Upper Body Update (week 14)

I was quite the tomboy growing up, constantly trying to keep up with my older brother. I was proud of being the girl who wasn’t afraid of creepy crawlies, the dirt or the cold. I would work alongside my brothers: lifting heavy logs, boxes and furniture. I was known as the tough, strong girl.

But then I reached that awkward preteen phase and I began to question whether I was strong or just plain fat. I started to distance myself from my “strong persona”. It was pretty easy to do: I simply stopped acting like a tomboy and stopped helping out whenever there was heavy lifting to do be done. I didn’t want to be known as strong anymore because I was afraid that was somehow linked to my weight in people’s minds.

I became weaker, less confident and more overweight.

Fast-forward to now. I am starting to realize that working on my upper body strength is about more than just getting stronger. In a way, by building my muscles,  I am rebuilding my identity. I want to be strong again. 201503100203262015031002082720150310024905

4 thoughts on “Upper Body Update (week 14)

  1. I am impressed.

    I have to tell you that I tried my hand at pushups. You have to understand that I workout a lot. For the past 3 months I have been doing a modified strengthening workout that includes squats, a number of core exercises and, thanks to you, several variations of the plank. Like you, I have noticed considerable improvement and, it has helping with my cycling as I prepare for the seasons first century.

    This week I tried doing pushups. I can’t remember when I last did one. Well, I struggled to do 5. Five? 🙂 How embarrassing. I am going to keep at it until I can match your count so, slow down until I do. 🙂


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