When I asked Heather what her non-scale victories were, she answered, "A strong sense of self. Fierceness and boldness. Self-confidence. Grit and perseverance. Belief that my body can do more than I think it can. PRs (personal records) in lifting. Becoming the strongest version of myself, inside and out. Inspiring others. And a willingness to own and be me."
As her body transformed, she received some negative feedback, especially when she started competing in powerlifting. "Some people made comments about me becoming too masculine or bulky, about me losing femininity. I am the MOST comfortable in my body that I've ever been. The most confident in my mind. The most self-assured."
If there is one thing Heather wants women to learn from her journey, it's that "you'll be the happiest and most fulfilled when you stop listening to other people's opinions on how you should live your life. If you want to be bulky, be bulky. If you want to lift weights, play hockey, be the lead singer in a heavy metal garage band — whatever it is — don't let others discourage you from living your best life, from living your own story. You do you."