I Did It!

10.01.2014

I know I said I would have my "Life of an Editor" post up today, but I HAVE to tell you guys something amazing that happened to me last night! (This is why I don't like to plan out my posts. It always gets messed up anyway.)

Earlier this year, I posted a goal of mine that has been on my 30 by 30 list: to be able to do 3 unassisted pull-ups. That was March 31, and since then I have been working on my arm strength. I bought a pull-up bar for over the door, I bought body bands to help with assisted pull-ups (thanks, Beka, for the idea!), and I have been practicing pull-ups almost every single day since the end of March.

I've gotten so frustrated because I haven't seen any progress. I've even pulled down the bar off the door a few times and pouted while bemoaning my wimpy arms. But I have been getting closer and closer, and...

Last night I finally did THREE IN A ROW! 

I thought maybe last night would be The Night, so I had Jordan film it for me. Check me out! Almost exactly 6 months to the day.


I am pumped. PUMPED. Shout-out to Jordan for all the encouragement. I really couldn't have done it without him.

If you work hard at it, you can do it. That's a fact. Amen.

*Back to regular programming tomorrow with my Life of an Editor post. Thanks for indulging me.
Charlotte F said...

YAY! Congratulations! Those were some mean pull-ups! :)

Breenah A said...

You're so cute after you did them, love it! And congrats!

Miss Nutralicious said...

OH MY GOSH! This is amazing. As someone who still brags about the half pull-up that I did in 3rd grade gym class, I can't even imagine doing 3 pull-ups IN A ROW. I swear, there is no sarcasm involved in this comment. This is straight up inspiring! Nice work!

Julie Wunder said...

Totally awesome!!!!!!! Congratulations!

Katie Adams said...

Yeah girl!!! I did 3 sets of 12 yesterday... assisted with about 75% of my body weight. ;)

Caroline @ In Due Time said...

You rock!!!!! That is awesome!!!!!

Allison said...

Woohoo! Congrats!!! I love that you got a video of it, too. :)

Katie Grimmer said...

Go go, guuuuurl!

(I love the support from your husband!)

Brandi said...

Congratulations!!!

Sarah M. said...

Congrats!! That is so awesome!

Anonymous said...

Yay!

When the video finished YouTube suggested that I would be interested in videos on unassisted birth. No thanks. More pull-ups, please.

Marisa M said...

That's awesome! You've motivated me to use my boyfriend's pull up bar as more than a place to hang my winter coat when it's not in use.

Rachel said...

Dang girl that's awesome! That's some serious arm strength! I used to be able to do two in high school, now you've made me want to see if I can even do one anymore haha!

Rebecca Jo Vincent said...

I'M SO IMPRESSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are amazing!!!

stephanie said...

WAY TO GO!!!! :) :) :)

Cece said...

Awesome!! I'm working on doing 1 unassisted and this gives me hope that some day I too will be able to do a I did a pull up post!

Ali said...

Haha! Congrats!

Delia Barnas Kearney said...

Congratulations! I'm seriously impressed. I can sympathize with the wimpy arms sentiment.

Kerry @ Till Then Smile Often said...

You did it!!! That is so awesome. I'm so impressed! Congrats!

Miriam said...

Wow, how cool is that?!! Awesome! And you almost did a 4th one there!

Natalie said...

Wow! Awesome!!

Kate said...

WOOHOO! I bow to you. Teach me your ways.

Such a beast.

Jenn @ Business, Life & Design said...

That's awesome! Way to go!!!

Erin LFF said...

YOU GO GIRL!!!!! I will get there one day.... one day! ;)

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

YAAAAYYYYY! Get it girl!

Samantha Kakac said...

I totally watched this last night on g+! You're totally killing!

Megan Pace said...

Ha! This is awesome! I have no upper body strength. My husband has one of these doorway pull up bars on our closet, and I swing on it like every single day. I just can't resist the urge! Actually pulling myself up is so not happening though.

Susannah said...

Woohoo!!! You go girl!!! :-)

Food, Booze, & Baggage said...

WooHoo way to go!!

Tracy said...

Ahhh you are AMAZING!!! This is seriously incredible to me, I want to be able to do this so badly! Not that I've been practicing but I can't even do one. What do you do to work up to it?

The Lady Okie said...

So, honestly the biggest factor was getting a pull-up bar and actually doing real pull-ups almost every day. I highly recommend buying Body Bands from Amazon (or a fitness store). They have different levels of resistance so you can get a higher resistance and practice that for a while and then move down until you can do them on your own. I started with the purple band and then worked with that for a long time (like 3 months maybe) and then bought a red band.

I also did a lot of pushups. For over 2 months I added a pushup every day, and by the end I was doing 75 at once. But then we went to Nicaragua, and I stopped doing that.

The Lady Okie said...

That's hilarious you say that, because after I watched the video (yes, I watched it. Multiple times. Don't judge me.), YouTube recommended unassisted births, and I had the exact same thought! Um. no. ha!

The Lady Okie said...

Thanks so much! :)

The Lady Okie said...

That's awesome! Nice work, Katie!

Kristin Saling said...

Beyond awesome! You go, girl!

OtherMix said...

Congrats! :]

Anonymous said...

Rockstar!! Kevin watched this over my shoulder and he said, "Those are LEGIT pull ups too - very controlled." So. You got two 10's from the New Mexico judges.

-Amy

Victoria said...

Way to go!!!! I can't even do 1...It's sad. :)

Anonymous said...

YOU ROCK! I've had a goal of just doing ONE pull-up for ages but I've yet to really commit to the doing to work for it...maybe you've inspired me :)

Alyson said...

WOOHOO!!! That's awesome! Your an official bada$$!

Tamara said...

Yay!!! My workout partner (who is a BEAST in the gym) has always told me that pull-ups are one of those things that you have to practice consistently to be able to do - so that is some commitment! Rockstar. Rock-freakin-star.

Sometimes Photojenik said...

Nice work! Pull-ups are so tough, I'm impressed!!

Beka @ Sunshine to the Square Inch said...

I know I already commented on FB but I'm commenting again because this is just so good! Pull ups are hard and are a major achievement!

PS - I'm catching up on blog posts, hence the 5+ comments from me.

Becky said...

I did push ups first the time time in forever a few weeks ago and I think I'm finally not sore anymore…awesome job!!! My first part is " I DID THREEEE" :)

Amy said...

"I DID THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEE"
that is incredible!!
HIGH FREAKING FIVE, TEN, TWENTY!! that is awesomeeee!!

Julie @ Just the Joy's said...

Hard work and persistence pays off! Great job! :) {applause applause}

Caitlin | belong with wildflowers said...

Congratulations!!! Nothing feels better than setting a goal + reaching it! So happy for you!

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