Well, a pretty obvious #WCW from me. This Woman Crush Wednesday, it’s my wonderful girlfriend in the spotlight. I think the people that manage to put up with me other than in a training session (okay, I’m hard to put up with in a training session too, ‘EASY WEIGHT!’) deserve a little highlight.
Living with a weightlifter
Life with a weightlifter isn’t easy. The sport takes up long hours and planning. Managing the lifter herself also requires great skills like:
- Taming hangry people
- Working enough hours to pay for huge water bills (baths are crucial!)
- And finding ways to hide your chocolate addiction.
Especially when that weightlifter is me.
She puts up with a lot of the side effects of dating and living with a weight category dependant athlete.
- long hours training
- dropping weight and freaking out about weight
- not many free weekends due to training and competing
- finding cupboard space for all the protein related products
- early nights
- overly specific restaurant choices
- having to explain mobility equipment to visitors (because some, well
everyone has a dirty mind when walking into a lesbian household)
She deals with every one of these slight irritations and behaviours with grace and support. Always showing interest toward how my training is going, coming and supporting at my competitions, and paying for the Domino’s after. Without such people like this, who truly believe in me and support me, I doubt I’d be in the position I’m in now (yet alone still in a relationship with me!)
She has however asked me to share a few hints and tips to those who may be in the same situation as she is: babysitting a weigh– sorry, I mean being in a relationship with a weightlifter.
Top hints and tips
First, learn how to hide your food. Some of the best of the food hiding places my lady has used in the past are:
- Bread bag Ben and Jerry’s – place your Ben and Jerry’s into an empty bread bag, stash in the freezer
- Bedsheet biscuits – use the airing cupboard as a pantry
- Top shelf hide and seek – All weightlifters are short, thus the top shelf should be taken full advantage of
- The old laundry trick – Ban your girlfriend/boyfriend from doing laundry, and hide your wrappers in the dirty laundry until an opportunity arises to take out the bins.
At least she 'tries' to hide things on shelves I can't reach. This doesn't beat the Mars bar wrappers hidden in clean sheets. Or the tub of Ben and Jerry's hidden in a bread bag in the freezer. My gf thinks she is hilarious. But I'm so so greatful. #olympiclifting #noexcuses #fitfam #instafit #motivation #fitness #gym #trainhard #eatclean #dedication #strong #motivation #strongnotskinny #determination #athlete #birmingham #gains #crossfit #physique #thisgirlcan #girlsthatsquat #phteven #gorillapt #minibig #girlsthatlift #minibiglifts
Additional top points:
- Let them plan the evening meals and write the shopping list – brown rice isn’t that bad…
- Bath time is not a time to come put your feet in with them, you will be greeted with a worse version of hangriness
- Waking them up at 1 am is not a good idea and usually results in unwanted sleep walking
- Always check for pharmaceutical supplies such as ibuprofen, it gets consumed faster than its likely manufactured
- Never eat the peas in the freezer – they are for bruises, not for meals
Whether or not you have a partner, you probably have non-athletes in your life who put up with the weirder ways you show dedication. What are some of the things they endure from you?