over50feeling40: I Matter Means Suck It Up and Go Forward! Plus the Thursday Blog Hop!
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Jul 9, 2014

I Matter Means Suck It Up and Go Forward! Plus the Thursday Blog Hop!

“I’ve Been Babying You”

(Gulp) What hell resided on the other end of that statement struck fear inside every muscle.
My strength-trainer, BZ, faced me with new resolve.  Now that I was well away from my original hip-reflexor injury, he was determined to get me back where I was just before the injury in February.
Somehow, I had beautifully avoided burpees.  This exercise is designed as a torcher device.  I am certain it was created by an intensely unhappy individual who desired to make sure that everyone else is just as unhappy. (Yes, I jest!)  Our workout group did burpees at the end of last summer but I was still doing the kindergarten version on a box.  Then we took a break while he gave us new challenges.  By the time, my group was on the floor jumping out, pushing up and jumping up…I was injured. (nasty injury done alone on a treadmill!)
“I want you on the floor,” said BZ.  It was not a request.  But? 
“You can do it…get down.”  I laid there with flashbacks of when I first began almost to this day a year ago.  I laid on the floor arguing with BZ as to why I would never be able to do a pushup.  He hit the floor and said, “What are you going to do if you fall, Pam?  What if you are alone?  How will you get up?  Now, push up off this floor.”

  That day, one simple push up took all of my energy…but I did it.  Push-ups, pull-ups, and sit-ups had never been done before in my life…but I do a version of them now (as I turn 61) and have for one year.

Back to the baby-ing….it took a long time on the floor, and my group cheering me on…but I did a modified, slow burpee ( five times)…then I practically passed out.  
Sometimes, when we make the courageous decision to carry the I MATTER sign, we must face moments of sucking it up, doing what's hard and going forward.  I could use age as an excuse not to do what BZ instructs, but I would sit in a chair, age faster, and be ultimately quite miserable.  We must challenge ourselves and move forward in order to feel and live at our best!! My body feels so much better than it did when I began a year ago...I still don't love working out, but I do love the results....even if I have to do the dreaded burpee!
Graphic from HERE

What challenges are you facing today?  

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  1. Wow Pam you're so strong--burpees! Thank you for hosting and for your continual inspiration! Aloha, Lori

  2. You are such an inspiration Pam. I know from personal experience how tough it is to stick with a workout routine when I'd rather pull weeds or read a book. When you said you love the results, I have to agree, that's why I do what I do, because of how you feel when you are done! Burpees look very difficult, but I know I'm going to give them a try to see if I can do it! Karen

  3. Hello Ladies! I love stopping by your party each week. Fabulous party. Please come and party with us. We would love to have you! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com/
    Happy Thursday! Lou Lou Girls

  4. Such an awesome bloghop so many things to see, so many place to go. I think its like going on an excursion. Thanks for hosting, I have shared to G+ today!!! Have a great day!
    Karren Haller

  5. Love this one Pam. So inspiring, and just what I needed to read today :) By the way, I still can't do a burpee - I'm impressed by you!

  6. Those were called squat thrust when I was in high school and everyone hated them.


  7. I remember that excercize, Go Pam! What challenge I am facing today is that I have been in bed 3 weeks with chronic pain at a high level. I post and try and push through, but my connective tissue disease sometimes gets the better of me .I go for a procedure weekly called Dry Needling, ( not accupuncture) where needles are put into my muscles to release the knots. The challenge is learning to live with EDS everyday!

  8. My dear, dear Pam!!!! First of all, I pray you get well soon and take those exercises slowly! (I'm going to try them!) I want to thank you for coming to visit my post, and may your birthday week be one of healing, relaxation and fun. And if we can provide some smiles and laughs and silent reflection for that week, AWESOME!

    Hoping your Texas summer is not too hot?

    Hugs, Anita

  9. Your burpees remind my of my yoga excercises!!! Have a great weekend Pam and enjoy it. Its goging to be very exciting for us here because of the World Cup soccer final. xo Sabina @Oceanblue Style


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