I've opted for the one word version in my blog title, but that doesn't take away from the dual meaning.
I've being interested in 'being a strong woman' for many years. I clearly remember reading Dr Miriam Nelson's books (of the late 90s/early 00s) on strength training helping women 'stay slim' and preventing osteoporosis.
My commitment to the cause, and effort expended, fluctuated over the years though. Life - work, relationships - often got in the way and it was easy to make excuses. There was always something going on activity wise - I commuted by bike and had periods of running and training for races - but weight training was ancillary to that.
The best thing for creating time for training was taking a new job in early 2012. My eldest daughter was 15 months old and daily commuting to London was more feasible. I soon realised that as well as the opportunity to cycle across London, that I now had a choice of gyms close to work and a daily lunchtime to run or visit the gym with no guilt about increasing the time my husband looked after the eldest!
Shortly after joining the gym, I started working with Peter, a PT randomly assigned by the gym for a free session; I was very lucky to get me a good one! For the rest of the year, we worked to improve my strength and - I won't pretend it didn't matter - reduce body fat. The latter took a while (until I stopped breastfeeding it remained in the 38-40% bracket), but we were getting somewhere. At the end of the year, I achieved a 70kg back squat while weighing just a bit under that.
Then I went and spoiled it all by getting pregnant again! I jest. As you can see from the original blog posts, I continued to exercise and work with Peter throughout my pregnancy. I joined my local gym while on maternity leave, and continued to see my PT there after I returned to work in March 2014. My interest in incorporating more barbell work and compound lifts has developed, and I undertook an Olympic Lifting for Beginners course.
So I definitely see myself as having been on a road - a fairly long and winding road when I look back, and a road that extends far into the distance as I still have a lot to learn and achieve.