Thursday, August 28, 2014

Before and After: Gun Show Edition

Do you remember when I quit the gym in March?

I can’t believe you don’t remember.  It was a pretty big day here.

Anyway.

I quit the gym for one very good reason: I wasn’t going to the gym anymore.  After four years of regular yoga and weightlifting classes three times a week, I sort of just stopped going.  I blamed the brutally cold temperatures of winter, the many snow-covered days that kept me inside, even my own busyness.

It was a sham.  I just got bored and lazy.

So I quit.

Do you know happens when a person quits the gym and does not much other exercise?  I mean, I do exercise.  I walk every day.  But still.  DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS?

You know what happens.  Flab and Sag come to visit indefinitely.  They are not good houseguests.

So when I read on the internet* (yay, internet!) about little things you could do each day to keep in shape, like do push-ups every day for 100 days, I thought, now, I can do THAT.

So I did.

I did push-ups every day.  I started doing them on my knees like I was taught in gym class (Why are girls taught this?  WHY?), and then when I felt like I could spend a good portion of the day doing knee push-ups, I graduated to doing push-ups on my toes.  It felt really good, even though I could only do a few half push-ups that way.

But I kept it up.

For like three weeks.

Then I got bored and lazy, so I quit.

Well, I didn’t really quit.  But I definitely didn’t do it every day.  A hundred days, people.  It’s a lot of days in a row, and I was just getting started.  I did push-ups every other day, then twice a week, then, well, when I think about it I’ll drop and give you twenty er… ten or so.  I did push-ups a few times this week.  It takes like less than thirty seconds.  I question the usefulness of this type of exercise.

But at least I remembered to take a picture of my arms the first day I started this nonsense, so I could see the difference a hundred days makes, even if my hundred days turned out to be 20 days and the odd day here and there.  So I took a picture today, to compare:


Not bad.  Not bad at all.  Not great, but not bad.  Maybe I'll keep it up.  Or not.

*Thanks to Alexandra from Good Day, Regular People, who inspired me to try this 100 days of push-ups challenge.  Even though I'm a total quitter.  Evidently this 100 days thing is a total thing.  Here's the video that got me going.  Try it!

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This post inspired by:

Mama’s Losin’ It

Prompt #3: Show us a before and after.

33 comments:

  1. Nice results lady! You know I alway wondered about those 100 day internet exercise things! Glad to see that they really do work. Hope you are doing well! xo

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    1. You know, I posted the pic as kind of a joke, because I was so sporadic and didn't think there was much of a difference at all. But I will take your word for it - Thank you!! xo

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  2. Your arms look great! I can relate to the bored and tired. I went to the gym for years (decades, really). One day I sat in my parked car looking at the gym, and I couldn't make myself get out and go in. I was done. I quit the gym. After a year and a half all the yucky stuff you describe above was too much to take (although I didn't gain any weight, it just shifted). I signed up again August 1st and I've been pretty diligent about it. But push ups? Can't do 'em! Never have and at this point, probably never will. No upper body strength, what-so-ever.

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    1. I think going to the gym kept me young - I have felt so old lately. Or it could be all the junk food and sitting around I do, too. Either way, I needed a break from the gym. I was doing just as you described - sitting in my car talking myself out of going in.

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  3. Those are some pretty great results for not being consistent. Wow.

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    1. Thank you Jennifer! I showed my daughter the photo, and she was skeptical. Because of course I go to my children for advice. Other women are much more generous. xo

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  4. Oh my gosh! You inspire me. Seriously. I haven't been to the gym very much this summer at. all. And wondering if I'll ever go back...I love this push up challenge. And your guns look great!

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    1. It sure has saved me $$ by quitting, but man, it's hard to just exercise on your own. This seemed easy enough to do, almost like I was tricking myself into it. The nice thing is, you can do it anytime, in any type of clothing, and it only takes a minute! xo

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  5. OMG you could totally kick my ass.
    You look awesome.
    Sign me up for two more tickets to the gun show.

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    1. Thanks. If I wasn't a total pacifist, I would kick your ass just because I could.

      Ha, ha. No I wouldn't. You're way too likable and fun. Plus I'm really wimpy. xoxo

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  6. I'm so bad at keeping up with exercise routines - right now I'm just shooting for walking about 3 days a week and yoga 2 days a week but we'll see how long that lasts.

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    1. Aren't exercise routines the worst? I used to profess my love for yoga to anyone that breathed. I haven't done it in months. Fickle is my middle name.

      Good luck to you!

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    1. Thanks so much! You've encouraged me to keep doing it. :)

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  8. Nice guns! I have tried that 100 days of pushups challenge no less than 5 times (the one where you do 1 on day 1, 2 on day 2, etc), and I always lose steam around day 7 or so. Not because I blow it off, but because I literally forget to to them. For like 4 days. And then there's just no catching up, I tell myself.

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    1. Yes. The catch-up is never happening. And the forgetting seems to happen often.

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  9. Now I just want to feel your muscle. I'm such a good friend. :)

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    1. You ARE a good friend! And I would let you feel it. :)

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  10. Hey, that's a big difference! It's good to know there's hope for us lazy underachievers in the exercise department.

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    1. I have made it my mission to find exercises that result in the most fitness results from the least amount of activity.

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  11. Push ups are like the LBD of exercise. They work so many muscle groups. I'm totally (well partially anyway) inspired to try for myself. Thanks for sharing (btw, you can totally see the difference in your pics)

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    1. Thank you! I hope you are able to do it for yourself, to see the results!

      PS Love push-ups as "the LBD of exercise." :)

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  12. I have to tell you that I'm in the same boat. I worked out and ran all the time then stopped (because of knee surgery). I did push ups every single day and my arms looked good. Now they are flabby. And I don't need to say that it didn't take long (why is that?). Thanks for the reminder. I need to get back on the horse!

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    1. Yes! Why does it take a minimal amount of time to undo the work we've done, but improving ourselves takes forever?

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  13. That is an incredible change for 20 days, give or take. ;-) (sister after my own heart)

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    1. Ha! If it has to be done every day, then it's not for me. :) Thanks Jennie. xo

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  14. Wow!! Totally want you in my corner if I ever find myself in a boxing ring...and totally don't ever want to find myself in a boxing ring.

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    1. Me either - no fighting for me. I'll settle for being able to lift a heavy box or two. :)

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