"Oh, come on, sweetie, you can do better than that!" My dear sweet, sensitive hubby said to me. This coming from a man who eats push ups for breakfast. I had a few choice words to fling at him topped off with a nasty glare or two.
When I started P90X I watched a million testimonials of people who started out just like me and ended up being able to do chin-ups and push-ups... but as far as I am concerned, it seems like a long road still. Tomorrow marks our half way point, and even though I am getting some great results, the fact remains that my weight doesn't seem to be going anywhere still lingers around my mind like a bad smell. "I can only get so far with this spare tire around my waist, Ben!" I remind him in my moments of frustration. I KNOW I can do several of the moves if I wasn't carrying around all this excess baggage! Including that blasted chin-up!
However, for those of you who know me, I am not a quitter! I am hanging in here for the full 90 days, and if it sucks the life out of me I am going to be able to do at least ONE chin up by the end!
As for those pesky push-ups...
P90x only requires you do a million a week. Every exercise has some form or other of the push-up and after several weeks, I thought my knees were going to be permanently bruised. Then a couple days ago, I realized that if I kept this up, I would NEVER do a push-up because I wasn't trying. So I decided that every push-up workout we did, I would try to do it the way they were first before I dropped to my knees. I mean, that's how I was doing everything else right? But that stupid little voice we have in our heads that puts us down kept telling me that I was setting myself up for failure and disappointment. "Shut up, voice!" I told it. I dropped down into the standard push-up position determined to give it my all...
Now, sometime during these last 6 weeks something happened to my body. I do believe I grew a few muscles. Because I did not one, not two, not even three push-ups... I cranked out 15!! Oh yeah!
And it felt great!
The moral of this story is: You never know what you can do until you try. How long, I wonder, would I have gone without knowing I could do it if only I gave it go?
So now I can check that fitness monster right off my list. Next up: The Chin-up...
Wish me luck!!