smamella

Sam

Engineer, Lifter, Gin lover, Lego nut, Geek, GRRRL

Saw one of my favourite bands (who started my love affair with country music) @olddominionmusic last night at @o2academygla on a rare late night out. Had an absolute blast, sang my heart out (sorry @emmajacko88 ) and even got a wonderful meal out from @kcalkitchen 
Totally worth getting home past midnight and up again at 6am. 
Thanks @countryhitsuk for the heads up.
#olddominionmusic #olddominion #countrymusic #countryhitsradio #notguiltypleasure #countrygirl #goodfood #goodfriends #o2academy

Saw one of my favourite bands (who started my love affair with country music) @olddominionmusic last night at @o2academygla on a rare late night out. Had an absolute blast, sang my heart out (sorry @emmajacko88 ) and even got a wonderful meal out from @kcalkitchen Totally worth getting home past midnight and up again at 6am. Thanks @countryhitsuk for the heads up. #olddominionmusic #olddominion #countrymusic #countryhitsradio #notguiltypleasure #countrygirl #goodfood #goodfriends #o2academy - 6 days ago

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Squats are actually going well, I think they might be my favourite just now! Here's my warm up, 1@8 and first set of back offs from last night. My 1@8 is the same as before classics after only a couple of sessions back and moving faaast, the back off weight I managed 1.5 sets of two weeks ago and did a full 5 sets last night.
This was followed by bench moving very well and evil split squats. Yay.
#powerliftingwomen #girlswhopowerlift #lassesthatlift #squats #ilovesquats #atsapproved #grrrl #grrrlarmy #liftlikeagrrrl #urbanbrickhouse #sizekourtneyheather

Squats are actually going well, I think they might be my favourite just now! Here's my warm up, 1@8 and first set of back offs from last night. My 1@8 is the same as before classics after only a couple of sessions back and moving faaast, the back off weight I managed 1.5 sets of two weeks ago and did a full 5 sets last night. This was followed by bench moving very well and evil split squats. Yay. #powerliftingwomen #girlswhopowerlift #lassesthatlift #squats #ilovesquats #atsapproved #grrrl #grrrlarmy #liftlikeagrrrl #urbanbrickhouse #sizekourtneyheather - 7 days ago

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My friends are adorable.
@_katywithay_ @thelibertonlifter 
#powerliftersthatgirl #powerliftersnotpowerlifting #comicon #comiconscotland #wrestling #wrestler #firefly #serenity #curseyoursuddenbutinevitablebetrayal #imaleafonthewind

My friends are adorable. @_katywithay_ @thelibertonlifter #powerliftersthatgirl #powerliftersnotpowerlifting #comicon #comiconscotland #wrestling #wrestler #firefly #serenity #curseyoursuddenbutinevitablebetrayal #imaleafonthewind - 9 days ago

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Did cardio of my own free will today.... Didn't die. 
10mins on the spin bike, 5 rounds of 10 rows, lunges and squats or press ups without rest and 1 hour walk on the treadmill watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Feel like I used to be fitter but who cares. 
If you need me, I'll be on the couch for the rest of the day. 
#cardio  #circuits #powerlifternotlifting #saynotoboxjumps #grrrl #grrrlarmy #sizekourtneyheather #restdaynow

Did cardio of my own free will today.... Didn't die. 10mins on the spin bike, 5 rounds of 10 rows, lunges and squats or press ups without rest and 1 hour walk on the treadmill watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Feel like I used to be fitter but who cares. If you need me, I'll be on the couch for the rest of the day. #cardio #circuits #powerlifternotlifting #saynotoboxjumps #grrrl #grrrlarmy #sizekourtneyheather #restdaynow - 10 days ago

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Happy #feelgoodfriday everyone! Heres to me completing two full weeks in my new job and two weeks of strength training! I'm drained from one and bruised from the other but super grateful to have both in my life. Also grateful for the dress policy at work helping me feel like I look myself - smart, colourful and just a little quirky (Tuesdays outfit made me smile).
I hope everyone else has had a good week and managed to hunt out some joy. 
#happy #strong #2weeks #newjob #powerliftersthatgirl #progress #quirky #bodyconfience #acceptingmyself #grrrl #grrrlarmy #toiletselfie

Happy #feelgoodfriday everyone! Heres to me completing two full weeks in my new job and two weeks of strength training! I'm drained from one and bruised from the other but super grateful to have both in my life. Also grateful for the dress policy at work helping me feel like I look myself - smart, colourful and just a little quirky (Tuesdays outfit made me smile). I hope everyone else has had a good week and managed to hunt out some joy. #happy #strong #2weeks #newjob #powerliftersthatgirl #progress #quirky #bodyconfience #acceptingmyself #grrrl #grrrlarmy #toiletselfie - 12 days ago

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Turns out I have forgotten what tension is and how to take the slack out of the bar! Almost 3 months away from strength, sumo and block pulls a little easing in should be expected.... But oooops. 
Thankfully it did get a little better the more I did and the good news is my 1@8 here with no tension was the same as pre comp good form. 
Enjoy my grumpy confused smiles as I realise I just can't get it right. 
No volume cos all you'd hear is me and @_katywithay_ chatting away.
#blockpulls #sumoblockpulls #sumoisawesome #powerlifting #powerliftingwomen #strong #progress #wonderwhatwouldhappenwhenigetthetechniqueright #grrrl #grrrlarmy #liftlikeagrrrl

Turns out I have forgotten what tension is and how to take the slack out of the bar! Almost 3 months away from strength, sumo and block pulls a little easing in should be expected.... But oooops. Thankfully it did get a little better the more I did and the good news is my 1@8 here with no tension was the same as pre comp good form. Enjoy my grumpy confused smiles as I realise I just can't get it right. No volume cos all you'd hear is me and @_katywithay_ chatting away. #blockpulls #sumoblockpulls #sumoisawesome #powerlifting #powerliftingwomen #strong #progress #wonderwhatwouldhappenwhenigetthetechniqueright #grrrl #grrrlarmy #liftlikeagrrrl - 18 days ago

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The belt is back! This can mean only one thing, strength is back!!!!
Enjoy me trying to remember what an 1@8 feels like and then my first set of back offs too heavy cos I was too lazy to unload the bar. I did have to unload it more cos everything felt a little poo but I'll take how it all moved for a first session back after my first day at the new job and without a pre gym snack. Tomorrow will go better. 
#squats #strength #powerlifter #powerliftingwomen #atsapproved #backatit #grrrl #liftlikeagrrrl #grrrlarmy #needsmoresnacks #strong

The belt is back! This can mean only one thing, strength is back!!!! Enjoy me trying to remember what an 1@8 feels like and then my first set of back offs too heavy cos I was too lazy to unload the bar. I did have to unload it more cos everything felt a little poo but I'll take how it all moved for a first session back after my first day at the new job and without a pre gym snack. Tomorrow will go better. #squats #strength #powerlifter #powerliftingwomen #atsapproved #backatit #grrrl #liftlikeagrrrl #grrrlarmy #needsmoresnacks #strong - 23 days ago

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Happy Birthday to @markdavidson8846 
My best friend and favourite weirdo. Would not have made it through the last few weeks without your support and laughter. 
#happybirthday #bestboyfriend #oneofus #partoftheshippartofthecrew #weirdos #weirdosarethebest #love #happy

Happy Birthday to @markdavidson8846 My best friend and favourite weirdo. Would not have made it through the last few weeks without your support and laughter. #happybirthday #bestboyfriend #oneofus #partoftheshippartofthecrew #weirdos #weirdosarethebest #love #happy - 27 days ago

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Volume is almost over and I've had some lovely wee increases. Even filmed some of my session today where I attempted to do 2 sessions in one... Actually pretty much managed it. 
Enjoy some evil high bar squats, slightly too heavy RDLs, feet up bench (where I went a little off program to see if I could hit 50kg for 8 after last blocks 47.5 for 8... Spolier alert... I got 7! Think 8 would be there on a better day) and a wee video of me being me in-between sets of RDLs.
Massive thanks to @limitlesshf_pt for the encouragement with bench, and making sure I didn't die. Always appreciated. 
#deathbyvolume #highbarisevil #highbarsquats #romaniandeadlift #feetupbench #silliness #powerliftingwomen #nomorevolume #strong #grrrl #grrrlarmy #grrrlslifting #sizekourtneyheather #sizeamanda #brightestshortsever

Volume is almost over and I've had some lovely wee increases. Even filmed some of my session today where I attempted to do 2 sessions in one... Actually pretty much managed it. Enjoy some evil high bar squats, slightly too heavy RDLs, feet up bench (where I went a little off program to see if I could hit 50kg for 8 after last blocks 47.5 for 8... Spolier alert... I got 7! Think 8 would be there on a better day) and a wee video of me being me in-between sets of RDLs. Massive thanks to @limitlesshf_pt for the encouragement with bench, and making sure I didn't die. Always appreciated. #deathbyvolume #highbarisevil #highbarsquats #romaniandeadlift #feetupbench #silliness #powerliftingwomen #nomorevolume #strong #grrrl #grrrlarmy #grrrlslifting #sizekourtneyheather #sizeamanda #brightestshortsever - 1 month ago

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Sneaky wee date night at @thekitchin for @markdavidson8846 birthday treat for a second year in a row and it was all amazing!! Bread crisps and dip, very posh tomato soup, scallops, red deer, waygu beef, raspberry Panna cotta, chocolate and honey soufflé and a bitter chocolate mousse with pistachio. 
Could not have been more pleased with the whole experience, always a delight. 
#birthdaytreat #thekitchin  #thekitchinedinburgh #amazingfood #weareallsnackshere #lifterslovefood

Sneaky wee date night at @thekitchin for @markdavidson8846 birthday treat for a second year in a row and it was all amazing!! Bread crisps and dip, very posh tomato soup, scallops, red deer, waygu beef, raspberry Panna cotta, chocolate and honey soufflé and a bitter chocolate mousse with pistachio. Could not have been more pleased with the whole experience, always a delight. #birthdaytreat #thekitchin #thekitchinedinburgh #amazingfood #weareallsnackshere #lifterslovefood - 1 month ago

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@spunkycanuck was discussing having different clothes for when you feel less fat and bloaty as part of her #spunkyselflove work. I realised that when I bought it I used to avoid this dress when I was feeling bigger but recently I've started caring so much less about that.
I felt the dress was too tight over my belly, hugged all my wobbles and made me look even bigger..... But guess what, only one of those is true and I totally don't care!
This dress makes me feel sexy and empowered. Yes you can see my wobbles, yes it's figure hugging and yes it looks damn fine!! Wore it for my interview yesterday and felt amazing, even when I had to sneakily put my heels on in the car cos I didn't think heading to the interview was a good time to learn how to drive in them!
#ilovemywobbles #curves #curvywomen #empoweredwomen #strongnotskinny #grrrl #grrrlarmy #builtbypowerlifting #beyou #allbodiesarebeautiful

@spunkycanuck was discussing having different clothes for when you feel less fat and bloaty as part of her #spunkyselflove work. I realised that when I bought it I used to avoid this dress when I was feeling bigger but recently I've started caring so much less about that. I felt the dress was too tight over my belly, hugged all my wobbles and made me look even bigger..... But guess what, only one of those is true and I totally don't care! This dress makes me feel sexy and empowered. Yes you can see my wobbles, yes it's figure hugging and yes it looks damn fine!! Wore it for my interview yesterday and felt amazing, even when I had to sneakily put my heels on in the car cos I didn't think heading to the interview was a good time to learn how to drive in them! #ilovemywobbles #curves #curvywomen #empoweredwomen #strongnotskinny #grrrl #grrrlarmy #builtbypowerlifting #beyou #allbodiesarebeautiful - 2 months ago

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This week's wonderful interview outfits.... Can you tell which outfit I enjoyed most?!? Tbh both went well so who really cares.... But I really didn't hate staring at myself in the massive wardrobe doors while I sat on that bedside table talking about why I'm a good PM. I love my big legs and voluptuous curves and I've had two separate comments on my upper body starting to show gains so I'm very pleased. 
Been a sneaky wee deload week and I've really needed it, not from the weights but from my life, cold, job stuff, bad news. The week of training downtime couldn't have been better timed if coach had channelled Mystic Meg with a crystal ball. .
Here's to getting rid of this cold and hitting next week's training hard to keep these gains coming. Posh interview outfit will be on twice next week, maybe I'll even change it up with a different outfit!?! #fridaythighday #thickthighsthinpatience #thickthighs #thicc #getyouagirlthatcandoboth #powerliftersthatgirl #powerliftingbuiltthisbody #grrrl #grrrlarmy

This week's wonderful interview outfits.... Can you tell which outfit I enjoyed most?!? Tbh both went well so who really cares.... But I really didn't hate staring at myself in the massive wardrobe doors while I sat on that bedside table talking about why I'm a good PM. I love my big legs and voluptuous curves and I've had two separate comments on my upper body starting to show gains so I'm very pleased. Been a sneaky wee deload week and I've really needed it, not from the weights but from my life, cold, job stuff, bad news. The week of training downtime couldn't have been better timed if coach had channelled Mystic Meg with a crystal ball. . Here's to getting rid of this cold and hitting next week's training hard to keep these gains coming. Posh interview outfit will be on twice next week, maybe I'll even change it up with a different outfit!?! #fridaythighday #thickthighsthinpatience #thickthighs #thicc #getyouagirlthatcandoboth #powerliftersthatgirl #powerliftingbuiltthisbody #grrrl #grrrlarmy - 2 months ago

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47.5kg x8 for today's feet up bench. Managed a set and a half but over the moon with that!!!
Did other stuff, wasn't exciting so didn't record it.
Could it be I'm starting to enjoy bench things?
#feetupbench #powerliftingwomen #powerlifter #benchconvert #grrrl #grrrlarmy #volume #gainssoon #please

47.5kg x8 for today's feet up bench. Managed a set and a half but over the moon with that!!! Did other stuff, wasn't exciting so didn't record it. Could it be I'm starting to enjoy bench things? #feetupbench #powerliftingwomen #powerlifter #benchconvert #grrrl #grrrlarmy #volume #gainssoon #please - 2 months ago

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To finish off my first full month being unemployed I had a wonderful #selfcare weekend doing loads of things I enjoy. I baked all the cupcakes (and managed to only eat one), had a lovely chilled flat warming with all the nibbles, helped the gym get a paint job and was rewarded with a tasty BBQ, trained, had a long relaxing bath and a hilarious dog walk with @_katywithay_ and @thelibertonlifter .
Less training videos just now as I'm still ramping up the volume but it's definitely helping to balance this weekend of stuffing my face and keep me busy. 
#selfcaresunday #bakingmakesmehappy #tryingtobegood #community #atsapproved #doggo #dogwalking #goodfriends #ladyofleisure #powerliftersnotpowerlifting #activerecovery

To finish off my first full month being unemployed I had a wonderful #selfcare weekend doing loads of things I enjoy. I baked all the cupcakes (and managed to only eat one), had a lovely chilled flat warming with all the nibbles, helped the gym get a paint job and was rewarded with a tasty BBQ, trained, had a long relaxing bath and a hilarious dog walk with @_katywithay_ and @thelibertonlifter . Less training videos just now as I'm still ramping up the volume but it's definitely helping to balance this weekend of stuffing my face and keep me busy. #selfcaresunday #bakingmakesmehappy #tryingtobegood #community #atsapproved #doggo #dogwalking #goodfriends #ladyofleisure #powerliftersnotpowerlifting #activerecovery - 2 months ago

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Volume is in full swing so here are some videos from this week's lifting!! I am super excited by feet up bench just now and my 42.5*8 PB going on in the first video. Been trying to 'feel' things in the right places so playing around with stance and range. 
As an extra treat swipe all the way to see @_katywithay_  and I repping in sync on our wee gym date. 
#volume #powerliftingwomen #powerlifters #bench #romaniandeadlift #upperbackaccessories #squats #highbarisevil #grrrl #grrrlarmy #grrrlslifting #sizekourtneyheather

Volume is in full swing so here are some videos from this week's lifting!! I am super excited by feet up bench just now and my 42.5*8 PB going on in the first video. Been trying to 'feel' things in the right places so playing around with stance and range. As an extra treat swipe all the way to see @_katywithay_ and I repping in sync on our wee gym date. #volume #powerliftingwomen #powerlifters #bench #romaniandeadlift #upperbackaccessories #squats #highbarisevil #grrrl #grrrlarmy #grrrlslifting #sizekourtneyheather - 2 months ago

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In the last year I've generally hovered around the same weight. I've lost about 3kg (and gained most of it back a couple times, especially after comp) bit I can see changes in my body and this keeps me very happy. 
I can see less fluff in my belly, less fluff and more muscles on my legs and arms and I know I have dropped about a dress size. 
As I take part in a weight category defined sport I will continue to monitor my weight and hope that I will drop a couple of kilos more on this next cut but I am trying to make it a secondary focus and to remember that there are other important factors. Even when cutting I have gotten stronger, I have improved my technique even if I've had a few tantrums, I've enjoyed most of my training sessions and met some wonderful new friends. 
Week one of volume training completed last week and I've sucked at hitting my macros (emotional eating at its best) but I've got months til my next comp and I'm actually eager to get my food right and see what I can achieve. Volume weights are already much higher than last time round.
#bodyrecomposition #smalltransformation #transformationtuesday #builtbypowerlifting #bodyconfience #happy #strong #strongnotskinny #volume #strength #weightdoesnotdefineme #iamenough #grrrl

In the last year I've generally hovered around the same weight. I've lost about 3kg (and gained most of it back a couple times, especially after comp) bit I can see changes in my body and this keeps me very happy. I can see less fluff in my belly, less fluff and more muscles on my legs and arms and I know I have dropped about a dress size. As I take part in a weight category defined sport I will continue to monitor my weight and hope that I will drop a couple of kilos more on this next cut but I am trying to make it a secondary focus and to remember that there are other important factors. Even when cutting I have gotten stronger, I have improved my technique even if I've had a few tantrums, I've enjoyed most of my training sessions and met some wonderful new friends. Week one of volume training completed last week and I've sucked at hitting my macros (emotional eating at its best) but I've got months til my next comp and I'm actually eager to get my food right and see what I can achieve. Volume weights are already much higher than last time round. #bodyrecomposition #smalltransformation #transformationtuesday #builtbypowerlifting #bodyconfience #happy #strong #strongnotskinny #volume #strength #weightdoesnotdefineme #iamenough #grrrl - 3 months ago

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How do powerlifters celebrate their birthday? Active rest days flinging themselves about in trees!!!
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Wonderful day out for @caitamine_ birthday. Noone injured, everyone clarted in mud and a whole lot of fun had by all. Shame I'm too old and knackered for the night out. I think I might need an evening in my PJs to recover from all the joy.
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#powerlifternotlifting #activerecovery #restday #spiderpigs #goape #fundayout #muddy #knackered #gazelle #grrrl #grrrlarmy

How do powerlifters celebrate their birthday? Active rest days flinging themselves about in trees!!! - Wonderful day out for @caitamine_ birthday. Noone injured, everyone clarted in mud and a whole lot of fun had by all. Shame I'm too old and knackered for the night out. I think I might need an evening in my PJs to recover from all the joy. - #powerlifternotlifting #activerecovery #restday #spiderpigs #goape #fundayout #muddy #knackered #gazelle #grrrl #grrrlarmy - 3 months ago

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Two weeks unemployed and I'm not hating it. Don't get me wrong, I've been bored, worried or lonely at times, but my hummingbird existence is having a wee break while I have this chance.
I'm training 5 times a week in my home gym (first week of volume done! Whoop), walking almost everyday, spending time with my wonderful friends, unpacking the flat, building IKEA furniture and trying to get a handle on my eating and meal prep. Of course I'm also applying for all the jobs, but I'm trying my best to have some down time.
#powerlifter #powerlifternotlifting #hummingbird #tryingtorelax #newflat #ikea #mealprep #greatfriends #bestfriends #doggo #grrrl  #grrrlleggings #itsoktonotbeok #lifechanges

Two weeks unemployed and I'm not hating it. Don't get me wrong, I've been bored, worried or lonely at times, but my hummingbird existence is having a wee break while I have this chance. I'm training 5 times a week in my home gym (first week of volume done! Whoop), walking almost everyday, spending time with my wonderful friends, unpacking the flat, building IKEA furniture and trying to get a handle on my eating and meal prep. Of course I'm also applying for all the jobs, but I'm trying my best to have some down time. #powerlifter #powerlifternotlifting #hummingbird #tryingtorelax #newflat #ikea #mealprep #greatfriends #bestfriends #doggo #grrrl #grrrlleggings #itsoktonotbeok #lifechanges - 3 months ago

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