I Love My Muscles

I was afraid of bulking up when I started working out. I focused on cardio over weightlifting, and my results were not what I wanted.  I wanted the strong, lean look, and  instead I was looking more and more skinny and fragile.  I struggled to get over that hump, but once I did, I started to like what I was seeing in the mirror.


The first picture above, I’m flexing. Yes, this is probably what women are afraid off- too much bulk, but that is not how I walk around. This is not what I look like as I’m walking the street with my family.  I do LOVE my muscles when I flex them.  I feel strong and confident and that is all that matters. The picture to the right is just 10 seconds later – no flex. This is the norm, this is what I look like on an every day basis.

I started to enjoy my workouts more once I started lifting weights. I still enjoy my cardio days, but they max at 2 days a week. I love the feeling of running 5 miles and getting super sweaty or doing a high endurance workout session, but too much cardio it too exhausting for me.  I would find myself burning out too quickly after weeks of consistently doing cardio. I get so much more out of my workouts by the variety I have now. Below are a few more pictures of when I did more cardio vs. now, more weightlifting.

My cardio days

Below is what I look like now…more weightlifting!

I constantly have to remind myself that there will always be someone out there with something to say – I’ve gotten both “you look too skinny” “you look too muscular”. At the end of the day, all that matters is how I fell about my own body.  I’ve never felt more comfortable and confident with my body as I do now (even pre-baby). I love all that my body has done and what it can do.


One thought on “I Love My Muscles

  1. You look amazing, the most important thing is that you feel good about yourself. I’m proud of you!!! Keep it going!


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