My Love Affair

I was only 13 when the love affair began.

And it all started with just a pair of little pink dumbbells....

When my Dad handed me those dumbbells 15 years ago, I had no clue what was in store for me. I had no clue that those 3lb "Barbie" weights would be the start of an amazing journey; that they would become my closest friend.

Since then, my relationship with the weights has only grown. From that day on, I never stopped lifting. While other teenage girls were painting their nails and reading fashion magazines, I was lifting weights in my bedroom.

Over the years, I continued lifting heavier and heavier as I grew stronger. I fell in love more and more with every rep.
From Barbie weights to 45lb plates!
Falling in love with the weights so long ago is the reason I look the way I do today. It has been the *key* to my success in creating the body that I have today. I never, ever did cardio. Ever. Just weights.

I also never did circuit style training. I rested between sets and focused on the movement and the muscles I was working, not keeping my heart rate up non-stop during a workout. I lifted and lifted heavy. No "toning" workouts for me; my goal was always to build muscle.

Of course, over the years I have cleaned up my eating habits and watch what I eat more now than I did in the past, but it was the weights that shaped and transformed my body.

And they can do the same for you.


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  1. Thanks for the reminder that cardio isn't always for everyone. Every time I try it, I think, "I really don't like this." So now I only throw it in VERY rarely to remind myself that this is why I don't do it. :)

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    1. I've always hated cardio! Now I only do short burst or high intensity cardio a couple times week, but that's usually something like kettlebell swings or jumping rope-nothing over 10 minutes!

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    2. Yep, same here. I sprint once a week, and add some kettlebell swings in other times if I feel like it. :)

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  2. You're awesome! I often think about what my body would be like if I started lifting long before I did. I wasted so much time doing cardio! I wish I could go back in time and slap myself silly haha

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    1. I know. I only wish I had started lifting truly heavy earlier and eaten right-I'm sure I'd have a lot more muscle by now!

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  3. I loveeeeee this! I wish more women would realize how great weight lifting is for you and not be afraid to lift heavy! Lifting is my passion, and the weightroom is my sanctuary! It has become a huge part of my life and part of my daily routine, one of my favorite parts :)

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    1. Yes! Mine, too. I couldn't imagine a life without lifting. :)

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