I decided a few years ago that I was done with allowing my history to limit my future. I dropped a bunch of weight and started doing lots of stuff that I didn't think I could do. Lifting is one of those things. No matter how much weight I can lift, I am lifting myself. That makes me a winner.
I blogged about weightlifting and grew into a community, online and off, of women and men who loved lifting heavy. My story of walking into a gym unable to do a pushup and transforming, in my mid-30s, into a record-breaking powerlifter even inspired some to take up sports or join a gym.