Upper Body Check

I was a bit frustrated yesterday at the gym going through my upper body routine with Cynthia, my trainer. She had a bunch of routines for me that  I could not perform due to my shoulder, a piercing pain that is still there and I cannot ignore but just have to rest for now. I am longing for my bench press, those tough chest exercises that proves I’m not in the Jane Fonda club of headbands, 2-lb dumbbell pushing, leg warmer type of league anymore.  Luckily I still have my beloved pull ups, and although I will have to stay put with my measly 35 lb set of dumbbell chest presses for now, I can still brag that I am now able to pull my body weight of 136 lbs up through a wide grip pull up a few times .. 🙂

Tomorrow is lower body, luckily one part of my body that hasn’t given out on me yet… In the mean time, posting my upper body status as of April 15th, 2010 – my abs have definitely popped out more since my last check-in, just in time for spring. Just wait until the summer, that six pack WILL be present, yo!

6 thoughts on “Upper Body Check

  1. Thanks Elizabeth, if I had that same orange tan I saw all the competitors sported at the show yesterday maybe my abs would be better defined, the six pack is definitely there now, the photos are of bad quality and don’t really reflect the real thing, but I am very happy about that body part now! 🙂

  2. Sorry, I didn’t mean to shortchange your pack!! HAHA!!
    I’ve been all over bodybuilding.com and recently discovered the bodyspace section- are you on there too?

  3. Hahah, no problem Elizabeth, I still have a ways to go so just keep me on my toes! 🙂 Yes, I’m on bodybuilding.com /bodyspace, but haven’t really been active yet but I have a profile. I didn’t know you were into this stuff?? Thats cool! 🙂

  4. I can’t say that I am as hardcore as you, but the interest is there and the dork in me always wants to investigate and understand… I think bodybuilding has a bad rap because it changes the body in such drastic ways (and has a history of steroid use), and especially because you’re a woman people wonder why you would do this to yourself- on purpose, no less! But I think that’s like asking a ballerina why she wants to dance on her toes, or a race car driver why he wants to drive so fast. Yes, you are extreme because you are pushing yourself harder than a majority of us, but you are going about it in a healthy way, you’re educating yourself, and you have good people around you.

    I really blame you for piquing my interest because I’m on a lot of the different websites you have listed up there (and a few extra) soaking up information and images more than a few days a week. Which is not to say that I haven’t gotten off my butt to workout because I have- this is my rest week between bootcamp sessions to start myself on my own fitness journey (I tried last summer but I didn’t sustain my momentum). I wrote out a bunch of goals (after reading your post a few weeks ago) and have them on the fridge and while I haven’t necessarily begun to see physical changes, I know I’m getting stronger. I’m pretty sure once I get my eating/appetite regulated there will be more apparent changes, but honestly I didn’t count on my appetite growing so I wasn’t prepared with the right foods… I understand now why you carry your lunch bag with you- it’s easier/better to pack all of the food you’ll need throughout the day instead of having to go look for it. Once I’m on track with food, and I burn away all the extras I look forward to working towards my best body!

    blah, blah, blah, I will be quiet now.

  5. That’s great to hear Elizabeth – I love that I can inspire others to get healthier and start challenging themselves, that’s what it’s about! 🙂 And nobody can get “perfect” over night, it’s baby steps in the right direction and the healthier/more active you become, the more you will want to improve or at least stick with it. So you are doing the right thing – keep at it and I’m sure you will give me a run for my money soon! 🙂 Thanks for your note!

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