Friday, July 22, 2011

Down & Up.

So y'all remember how Justin and I did the first month of Insanity? And it was pretty awesome?

And then we tried to do month 2 of Insanity, but we were having a hard time accommodating the much longer workouts into our day. I was also having a hard time doing 85% of the exercises and was having a hard time modifying. We re-started month 1 of Insanity, and Justin promptly got sent out of town for work. I switched over to jogging while he was gone 'cause Lizzy literally wouldn't sleep unless I was holding her.

And then he came back into town and I started month 1 of Insanity again. I was two weeks in, and then I hurt my knee. Badly. I had to take two weeks off of everything other than co-ed softball (and even that hurt like a mother). I was not happy.

Now, we're two weeks into the first month of Insanity again. And guess what?

I can do real, live push-ups now. The entire first cycle through Insanity, I almost always had to do the push-up drills while kneeling. Heck, I don't really remember EVER being able to do push-ups without my knees on the ground. Ever. Like, not even in high school when I played basketball (I know...some of you are probably like WHAT?!). But I can now.

Sometimes I get frustrated about the number on the scale or the size of my jeans, but I'm trying to remember that I need to judge my level of health on other things too...and being able to do something that I never used to be able to do? That's progress.

I still probably couldn't drop and give you 20...but I'm working on it. :)


  1. You rock, my friend!

    My upper body has always been my weak spot. I can bust out some killer heavy squats but push ups always had me in tears, so I completely understand. Pretty soon you'll be busting out those moving push ups like they're cakewalk :)

    Be proud!

  2. Girl, that's MUCH better than I can do. I swam two laps last night and thought I might die from lack of oxygen. I'm really out of shape.

    Ignore that scale. You're rockin' i!

  3. You are awesome! You look strong and lean in these pics, too!

  4. You go girl! I cannot do that, so you are way ahead of me. Keep up the great work. You look awesome!

  5. THAT is something to be super proud of! Keep up the great work :)

  6. I have always been the same way and up until somewhat recently, it was never something I cared enough about to change. I've been focusing a bit more on upper body and abs lately and the difference has been amazing! Very gratifying to be able to do a full push-up!

  7. Yay!! Way to go! I used to be able to do 20 pushups. Then I had a baby and stopped working out. Now I can do 2.

  8. Way to go girl! I can do maybe two real push-ups. I always do modified ones. You are totally rocking it!

  9. Hey, that's awesome! You kept going through a lot of things that a lot of people would have just given up on!

  10. Congrats. I too was amazed when I realized I could actually do real push-ups. It's like a fitness rite of passage, I guess.

  11. Nice work Mere.
    Any progress on a pull up?
    I would be pretty damn proud of myself if I could get there one day...

  12. That is awesome... I am a push up wimp. When I was able to do one... just one from P90X - I danced. Go you!

  13. One push-up at a time! You'll get to 20!

  14. That is awesome! I can't even do one! You really inspire me to try the insanity once again. We bought it, but can never usually make it through the first week! Keep up the hard work and you'll be at 20 in no time! : )

  15. AHHH! I love it! I want a picture of myself like that now. You look so on fire Mere!

    Also, ditto Andrea. My upper body could never support my plentiful lower and I was the only girl on the playground who could never swing on the monkey bars.

    I seriously have a hang up with monkey bars because I never got to be the lithe graceful little girl seemingly floating from end to end.


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