Rose: Gun Show

There is a reason for posting this photo that goes well beyond vanity:


For once in my life, I have arm muscles. Things take shape when I move my arms. There are indents in places that used to be squishy. There are sharper lines and curvatures. There is real definition.

I realize that posting a picture of yourself post-workout in “gun show” position seems a bit narcissistic. And honestly, that’s usually the case with blogs – they are designed to be self-centered. But posting this picture goes beyond that. This picture is proof that, even when I feel like I’m slacking, I’ve spent the past several months working hard. We all know muscles don’t come overnight.

The old me would have never, *ever* posted a photo such as this. I’d spent years being embarrassed by my body, trying to cover it up. It’s not that I flaunt it or anything now. I am still a work in progress. But I’ve gained a confidence I never had before, and it was all through a few daily pushups (and some serious Shaun T. training).

This year I’ve completed Insanity, Focus T25, and I’ve trained and ran a half marathon. At the moment, I’m looking for something new. Since time is in high demand, I’m re-doing month two of T25. But, as I feel every couple of months, I want to kick things up a notch again. Focus on a new program or exercise.

I’ve contemplated CrossFit, but I’m not sure I can fit the daily WODs into my schedule (they are at a bad time), and I don’t want to become obsessive with exercise or suffer from a muscle meltdown. I am thinking about running another race, at least a 10K, now that I live next to a beautiful trail. Thoughts? What do you suggest should be my next endeavor?


4 thoughts on “Rose: Gun Show

  1. Nice job! My current ongoing project is to work myself up to doing a full pullup. I’ve been at it, bit by bit, for a couple of months now. Not quite there yet, but like you, I’ve started to see some serious arm muscles develop. I’m hoping to be cranking out pullups by the end of 2013!

  2. Narcissism and vanity are not synonymous with pride in one’s accomplishments, be they physical or otherwise. I’m happy for you Rose 🙂 and always enjoy your thoughtful approach to things. No suggestions on my end – sorry, I don’t change things up too much. Amazing work 🙂

  3. Way to go, Rose! I don’t think you’re being narcissistic at all – just proud of your hard work, and you have every right to be!! Are you looking to join a gym in your new city or looking for something to do outside of the gym?

    • I think I’m looking to do something outside of a gym, Chandra, but I am open to other options. Thanks so much for your reply, too! Means a lot!

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