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16th January. Struggling to carry the hoover.

Yet again my twitter followers write my blog.

Yay! Another easy blog today. I love Twitter and all my followers because they are starting to write my blog for me!  I have noticed over time how much weaker I have become. I really struggle to take the rubbish out, cant plank very well when exercising and my push up count has dropped by about forty per cent. Today I can reach just eight push-ups, which for someone who takes great care of my body is pretty lousy, to say the least. The reason is because of my surgery - I no longer produce testosterone (often known as "T") and the fact that I "run" on estrogen (known as "E") - the same as a natal female.

My blood results prove this. My T level averages at 0.55 my E level averages at 174. 

I tweeted about this as in bold - the replies I received are shown below. 

Opponents say trans women retain our strength after transition. So why do I really struggle carrying the hoover upstairs?

  • They don't know what they're talking about then. I've got no muscle any more. A jar nearly got the better of me today!
  • I have lost so much muscle mass and strength since starting my transition nearly 3 years ago. It's really noticeable. I have one bag of equipment that I need for my work that I can't lift now.
  • I solved that problem. Buy two Hoovers! 
  • Three years of transitioning in sport for me here. I am a former male World sports champ & dual international athlete. I lost 11 seconds over 100m freestyle & 2 mins over 3km running in my first 12 months of T deprivation. The performance drop in is the same as an XY trans female experiences when they undergo HRT including androgen blockers & estrogen treatment. Most trans females achieve under 1 nmols well within the first 12 months of commencing HRT.
  • They totally ignore the science, Estrogen causes muscle mass to reduce and strength reduces accordingly. For people who are always bleating on about biological facts they are happy to ignore them when it doesn’t suit their arguments 
  • I struggled with a jar of pickles far too long this week to be told any nonsense about retained strength!
  • I havent started hrt yet, but my upper body strength has always been on the low side. So I dread to think what it's going to be like once I do start.....
  • Pickle jars still beat me 
  • April 2019 I squatted 162.5 kg when I was about 78.6 kg... Last time I squatted around 85 kg while matching the weight ;-)
  • Well I'm a weight lifter and can't lift even half the weight I use too (not through lack of trying) but my hubby (a transman) has already surpassed my previous records lol
  • As a programmer, that uses her arms, wrists, fingers all the time, you'd think I'd keep my grip... but no. I'm forever struggling with jars and the "simple" things. My bf has to help. Darn HRT.
  • They don't know what they're talking about then. I've got no muscle any more. A jar nearly got the better of me today!
  • I have lost so much muscle mass and strength since starting my transition nearly 3 years ago. It's really noticeable. I have one bag of equipment that I need for my work that I can't lift now. I have had to put it on a trolley!
  • I used to bench press 120kg with ease, today a 10kg bag of potatoes is a struggle to lift up onto the counter. I was never into sports apart from poker, if you call it sport, wonder if I'd be excluded from sport.
  • Men and women usually compete against one another in "mind" sports such as chess, poker and video games. Though I wouldn't be surprised if someone tried to introduce segregation precisely to exclude trans competitors .....
  • 3 years ago before I started transition, I was literally the strongest person I knew or had ever been around. Three years later, my hubby (FTM) is taking things out of my hand because I can't carry 1/3 of what I used to. It is a bit gender-confirming for me, but also so confusing

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