Thursday, 11 September 2008

Miracles, and Freakin' Sore Armpits

I did the first day of the 100 pushup challenge today. O.U.C.H. I didn't expect it to be that hard. I did 20 on the initial test, so I saw the instructions for the first day and thought "Tchuh! 10, then 10, then 8 then 6?! That's going to be a cakewalk!"

Um, it wasn't a cakewalk. It was bloody difficult, and I can tell you right now I will be amazed if I can EVER do 100 consecutive pushups. BUT I WILL SOLDIER ON. No quitting for me. I'm taking tomorrow off then I'm doing it all again on Friday. I think I may do Day One again because I had to do the last two pushups of the third set (the set of 8) on my knees. But I managed 10 for the last, maximum-rep set, anyway.

And now for something really extraordinary: I got an email from a reader yesterday. This woman reads my blog but doesn't comment, and lives in Chicago. The email is as follows:
When I first read about the theft of your bike, I thought, "Hey, I wonder
if she'd like Sam's old bike." Then I dropped it, because, well, because. I have a nice quality mountain/hybrid bike in my basement, about 3 years old. It is sturdy and well-made.... Contingent upon not-outlandish shipping costs, would you like it?

And that, my friends, is what is known as "God closing a door and opening a window".


Belinda said...

Oh, SHAN!!! Praise God! Praise God! Woo hoo. (I'm jumping up and down on the inside and cheering wildly, whistling even). Oh, this is about the bike by the way. The push ups were good too. You go girl! But wow! God is good. This truly made my day and I feel like I can tackle day two of my push up challenge now (I did the whole set of day one but as Ladies push ups on my knees because I just couldn't do the full out ones).

Anonymous said...


That is amazing about the bike, and good for you for doing the push ups. I am too weak to do them right now, but I did manage to loose 8.4 lbs this week. (the first of it is always the water), but I will take that.

Have a great weekend


Joyful Fox said...


That Belinda, when she prays, things happen I tell ya!

I hope the shipping costs are low and the bike becomes yours.

About the push-ups! That settles it, I won't do it. No I won't - not this season.

I love your title, Miracles, and Freakin' Sore Armpits. It made me laugh so hard. I just had to read on - isn't that what the work of a title is? Good job!

Libby - Way to go on your 8.4 lbs. That has got to be encouraging!

I'll be doing an update soon but in the meantime I can sum it up nicely in a few word, Lacking self control in the food department.