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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Most mornings I begin the day with some black coffee and push-ups. Lately, it's been 75 push-ups. Some days, I bang out 100. I've gotten to the point where I can do these without stopping. But it has taken a long time. I've started and restarted the hundredpushups.com program a bunch of times, and have repeated weeks 5 & 6 more times than I can recall.

This evening, I couldn't recall if I had done my morning push-ups. So I did 105 without stopping, surprising even me.

My point is: I never thought I'd be able to do 100 without stopping. Now I can. And in coming to this realization, it all seems so sudden. As if I developed this strength overnight. As if it didn't take diligence, work, focus to get to now.

I never thought I'd be able to do 100 in a row.

Come to think of it, there are a lot of things I thought I'd never do. Here are a few.

- Lose 50/100/150 pounds
- Run 1/3/5/10/13/26/31/50 miles
- Have size 34 pants fall off my frame
- Have you read this blog post and maybe have it spark the same thought in you

What is it that you could never do?
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ADAMM9 12/12/2012 1:18PM

    @4EVERADONEGIRL - Running seems to be a common one with most people I talk to. Great job getting out there and overcoming your never!

@LILY_SPARK - It is a great surprise feeling. And I agree 100% on the comparisons to others. It's a slippery slope. I find it much more rewarding to challenge/compete against myself.

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LILY_SPARK 12/12/2012 1:07PM

    It's awesome! I tried that back when I still was lifting heavy and got a severe torn rotator cuff (the week where you're doing 64 in a row). Obviously, that kind of thing isn't my goal anymore BUT I can still do some pushups!

Having lupus means I don't recover well and break more easily but I'm still setting goals and working...I have to remember that we can't compare ourselves to others/ others' goals cannot be our own (necessarily -- sometimes they can!).

I LOVE those kinds of surprises where you didn't know you could do something but BAM you did it!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 12/12/2012 12:22PM

    Never thought I could run...believe when I was a totally FIT and ATHLETIC child/teen I couldn't even run a mile. Who would have thought that I'd be able to do it as an overweight adult??? But I did and now I never say never...

Great post!

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ADAMM9 12/12/2012 10:09AM

    @QUAIL75 - Isn't it strange? I also never thought I'd long to get out there and run, or hit the gym and sweat. It took a while, but once I learned how much better I felt after exercising, there was no turning back.

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QUAIL75 12/12/2012 9:58AM

    I also thought I could never run any distance. Until one day I was bored with the elliptical and starting doing jogging intervals. I've pushed up to running 5K in 40 minutes, for me a huge accomplishment. I have a minor foot injury that's sidelined running for now but I'm taking care of it and am planning on doing a 5K in the Spring.

I also thought I would never crave exercise. That if I missed a workout or two I would feel it physically, mentally and emotionally.

Great job on the push-ups! emoticon

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ADAMM9 12/12/2012 9:14AM

    @JENNIFERALEXIS6 - It is amazing what some consistent work will unlock. Great job on the 5k!

@DATMAMA4 - That is great biking! Biking (outdoors) is something I'd really like to get more into. I spend some time each day on the bike (mostly recumbent, while reading) at the gym, but I'd really like to go on some more excursions when it gets warmer. I've even considered commuting to work (about 16 miles) and back when the weather is nice.

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DATMAMA4 12/11/2012 11:27PM

    I never thought I could ride my bike any considerable distance. When I started riding this summer, I could barely do 4 miles, and even the mildest of hills killed me. By the end of October, my average ride was at least 20 miles, and my longest ride was just under 30 miles. And I wasn't half-dead by the time I got finished, either.

Now that the snow season is taking over where I live, my riding opportunities will be limited, but I'm looking forward to next summer, where I hope to participate in organized rides for longer distances.

Thanks for the pushup site link! I just might try that! The 47-year-old woman upper arm "flying squirrel" parts need to go away...

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JENNIFERALEXIS6 12/11/2012 7:50PM

  I always thought I would never be able to run. I have always wanted to run a 5k. Turns out, I never tried! As soon as I put in a little effort it just happened! It is amazing how quickly those things that you thought were impossible turn in to possibilities when you put in a little hard work.

Great work with the pushups by the way! My arms feel like jello just thinking about doing 100 pushups in a row!
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