Wednesday, May 6, 2009

And I Thought I Was Strong!

I have been doing cardio workouts (both outdoors and at the gym) quite consistently for many years now. I have also been lifting some weights for quite a while. However, several months ago I started lifting weights A LOT more. And I have some muscles to show for it! I am soooo proud of my muscles...

Push ups have always been an exercise that I have struggled with, even back in high school when I was on the crew team. I just could never do them right. Well, with my consistent weight lifting efforts and my impressive muscles (well, at least I am impressed by them...), I thought that push ups would be easy even though I hadn't attempted any in years.

So recently during dinner, I announced to hubby and the teenager (the toddler was there, too) to please watch me do some push ups and critique my form. BIG MISTAKE!!!!

Hubby immediately burst out laughing. The teenager just looked at me, trying not to laugh. I'm sure he thought about how he could use this moment to his advantage if he contained any hint of laughter. ("Maybe if I don't tell mom how ridiculous her push ups are, she'll let me get away with some stuff...") And the toddler watched the whole thing in amazement. But even he burst out laughing pretty soon, likely due to hubby's laughter.

Next hubby couldn't resist to show me what my "push ups" looked like. He moved up and down about 1/100th of an inch... He also had his behind high in the air and basically looked like a teepee. Truly a ridiculous sight...

I have to admit, it was a funny moment, and we all got a good laugh out of it. (I'm so happy I can make my family laugh...) By the way, nobody got a better laugh and giggled more than the toddler... :o)

Anyhow, in case you were wondering where this was going, here is my resolution: Learn/practice/sweat/tirelessly attempt to do a proper push up. I'll let you know once I get there! :o)

Be well,


  1. Once you get it down, let me know! I love how pushups feel, but I'm sure I am doing them all wrong! Way to keep at it!!

  2. Andrea you should be very proud of yourself - most people try to find the easy way out but you clearly know the process of becoming fit --> "Learn/practice/sweat/tirelessly" - beautiful!

    Couple tips: Start on your knees to get proper form in your upper body, then move to to your toes. Also if you do them a lot you may find that your wrists get a bit achey, I like to use push up risers so there's less pressure on my wrists :D


  3. If it makes you feel any better! I can't stand push ups, and I'm pretty sure I'm not very good at them:)

  4. Anonymous5/07/2009

    oh, andrea! you're so adorable and funny! sorry, I shouldn't be laughing, but the image in my mind just got me LOLing...
    but that's okay, I can't do a push-up either!
    btw, my dad, who used to be this really strong guy, thought he was still that young strong dude and overdid on push-ups one day. he could barely move his arms for a week after that!

  5. Which reminds of a fitness expert I heard many years ago that if someone could do 100 push ups, then that person was in great shape. Ha!