The no bullshit blog from the girl that lifts.
How has the first trimester of pregnancy been Ro? – Look, its been pretty shit house actually.
My name is Ro, I am an elite level powerlifter, Strength & Conditioning Coach, Business Owner but more relevant right now, a complete and utter newb at a Mum to be.
Ahhhhh even writing “Mum” freaks me out. It illicit s so many mixed feelings (I think I want to create my own name, like how grandparents get all excited about if they are going to be Nan or Pop or Grandpa) why cant I be Queen Ro to my unborn child? Or Captain?
Im 29 years young, recently married and 14.5 weeks pregnant! *insert loud shriek of sickness here
This baby we have fondly started referring to as Baby Aliem (yes Aliem with an m) or Baby H was not planned but its a pretty awesome plot twist in the game of life.
2016 threw me fast and hard into adult hood. In my professional life, I have complete control of my choices and actions and am very much a creature of routine.
Eat, lift, read, innovate, sleep, repeat. I breathe my business and absolutely love it.
Throw into the mix a being I can’t see or feel, but yet has so much control over me already and I’m like hey man hold the phone, what the hell is going on, I wasn’t ready!
But hey guess what, time to get ready sister!
So as I stumble through this weird world of being pregnant and merging it into my current life Im going to share with you how a girl that lifts hopefully makes it out in one piece.
WEEK 14: A week of people telling me how big my boobs are getting……
Maaaaaate lets tackle this one head on.
Up until this week, no one has really started to comment on the appearance of my body and thank f**k for that!
To give you a little background information, I come from years like many young females of struggling with body image issues. Im not considered a big person- prior to being up the duff I weighed 57-59kg, 156 cm with, somewhat muscular frame (Holla at my quads and hamstrings, ya’ll been doing a lot for my deadlift gains recently!)
My business Barbell Babes Brigade was created as a direct response to the shit that I use to tell myself. You are too fat, go and run, you are too chubby eat less. The fitness industry is a shit storm of “information” that gets thrown at young and often impressionable females that are so unhappy with their bodies because they don’t seem to fit into the “norm” of what is bombarded in the media.
After many years of continual self hate, I immersed myself in strength training and slowly began to realise that my body is pretty fricken cool. It can pick up heavy shit and tell a dick head “gym bro” to calm his farm when he thinks I shouldn’t be lifting what I am (fight me bro). Our clients at BBB are absolute Queens to me. They too have, or currently experience just what I did and are searching and developing themselves to adopt the same mindset- we are more than what we look like.
Having worked so hard to get away from the feelings of body hate and obsession for me and my clients has been my mission over the past 4 years. To now have my world turned upside down and rekindling some of these feeling is so hard.
People are asking me how I am feeling and look directly at my boobs or belly. Mate my face is here. Along with direct comments as to the proportions of my body.
Pipe the fuck down now!
Do you not think these thoughts are running wild in my head already? Do you not think Im already freaking out at the 6kg I’ve already gained (yes 6kg!!!) What does that one little comment do to me? It consumed me this week, thats what it did. I had to work really hard to push that bullshit out of my head so it wouldn’t poison all the other things going on.
Which by the way, theres some fukn cool shit going down. Im opening my own facility!
Barbell Babes Brigade HQ
Melbourne’s Premier Performance Centre for Women.
More on this later! (could talk all day about this but I’ll hold my excitement)
I know that most of the comments are not intentionally intended to be hurtful but seriously, please don’t.
Unless your going to tell me how awesome my deadlifts were today and how strong my body is then save those comments.
The next how ever many weeks (should probably know this) are sure going to be interesting. To all the ladies growing humans out there, high 5 Queens! We are literally super humans and can create life wtf!
Heres to enjoying the ride!
Captain Ro x