I adore my horses. Horses eat hay. Hay is made in bales. Bales weigh about 25 to 30 kilograms.

This is how I found myself lifting 120 bales on to the back of the ute as my husband drove from bale to bale. I stack them three rows high and the top row is above my head height. Though the bales start off quite light, after a few loads in 30 degree heat, it becomes difficult. But not impossible. Never impossible.

At 47, I still relish chances to improve on my physical strength. No longer do I chase the skinny dream. Strength is ...

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  • Reply November 8, 2012


    I will never be skinny. I am however fit and strong. I can be 80kg and a size 10-12. Strength is what I am built for. Last year I piled on weight after a knee injury.
    I was diagnosed earlier this year with pcos. Since then I have lost weight, changed my diet and become strong again. And pregnant again.

  • Reply November 13, 2012


    Great story Gabrielle. I am 50 this year and I started strength training 2 years ago. I am a new woman! Stronger, fitter and mentally tougher than I have ever been before. I now do 4 weight sessions per week, instead of the recommended minimum of two. It just makes you feel great and gives you some much needed ‘me’ time when you just focus on what your body & muscles are doing and not much else. I too, wish I had started much earlier in life.

  • Reply November 13, 2012


    I like what you say about re-orienting to getting and being strong. For a good part of my early life I enjoyed my strength and tested it. I also practiced yoga and meditation and was exposed to various helpful and compassionate philosophies. I am concerned however about the weights you are lifting overhead~ agricultural occ. health and safety? I am also concerned about how people like you, and people like me(once strong) are served up issues like disease,trauma,accident and ageing~ and then we cannot be the people we once were.

  • Reply November 14, 2012


    Thank you!

  • Reply November 14, 2012


    Loved your article. I am a 42 y.o. mother of 3 who just did my first Tough Mudder in September and have already signed up for the next one in Sydney. People think I’m mad, but what makes me mad is that I didn’t get the exercise bug 20 years ago! I love it, and look forward to it every day. My kids are proud of me and active, although my husband subscribes to the “you only have so many heartbeats in your lifetime, why would you waste them?” theory. Can’t win all of the battles!

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