Good News and Bad News


For this post, I bring to you both good news and bad news. I’ll start off with the good news since I just can’t hold it in any longer.

Remember a few weeks ago when I wrote this post, talking about how I was stuck at 3 unasissted chin ups FOREVER, and couldn’t get past that sticking point? Well, boy oh boy, do I have some news for you.

Last Wednesday, I went into the weight room for my upper body lift, and for some reason had a crazy amount of energy. I decided to hop up on to the pull-up bar to start out, just to see what I could do. Well, to my surprise, my first pull-up felt super light, the second still easy, third was a piece of cake… Could it be? Was I going to get past my set of 3? YES! I hit 4! 4 Unassisted Neutral Grip Pullups! Β And to make it even sweeter, I then followed it up with 2 more sets of 3, and then a set of 2.

This was particularly awesome because up until this point, I had been able to get a set of 3, but had never been able to repeat the 3 on the following sets…I would always drop down to 2, and eventually 1. Well NOT THIS TIME baby. Sets of 4, 3, 3, and 2, and I was feeling pretty good.

Fast forward to Saturday of this past weekend. I was sitting at home getting ready to go to work, and just happened to walk by my pull-up bar. “Well, ok” I thought, and hopped up…. and 5 unassisted chin-ups later, I was dancing around my living room. Not only that, but I promptly followed it up with a second set of 5. How’s that for progress? 2 more full reps in a matter of 5 days. Can’t beat that.

Who’s excited for pullups!?

Just goes to show what a little dedication and a lot of hard work can do, because I was starting to think I’d be stuck at 3 for the rest of my life. I’ll describe how I did it in a different post, just in case any of you are trying to increase your pull-ups/chin-ups too!

And now for the bad news…

This is basically my hell week at work. Almost every day this week I’m working anywhere from 10-13 hours, which leaves little to no time for this little bloggy if I want any chance of staying sane.Β  So unless I come across anything that I just can’t wait to post, I’ll be back again next week when I’m on more of a regular schedule. I’ll be writing this week, but I don’t want to stress too much about posting at certain times, etc. Gotta take care of yourself sometimes, right?

So with that, I hope everyone has a wonderful week, and I’ll be back with some good stuff next week, I promise!

22 thoughts on “Good News and Bad News

  1. YAY Pull-ups!!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚ Congrats!!

  2. Awesome job on the pull ups!!! I’m working on pull ups myself so I’d love to know any tips you have! Good luck with the crazy work week!

    1. Thanks Danielle!! I’ll definitely do a post with some tips sometime soon… But in the meantime, if you click over to StrengthSwag (in my blog roll), she had a great post a while back about increasing pullups!

  3. Awesome job!! I find that my chin up progression comes in bursts – I’ll be stuck at a number for a while, and then suddenly break it but be stuck again for months, and so on…. very weird! Good luck with your crazy week!

    1. I can definitely see that happening…I’m just so glad to have finally made some progress! And Thanks! I’m SO glad tomorrow is Friday, it’s been a rough one!

  4. onehealthymunchkin August 28, 2012 — 11:19 am

    Congrats Steph!!! You must be feeling so proud of yourself right now! Unassisted pull ups are TOUGH! I’m still stuck in the assisted chin ups stage. πŸ˜›

    And wow you definitely have a hard week ahead of you – good luck with it! I hope you still find some time to relax!

    1. Thanks girl!! I’m so happy, I know I definitely still have a lot of work to do, but the progress is certainly motivating. And thank God this week is almost over!!

  5. Good for you, girl!! You rocked it!!That’s awesome!!

  6. get it, girl! one of my semester goals is to eke out 3 unassisted dips; unassisted parallel-grip pull-ups are next on the list!

  7. CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is fantastic, I’m working towards my goal with the assisted bands, already moving away from the green to blue with less assistance. Your Pull Up challenge was a huge inspiration!

    1. Thank you!! I’m so glad you were inspired by the pull up challenge, I think that’s one thing that definitely gave me a good push towards this recent progress! You’ll get there soon, keep working with those bands and keep me posted!

      1. You’ve done great! The Chin Ups really challenged me, did my first UNASSISTED pull up yesterday I was doing a Elaine dance in the middle of the gym

  8. fortheloveofkale August 29, 2012 — 3:51 pm

    CONGRATS, STEPH!!! That is truly amazing. What an awesome accomplishment. πŸ™‚ You’re so strong, girl. As for work, BOOOO. Take your time and do your thang, girl. You’re amazing! xoxox

    1. Aww Thank you so much!! And I know… I love love love my job but weeks like this can be tough…Thanks for your awesome comment, this made my day!

  9. SO PROUD OF YOU GIRL!!!!! keep it up!!!

    1. Thank Yooooou! I’m not quite at your status but I’m getting there!!

  10. Baby πŸ˜₯ I’m almost in tears right now. Ok, my eyes are super glossy from tearing. I didn’t have time to read posts this week and just got to this one πŸ˜₯ I totally would have put you in my HFF for that pull up success πŸ˜₯ I AM SO SORRY!

    I am so proud of you though!!!!!!! HOW AMAZING! SUCH PROGRESS!

    Really makes me want to be back in Boston working out with you 😦

    I miss you so much & LOVE YOU like my very own sis ❀

    1. Thanks so much Meg, and it’s ok about HFF, you can’t keep track of everyone’s accomplishments! Someday you’ll come back and we’ll have another workout together…Stadium run perhaps? πŸ™‚

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