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  1. This! Or, my co-workers discuss Olympic events like the new Women's Boxing and how it was hard for them to watch it, with many sidelong glances at me, just waiting for me to blow up aboutg "unfeminine" sports.
  2. This. It's everywhere. Came upon this example while looking for advice on a wrist injury this morning.... the article was useless, incidentally. Because if you are a Lady Lifter, you are either doing 70 reps with two pounds, or you're Irene Andersen.
  3. "Wow, check out those biceps! Hey... could you move this sofa for me?" Eating a protein bar and a friend or co-worker gives me a "tip" that the high-sugar, 90 calorie, lotsa carbs, trace protein "Diet bars" are on 2 for 1 at the drug store. After 10 years of getting me girly stuff I don't use, family gives up and starts buying me running gear I don't use.
  4. Carrying a gym bag instead of a handbag.
  5. Yes! Related: I've now lost so much weight that my thongs are baggy. I didn't know that could happen.
  6. Go out to a coffee with girlfriends, sit there wondering what the macros are on my latte. Size 6 waist, size 10 quads. Never get comments on clothes or hair any more (okay that's not true, but only because my hair is neon), just on muscles. This is all totally valid. Hehe. Loving this stuff, keep it coming.
  7. In the same vein as "first world problems"... I'll start... I think I got protein powder in my makeup.
  8. Huh. Very cool, I'll pass this on to some of my friends. Nice to see my brand isn't "concerning", although it's still slightly lower than they claim...
  9. Wow, go away for the weekend, come back to lots of awesome responses... thanks for all the input, folks. This thread makes me happy. It's not actually that guys are being negative about it, I think... I mean, some of them have certainly seemed just genuinely impressed. It's just that on this particular thing, they send messages which are just that. And it's mystifying, and I don't really know how to respond. Like, people have made comments about other things - "great hair" is common, as it's a different bright color in each picture - but they always say other things too. I mean, I guess I could respond with just "Thanks!" or "Yep, I probably could beat you up" if I really wanted the conversation to keep going, but if they really weren't able to find anything else to say, I don't really want to. Which is something I expect of a dating site. It's just weird that it's concentrated on this particular thing. I dunno. This is such a good point. I'm going to have to keep it in mind, thanks for phrasing this so well. Yeah, I mean, it's not that I think these guys are assholes or losers or anything. I can understand that. I've certainly sent out a couple of one or two line messages. But it's just so weird to me that all the messages like that are concentrated on this one thing. Maybe it's just because that one thing is particularly obvious and unusual, and therefore seems like a good thing to comment on? Heh. So funny and so true. Ha! You know, if I liked the guy anyway, there would be worse things. I could use a whipped corporate high-flyer boyfriend. Someone has to pay for all my protein powder and BCAAs, after all. (Kidding!) We're going out to see Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter on Tuesday. She is ohmygodsofreakingcute. And super-geeky and feministy. And thus thinks it is great that I am such a Powerful Woman. :3 Hm. Might be an idea. I don't really have any "action" shots, though. (Well, I have one of my 100 kg deadlift, but while I love that photo, it is distinctly unattractive.) This is the photo in question, believe I've posted it on this forum before: [ATTACH=CONFIG]4172[/ATTACH] Yeah - my main photo is me sitting on a hill writing in my notebook. They'll only see the muscle photo if they're looking through my profile anyway. The differences between pictures of men flexing in the mirror and women flexing in the mirror are interesting, though... hmmm.
  10. I felt the same way the first time I tried it about two years ago. I thought the one I had was past its expiration date or something! I really like it now, though, after cutting a ton of sugar out of my diet, and eating the greek yogurt with honey for a while. Tastes adjusting to less sugar, I guess. Definitely going to have to try putting greek yogurt in my shakes. Mmmmm.
  11. I joined OK Cupid a while ago. It's great, but there's a hilarious/exasperating trend forming. One of my photos is me in the gym mirror, looking muscular, flexing bicep. I mean, it's pretty traditional to put a face photo and a body photo up on a dating site, right? Right. And that's my absolute favorite body shot. I've had lots of success and everything. OK Cupid even sent me an email saying "based on other people's activities on your profile, YOU'RE HOT, so we're gonna show you more attractive matches." That was nice for my ego! But I keep getting messages which say basically "whoa, you could beat me up" and nothing else. I've deleted most of them, but a couple examples still in my inbox: "I wouldn't want to get on your bad side with those muscles!" "You could crush my puny self..." I can't decide whether these are guys who actually, well, want to be beaten up by a muscular lady, or what. There's also nothing I can really think of to respond with. I think I said "Yep" once. OK Cupid also does some great statistics work, and I opted in to a "Rate your photos" thing. That photo was my best, apparently - but that was because conservative Christian men found it really hot, way more than everyone else. Whaaa? I joined hoping to find some liberal non-religious ladies, ha! (Which I've managed anyway, but it's just... hilarious and exasperating, as I said.) Have you ladies had weirdness in dating/romance since starting to become more built? Or is it just me? Your stories, give me them.
  12. Maybe look for some "broomstick" skirts? When I was in high school (in the USA) I nicked a dark red silk one off my mom, and it was my go-to hippie skirt for years. So awesome that she eventually claimed it back... here in Scotland! They look great and are really low maintenance, great for travelling.
  13. I have a similar issue, and I don't have kids either. It's not that I have problems when I jump or run or anything, but just after I stop running, I have to get to a toilet immediately. It's like... everything from my waist down is just so tired from the running, and when I stop, ALL the muscles just give up the ghost for a while. That's interesting about your yoga teacher... I've definitely heard that yoga and pilates are good for your pelvic floor muscles.
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