I am not a Size Small anymore – and why I think lifting weights is good for you

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9. October 2014 by swissfitchick

First of all – I am SO sorry for being such a horrible blogger currently. As you may have noticed I am WAY behind with replying to your comments – but I read every single one!!! – and I can NOT keep up with reading blogs – my Bloglovin’ is bursting from unread posts. Bear with me. Life is crazy here and I try to keep my head on instead of cut it off and running around like a chicken. Though that wouldn’t be the most boring image. I hope and promise it will get better soon!!

And when everything fails, I watch Carlton’s dance. ALWAYS wins. Always. Better than a chicken with the head cut off.

Ok, so now on to today’s subject.

Mom still buys size small when she buys shirts for me. (Yup, my Mom loves to buy stuff for me. I don’t mind.) As much as I try to convince her that I am NOT a size small anymore, she doesn’t get it. Sometimes I don’t know what she looks at, when she sees me. Cause obviously, I am not a size small anymore.

Lucie

Momma is very skinny and she wants to be like that. She would freak out if she would put on muscle like me. I think she might even have a little problem of seeing her girl having guns and a bootey. Too bad, Mum. I keep them.

Crossfit

I know that there are still so many girls out there who are afraid of getting bulky when training with weights. It’s too bad, cause there are so MANY reasons why lifting weights is good for us.

I can only talk for myself how I benefit daily from my training with weights, but I am pretty sure I am not the only one out here, since I see more and more girls who lift and it makes me damn happy.

Being stronger physically makes you stronger mentally. For me, that’s a fact. When everything goes wrong, I boost my confidence at the box and I walk out with my head straight up, convinced that I can make it – whatever the bump on my road may be. If I can push myself to lift heavy things and torture myself through crazy mad workouts, then I know I have the mental strength to conquer other things too. Makes sense, yes?

Lucie

Lifting is good for my bones and it improves my posture. It makes me breath heavily which means my lungs are getting trained too and I keep my cardiovascular system running. Yes, you can do Cardio while lifting weights. Lift faster. Ha. Or do a CrossFit WOD at the end to go all out.

I love that I can hit PR after PR and finding new capabilities of my body with every session I make. If it is a CrossFit Class or Powerlifting, it LIFTS me up (don’t you love my FUNNY wordplay) and boosts my happy hormones every single time.

Ok, maybe not every single time. I have ass-days when everything fails and I feel like a stupid beginner. I experience this a lot with Olympic Lifting. It is the toughest class for me, cause the technique is complex and with my limited mobility, it is a challenge for me. I can not really lift a lot of weight due to my sucking technique and, well, that sucking performance sucks as well. There is a LOT of work for me to do, but – I stick with it. It will come. On days like this, I just check it off and go to bed. No need to keep on whining or banging my head against my fridge (where I probably grabbed out some wine before). It wouldn’t help, especially not with my color of hair.

Anyway, I don’t know what people think of my appearance and I am almost 100% sure that there are a lot of remarks like:’Gosh, she looks big now. She really put on a lot of mass.’ Cause I AM bigger. And I own it. I don’t want to go back to my size small anymore. No, I DON’T give back my muscle mass anymore – it is hard earned work!

Some of my clothes may not fit anymore, but many of them still fit and especially look a lot better. That’s the nice side effect when you work your ass off and sweat 5 times a week. My body is tighter than it was with 6 kilos less. That’s the big discussion about the scale – fuck it. Look at you and check on how you feel, that’s all that matters. Scrap numbers on a stupid scale, they don’t say anything about you, your strength and your person. They don’t matter as long as you don’t compete or need to watch your weight medically.

January 2014 vs. September 2014

January 2014 vs. September 2014

Yes, I have days when I feel fat, who doesn’t? Most of the time it has something to do with stupid hormones which are messed up or a night out with booze and shittons of sodium in my food and 2 days later I feel good again. And yes, I also still work on more definition, but there is no way I stress over that. I am superhappy to be consistent with my training and nutrition and all the rest will come.

Lucie

Maybe CrossFit and lifting weights isn’t for everyone and that’s perfectly ok – who am I to judge. But just understand that if someone feels the urge to judge – I don’t give a shit either if anyone thinks I am too big, or too muscly or too obsessed. As long as it works for me, who cares, right?

And girls, just so you know. I am not e personal trainer or a professional, but I can assure you that if you want a booty (and believe me, it feels GOOD to have that backside) or nice curves, you have to start lifting. Heavy. And no, you won’t turn into a massive bodybuilder man. Cause you are a girl, so you can’t possibly look like a man, unless you take strange drugs. Don’t do that. Lift, feel strong, confident and freaking ACE.

Deadlift CrossFit

Thoughts on body change?

Thoughts on lifting weights?

xxx

Lucie

37 thoughts on “I am not a Size Small anymore – and why I think lifting weights is good for you

  1. Susan says:

    I have free weights at home but I have no clue how or when to use them. I also have a bar with weights and have no clue or maybe it’s no motivation! I am amazed at your dedication to working out!

  2. cottercrunch says:

    totally! mental strength is a huge factor. the more we work on physical, the more we can overcome the mental weakness… amen! p.s. you look HAWT!

  3. blesser1212 says:

    Love this!! My life changed soooo much (for the better) when I started lifting. It became about STRENGTH and how I feel more than about how skinny I could get. SCrew that!! You look amazing❤

  4. Andrea says:

    you look so gorgeous! I love your muscles and curves, and it’s obvious you take care of yourself and love your body..i hope i can get there some day!!

  5. Jan says:

    You are looking great! I have never tried Crossfit because I go to the gym five days a week and was very content with James Wilson’s program for so long (I think that is how I found your blog). I think the Crossfit must offer super hard workouts. I have seen you get stronger and stronger and it is fantastic. I think that all the food you eat looks delicious. I like how you can sneak in the cocktails and it doesn’t seem to interfere with your progress….Love it!

    • I think James program is great!! He really takes good care of his clients and the workouts are great.
      I love CrossFit and that’s why it isn’t hard for me to stay on track. I just love to go there and get that sweat on!
      And yes – nothing works without my weekly cocktail and chocolate🙂

  6. Love love this Lucie…I was actually just thinking about this earlier this week! Although I’m not one to judge, I can’t help but feel a sense of respect when I hear someone regularly strength trains- that alone shows that they are smart enough to not believe the popular belief that cardio is the ‘be all end of all’…you gotta activate those muscles to see results- and clearly you DO!

  7. Kanoelani says:

    I love this! I’m on a weight loss journey & can tell you how much weights & strength training has helped me get & feel stronger. I have to get back at it but when I’m doing it I feel amazing. And I need to lose weight but I’m still on the eff the scale train hAhahah!!! It doesn’t define me! I do that! You look great by the way!! WOOHOO!!

    • Yes, throw that scale away, out of the window!! It really depends on how you feel and what you see when you look in the mirror. Be happy with that and give a DAMN about this stupid number!!

  8. Emily Hawkes says:

    Have you seen the video of Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton) doing the Carlton Dance on Dancing with the Stars from last week? Awesomeness!!!

    I started lifting, and my clothes are getting tighter, and I hate it. My hubby assures me that nobody has probably noticed – but I am convinced they all whisper behind my back how bulky I am. Feeling a bit daft writing that down though. Other than that, I love the way lifting makes me feel, and when I can do manual labour, or carry the hoover up the stairs – the feeling of being capable and not needing anyone to do it for me🙂

    • God, I LOVE this guy, hahaha!🙂

      I know how you feel. I felt exactly the same way when I started lifting. But I can assure you that you will lean out by time and you will love those changes!! It needs time to shape that body and it needs time to get comfortable with it. Keep up the good work and see all that amazing strength progress. Muscles are sexy, never forget! ‘They’ will stop whispering the moment you OWN it. I know people whisper behind my back, but they admire me too, cause I don’t give a shit. That’s where you want to go🙂

  9. YES YES AND MORE YES! This post really made me smile – I too am a CrossFitter and my body is changing big time. Sometimes I love the change, sometimes everything around me makes me doubt myself – but I know, deep down how I feel right now, a more confident, strong, positive, healthy woman and that can never be a bad thing. I know my husband, who aided me through my ED recovery, loves my strong body far more than my weak skinny one.
    Strong is beautiful😀

  10. I am currently trying to build muscle and mass. I have had all the phases form fat to skinny but I have never felt to happy and empowered since I started lifitng. I completely agree with what you say. At the beginning it may be scary but it is so worth it!!🙂

    • Goooood!!! Keep it up! Lifting is a great way to gain confidence and some nice muscle mass. I was battling some mental fights first, but now I feel more comfortable in my skin than I ever did before!

  11. Danielle says:

    Hahaha I love it! My mum likes to buy me clothes too😉 shopping is her therapy, sweating is mine!!
    I’ve had to deal with body changes but I’m with you, I rather be healthy then sick, so however I look so be it. Xoxoxo

  12. Ashley says:

    Everything about this is perfect! I love learning what my body can do now that I have started crossfit and lifting and have stopped fixating on a number–on the scale or a clothing size! I am such a happier person. By the way–reading your recovery posts have helped me tremendously over the past two weeks. While partially recovered, I was still partaking in some bad habits that I wasn’t proud of. Five days down and not turning back. So thank you!

    • I love so much to hear that Ashley!! Be proud of yourself, you got this! It’s a long way, but you are definitely on the right track – being happy with your body is such a big accomplishments. Congrats!!

  13. I have definitely noticed my body changing over the past 6 + years. Not drastically but there definite areas that seem a little softer. My mom is the tiniest person on the face of the planet and she asked me how much I weighed these days over the weekend and I told her, “haven’t a clue, I haven’t weighed myself in 4 years!” and she looked at my in shock. I LOVE NOT CARING OR KNOWING HOW MUCH I WEIGH! I like just being HAPPY WITH ME!🙂 AND THAT I AM! BOOM!

  14. I want to lift weights, but I am scared of being bulky… LMAO!

    I’m not a small anymore either. It’s not always easy mentally, but I love how powerful and solid I feel. Muscles are sexy. And they have stamina. What?!😉

  15. mooshka says:

    I like having muscle definition and the long, lean look I got as a professional ballet dancer and I’m not a fan of bigger muscles since to me it seems ungraceful. But that’s me… people’s “soul, personality, kindness, etc” is what makes them attractive.

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  17. Ohhh I feel you on falling behind on the blog reading! Totally dealing with the same thing after going through a goofball week. BUT… just wanted to tell you that I love the attitude and confidence, girl! More than anything, I think how we feel inside is more important than how we look outside. Confidence is sexy — the rest is just peanuts.

  18. YES. So glad you found something to embrace and see positive changes- you are a confident chicken and run with it (but not too long- cardio sucks).🙂

  19. I think you’re a size beautiful and how you FEEL as opposed to how you LOOK is really all that matters at the end of the day.

    I workout for the same reasons. It makes me feel fabulous, and ain’t nobody taking that from me. Hope things smooth themselves out for you soon.

    • Thank you my ginger #vanillagorilla. I love that we kind of communicate without words, am I right? I mean, I can hashtag 2-3 stupid things and you feel me. I appreciate that big time.

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