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Before the new weight classes were release, I joked that my worst case scenario would be 59 and 65. They released a 59 and 64. I have always been a light 63, my typical official weigh in for National meets is 61.5, after food and coffee. It’s hard to be that small, competing against girls who are training around 65 and cutting down for the meet. I always look around at introductions and wonder how I’m in the same weight class with girls who I feel like are double my size.
I competed as a 58 for 6 months in 2016. The cut was hard, I looked rough, I felt even worse, and I was miserable. We made the decision to never again lift as a 58, and left it be. After some convincing this summer, my coach and I made the decision to test run a cut to 59 for a fall meet, and if I felt okay, we could compete there.
I’m a week out from the meet, but this time has been night and day from last time. I got a DEXA today and the results showed exactly what my pictures also show (May 2016, 58 kg left/ Oct 2018, 59kg right, same shorts total coincidence, I swear). Although I’m back towards the lightest I’ve been, I actually have the most muscle mass I’ve had from my last two DEXA scans (one was at my maintenance weight, and one was at the end of my most recent mass). It’s comforting to know that the work I’ve put in over the last 2.5 years @ and with @ is paying off and building a stronger body (and with the help of @ a less injured body as well). I’m looking forward to a solid training meet next Saturday, and then building on that momentum for December.