This morning I finally worked out. The last time I squeezed in a proper workout was a full week ago.
I realized a couple things while I was lifting weights this morning:
I’m super lucky to do what I do. I think this realization hit me because I happened to workout along side my friend who has cancer. I’m so lucky to be healthy without major illnesses and able to workout and push my body fully. I’m very lucky indeed.
As a female, the stronger you get the smaller you get. That’s my favorite part of lifting weights. Lately I’ve only been able to lift weights once or twice a week but I’ve seen more changes in my body (for the better) than I ever did when I was doing hours of cardio training for my triathlon. I still love swimming and biking and all but the weights are my true love. I love getting and being strong and I love how it’s changing my body.
I can lift more than I think. I usually workout by myself so I never push myself to 100%. I always want to lift a weight that is challenging but I no I can handle alone so I don’t get hurt. This was sort of subconsciously done at first and I realized it today when my friend watched my when I did skull crushers (best name ever, btw). I could do more and I’m going to start doing it.
Squats are the best. Squats have to be my favorite exercise which is funny because I hated them for the first few years I started working out. Squats work your entire lower body. They are an awesome exercise and it’s fun to see the weight you lift go up and up.
Those are just a few of the things running through my mind this morning post workout. The second is especially important I think because it’s so true. Most women I know are scared to get bulky and avoid weights for hours on the treadmill. But really? Weights won’t make you big if you are a female. They will make you lean and athletic and awesome. I’m not the only girl who thinks so.
ps – This cartoon cracked me up today so I have to share it. This seems very familiar as a blogger!