Finally reached my first mini goal! It only took about 10 months but I’ve dropped 82lbs. My next goal is 130lbs let’s see how it goes ⭐️🎉😊 it doesn’t happen overnight! I’ve fallen off the wagon many times. It’s just a matter of getting back up, resetting and getting it done. Do it for you!

Refurbished misogyny in “fit culture”

@theoppositeofkitsch and i had a lil convo at the gym last night where she brought up an excellent point about the current trends in powerlifting/bodybuilding/weightlifting culture and social media. The whole “strong is sexy”/”get you a girl who can do both” thing is absolutely, hands down, no doubt about it…sexist. For anyone who is up to speed on the shortcomings of 2nd wave feminism, you know that a big drawback is the fact that we were told we COULD do anything and many of us have fallen for this lie that we MUST be everything. i have given into this ridiculous notion in many different ways throughout my life, and only in this past year or so have i really been trying to unlearn it. Posting side by side photos of you lifting a heavy weight, and then, looking cute in a dress or whatever can be fun, i get it. But also look into the deeper message you might be sending to younger girls, and other women in general. Why do we need to do both? Why does strength need to be sexy? WHY DOES ANYTHING NEED TO BE SEXY BESIDES SEX AND WHY ARE WE ALWAYS SEXUALIZING OUR COMPLETELY NON-SEXUAL INTERESTS?!?

Think about who motivates you via social media.. what do they look like? where do they come from? and WHY do you feel inspired/motivated by them? more importantly, is it true inspiration or envy? 

TAKE NOTICE to who has the most followers and the types of (vague) captions they write (or copy pasta) under their photos and videos. It’s no secret that the most popular “inspiring” women in fitness are conventionally pretty white straight middle/upper middle class educated women. in many instances yes they are indeed strong and smart. in many instances they indeed work their asses off in the gym and on the internet and should be recognized for it. but also take notice to the fact that there are many much stronger women of color, queer women, trans women and non-conventionally attractive women that are 10x stronger with much less of a “fanbase”. 

REALIZE that your motivational faves probably went to school for marketing/business/etc and their lives are 90%+ literally curating hits on social media. Does that inspire you? If so, great, but just think about why. Are your goals similar? What are YOUR goals, for you?

Just some thoughts, open to delving further into this if anyone wants to share. 

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You may have seen the exuberant celebrations of David Katoatau, an Olympic weightlifter competing in the 105-kg weight class for the island nation of Kiribati.

NBC titled their video clip, “Weightlifting makes David Katoatau want to dance.”

But there’s another, solemn reason for his joyful performance. Katoatau told Reuters he wants to raise global awareness of the climate change that threatens to destroy his country. 

Video: NBC, Map: Wikimedia

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Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz just became the first Filipino woman to win an Olympic medal!

When Hidilyn Diaz lifted 200 kilograms of steel iron, she also lifted the spirits of her home country.

Diaz, a three-time Olympic weightlifter, became the first Filipino woman to win an Olympic medal when she won the silver medal in the 53kg women’s weightlifting class on Sunday. Diaz’s silver medal win ended a 20-year Olympic medal drought for the Philippines.

The last Filipino to win an Olympic medal was Mansueto Velasco. Velasco won silver for men’s boxing in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.

But wait, it gets better. Diaz also achieved another cool first for the Philippines at the Olympics. 

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