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Health +50

This is the Tumblr companion to my weight loss blog, Health +50.

I've lost over 80 pounds so far and now I'm focusing on becoming fitter, healthier and stronger.

Stats:
Age: 24
Height: 5'3"
Starting Weight: 200+
Current Weight: 112
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Posts tagged "weight training"

I discovered some more before pictures of me, when I was close to my heaviest. It’s really amazing to see how far I’ve come.

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I’ve been weight training since ‘09. Nothing serious, I lifted maybe 40lbs max. I remember STRUGGLING to lift that and ending up with back pain. Not cool. I wasn’t really making all that much progress, but I did lift once a week from the summer of ‘09 to May of 2011, when I started watching my portions. I kept lifting as my weight dropped.

A year ago—September 2011—I said to myself: “what would happen if I started challenging myself?”

So I started adding weight to the end of my bar in the class. Within a few weeks I was lifting heavier than anyone else taking the class. Within a few months I was lifting twice as much (or more) as most people. After those few months I had enough courage to add another lifting day outside the confines of the class and began lifting even heavier on those days. Soon my weight training class was no longer the day I lifted the heaviest. 

A year ago I made one of the best decisions of my life, and because of lifting heavy:

  • My arms look fantastic
    Seriously! My once most hated feature has become one of my favorites. I love how muscular and solid my arms are. I used to be ashamed and would never dare to wear a tanktop…now I’m sad the summer is ending because I’ll have to put them away.
  • I am bootylicious
    One of the things I lamented as I lost weight was that I had a flat butt. After adding heavy squats to my routine I have a round booty 
  • My legs look awesome
    They’re nice, sculpted, and easy to shave! 
  • I have to eat a lot
    It’s amazing to me how much I have to eat just to maintain my weight. I feel like I’ve discovered a cheat code.


And now, the most important ones:

  • I can run without trying
    I don’t run regularly. However, when I do feel like running, I can go for 5+ miles without breaking a sweat.
  • I’m strong
    I can’t even explain how this feels. I love defying the expectations of everyone around me. They look at me, see this tiny chick and expect that I can’t lift much…only to find that I’m running circles around the guys. I can outlift a lot of men and I love that.
  • My confidence is through the roof
    It’s hard to feel bad about yourself when you know what you can accomplish. So what if I’ve got loose skin on my stomach? This body can lift some serious weight, who cares?


Lifting heavy has changed my life, and I hope that I can inspire at least one woman to look past the wrong information she’s been fed and pick up a set of heavy weights. As it is I’ve managed to get other women at my gym picking up slightly heavier weights…now to get them to lift even heavier!

Not only has lifting shaped my body—it’s shaped my mind too. I feel strong and confident, and that’s an awesome way to live.

I’m going to be starting a series of posts here on my blog. If it’s not apparent from the title, the series will be about why women should lift weights—heavy weights in particular. Too often we’re scared off or discouraged from lifting heavy weights because we’re afraid we’ll bulk up.

Experienced female lifters know that this isn’t the case, and I’m going to use this series to chronicle how lifting heavy has really helped me transform my body… (read more)

Go ahead, keep staring at me. I know I’m too much awesome to handle ;)

I love these freaking things. Found a Vitamin Shoppe on the way to my interview and I had to stop in and pick up a couple of bars!

I got down pretty low a few weeks ago without realizing it because I stopped weighing myself. After a comment from my fiance—he said I looked tired—I decided to hop on the scale. I weighed around 107. 

107

Holy crap that was too low! Now I’m not saying that someone else at 5’3”, 107lbs wouldn’t be fine (107 is still within a healthy BMI), but 107 was too small for me. 

A lot of times people say to forget the scale, etc., but it seems for me that the scale is a tool I need to make sure I stay on track. See, I didn’t really have issues with food like a lot of people do, my obesity was the result of boredom eating and poor education. I fixed both of those and it turns out I don’t really eat all that much. Not enough to support the kind of heavy weight training I like to do apparently. 

I’ll have to treat gaining weight just like I did when I was losing.

I’m shooting for 120 actually. 115 was my happy weight, but I want to gain muscle too. I’m hoping to get to 120, but be the same size I was at 115. We’ll see how it goes! 

I’m not eating at a super huge surplus so this will take quite a bit of time. That’s alright: this is life, not a race :)

As of yesterday I was at 110lbs. I still need to decide if I’m going to do weekly or daily weigh-ins.

I know this is funny, being a weight loss/fitness tumblr, but I’ve stripped away as much fat as I can…time to gain some muscle!

I know it’ll be difficult, being a woman and all, but I sure as hell can try!

I’m currently around 111-112lbs. Goal is to get back up to 120 with most of that being muscle.

LET’S GO! Time to get even stronger! ;)

I realllllly like how my back looks :) Yay weight training!
I used to have back rolls. They are GONE :3

I realllllly like how my back looks :) Yay weight training!

I used to have back rolls. They are GONE :3

I went shopping after work! I bought this dress…and a bunch of other things and I spent less than $26!
I feel in love with this dress as soon as I put it on.  After learning a bit how to properly dress my new shape, I knew the reasons: I have a top hourglass shape, which means my bust measurement is greater than my hip measurement, this dress shows off my new shape in the following ways:
It enhances my awesome nipped in waist that I’ve come to love ;)
It balances out my bust and hips, so I look like I have a nice hourglass shape
Even though I have that ideal hourglass shape, it’s actually been quite difficult to dress for! I was so happy to find a dress (and a cheap one at that) that was almost made for me!
It’s tough learning how to dress a new shape (especially when, like me, you’ve been the same size for 4-5 years) but when you learn the clothes that flatter your body, you feel like a million bucks! :)

I went shopping after work! I bought this dress…and a bunch of other things and I spent less than $26!

I feel in love with this dress as soon as I put it on.  After learning a bit how to properly dress my new shape, I knew the reasons: I have a top hourglass shape, which means my bust measurement is greater than my hip measurement, this dress shows off my new shape in the following ways:

  • It enhances my awesome nipped in waist that I’ve come to love ;)
  • It balances out my bust and hips, so I look like I have a nice hourglass shape

Even though I have that ideal hourglass shape, it’s actually been quite difficult to dress for! I was so happy to find a dress (and a cheap one at that) that was almost made for me!

It’s tough learning how to dress a new shape (especially when, like me, you’ve been the same size for 4-5 years) but when you learn the clothes that flatter your body, you feel like a million bucks! :)

I’m really getting tired of people telling me that I need to stop losing weight (I haven’t lost any for months—I’m maintaining—but I have lost inches).  Yesterday took the cake though. Someone said: “It’s none of my business but you’ve lost entirely too much weight.”

REALLY? REALLY? If it’s none of your business why say anything??

I’m really fed up with this. I’m tired of people suddenly giving a shit when nobody said anything when I was fat. Why is it ok to flat out tell me what you think about my body when I’m thin?

Oh, and for the record? This is what I look like without a shirt on (blocked out my face because, you know, I have no shirt on):

I hardly look emaciated. I am a muscular freaking MACHINE as far as I’m concerned. Everyone needs to shut up and leave me alone. Oh, and I eat. I eat well over 2000 calories a day!

I was upset at first, but now I’m letting this fuel me. Lifting heavier, eating healthier…watch out world—time to kick ass!