To quote: “To be leaner (lower body fat %) while maintaining strength in my lifts then progress to gaining more muscle and strength. So lean first then, all else.”
Where do I start?! WAG has been completely life changing but more than anything else, it has taught me the importance of CONSISTENCY over perfection! I am not a perfectionist by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, I’m the opposite of perfectionist. My mentality has always been “life is so short, live a little” to everything!
Which is why I had never been on a diet, I had never had a desire to conform to the societal standards that require women to shrink themselves. While this may seem like a super solid mental space to be, it wasn’t quite so.
I hid behind this mentality to keep from examining my work ethic and ability to endure an amount of discomfort in order to achieve my goals. I was powerlifting and being 210lbs had me feeling really strong and that strength came natural to me. But I wanted to master bodyweight movements. Be it a pull up or several reps of pushups or handstands or pistol squats. I envied people who had such amazing mastery of their own bodies. My 315 lbs deadlift didn’t seem like much of an accomplishment in comparison. That brute strength came easy so I just kept doing it.
Don’t get me wrong, I still do powerlifting and I still love it but with these 43lbs off, I can begin to work on achieving that mastery over my body that I never thought I could gain.
But with the discipline and consistency I’ve learned with the help of my saintly coach Mel (the patience of a saint seriously!), I know that with work, consistency, sacrifice, and determination, I really can achieve whatever I set my mind to keeping in mind possible genetic limitations.
I’m pretty wordy and I could go on forever but I’ll stop here and say, WAG isn’t about shrinking to fit societal standards. Quite far from it. It helped me take up space, be bigger and aim higher!