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.

47 comments:

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

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

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  3. 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!

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  4. Totally awesome!!!!!!! Congratulations!

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

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

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  7. Go go, guuuuurl!

    (I love the support from your husband!)

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  8. Congrats!! That is so awesome!

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  9. Yay!

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

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    1. 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!

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  10. 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.

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  11. 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!

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

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  13. 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!

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

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

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

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

    Such a beast.

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

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

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  20. 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.

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  21. 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?

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    1. 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.

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  22. 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

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

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  24. 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 :)

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

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  26. 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.

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

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  28. 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.

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  29. 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" :)

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

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

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

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