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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A First for me!

I was so excited last night I could hardly go to sleep. Here's what I did for the first time in my life.

I have been doing some light exercises for my arms and upper body strength, in anticipation that I might have to go back to the 5th wheel. That bar isn't easy to pull, and I've always just barely been able to maneuver it. So I use two cans of Campbell soup as hand weights and do a few exercises in the morning and evening. I took Sunday off during the two week period I've been exercising.

Another exercise I do that is supposed to strengthen shoulders and upper body, is called something like "wall push-ups". You stand back from the wall just a bit, arms stretched out at shoulder height, and do the push-ups against the wall. I read on a website that you do this "until you can do the regular push-ups". Hmmmmm, I thought. I was always under the impression that women couldn't do regular push-ups. (I was raised in "that era" and this is just one of the few ideas I never threw off.)

Last night just before going to bed, I decided to see if there was any hope of me ever doing a regular push-up. I shoved Lady out of my way (she is always in my way), got down on the floor and actually pushed myself up. I was so excited and then began to doubt I actually did it, so I tried it again. I DID TWO PUSH-UPS! The real Army kind! I was whipped, I'll tell you, but I managed to get off the floor and crawl into bed.

I kept waking up from the aches in my arms and shoulders, but I just smiled and told myself, "No pain, no gain", and fell back asleep.

I would like to thank Anonymous, who made a comment on my blog yesterday, saying that it takes a little while before the eyedrops make a real difference. I'm relieved to hear that, because after a day of using them I was expecting some sort of miracle. If I could only learn how to exercise patience.


  1. WOW...great going on the push-ups Gypsy. Maybe someone has a competition us seasoned folks can enter to show our athletic abilities!

  2. Good for you Gypsy. I tried a push up once..crushed both arms:((

  3. All things cometh, to he who waiteth, if he worketh like hell, while he waiteth. Way to go Gypsy!! Give the meds a little time and keep a positive outlook.

  4. Way to go, Gypsy, you're too push-ups ahead of me, now!

  5. You said you needed to "exercise more patience" but I'd say you been doing a lot of exercising lately! Congrats on your workout routine. You go girl!!!

  6. Good for you! Getting that hour glass figure back? You will have the fellas after you!

  7. I hear regular exercise can be addictive, but that may be just a rumor :) You are several push ups ahead of me.

  8. Wow.. good for you! You just keep on going and going and going!

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

  9. I'm afraid if I got down on the floor to do push ups, I wouldn't get up! :)

  10. Oh, Gypsy, please don't say "Lady is always in your way", I wish my little Levi was still with me, though he knew to stay out of my way. I would love for him to "be in my way", now.

    Good about the exercising, maybe one day you can graduate to bigger soup cans!

    I would try the wall push-ups, but I can't find an empty wall!

    As for push-ups, I, like Judy, would have to find a handle strong enough to help me get up again! Or maybe if I did them next to my grooming table, I could use the hydraulics to raise me!