If lifting weights makes me a man, then maybe I should start going by Bruce... because I'm not changing a damn thing.
I've never been a small person. Since I was a teenager, I've been tall with an athletic build. Sure, there were times when I wanted to have a thinner physique because I thought that was what was "in," but I danced, rode horses, and played volleyball, all of which require strong legs and glutes... that along with my genetics meant I've always been thicker. It didn't take me long to realize I'd never be built like a model lol.
A few years ago I decided to try something new, because I wasn't as active as I'd been when I was younger and wanted to feel strong, as well as build the muscles in my upper body to potentially help with my slight scoliosis. So I starting lifting. Seeing the changes in my body and literally watching my muscles grow was addicting - not only could I see the results happening before my eyes, but the satisfaction of knowing that it was solely MY work and efforts that were making it happen was so gratifying. I was doing it for me, and I fell in love with getting strong.
Some people don't get it - they don't understand a woman who likes to test her strength and pick up heavy things and make her body grow, as opposed to shrink. And that's ok, it's not my job to make them understand. Because I do it for myself.