What I Learned From Watching Olympic Weightlifting

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What I’ve Learned While Watching the Weightlifters at the Olympics

I’m a Superheavyweight woman

If I lost enough weight to be down to my imaginary mental ideal weight and then lost a little bit more, I might still be a superheavyweight.  Women’s weightlifting categories start at 48 kg (103 lbs) and end at 75+ kg (165 lbs).  They need more categories.  In the 75+ category the competitors were between 89 kg and 141 kg.

On the other end of the scale, the 48 kg women lifting 100 kg was seriously impressive.

I don’t have a proper support staff for my lifting

These guys have people who hit their muscles before they lift.  I have never wanted anyone to hit me before I lift but maybe that’s why I can’t lift as much as these women.  I ran this theory past the husband.  He doesn’t want any one to hit him either, it turns out. He didn’t even volunteer to hit me before my lifts.

They get smelling salts after lifts

I’ve never been close to passing out after lifting.  Obviously, I’m not working hard enough.  Slacker.

I haven’t been showing proper respect

A lot of the Asian lifters bowed to the judges before the lift.  I’m more impressed by the people who bowed to the weights or to the woman who dropped to her knees and hugged the plates after a good lift.  I’ve never hugged the plates.  Obviously, I haven’t been friendly enough.

I love the announcer

There is a female British commentator for the weightlifting and I love her.  I have no idea who she is.  They have never introduced themselves.  They are never on camera.  The NBC website lists a team of Americans who are supposedly announcing weightlifting but that isn’t who is actually on.


So, how have my workouts been going?  Pretty good.  I’m definitely lifting more often now that we have a closer gym.  I’m still working on my meal plans from Meal Mentor.  I’m usually making 2 or 3 of the meals a week.  I miss a lot of meals it turns out.  I don’t eat much after my late days at work because I get home about an hour before I go to bed.  Usually I just have some fruit or something then.  The last time I weighed myself I was down a few pounds though.  I think having the meal plan is making me more aware of what I’m eating.