Today I hit a pr on deadlifts that brings me closer to my goal. Looking back on the college years and even before I got into working out I probably would have shook my head and laughed thinking about how ridiculous lifting that heavy was for me. I struggled with being so skinny I barely did more than my own body weight with workouts. And then I lifted a weight……

I found out in the earliest steps of my fitness journey the truth behind the statement “No pain, No gain.” When you start something new your body is so unaccustomed to that thing and so there would be many days after my workouts where I could barely move from the soreness. But even though this may sound cheesy there was a power inside me that outshone the soreness and pushed me to keep going because I started to see my potential.

Fast forward to today after that deadlift. I hit 190 lbs for one today, my goal is 200. I was able to hit 180 extremely easy for a set of two. I almost stopped after that and I almost called it good, BUT my body was like “nah lets go for more….” Putting those fives on I actually was afraid I wasn’t going to be able to pull it. You know when you have those waring thoughts in your head tearing you apart. BUT I turned that music up loud, I was listening to “Born for Greatness” by Papa Roach, and I pulled through. Slow and steady. That means I can easily be able to hit my goal of 200 in a month or even a few weeks. I’ve been trying to work up to 200 lbs for years! For some people that may seem like nothing, but for me and that tiny skinny girl who started lifting heavy almost four years ago now that is huge. That is dedication and drive and commitment. I may be slow and there may be setbacks as there already were for me with my car accident and back injuries, but in the end I am just going to keep pushing myself. I CANNOT wait to break 200 lbs and then be able to set a new goal. I am dedicated to always being a better version of myself.


I just am still in awe I was able to pull that….. as you can maybe tell from my ramblings. I just am so proud of myself for not letting accidents, injuries and even daunting heavy weight stand in my way! This high I’m on is so incredibly satisfying and rewarding! xo

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Dave says:

    Well done. I’m so slow at increasing weights with deadlifts. So scared of injury with that lift. Hope you can break more PR. Over and over.

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    1. mjaquette says:

      Yeah it is really hard! But make sure you take a good rest period and stretch a lot! 🙂


  2. wmeberle says:

    Fantastic, Mikaela! Way to push on and keep challenging yourself 👍😊🤗

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  3. Frank Dalziel says:

    Mikaela: I know you are way past that 200 mark now, but this is so nice for me to read. You are capable of anything you decide you want to do. I’m just so in awe of what you have done, and continue to do. You are indeed a warrior! Your gym experiences are your metaphor for life; if you fail at something, you think about it, brush yourself off, and try again! Such an amazing woman! I really love reading these older accounts of your thoughts. This gives me such a fantastic insight into Mikaela! Always be you!!! You are perfect the way you are!!

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