Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Might As Well Be A Marathon

I have several fitness goals. A lot of my goals as I accomplish them will build towards a goal I have had my whole life.  It is something I have never, ever been able to do, a pull-up.

By the end of the year, I am going to do a pull-up.  Even as I type this, I doubt myself. Me? Do a pull-up? No way. But remember, I did finish a marathon, and tons of people can do pull-ups who have never done a marathon. So somehow in my twisted thinking, I am going to do this.

Do a pull-up by December 31st, 2013

Lose weight
Build Strength
Tell myself I can
Tell people to hold me accountable

Not these kind, silly.
I've never been able to do one.  Push-ups used to be impossible for me to do.  I can only do a few now, but I can do them, dang it.

Speaking of why and push-ups, I had this 5th grade teacher, Mr. Gordon. He was a good teacher, and for the most part we got along.  Until during part of his class, he had us all go outside for class and put us through some exercises.  I was a chubby kid with no upper body strength.  Remember, I had never done a pull-up. He had us do push-ups.  I couldn't do one, so I tried to do one on my knees like the girl next to me.  Mr Gordon saw me and yelled, "Chris! What are you doing? Those are girl push ups; do a real one."  I told him I couldn't do it.  He started laughing at me and so did the others in the class.  Then he had all the guys get down and show Chris how a push-up is done. I was made fun of the rest of the school year because of it.

So my weak upper body has always been something that has embarrassed me.  So, I am changing that.  I am going to keep rocking those push-ups, MR GORDON, and guess what?  I am going to do pull-ups as well. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it...

I would like to hear your stories of how you been able to overcome and do something like this.  Thanks!


Kelsey said...

I've never been able to do a pull up either. I'd like to think I could but it's one of those things that is harder than it seems!

Debbie @ Live from La Quinta said...

I hate Mr. Gordon. Seriously, what an a-hole. As a parent and now grandparent, I look back at teachers like that who do nothing but embarrass and humiliate children and it makes me sooooo mad!

You'll rock it Chris. Stick with what you're doing and I predict a pull up by November!

Sylvia @ Frolic Through Life said...

Your teacher was a jerk! You will rock this goal! I can't do a pull-up just yet, but I am working my way up to it. Good luck!

Angela @ Happy Fit Mama said...

Cheering you on so Mr. Gordon can suck it! ;)

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Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean said...

good luck! i finally mastered the kipping pullup in crossfit this year and can even do a few strict ones. it's hard work but so worth it!

SarahLynn Camper said...

I am so glad that you are back in the blogging/fitness saddle again. I hope you keep writing because your jovial and fun writing makes all the hard parts of getting in shape more easy to swallow. I read this to my sister and she was enjoyed it is as much as me.


Itz Linz said...

just keep trying, don't give up, and BELIEVE in yourself! :) :)