I'm keeping this one short and quick! My hubby will be home later tonight so I had planned to get up early to get my workout in, it just didn't happen . . . or to be more accurate I didn't make it happen. So, I went to the gym during my lunch hour to get my lifting session in. I love the training program I am doing right now, it allows me to get in and out of the gym in 30-35 minutes.
When I get home this evening I will dance with my Wii Just Dance 2 program before getting all spiffed up for my hubby.
Yesterday one of my online buddies posted that she had accomplished 10 pull ups! That is just amazing to me! I worked for a couple weeks over the summer trying to make that a reality, then I had to drop it when I took part in a 100 push up challenge, which I had to stop because I was training for the marathon. I really want to be able to do a pull up. I think it is a mental thing, something I want to prove to myself. Fitchick75 (young pup) told me she thought I could do it. She knows my training and my work ethic, I wanted to believer her, but I did not have the faith in myself that she seemed to have. And I KNOW that if I don't believe it, I can't achieve it. Then Amy (Fitchick75) challenged me to do one, just one.
I was training a client last night, but in the back of my mind I was hoping that my former trainer, Ryan would be in the gym. My thinking was that if Ryan was there I would be comfortable asking him to give me an assist. He is a big guy. He is strong enough and I trust him. As my client and I round the corner to the weight room, there is Ryan sitting on a bench. I stop and chat with him for a minute and he asks me what my current goals are. I tell him that right now I just want to do one pull up, I have other goals we discuss, but in this moment I want to do a pull up. He looks at me and says "I believe you are ready. You look good, You have obviously been working hard. If you can't do it yet, you will soon."
Suddenly I stood a little taller, felt a little stronger and had more faith in my ability to do a pull up.
I did not ask him to assist me, he looked worn out from his workout and was on his way to dinner. I couldn't weight to get home to try one. As soon as I got in the door, I put my things down and jumped up to grab my pull up bar. I contracted every muscle in my back and biceps to make the motion start to close the gap between my chest and bar above me. I believed it could happen. But, I could not execute a pull up. I was so full of excitement though because I could feel that I am stronger, I could feel all the right muscles firing and contracting isometrically. I asked my son to assist me. I was able to do two assisted pull ups! It felt good! Almost immediately those muscles in my upper back and lats were sore . . . I kept saying to those sore muscles . . . "remember this, we will come back and do this again so be prepared, shape up". When I went to the gym during lunch, I did my schedules lifting session and then I went to the lat cable pull and loaded it with 80#, I grab the handles and do a lat pull then I do 4 more. Then I decide to see how much I could do just ONE rep of. I loaded 110# on and can barely budge it. This is the end of my workout and the muscles are still a bit sore from last night plus the previous lat pulls I did at 80#. I lower it to 100# and am able to do two pulls. That is enough for now. I will pull heavier on Saturday. Just one pull. I will keep training these muscles to execute a full pull up without assistance. My goal is accomplish this in the next 60-90 days. If I believe it, make it a goal and train for it, I CAN achieve it!
Did I say short and quick?!!! And you believed me?!!!! LOL!!! 100% compliance for today! Food has been awesome. Thinking of doing some food picture blogs again. Let me know what you want to see or hear more about.