Thanks for the encouragement guys!!!
Speaking of encouragement or lack there of… So I had some personal trainer chick at my gym (a local YMCA) check my form on a dead lift and such the other day and naturally she asked about my program. Long story short, she reacted with what I expected- ignorant distrust. Then she went and told her gym buddy who told his gym buddy, it was like high school, what a joke… even worse, when I saw her again, she tried to get me not to do it (knowing I had already started), but still had not gone on to T-Nation and checked it out for herself!!! gah talk about toxic people
But on the note of not toxic people, most of my coworkers and even my mom (all middle aged cranky women, Im not saying the terms are synonymous, but unfortunately in many cases where I work, they go hand in hand) are being supportive. It would suck if they were jerks about it, because when you spend eight hours a day with someone who disagrees with you…it can be ruff.
On a side note though, Ive also seen alot of these same women play what I have begun to call the debilitate-my-co-worker game. It goes like this; you and all your girl friends complain about your weight, then someone gets the novel idea of ‘Oh! We should all try the atkinsweightwatchersyoyograpefruiteatnothing diet together!!! We could support each other and exchange recipes!!’ Uh huh…and two weeks later during your weight watchers meeting the ‘leader’ order three large pizzas and wings with bluecheese. No one looses weight and they all get bored, resulting in the group spending their time whining about their weight again…really no different than any other lunch hour.
Or then theres my favorite example of the game, and this particular strategy makes the game an immediate success; when one woman actually LOSES weight, the rest of the group gets insecure about their own obvious failure and begins spreading rumors about how her success can only be attributed to purging and not eating, etc. Then this poor sap feels bad about her success, and gains back not only the weight she lost but another ten to help her get through the stress of her boss calling her in to her office and trying to send her to a therapist. This is a TRUE story!!! How terrible. So needless to say I was a bit worried, but they havent bothered me one bit:) Now I surmise this may be for several reasons but its probably due to the fact that my mom is practically their boss and neither of us take this kind of crap from anyone. It could also be due to the fact that I have made it clear that I wont partake in their game, so maybe there are rumors, but they arnt getting back to me. I find the whole system of women competing appalling. My point being…
I send a shout out to ALL the T-Nation and figure athlete women for getting out there and doing it and making thier dream bodies realities!!! Not wasting away in some office lunch room gossiping about Sally and her vanity because she chose the salad and weight room instead of fries and a movie. You girls are the kind of people I want to be around, and its so encouraging to read all your posts!
V-Diet note: 3rd day, staying strong, tummy hasnt hurt at all today and the workout hurt so good! Night night…awwwww James made me my shake