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Day 320 - Rethinking Strength

Thursday, October 04, 2012

When I was young(er) and still when I was not so young I was told I had 'Footballer's Legs'. I didn't have long lean legs - they were short and muscular. So I avoided strength work.

Somehow I realised I believed this 'truth' as a bad thing, and believed that the rest of my body would bulk up too, if I worked my muscles. I'm naturally strong and powerful and I didn't want to look like the Incredible Hulk. So I avoided strength work.

Not actively avoided - just consistently ignored it. Even though I was often advised that strength work need not mean bulk, and is required for healthy long term weight loss and maintenance, I thought, "Not me, my body is strong enough and would definitely bulk up, no matter what they say." I want thin. Thin. Thin. Thin. The strength work wasn't for me and I didn't need it. I wasn't understanding its usefulness at all.

Recently I also heard myself saying "You're nearly 50 - you won't ever be lean or sleek or curvy-strong." ANOTHER story I was living with!

But something's changed.

Something about how I see my body and what I want for it. Just the other day I realised the story I'd been telling myself didn't serve me. I want muscle! I want to look and feel strong! I know I won't bulk up like Arnie and I want a lean muscular body- even at 50! I know that I can do strength work that serves my health and wellbeing, in a positive way.

Bring on the strength work!

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    I love this. It is amazing how the things that some people say - stick with us, shape our lives. I am glad you are re-visiting these myths and debunking the ones that you are just not true or are no longer worth keeping around. That takes guts. It's kind of beautiful, when you think about it.

    1957 days ago
  • SHOES17
    You are emoticon ! By being here you emoticon INSPIRE!! You emoticon me of my beginning and of my ideal destination. Thanks for Lemon Spirit!!

    My weight watcher's leader from many years ago gave an incredible talk. She told us Goal Weight wasn't all that great. She said, it was a small number that came with a companion called disappointment. She said, that the day she reached goal weight she looked in the mirror only to see herself as a smaller blob! Oh, she didn't discourage us completely. I still left there thinking I would like to lose some weight. However, I also left there realizing that it was more than the numbers on the scale that required some change.
    If I wanted a good looking body with definition I was going to have to exercise.

    If I wanted goal weight for life I was going to have stop dieting.

    If I wanted healthy numbers from blood work and a tape measure it was going to require something more!!

    If I wanted to find happiness it was not only going to require less BUT it was also going to require more.

    I don't always think heart healthy and I still resist cardio at times. However, I have learned to be stronger and in doing so I found strength. I am in TRAINING!! I resisting the forces that are pushing against me. I do this with weights, machines, and my body!!
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    NEED strength... NEED training...Got training... Got strength!
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    I found a blog!! emoticon
    1961 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/8/2012 10:30:18 PM
  • LISAMG1220
    Woohoo!! Wonderful blog! :)
    1961 days ago
    You have changed your paradyme of thinking! emoticon
    1964 days ago
    Love it :) My grandfather used to tell me to not lift weights because I would get bulky like a man.. I believed that for years .. .thank goodness I don't believe it anymore. Good for you for going after what you want! You can do it :)
    1964 days ago
    Great blog! I love the term "footballer legs"...never heard it before. My sister is 5'8" while I am short at 5'2" so I have some of those footballer legs too. Glad you are going to ST. I read that our center of gravity is lower and therefore we can do some things easier than our taller friends. Have fun discovering your new strength. emoticon
    1964 days ago
    Great plan. You go girl. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1965 days ago
    Yes!!! Bring on the strength training! I too have those "footballer" legs that you described. I had to accept it and just work with what I have...I've learned to love the muscular look, and now I desire it more than ever!
    1965 days ago
    great plan
    1965 days ago
    Sounds like a great plan to me!! Go, girl!
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    1966 days ago
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