have started to attract a strong following since the Girl Power documentary showed their grueling training regimen and bubbly personalities.

Not all of the attention, however, has been positive. Smith discussed the issues her and other female weightlifters have faced in a post on her own blog.
[Memorable Moments: Jesse Owens marched into Hitler's Germany and won four gold medals]

"We don't lift weights in order to look hot, especially for the likes of men like that," Smith wrote. "What makes them think that we even want them to find us attractive? If you do, thanks very much, we're flattered. But if you don't, why do you really need to voice this opinion in the first place?

"Shall we stop weightlifting, amend our diet in order to completely get rid of our 'manly' muscles, and become housewives in the sheer hope that one day you will look more favorably upon us and we might actually have a shot with you?

"This may be shocking to you, but we actually would rather be attractive to people who aren't closed-minded and ignorant. Crazy, eh?! We, as any woman with an ounce of self-confidence would, prefer our men to be confident enough in themselves to not feel emasculated by the fact that we aren't weak and feeble."

Women's weightlifting was introduced at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and has enjoyed a gradual growth in popularity. Many of the women's sessions in London have been sold out for months, especially those featuring the home-grown trio of Smith, Powell and Jewel.

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MYOWNHERO 7/29/2012 2:48PM

    They might not lift in order to look hot, but...too late! They are! Love her responses!

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TRAVELGRRL 7/29/2012 2:09PM

    Good for them!

WHY do men, ALL over the world, in every country and culture, believe it is their right to dominate and control OVER HALF THE POPULATION instead of empowering women to the benefit and good of all.

Does "infidel1978" and the rest of these morons not have mothers, wives, sisters? Would they stand for another man abusing their female relatives this way?

I am proud that this is the very first Olympics in which every male team has a female counterpart!

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One month till surgery -- new goals!

Friday, July 27, 2012

So I have one month (and a day) until my brachioplasty. I'm starting to get really excited. One thing I'm not excited about... not being able to work out AT ALL for three weeks. I'm supposed to maintain a low heart rate and not get the blood pumping to help improve healing. I'm going to ask at my pre-surgery consultation in two weeks if I can do mild stuff like walking at a slow pace or recumbent biking at a slow pace.

One caveat of surgery is that you're supposed to be within 10 pounds or so of your final goal weight. I've tried to be realistic about the weight I'm going to try to maintain. I'm 5'10" so I think 170 is a good number for my high end. Its definitely better than the 280 I used to be! I don't think I'll ever be one of those "half-her-size" women. It would take way too much exercise and 1200 calorie days to get down that far. Heck these last five pounds have been fighting me for three months.

My SparkGoal right now was to get down to 176 by 8-8-12 (my 1 year Sparkiversary). I weighed in on Tuesday at *gasp* 179.6~! I haven't seen a 17# in so long I can't even remember. I was probably in 6th or 7th grade to be honest. And funny enough, back then when I was 12, people thought I was 17/18 from my height and weight. Its really strange to think about... Someone made a comment last week that I look really young now. I take that as a compliment that I don't look 27, but I guess healthy eating and losing 100 pounds would make anyone look younger. Plus being told you look younger as you near 30 is never a bad thing ;-)

So for goals -- its Shark Week so I'm not anticipating any major losses for the week. The 179.6 was a complete shocker for me. I had dropped the four pounds I gained back, but somehow kept getting suck at 180.4. I worked out religiously for a few days, ate in my calorie range and still those pesky 0.4 pounds wouldn't leave! I have been keeping up the exercise, but my TOM has made my stomach a bottomless pit. I swear I couldn't get enough food for the last two days. I eat clean and healthy for breakfast and lunch. I come home and prepare a healthy dinner -- but I'm still hungry. Its crazy. I know I'm hydrated and full of food -- but some silly hormones are trying to convince my logical brain to keep eating. Luckily I've got a lot of good stuff saved up in my fridge and cabinets, so a binge happens 100-150 calories at a time and not 700+ calories at a time like from a bag of chips.

I'll still aim for 176 on 8-8-12 as some miracle sign from God, but I'm realistic about not reaching it. So instead, now I'm thinking that 176 on the morning of my surgery is a good realistic goal. (The surgery is my 100# lost present to myself from my highest recorded doctor's office visit of 276)

After that, who knows? I know that post-surgery I'm going to have to be conscious of my diet as exercise will be out. Since its just my arms, I'd really still like to get in some core workouts and leg stretches -- I have killer abs (they're just covered up right now)

So anyway, today is a rest day. I've worked out every day this week so far, either cardio or strength training. Apparently my strength training last night and two night ago + cramps is making my entire body hurt! It's probably my own fault for doing 500 dumbbell side bends on each side though. *It's my new favorite move. I was about to upgrade to a 20# kettlebell -- but I'm now saving up for the surgery. On the other hand, some killer upper arm workouts before surgery aren't such a bad idea... Oh shopping addiction, you strike again...

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JMARIES51 7/29/2012 11:33PM

    Wow, I have been catching up on your blogs and you are doing amazing. Just wanted to let you know you are an inspiration and you must be feeling really proud.

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SUSIEGKORN 7/28/2012 9:42AM

    So many happy thoughts are in my head for you! I know you'll rock your goal and the surgery! Sending hugs and an "I care" your way!

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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 7/27/2012 5:21PM

    You seem like you've got this cased... good luck!! Good luck with your surgery as well!!

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*Controversial* Milk does NOT do a body good -- try giving up dairy~!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

So I'm going to post this with a grain of salt. I know everyone LOVES dairy. Cheese is a gift from God as far as I'm concerned, but I only eat it ~1x a month. Cow's milk has been out of my life for months, and you know what -- I'm SO much healthier. My migraines are GONE. Gone. Seriously. If you've ever had one, you know how much they suck. I've taken so much Imitrex in my life its ridiculous. If you have migraine issues, try a dairy free week. Just a week -- see if your symptoms improve.

My irritable bowel syndrome has gotten so much better, I'm weaning myself of medications I've been on since I was 17. When my IBS got worse, my doctor just prescribed more... and then more... and before you knew it I was on 75mg of an antidepressant for the "side effects" -- when it is used at 100mg as an antidepressant!

My allergies in general are also so much better. My body was fighting the milk in my system. My daily bowl of cereal in the morning was leading to a host of problems for me.

So now dairy and I aren't friends. We're casual acquaintances. I've finally found a brand of soy milk I like (and it's from Aldi's = score!), and am experimenting with other soy products (soy ice cream... sadly, not a good one yet).

I just thought I'd post these two articles from the NY Times from this week and a two weeks ago. Just another person's perspective. If you have any issues, try a five-seven day dairy free trial period. See if you feel better. I was amazed, and now actively avoid dairy except as special treats -- and take twice the amount of Lactaid as recommended when I do consume it.

Here's the links:

July 7, 2012, 3:56 PM772 Comments
Got Milk? You Don’t Need It


July 24, 2012, 9:00 PM2 Comments
More on Milk

And now discuss!

I'm hoping Spark will write something on this -- they push A LOT of dairy products on here -- and I for one, can't enjoy greek yogurt -- come up with another suggestion already~!

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SQUIRRELLYONE 7/27/2012 9:06AM

    A lot of people have a sensitivity to milk products. Personally, they're great for me, but I know that anyone with a sensitivity to them gets told (a lot) that "Milk is good for you!". It might be good for me, but not so much good for someone with an allergy!

Try this "ice cream". My Mom's friend is both Celiac and Lactose intolerant, so despite for my love of it, she gets all the coupons :( It's almost as good as gelato!

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ALPINESALLIE 7/25/2012 11:42AM

    thanks for the blog - LOVE IT! You go girl! I love those articles =)

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RACHELRUNS26 7/25/2012 8:35AM

    It's true, I feel a lot better (fewer migraines, allergies, digestive problems) when I avoid dairy as much as possible. And I do like almond milk and soy milk and the Daiya dairy-free cheese is pretty good (but expensive). I don't drink cow's milk really ever. The only thing I miss when I go dairy-free is the yogurt...I eat Greek yogurt just about daily. I think they make a vegan Greek style yogurt but I have yet to find it in my area.

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QUIERRA 7/25/2012 12:28AM

    This blog is very helpful for my little sister. I just went to go see her yesterday and she was experiencing all the problems you spoke of. I'm going to send this suggestion to her and see what happens. I know she loves her dairy.

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CINEMAVEN 7/25/2012 12:26AM

  If I have my Greek yogurt, that's pretty much it for dairy for the day.
Interesting articles. :) I might have to try giving up milk to see the effects

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1 Negative + 5 Positives = One of my best days EVER!

Monday, July 23, 2012

SO much has happened lately – I almost don’t know where to begin.

I’ll start with the negative and work to the positive. Negative = my co-worker seriously sent from the devil. She’s gone from being difficult to actively going out of her way to be petty and snippy towards me. No one else really, just me. She’s not the smartest girl in the world though, so her Facebook profile had no privacy settings on it. She’s obviously so nuts, everyone in the lab are not her friends on FB (and let me preface this story with the fact that I feel like an idiot using FB in an argument). She apparently had posted some really negative things on her profile about her co-workers. We just ignored that stuff – but two of my friends came to me to tell me about the scary threats she had been posting. And just for sanity’s sake, note that everything she posts is from her deluded, paranoid world – we don’t do ANYTHING to her in lab, but she imagines all of these insults. She’s the most paranoid person I’ve ever met.

Here’s her post: “not a fun day when having to deal with a co-worker who throws tantrums like a 5 years in the middle of lab…..I just like it so much when lab-mates throw my lab coat on the floor on purpose….;(“ Her sister then offered to kick my ass, another friend offered to hang me using a winch from his truck, and she replied “hmm…am thinking about it”

*Screeching breaks* -- say what?!? Needless to say I sent my boss an e-mail immediately. AND called someone in the department to let them know how crazy she has gotten lately. I talked to a department ombudsman for half an hour and my boss for an hour and a half later that day. Apparently they can’t do anything since it doesn’t specifically use names – but still, scary. She’s definitely the scary type of science graduate student like the guy in Aurora, CO. Thankfully my boss seems to be taking it seriously. I think he’s starting to collect a paper trail to use against her when he fires her. He’s just afraid that A) she’ll commit suicide or B) she’s going to sue him and the department. I told him she’s too much of a sociopathic narcissist to commit suicide, but he just wants to take this carefully. *Can we say stressful?

And just to show you how bad her English skills are (she’s a native born, Missourian BTW) – here’s another one of her posts. “I love having to re-writing things…to only have to punt it off to people who write worst than me…oh it gonna be a rough week :(“ I’d love to tell you that’s her trying to be funny—but nope, that’s her normal grammar. She’s already sent two more annoying e-mails bashing me to my boss and the lab since Friday. Now instead of getting too annoyed, I am just reminding myself that she’s just put another page in the book that will be used to fire her… The more she involves my PI-boss, the more he doesn’t want to keep her. I just hope she gets the mental health care she needs, oh yea, and doesn’t attempt to kill me!

OKAY – and now for something completely different! Positive things!

I’ve been pretty good about my food intake since I dropped my calories. I also have been consistently exercising. I was sooo tired after seeing Batman at midnight – but I was smart with my food so I’m feeling good. I’ll do an official weigh-in tomorrow but I feel good. My jeans that were tight last week, fit again comfortably. I am motivated to get down to the 170s. This morning I was at 180.4 – so poised and ready for that final tip into the 170s!

I think dropping my calorie range has forced me to be a lot smarter with what I am eating. At 1700 I could fudge it a little. I could splurge a little – which meant I often said – whatever I’ll just have a bit more. Now-a-days I see it as a small budget of calories for the day, and fruit and veggies fill me up for less. So hello plums, goodbye granola bars. And you know what – it feels good almost to put together a HUGE dinner to only find out its 268 calories! Have you all made a meal that stuffed you to the gills, only to enter the calories, and ask yourself what the heck was I doing eating all of that high-calorie crap that barely touched the hunger? I think by treating this as a game, seeing what foods/meals I can create, and then staying at the lower end of my calorie range = I am finally going to see that progress that has been sorely lacking. I know at my higher weight, I still ate some of the same foods – but I had a few bad ones I still ate. Honestly I used to keep candy bars in the house to treat myself at the end of the day if I still had the extra calories. Seriously. I don’t have that luxury anymore, and I am eating a better quality of food, and feel amazing.

Positive news #2: I went to see a plastic surgeon this morning…. Eep! That was stressful. I had an 8am appointment so I got up early, woke up my mom who wanted to come with me, and made breakfast. I ate a full breakfast of oatmeal with blackberries (yum) and we were off. I barely got into the room with the doctor – and showed him my upper arms before he said, “oh yea – no problem at all. I thought I still had some fat in my arms – apparently not nearly as much as loose skin. I genetically inherited my southern grandma arms from my mom’s side of the family. Even my aunt who is skinny has wiggly, large upper arms. So at 27 – having lost 100 pounds – almost done with my weight loss – I’m an ideal candidate for surgery. He was really positive about the results I could expect, so I bit the bullet and did it! I’m having surgery on August 28th. I’ll post my before and after pics once I heal up. (who doesn’t love those!). The surgery itself is going to be an in and out the same day, but will be done under general anesthesia. I was soooo nervous, anxious about this appointment. I had some evil thoughts running around in my head about how I would not be able to do this, or something would happen and it would be way out of my price range. But I think I can make it work. Thankfully as a graduate student I still qualify for the 3.4% student loans (they never check to see what you spend it on) – and there’s 12 months, no interest financing for part of the costs. My mom was pushing me to get this surgery done (partly because she wants it herself eventually) so she’s determined to try and help me pay for some of it. My dad is also really supportive of the whole idea, so I don’t know what they’re going to do. They obviously can’t pay for the whole $6,300 (yep—two arms = $$$$) – but they want to help some. I always want to know what people are paying for these surgeries so here it is: the plastic surgeon’s fee is $3600, the surgery center’s fee is $1800, and the anesthesia fee is $920. Only the $3600 can be financed for 12 months, my savings is going to cover the anesthesia (they only take a cashier’s check or money order), and my mastercard is going to have to cover the surgery center’s fee. So there it is. I’m doing this! Pretty soon I’ll be able to high-five everyone without also slapping myself with my upper arm ;-)

Positive news #3: I went to see my primary care physician later this afternoon. I’ve been having massive hair loss for the last few months. Guess what. Losing a significant amount of weight freaks your body out. Your hair is one body part that sees this stress and says, ok, we’re not going to waste our energy growing hair now. He told me it was called “telogen effluvium” – my hair is basically taking a chill pill and waiting for me to stabilize. But apparently this is just a temporary thing – and my hair should grow back sometime within the next few months. Just to be sure though I got some bloodwork done, a thyroid panel, and checking my iron/B-vitamin levels to just make sure there’s nothing else going on. But he was kind of surprised by it. He’s saw me at 260 last year – so being 180 today was kind of a shock – so I got some high-fives and praise for doing it, and he asked A LOT of questions about Sparkpeople. So I definitely spread the Spark.

Positive news #4: (just for today—its an awesome day) I got a cute new purse on clearance for $16 and cute Born shoes on clearance for $31 (at Marshall’s) – and then my mom ended up buying them for me. She has guilt issues and tries to buy us stuff constantly – which she really shouldn’t.

Positive news #5: I just got some results back on one of my science experiments I’ve been working on for years. Guess what – I found statistically significant changes~! For the scientists on here, one of my p-values was 0.0001! I did a happy dance! SO EXCITING.

Today has been a reeeeeeeally good day. I’m in such a positive mood. It looks like I’ll be in my calorie range for the day, and I’m going to go change and jump on my treadmill! Let’s keep this burn going and I WILL be in the 170s by the end of next week!

(Holy crap this was long~! If you made it this far = kudos!)

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MYOWNHERO 7/29/2012 3:04PM

    Congratulations on your amazing progress. Looking forward to the after photos!

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    WOW, that's a whole lot of awesome news!!!!! And congrats on that p-value :-)

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RACHELRUNS26 7/24/2012 1:08PM

    Congrats on all your good news!! Though talking about your statistically significant results brings back some memories from the quantitative techniques class I took last semester. :)

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CLHENDY1 7/24/2012 8:48AM

    Such a great blog!! (minus the crazy co worker!)

So exciting that you are getting the arm surgery. Can't wait to see the pictures!!

Have a great rest of your week!

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TRAVELGRRL 7/23/2012 9:06PM

    Congrats! The surgery is an excellent reward for a job well done. Bless your heart!!!

You deserve it. Good luck with everything!!

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SHRINKING_SARA 7/23/2012 8:09PM

    Oh and I got the "Go ahead and get it!" from the doctor about doing a juice fast. Apparently my kidney's are healthier now without all the extra weight, and as long as I drink a tooooon of water -- bring on the green veggies again!

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Nooo... my calorie range just dropped. :-(

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Well it happened. I updated my goal this week on the main page since I am on a plateau... and even though I was complaining earlier this week about having problems staying under 1700 calories... now my range is now the dreaded 1200 to 1500.


How am I going to do this? Well after that realization I went to the grocery store. I have never wanted to take a picture of my cart more. Seriously I checked out and all I had was a TON of fruit (grapes, raspberries, strawberries, red plums, black plums, gala apples, and black apricots), veggies, 99% fat free turkey and 93% fat free turkey, weight watchers chicken, and some skinny pop popcorn (my munchie breaker).

All told I spent a whopping $90 -- but it was all deliciously good looking food. Plus my dinner (turkey taco salad -- I mix the super dry 99% turkey with 93% turkey for an edible turkey taco) and my calories for dinner with plums for dessert was only 275 calories... so maybe if I focus more on meal planning -- I'll be okay.

I've got 150 calories for the rest of the day -- so the goal now is to do some MASSIVE cardio, burn up 500+ calories, and use the 150 calories for my recovery snack.


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CHEEKY1000 7/29/2012 1:33PM

    Good lord, I'm already at 1200-1550...are you saying it could eventually go LOWER??? Well, $$#@%!! that sucks. I guess it will just be another healthy challenge. emoticon

Good on you for filling your cart with all of that healthy, beautiful food! Yum! Turkey taco salad sounds delish!

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LEB0401 7/19/2012 8:18AM

    Patting you on the back for recognizing the challenge and then taking conscious steps to meet your new goals!

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SHIRE33 7/19/2012 8:00AM

    Give yourself time to maker the transition. It might take week or two to get used to it. Going over a day here and there won't be a disaster. In fact, adding 100-150 calories on a day when you are feeling really hungry might keep you from having a munchie attack. : )

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CINERICIA 7/19/2012 7:33AM

    Plan, plan, plan. If you have the luxury of doing so, map out all your meals for the day in the morning. I find that if I know what I'm going to eat--and that it's going to be tasty!--I'm less tempting to graze or indulge in something that I don't really want/need.

Luck. (And keep up the great positive attitude.)

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XPHOENIX 7/18/2012 10:17PM

    Guarantee your plateau will break now though! :) YAY!!! Why didn't you take a pic of your cart? I do that all the time! LOL That stuff sounds SOOOOO yummy! Our house is nearly empty of food.. I have to go shopping SO bad! I will do that on Friday! :) YUM Plums!!!! Good for you! Sucks to have lower cals.. mine went from like 1590 - 1880 down to 1370- 1720 or something and I'm usually right at 1300 and have to drink a cup of skim milk before bed to get enough cals.. lol You will get there! XO

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BLUEROSE73 7/18/2012 7:37PM

    I know you can. I believe in you. You just have to be sure to plan ahead. Nothing is worse than finding the right things to eat when you are hungry. Glad to see you are well stocked. I can't wait to hear you broke the plateau you've been stuck on.

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 7/18/2012 7:33PM

    I'm proud of you and you are an inspiration!!

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