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I’ve Fallen and I Can Get Up

Not sure what it is, but I seem to be on a TGIF kick lately.

One of my favorite shows was Family Matters.

Love that clip, especially two moments: when Urkel adjusts his glasses and the cheer, which I still remember to this day (Give me a V! V! You got yo V, you got yo V!) One of Steve Urkel’s catchphrases was, “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”

Well, I’ve fallen off the working out horse. Bad. My last workout I documented on my blog was in May. I did a few workouts at home and went on a few runs since, but the only working out I did in June and July was leading worship, lifting my fork or chopsticks to my face, and picking up and carrying an 8lb baby.

While visiting friends, I was holding D2 in an upright position in my left arm. During the conversation, I start to feel wetness on my chest. I figure D2 spit up but when I look down, I see D2 is attempting to nurse through my shirt. My friends laughed, as did I, but when I got home, I had some real reflecting to do.

Although I stayed at the same weight (197), I’d lost significant amounts of muscle. Not to mention the moobs/mitties I was now sporting (sadly, mitties isn’t a cute word for teeny, tiny mittens) that D2 thought she could get milk out of.

Working out can be quite the battle because of what I call the Temple Principle. Jesus said He would tear down the temple and rebuild it in 3 days, which is a 3:1 ratio of building to tearing down time. It took me roughly 9 months of lifting to get to where I was; it took less than 3 to bring me back to where I was a year ago.

Additionally, with my lifestyle, I have to make a concerted effort to exercise. When we had guests from Thailand over, this was the gist of one conversation we had:

Me: I haven’t been to the gym in a while
Guest: What’s a gym?
Me: It’s where I go to exercise.
Guest: Oh, can we go too?
Me: Oh. You have to pay to get in.
Guest: You have to pay to go somewhere to exercise?
Me: Yes.
Guest: It’s pretty cheap, right?
Me: Actually, it’s quite expensive. Like a couple bucks a day.
Guests: Well, I guess that’s not too bad. I mean, you go everyday, right?
Me: Actually…

So yeah, even though I pay for it, working out isn’t a regular part of my day unless I make it.

As I stood on the scale and looked in the mirror, I felt remorse and sadness for a moment, and then I heard a voice in my head: Go, appa, go! No time to feel sorry for myself, it’s time to get back up. Sorry, Urkel – I’ve fallen, but I can get up.

So I headed back to the gym last Friday. I decided to start small (135lb squat, 135lb bench) but it sure didn’t feel small. I did stronglifts workout A and jogged on the treadmill for 10 minutes at 6mph. I want to say it felt great, but it felt terrible.

The next day, I was pretty sore but not terribly so. My brother-in-law and some friends were going to play basketball, so I decided to join in. Turns out, I was the oldest one in the group by far – sporting a wedding ring and bags under my eyes from D2’s sleep patterns immediately makes you an old man in their eyes. I’m in my late 20’s but there is a decidedly visible difference between late and early 20’s when you’re playing sports. Most notably, while the young guns were running up and down the length of the court, I mostly jogged back and forth between the 3-point lines and heaved up ill-advised three pointers that elicited groans.

The following day, I was so sore. Every time I had to move, I had to muster up a bit of courage to do so. Little muscles near my groin that I never knew existed were sore and turns out they play a vital role in walking. I dreaded each and every sneeze because my ab(s) hurt.

It was a terrible few days but the soreness has subsided and it’s time to hit the gym again.

So here’s a cheer for you, my fat and moobs: You don’t want none of Pop. Do ya?! Do ya?! Do Ya?! Do Ya?! Do Ya?! Do Ya?! No, I don’t think so.

Go, Pop, Go!

What motivates you to get back or stay on the horse?

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  1. August 10, 2010 at 11:36 am

    I hate when people who don’t understand American ridiculousness find ways to make us think of American ridiculousness.

    Especially when they don’t mean to. When they mean to they’re easy to ignore.

    • Pop
      August 10, 2010 at 2:42 pm

      So true. That exchange was followed with something along the lines of, “You should go to the gym more.” Once again, unintentionally making me feel ridiculous.

  2. August 10, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Moobs! Ha ha. Does this mean you won’t be posting drool-inducing meat dinners anymore? I certainly hope not – In fact, you should go for Atkins 😉

    • Pop
      August 10, 2010 at 2:43 pm

      Oh hecks no! Meat is a critical part of a balanced diet. I may not eat it as often, so when I do, it’s going to be amazing!

  3. August 10, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Good Luck! I’ve been working on training for a Triathlon, it is very motivating to set a goal like that and make sure you get in shape in time (especially when you pay for it ahead of time)

    • Pop
      August 11, 2010 at 7:44 am

      Maybe I should try signing up for a 5 or 10k. Hmmmm. Though I can totally imagine myself “training” the week before the race.

  4. August 10, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Wish you well in your renewed commitment to the gym, and working out.

    What motivates me? In a word, girls. Well, in this case, make that singular – girl. Met her at a concert, got her number, and she shipped out the next day for some R&R at her cottage. Which left me with two weeks in which to tone shit up. Not nearly enough time. But the workouts are going great.

    Just one problem: she got home a week early and we’re going out tomorrow night. Oh well. Love me, love my moobs. (Great term for them, by the way)

    • Pop
      August 11, 2010 at 7:47 am

      lol. That motivated me as well before. Now that I’m married and mostly spend my time in the office, girls don’t provide much motivation (except when my wife gently says, “We should exercise together”). And in the off chance we head to the beach or something, I just stop breathing when I’m walking by ladies and run into the ocean as fast as I can.

      Have a good time tonight!

  5. August 10, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    I need your mojo! I hope reading this post rubs off. I haven’t been in a gym for a long time (and yes, I’m still paying). I managed to ride my bike every weekend, but not for the last two weeks when it was 106-110 outside. Ack!

    So yay for you! I am proud of you!

    • Pop
      August 11, 2010 at 7:48 am

      106-110!? Yikes! I miss your Bike Diary photos and your tweets about how your quads are dead. Go, Angelia, Go! 🙂

  6. Veronica
    August 10, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    I have fallen as well! The last time I did any significant excercise was hiking & swimming while on vacation in the middle of June! Eeps! There is almost NOTHING that can motivate me to excercise. I hate it even worse than eating less. The one thing that kind of works is when I start losing weight from eating right, then I want to get even better results and I eventually start working out. If I can stick with it a month, it becomes a habit and doesn’t bother me so much.

    • Pop
      August 11, 2010 at 7:49 am

      Yeah, I didn’t even touch on what I’ve been eating – or it may be quicker to simply state what I haven’t been eating. So lack of exercise + not eating right isn’t a good combination for me. Let’s get back on the fitness horse together, Veronica! Looking forward to hearing some encouraging stats from you soon!

  7. TK
    August 10, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Are moobs as cute spin on man boobs? Are you telling us you have man boobs Pop? =)

    I have no motivation to exercise. At all. My ever increasing waistline is a testament to that.

    • Pop
      August 11, 2010 at 7:51 am

      Lest you be confused, TK, I do have pectorals – they’re just hidden beneath several layers of fat. 🙂

      For me, D1 is turning out to be quite the runner and I may or may not have gotten winded chasing a 2.5yo in our yard. So aside from the moobs, that’s providing plenty of motivation.

  8. August 11, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Ok. granted a laughed out loud when you talked about d2 trying to nurse from you. tood funny. it is funny. Cause it happens to everyone, boobs, no boobs, man boobs. Anyway,i just get on the scale every 2 days and it movtivates me to motivated to get that baby weight off. I have 15lbs to go! ugh!! It’s hard and with the demands of parenthood and life, it some times takes a toll. But don’t fall down that road. I’m cheering for you from jersey..Go Pop Go! Hope you heard it. now get back on that horse! And I get the go pop go title. I was talking to my husband and he was kinda being sarcastic and he was like, “everyone wants something from daddy. “Go daddy go, go daddy go!” Ha. He’d love your blog.

    • Pop
      August 11, 2010 at 10:12 am

      Thanks, Danielle! Part of my motivation is to help out the wifey too. She’s also trying to lose her baby weight and if I’m sitting at home eating all day, she’s more inclined to join me.

      • August 11, 2010 at 5:39 pm

        Very true! The hubby joined me in my weight loss quest, probably for the same reason!! Check out my blog, I gave you an award, cheesey yes, but and award!

  9. August 12, 2010 at 1:31 am

    Good for you for getting back in the gym! Finding the time to workout is SO hard when you have kids. I finally made it a priority to get a babysitter twice a week so I could do it. Makes me feel so much better. And I hear you on the moobs front. I gotta nice kangaroo pouch that situps just ain’t conquering.

    • Pop
      August 12, 2010 at 7:42 am

      Way to get back into it! My wife cocoa butters her pouch everyday and is trying to do yoga, but that thing sure is stubborn!

  10. August 12, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Moobs. Sigh.

    Awesome that you took the plunge and are gonna get back to the gym…don’t you feel much better (I actually wrote butter first, ha ha) when you work out?!

    • Pop
      August 13, 2010 at 7:43 am

      Mmmmmmmmm…butter! I actually do feel better and more energetic already! Thanks, Natalie!

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