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 Welcome to Peanut Butter & Deadlifts!

Post 2011 Spartan Beast VT

I’m 18 years young 😉 I graduated high school in June 2011 and I have taken a gap year before college. My passion is health and wellness, it is just what makes sense to me. I plan to pursue a career directly related to fitness/nutrition! I am not a certified trainer or dietitian. I am always willing to answer your questions based on my own experiences but my advice should not replace that of a doctor.

I grew up competing with Extreme Air, a nationally competitive jump rope team. Yeah that’s right, jump rope. Double under showdown, anyone? I stopped at age 11 which is when I began to struggle with questioning myself and my overall worth. From that point through my senior year I struggled with an eating disorder. I still deal with it but I’ve come to a certain level of acceptance with myself. Goals have changed, priorities have been set but most importantly life changes and I have finally began to learn who I am.

Jump rope days! I'm on the left

I’m currently training for the 2012 Spartan Death Race. Why? Because I loved the thrill and fear that I got from jump rope and I miss it. When I stopped I felt like I was missing a whole part of me. Ever since then I have tried soccer, track, softball, and cross-country but nothing hit home. I did my first Spartan Race in Killington VT in August 2011. I LOVED it and since then have pushed myself even harder to become both a better person and increase my athletic performance. I still want a harder challenge so I’ve signed up for the 2012 Death Race.

I am obsessed with both peanut butter and deadlifting… Hence the blog title.

Why I do what I do-

  • I love lifting heavy objects, not just barbells. Rocks? Tires? You name it… it just has to weigh more than I do.
  • People need to start believing in themselves, at the end of the day we are all we have
  • I find challenging myself both mentally and physically to be fun
  • Lifting is badass 😉
  • Growing up competition was what I loved and lived with, so it makes sense to continue with it
  • I enjoy writing
  • To show people balance is achievable
  • Adventure/obstacle racing is awesome!
  • Social media fascinates me, I’m also kind of a dork
  • To prove something to myself each day
  • To constantly remind myself that I’m alive. Training might be fun but it’s also tough. It constantly keeps you on your toes and ready for something bigger and better.
  • Because it’s fun

Thank you for stopping by my site 🙂

Contact info: lacourse (dot) sarah (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  1. april / Dec 30 2010 6:44 pm

    Nice to “meet” you! I look forward to reading about your training and nutrition- we have a lot in common!

    • RahRigby / Dec 30 2010 6:55 pm

      Thanks! I love your protein concoctions 🙂 Protein cakes will definitely become a part of my diet!

  2. Kristinefitness / Jan 4 2011 1:08 am

    How did you feel during each of your “diet” experimentation’s? Amy huge differences that you noticed?

    • RahRigby / Jan 4 2011 1:29 am

      There were definitely some noticeable differences, especially between paleo and vegan/veg. I will do a post on what I eat/why, def by this Friday!

  3. Stefanie / Jan 5 2011 1:24 am

    “I believe in eating wholesome quality food to nourish my body and fuel my workouts.” Love it! 🙂

  4. This Italian Family / Jan 9 2011 1:22 am

    Hey Sarah! Cute blog and super cute pics! I hope you are able to accomplish all the training you need to in order to compete late this year or next! I’m sure you will do great! 🙂

  5. Dorry / Jan 18 2011 8:24 pm

    Lovely blog! I wish I’d known so much about fitness and nutrition when I was your age. Love the “15% peanut butter, chocolate, oatmeal” – I’m the same way!

  6. Courtney / Jan 31 2011 11:19 pm

    That’s so cool you’re training for a figure competition! haha, I can barely bench the bar at my gym. pathetic… lol. good luck!! 😀

  7. Jenny / Mar 3 2011 7:22 pm

    Yay I love meeting a girl who deadlifts!!!! 😀 So hard finding girls who lift heavy 😉

    • Sarah / Mar 3 2011 8:24 pm

      Love lifting, I don’t know why more girls don’t do it… it’s awesome!

  8. Alexandra / Mar 27 2011 8:38 pm

    Hi Sarah! It’s so awesome to meet another teen girl who wants to break the image of skinny equaling beauty. Great to find another girl not afraid to lift heavy! Your blog rocks, I look so forward to seeing the different recipes you try and I’m definitely adding some to my meals! 🙂

    Keep up the fantastic work girl, your progress is phenomenal!

    • Sarah / Apr 4 2011 1:26 pm

      I love finding other teen girls who want to break that image, because it is such a bad/unhealthy one to strive for!

      Thank you girl 🙂

      I can’t wait to check your site out!!

  9. Ellie / Mar 30 2011 12:46 am

    😛 I think that if I were stranded on an island, nut butters would be first to come to the rescue for me as well. I think it’s great that at such a young age, you choose to balance everything out, keep rockin’

    • Sarah / Apr 4 2011 1:26 pm

      Nut buttters are the bomb 😉

      Thanks girl, you keep rockin’ too!

  10. Taheem / Jun 28 2011 3:43 pm

    such a nice Blog.

  11. haleyy0806 / Jul 8 2011 2:24 am

    THANK you for hating the treadmill with me! I thought I was the only one…love your blog!

  12. Ma Ma Megan / Jul 30 2011 3:39 am

    I’m so happy you commented so I could find you! I’m subscribing, can’t wait to read more! 🙂

    • Sarah / Jul 31 2011 1:14 am

      🙂 Glad to have ya!

  13. fitpeanut / Jan 31 2012 6:20 pm

    I just found your blog and I’mloving it. So right now, Im just reading every pages !!!!! =)
    I really enjoy it 🙂

    • Sarah / Jan 31 2012 6:30 pm

      I’m happy to hear this 🙂 Thank you!

  14. Jimmy Choos on The Treadmill / Feb 1 2012 2:35 am

    Hi, Sarah! Glad you found my blog–I can’t wait to start reading yours! I can’t believe you grew up doing jump-rope competitions…that is SO cool! I’m awful at jumping rope, so I’m envious.

    • Sarah / Feb 2 2012 2:15 am

      I’m glad I found your blog too 🙂 Haha yes jump rope is quite the sport to compete in!

  15. eatingforexcellence / Feb 10 2012 5:04 pm

    Cool blog! Glad I found it. Do you know where you are going to school in the fall?

    • Sarah / Feb 16 2012 1:07 pm

      Thank you 🙂 I am going to Manchester CC then transfering to a 4 yr afterwards! We will have to chat my friend seeing your also off to college!

  16. paleorunnergirl / Feb 15 2012 1:07 am

    I LOVE your blog! I also am so JEALOUS that you did competitive jump roping–amazing! That is amazing! Also, you are so smart to take a gap year!

    • Sarah / Feb 17 2012 3:08 pm

      Thank you that means a lot :)) LOL yes it was definitly a great experience!!

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