Thursday, September 19, 2019

Day 279

Do you ever just know something about yourself, but when you test that thing it turns out that maybe you didn’t really know that thing about yourself because the situation is actually much better or worse than you realized? 

Well, I have. 

I knew I had noodles for arms, but what I thought were spaghetti noodles turned out to be more like angel hair pasta. I learned this at today’s Lunchtime Lifts class, which kicked my tail despite the fact that our lovely and patient teacher Paul modified literally everything for me. I traded my 15 kg bar for a 10 kg bar , used the lightest dumbbell offered to me, and did my pushups and triceps exercises at a different (read: easier) height than planned. 

I love this panel from The Oatmeal’s book “The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run” (check it out at and imagined myself something like the guy in the cartoon, but I wasn’t really that either. 

I thought I would at least be ready to rock some leg exercises, but that didn’t exactly happen either. Usually I can fall back on the old “I didn’t quit!” line, but after I fell off of two different platforms (one soft platform while holding a dumbbell, one harder platform without the dumbbell) doing some box step up exercises, I opted to sit on the floor and count/cheer for Jennie for that round. 

On the bright side, I have established a baseline and should only be going up from here. I hope no first graders try to challenge me to a weight lifting competition anytime soon, because I would probably lose. In a few weeks, I could probably beat a first grader in a lifting competition, but I don’t think anyone would be impressed. 

After work, I decided to make myself feel better by running a mid-week half marathon with Sandra, so I’m sure I’ll feel awesome in the morning. Man I’m tired. 

Something that made today great: Richard is home tonight because he’s done working nights for a while! 
Time I woke up: 8:00 am

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