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My journey into fitness began because I hated my body in my late teens. I was overweight, and I put myself through many unhealthy diets trying to get skinny. In 2011, I decided to become certified as a personal trainer so that I could learn about weightlifting and healthier ways to live. It wasn’t until 2015, though, that I found powerlifting. After competing in my first meet after just three months of training, I was hooked. I fell in love with being strong, and I started working out because I LOVED my body, not because I hated it. Powerlifting not only made me physically stronger, but it also made me mentally and emotionally stronger.
In addition to being a powerlifter, I am also a single mom of two and a survivor of domestic violence. Powerlifting, the community within, and the post-workout donuts have pushed me through many mentally and emotionally grueling days. After leaving the abuse, lifting was what kept me sane and stable. It has allowed me to have peace and be happy so I can be the best mom I can for my kids.
I love KFKF’s message of loving your body through staying active but without depriving yourself of the occasional donut. A world without donuts is a sad, sad place. My goal is to inspire others to overcome, to find their inner strength, and to not feel guilty for exercising some self-love, whether that love is through lifting or eating.
My name is Sarah, I’ve mastered opening candy wrappers without my kids hearing, and I am a KFKF powerlifting athlete. -Sarah, 56kg/123lb Elite Powerlifter, single mom, DV survivor, and KFKF athlete.