This blog is principally meant to be informative about:
- lifting weights as a woman for health and physique goals;
- dietary strategies for losing fat as a woman;
- women-specific challenges in outdoor activities.
Over the years I’ve been doing lots of research in these areas. I’ve found ways to do things that work for me, mostly through trial and error and based on the suggestions that are out there on the internet. I am my own guinea pig and I’d like to save other people from having to go through the same long, and often fruitless, process.
There is a wide variety of information out there about how to develop training and diet programs. Much of it is contradictory and very little is focussed on women, on how training concepts need adapting for women or, in the case of diet, how to adapt the diet if you are very active. So this is for all of you out there who are in the same situation that I was in when I started out.
I’d like to provide you with support. Unless you are fortunate enough to have found a group of like-minded (and well-read) women already, you will probably be swayed by the treadmill and pink dumbbell crowd and, if not, you may be considered a “freak” by all the “normal” people you meet. So as part of this blog I’m going to provide you with hints and tips – the ways I’ve learnt to survive being a woman with “unusual” hobbies as well as a full time day job.
Structure of the blog
I am, by nature, a highly structured person. So that you know what to expect, here’s the template of a standard week on my blog (though if something catches my eye, then I reserve the right to change this…):
- Monday: Powerlifting Progress - A summary of how my workouts have gone in the last week.
- Tuesday: Paleo recipe – a recipe for a paleo dish (or paleo adaption of something) which I’ve tried out recently in the kitchen.
- Wednesday: Main article or Lessons learned - Sometimes short, more often long, this is either a stand-alone post on a topic that has taken my interest or a summary of something I have learned about recently, whether through my own experience and folly or through research.
- Thursday: Blog-watch – A brief piece about related articles or blog posts which have caught my attention on a specific subject. This will also give you some insight into the blogs I read most often.
- Friday: Great Links for the Weekend – Does exactly what it says on the tin! This is a bit of a lucky dip containing anything from technical papers and serious articles to humourous pictures and videos that have nothing at all to do with diet or fitness but which have caught my interest.