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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

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." emoticon 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.
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    I have always wanted to do a pull-up also. I remember being able to do 4 of them when I was in 9th grade. I'm pretty sure that was the only time in my life I ever did an unassisted true pull-up. Back then I weighed about 112 pounds and had been taking gymnastics lessons. My gym has an assisted pullup machine, and as soon as my shoulder heals (I have a rotator cuff injury) I'd like to get back at it. I know I won't be able to do one by myself until I get to my goal weight though, otherwise it is just too much mass to lift!
    3532 days ago
    I know you will do it too... and I expect a video of the accomplishment!!
    3534 days ago
    Loved it,, love your food pics as well !
    3534 days ago
    If you believe it, you can achieve it! emoticon

    You WILL do it!! Sooner than later in my opinion.

    I love hearing about all things Carolyn, but I do enjoy knowing what you're fueling your body with!!
    3534 days ago
  • TWALKER0475
    You are gonna get there...I'll bet you are able to do one in 30 days, not 60-90!

    I can do a few sets of 1-2...I want to increase that to 3 sets of 8-10!
    3535 days ago
    I know you can do it!! I was surprised to here that you weren't already Queen of the Pullups the way you work out! I can't do one yet either... but one day... one day...
    3535 days ago
  • JLITT62
    Somehow I knew it wouldn't be THAT short.


    I absolutely know you can do it. I can about get my forehead to the bar . . . they're tough!
    3535 days ago
  • EILEEN160
    Your undaunting determination is so encouraging!

    I love your food blogs and recipes--use them all the time! I'd like to see more. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3536 days ago
    You are amazing, you work so hard! I would also love to do one pullup. I haven't been able to do one since I was about 8 years old!
    3536 days ago
    I believe in my heart that you WILL do it! You are so amazing, always challenging yourself to become better. What a wonderful example you are. Keep up the amazing work! It fires me up!
    3536 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/12/2011 8:21:38 PM
    I believe you will be doing more than one full pull up before too long.
    3536 days ago
    I had to read you post since that's a goal I've never achieved. I can do girl push-ups and now guy push-ups. I can hold afull plank for a minute (or two if I really concentrate) and I can do hanging crunches but the pull up has not been achieved. You inspire me to give it a go as I continue training!
    3536 days ago
    We have these great giant elastic bands at school to help kids train for pull ups. They come in different widths for different weights. You attach then to a chin up or pull up bar and put your feet in the bottom loop. They support your weight and assist in the pull up. I am going to try them tonight but I am waiting until there is no possibility of an audience! I know this goal is well down the road for me but I'm sure it's right around the corner for you! Keep believing!
    3536 days ago
  • LIZZY63
    I have the same goal too, just one proper pull up!
    3536 days ago
    You will have one pull up done in no time! I know you can do it!
    3536 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6465553
    You'll be doing not only one but many pull-ups very soon! You're such a strong & amazing woman. emoticon And I vote for food blogs & recipes. emoticon
    3536 days ago
    yes! I love your food blogs... and recipes!!
    3536 days ago
    When I was at Rescue Swimmer School, the guys (cuz I was the only female of the bunch) took me to work on my lats to do the pull-ups because it was the daunting part of our physical tests that I couldn't do while they just popped em out. Very frustrating, but I know that you can do it! It's in you!!
    3536 days ago
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