I'm the kind of person who likes to personalise everything I get into. From my weight training to my pole dancing, everything I do has a personal meaning, and the Winter Games have been no exception. My goal, of course, was already very personal but I thought long and hard about my theme before deciding on The Winter Soldier (those of you not familiar with my goal setting or my theme can click on the link for more information). I'm pleased to say that I've been seeing results (HOORAY!) but I've been a little slack in posting because I've been having a seriously crazy week and I've wanted to get this post up before I really got to town with my progress.
Many of you will know that I have an instagram account attached to this blog, and I'm going to introduce you to two new #hashtags you're going to see floating around on @barbelldancer.
So, what do they mean for me, my program and my progress?
#wintersoldierdetermination: As mentioned in a previous post, one of my reasons for choosing The Winter Soldier as my theme was the character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As a character, the Winter Soldier won't accept defeat and sees everything through to its end, no matter how long it takes or how hard things get. While my mission is far less bloody and brutal than anything the Winter Soldier was set to, I'm taking that kind of determination with me into the Winter Games: no surrender. I'm in this to the end and I will smash through every challenge I am put to. When I hashtag this, it means I've achieved something worth celebrating, met a goal or pushed through barriers.
#wintersoldierarms: Linked directly to my goal of gaining strength and definition in my arms, I have used the metal arm sported by the character as a fun metaphor to describe this. Similar to the way people might describe having/wanting 'abs of steel', I want strong arms and I'm using this as my motivation. If I'm struggling with an exercise (especially on [my least favourite] arm day), I will often say this out loud to myself to help me get through the exercise. So forget conventional metaphors, I don't want 'guns', I want Winter Soldier Arms! If you see this hashtag, it will relate to muscle and/or strength gains in my arms and is directly related to my goals.
So, there it is, a little introduction to two small personalisations which will be making an appearance within the next new days. Watch this space while you're at it, as I have quite a backlog of content, for both Weight Lifting and Pole Dancing, and will be doing a large update this weekend.
But, for now, goodnight.
You don't find the willpower - you create it.
Me With No Apologies.