About Me

 

 

I really, really like to lift.

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My name is Stephanie. There are three things I’m passionate about in my life.

1. I’m a high school teacher, and I don’t know anyone who loves their job more than I do.

2. I’m a wife- in fact, if you ask my husband, I’m the BEST wife. So let’s just get that straight now.

3. I’m that gym-girl. The one who loves it way, way too much, and checks in on Facebook and talks about lifting at parties, and gets excited about recalculating her macros, and takes gym selfies to post in Instagram. I love the gym as much as I love my students and my husband.

 

I’ve been lifting for a little over 4 years, and over the course of that time, my body, my attitude towards the gym, and my goals have all changed drastically. I’ve trained as a powerlifter for the past four years, with sporadic bursts of Strongman thrown in for fun. March 2015, that all changed, when I stepped on stage to make my figure debut and placed second out of six gorgeous women. In December 2015, I competed in my first powerlifting meet, again placing second in my weight class of 5 strong women, with a meet total of 666.9 pounds, having set 4 lifetime PRs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In July of 2016, I won my WNBF pro card in the figure division, and later that year, in December, I achieved an elite level ranking in powerlifting.

 

I love a challenge. First it was about losing weight. Then it was about looking “toned.” Soon it was about strength. Then about sculpting my body. Well, and also about strength. Once you’ve trained for strength, I don’t think there’s ever any going back, it’s like a drug. But I’m always pushing- what can my body do? If I change x, how will my body react? Increase carbs? Decrease cardio? Add some Strongman implements to my training? Change my macro percentage calculations? Sign up for a figure competition?

 

I take an IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) approach to food- no food restrictions. My macros (protein, fats, and carbs- a further breakdown of calories) are carefully calculated and met every day, and sometimes that means frozen yogurt or doughnuts, but always includes turkey sandwiches and carrot sticks. You can check out some sample food diaries under the “But What Do You Eat?” tab in the menu bar, organized by activity level, to get an idea of what exactly this looks like for me.

 

Bodies are fascinating machines, and I want to know everything that mine is capable of. Don’t you ever wonder about the challenges you aren’t taking? Why not take them!

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13 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Stephanie, I found your blog and would like to read all posts, but I am having hard time navigating through it. Is it only my problem? What am I missing? Would you mind giving me directions?
    Thanks

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      1. Thank you so much for replying.
        I think I know what the problem is. When I am on my regular PC, I have no problems, all posts get loaded as I scroll down. Not so when I use my IPad…
        Since I am talking to you (and I could not find your email address) , would you consider writing a post about listening to your body. This is something that interests me a lot, I am cutting currently and I have a feeling there is a conversation going on, but I am afraid to use the excuse ‘my body is trying to tell me something’ just to eat another load of bacon or cream puffs (yes, I am craving fats at the point).
        Would be interesting to compare your indications to mine.
        Thanks!

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      2. Absolutely! Listening to my body is something I’ve mentioned many times, and something I find to be incredibly important, so I’ll add it to my topic list.

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  2. Hello Stephanie,
    I work for Axiom Performance nutrition and we specialize in supplements for athletes such as yourself. We are currently looking for affiliate athletes to represent our company. Would this be something that interests you? Let’s us know we would love to speak other you!
    Thank you.

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  3. Hi Stephanie,

    I found your blog via a post on /r/xxfitness and I’m hooked! You’re writing is excellent, entertaining, and well thought-out. Also your usage of gifs/memes is on POINT(I honestly think that’s what really stuck me to your site). I’m procrastinating work going through all your posts right now. Please keep updating! You look hot as f!!

    — Jane

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  4. Hey Stephanie!

    I just wanted to leave a positive review for you! I found you through reddit and that developed into you currently being my fitspiration. Reading your blog has helped me A LOT. I’ve been doing powerlifting for about a year now but have always hated counting macros and weighing food. Your “But what do you eat?” section has helped me a lot with feeling more positive about food and counting while still having what I want. Also, your general posts are awesome too. Keep kicking ass, girl!

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    1. Wow, Megan, thank you for taking the time to share that with me! That feedback really pushes me to continue posting, and helps me decide on the most useful content to include. BONUS: it FEELS incredible too! Thank you so much, girl, I’m so happy to have been a part of your process- keep up the awesome work!

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  5. I was just browsing Reddit looking for some new fitness bloggers and someone recommended you; I really love your blog. You go so in depth with your training and nutrition methods and it’s so refreshing to see someone take the time to write down all of the minutiae of their contest prep, lifting style, etc. I just want to thank you for the time you put into sharing your story.

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    1. Thank you so much for the feedback! My idea is that if I’ve done a lot of research and experimenting, it should d be documented to help others, too. We all are here to learn and do well, so we may as well come at it together. Alternatively: I just can’t take off my teacher-hat at the end of the day, and I just want to help people learn as much as I can!

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  6. Wow, great results with the lifting. I teach at a police academy and my last class had two women who were lifters. They were amazing young women. I think the lifting really gives a person, man or woman, confidence and strength in life as well as the gym. I’ve turned into a fatass myself, but I may start getting back in the gym soon. Maybe starting tomorrow! Lol.

    Keep it up.

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