January 31, 2012

A parable of my day

Filed under: Uncategorized — nascentnovelist @ 7:28 pm
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There’s a pull-up bar in my office. Every day I jump up and try to do one pull-up when I get in, one around lunch, one at two p.m. and one before I go home for the day. In four weeks, I’ve gone from being terrible at pull-ups to being able to do one (on a good day).

Today, I walked over, jumped up and did a relatively good pull-up. It wasn’t perfect, but I was happy with the effort I put in. I knew it was the best I could do today, and that was good enough. As I headed back to my desk, I heard one of the guys from that section yell: “You won’t get in shape from doing just one.”

If only I’d known who said it, I would have told him that the key to getting better at these type of exercises is practice. That I’d gone from struggling to do a jumping negative to being able to do a dead-hang pull-up in only four weeks. That I’d like to see him try to do five in one go. But as I turned, I didn’t see him, so I was forced to go back to my desk, sit down, and feel dejected even though my pull-up had been okay.

Now, I’m not saying everything I did today met with that kind of reaction, but if you were to assume that it did, you wouldn’t be far off. I’m going to curl up on the couch with peppermint tea and wait for tomorrow.



  1. Congrats! I could never do a chin up. I tried so many times in middle school. That guy is a jerk. You rock. And you know how to stick with things. I admire you tremendously. 🙂

    Comment by Kourtney Heintz — January 31, 2012 @ 8:56 pm | Reply

    • Thank you! You shouldn’t give up though. I’ve struggled to do one for two years now. Finally did one only last week.

      And you do things that I don’t even dare to contemplate (like go to a writer’s conference). That takes guts!

      Comment by nascentnovelist — February 1, 2012 @ 11:33 pm | Reply

  2. Screw that guy right in the ear. Are you doing a chinup with your palm facing toward you or away from you?

    Comment by sandchigger — February 1, 2012 @ 2:18 pm | Reply

    • Away. Pull-ups, not chin-ups. I mastered the chin-up about 8 months ago. 🙂

      Comment by nascentnovelist — February 1, 2012 @ 11:31 pm | Reply

  3. *huggles*
    Idiot – the jerk, that is.
    And from someone who once set a record of THREE normal push-ups – you’re AWESOME!!!

    Comment by Annika M-B — February 1, 2012 @ 3:53 pm | Reply

    • Thank you! And I think three push-ups is pretty damn impressive! I’ve seen what you can accomplish and it is amazing.

      Comment by nascentnovelist — February 1, 2012 @ 11:31 pm | Reply

  4. Imagine how many fewer unfortunate things people would say if they could see the bigger picture. …or if they simply remembered that they can’t.

    Comment by deshipley — February 1, 2012 @ 8:32 pm | Reply

  5. Gah. I hate that kind of unsolicited, useless feedback, of which there’s plenty already as a parent and a writer.

    I hope yesterday was better.

    Comment by Deborah the Closet Monster — February 2, 2012 @ 3:52 pm | Reply

    • Yeah, it was. I just needed to complain about it, then I felt instantly better.

      Comment by nascentnovelist — February 3, 2012 @ 9:47 am | Reply

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