I really, really like to lift.
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!