When I first decided to “go low carb” I was scared. Maybe that’s a strong word, but I literally felt scared.
I was nervous, I was worried I couldn’t do it, mostly… I was afraid I would fail.
That was 5 1/2 years ago. Fast forward to today… and I am healthier, stronger and leaner than I’ve been since my early 20’s! I’m 43 now, by the way. 🙂
I was reminded of that fear, that hesitation, and that battle in my mind of “start… or give up before I even give it a chance?” this week when I was presented with a new challenge.
There’s a reason for the goofy hat, by the way. 🙂 It was the secret behind getting over my resistance. I’ll explain…
As you know, my biggest goal this year (my TOP priority) is to get in amazing shape. More than anything I want to get FIT. I want to know what that FEELS like, for the first time in my adult life. The last time I was “in great shape” I was 17 years old.
I’ve been “skinny” a time or two since then, but never FIT – in shape, STRONG. I want that, and you’ve seen me really push myself toward that goal the last few months.
It’s easy enough for me to do cardio and work on my lower body strength through walking and hiking, but I’m having to really focus on toning my upper body.
Knowing my goals, and how much I enjoyed their Push-Up Bars, Go Sport It sent me another one of their products to try: their Pull-Up Bar.
That’s my handsome buddy and workout partner, Slim – my great dane. 🙂
(We match! lol)
This was all fun ‘n games until I opened the box…
It came “assembly required” – like most things. Everything was included, even the tools (whew, lol). It even came with a free jump rope! 🙂 It took a bit of effort to get it together. Fortunately I had Joe there to help me because it took both of us, and I joked afterward that was an upper body workout in itself. 😛 Mainly when we had to twist the bars into place to get the screw holes lined up – they were tight.
Anyway, we did finally get it put together (thank you, Joe!!) and positioned in the door frame – and that’s when I totally freaked out.
I couldn’t do it. I could not do the FIRST pull-up…
I tried it a few different ways. It just wasn’t going to happen.
I had ZERO upper body strength, or not enough for THIS at least. I was ready to give up, pack it up, send it back – and just admit failure on that one. 😛 Hey, I’m a 43 year old woman – ya know? It’s OKAY if I can’t do pull-ups or chin-ups. Right?
I shared with my friends (and had a good laugh) about not being able to do a single pull-up. They laughed with me (which is what good friends do) but guess what? They came back with some GREAT ideas and suggestions! 🙂 They gave me some things to consider and research, so I went off in search for some help on this…
I found several links and videos for “getting started” or for starting out with modifications, but THIS is what SOLD me on trying again: Pull-Ups For Total Beginners. That page went into great detail on “how to do your first pull-up or chin-up” and he even had a very detailed instructional video to go with it.
I only had to watch the first 3 minutes of it:
I like this guy (and I love his hat!!) so I put on MY hat and tried it out. 🙂
I don’t know what it was about him, or about his hat (lol), but – well he explained it so well, so simple, and it seemed easy enough.
I still wasn’t sure I could actually lower myself down like he did (I mean, look at his arms!!!) but then there was the hat. It was like “the magic hat” lol. Somehow putting on a hat like his made me feel like I could DO this.:)
I figured I better catch it on video, you know – just in case I fell on my face, broke the chair, and ended up in the hospital LOL. I waited for my spotter (Joe) to arrive first. NO WAY I was going to attempt this at home alone. 😛
I DID IT!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 And I continued doing it, working on “control” and practicing letting myself down slow. It was a GREAT workout!!
I went from a “give it up” attitude, to FINDING A WAY to make it happen! 🙂
I’m excited now. I’m leaving the Go Sport It Pull-Up Bar in my door frame, and I am going to do the chin-up modifications EVERY SINGLE DAY until I work myself up to doing REAL chin-ups and pull-ups. 🙂
I CAN DO THIS!!
This whole experience brought up so many thoughts…
Thoughts about giving up before I get started, or giving it any real effort. About how I was afraid to start the low carb diet all those years ago, and WOW – how doing it totally changed my life!! About facing my fears, which I’ve been doing SO much of lately with my crazy adventures.
I was literally AFRAID of the pull-up bar, lol.
That sounds silly NOW doesn’t it?
I know you’re probably thinking, “It’s JUST a pull-up bar, Lynn.” I know. And honestly I wouldn’t have felt that bad if I had just sent it back and moved on to other things.
I was okay with accepting it was too much for me.
Several of my friends said “I’ve never been able to do a pull-up” or “those are WAY hard.” I accepted they were for fitness PROS. Not women like me.
But then… something clicked in my mind. I realized that giving in and giving up and shying away from things is NOT how I got where I am today.
I wanted to at least PROVE that I could NOT do it, instead of assume or accept that as fact. Rewind a few years and I NEVER would have scaled bluffs or ventured into big caves. I didn’t have the strength or the stamina to do those things, and I was afraid.
Now I’m facing my fears, taking life on as a CHALLENGE, and pushing myself in all kinds of new directions! 🙂 It’s all a part of the transformation: becoming the happiest, healthiest version of myself.
Going low carb was originally just about weight loss for me, like it is for most people. What I didn’t expect, the COOLEST benefit, is all the other ways it changed my life.
It gave me confidence. It gave me a sense of achievement, that made me feel like I could accomplish anything I set my mind to.
It helped me overcome things that were holding me back in life (which were the reasons I ate), so I could move on… and find out who else I could be! A happier person, a healthier person, a more outgoing and adventurous person even. 🙂
As simple as it seems, it reminded me that I am NOW a person that can do anything I want to do. It gave me a fun new challenge. It reminded me that I am NOT the person that gives up easily anymore.
Here’s the link to the Go Sport It Pull-Up Bar. It has great reviews on Amazon!
I don’t intend to “get ripped” or try to achieve some body builder look, by the way. I just want to get STRONG and FIT and have a nice shapely body.
I want to wear tank tops, and even bathing suits, without covering up – or fidgeting and feeling self conscious. That’s all. 🙂
All of the things I’m using for my home workouts are easy, inexpensive, small and portable – easy to put away and get out, etc. I like that!
As for the new Pull-Up Bar… it’s hanging in the kitchen doorway, where I can easily work on my chin-ups and pull-ups while the coffee brews. 🙂
I was wearing my Fabletics outfits in the photos & video, by the way. I love Fabletics! This is my invite link if you want to check it out: http://www.fabletics.com/invite/lowcarbtraveler/
The blue skirt is my newest piece, and I LOVE it. It has shorts underneath, and it’s a lightweight material you can even swim in. 🙂 I thought it would be perfect for the river hikes and waterfalls – when I want to swim or get wet and keep hiking. Bingo!
Plus it’s cute. 🙂
Confession: cute workout clothes make me want to work out more! lol…
I rambled on quite a bit here. Thank you for listening!:) What I really want to pass on to you more than anything is this: If you have a fear of something, fear of failing even, and you keep giving in or pulling back into your comfort zone… maybe it’s time to ask yourself if your comfort zone is REALLY all that comfortable.
If it was… would you keep thinking about doing this or that, or making changes?
Think about what it would feel like to MASTER something, to achieve something awesome. Gosh, just letting myself down off the pull-up bar TOTALLY MADE MY DAY, lol. I felt like the queen of the world! 🙂
That was a MAJOR accomplishment for me!
Every time you push past your own barriers, you become stronger and more confident. Every time you resist an old or bad habit, IT becomes weaker.
This is exactly how I overcame my emotional eating problem. I took control, instead of letting IT control me. And THAT… feels amazing.
I’m excited about life, I’m loving all the crazy fun positive changes I’ve made in my life this year, and I feel like the world is wide open and full of new experiences to enjoy! 🙂
I wish I could bottle that up and pass it out to everyone I know!
But since I can’t, I’ll just close with this:
You can do anything.
If you see someone else do something, YOU can do it too!
There’s nothing stopping you but yourself.
(I know this, because I held myself back in so many ways – for so long.)
Whatever it is… it’s not as hard as it SEEMS.
YOU can do ANYthing! 🙂
Friends… if I can do a chin-up and a pull-up (and I will! Just watch! lol) then everything we ever thought was impossible, or “not for me”, just totally changed.
LOL. I’m serious. 😉
If at first you fail, fail again. Fail harder. Find different ways to fail. Just keep going, keep finding new ways, keep working around the mental and physical barriers, and DO WHATEVER THE HECK YOU WANT TO DO with your life! It’s yours.
I failed A LOT over the last 5 1/2 years.
A WHOLE LOT, lol.
I’m so glad I never gave up though…
Here’s to embracing change. To accepting the challenge. To becoming the happiest, healthiest people we can BE! 🙂 *cheers*
p.s. Stay tuned. You ARE going to see me do a full set of chin-ups!
We’re awesome, me and you. We can do anything!
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