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Yup, we’re still here and I’m still power lifting

By Melinda Mawdsley

Ann, Emily, Rachel and I are terrible people.

We haven't updated this blog in a while. For that, we apologize. The whole point of blogging about our efforts at change is a blog holds us accountable. Thanks to the reader who contacted us wondering what the heck our lazy butts were doing!

I'll take my turn. I'm sure the others will soon follow.

I am still lifting weights about 8 minutes once a week at Crossroads Fitness with my husband. Seriously, that's all I'm doing except for the occasional walk or hike. It's going fantastic! I'm noticeably stronger, particularly in my biceps and legs, but I'm also more flexible. The slow lifting is forcing my muscles to really stretch and lengthen. I'm loving it!

After this week, I'll sit down and really crunch numbers to post my strength gains in each of my five exercises.

I can report that I lifted 160 pounds on the leg press Saturday. It's the same weight my husband lifted. (To be fair, I have a HUGE advantage. I played catcher for a good chunk of my life. My legs are probably the strongest part of my body. They just are. His legs are probably the weakest point of his. He is smokin' me on several upper-body exercises.)

Weight lifting is a fantastic exercise for uber-competitive people like me. For the 90 seconds — if I max out — that I do each of my five exercises, I only focus on breathing and executing perfect form up and down. I don't listen to anything else. It's kind of relaxing.

I'll report back next week on my weight gains. Thanks for reading!



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