Today while doing my work out at the gym, I focused on the old black and white photos posted around the walls of work out legends for inspiration. Photos of Arnold in his prime and others who have muscles far bigger than my imagination! Literally, Arnold at one time had a 27″ biceps – can you say huge?
When I got to the gym, John said “Are you ready for a good core workout?” My response was, “Hey we did core earlier in the week – do I have to do it again?” Jogging John’s memory may not have been the wisest thing I have ever done because the workout he redesigned was even harder!
We proceeded to do a round of ten or twelve exercises (I use the term “we” rhetorically) because I was the only one who was doing the work! Ha! Anyway, each exercise done on pieces of equipment bigger than me, was performed with 15 reps, two times each, while increasing the weight on every round. I was literally worn to a frazzle by the end and the energy from my bottle of Naked Juice had long escaped me! I bench pressed 50 pounds for the first time! Woo Hoo! I know that may not sound like a lot to the real body builders but this was an accomplishment for me!
I continued to do my workout, and the old black and white photos made me buck up and act like a real athlete in training! Some of the photos look as if the muscles are going to pop right out of the skin! I look at these photos and cannot imagine how much work went into building pure muscle mass like this! Needless to say, I will never possess muscles like this! There will never be a black and white photo of my muscles glistening in the light as inspiration to others who are working to reshape their body!
I do love showing off my new muscles I must admit! I frequently raise an arm and make a fist to show off the new little 9.0″ bicep muscle. One night while lying in bed my head rested on the newly found bicep muscle and my first thought was; where in the world did that come from!
The one thing I have learned is if you do not keep up the work, the muscles will take up residence on someone who does! It is a never ending battle, but one that I intend to continue as long as physically possible. What’s not to love when your arms hurt so much that you can hardly pick up a pencil? The muscles across my chest currently feel as if they have been ripped and stretched and last night it hurt to cut the pork chop I made for dinner!
I love looking at old photos and I found a few of Geoffrey the other day that I had forgotten about. My favorite is the one of him in his late twenties running with the beautiful Sawtooth Range in Idaho behind him. If I had only known him back then! I am loving the long hair which he has never had since I have known him!
Geoff has always been such a devoted athlete. The time spent working out, running, playing tennis, bicycling, hiking, snow skiing, water skiing and playing golf are such a part of who he is, and who he has become. Now add mountain climbing to his repertoire and I would say he is one well rounded athlete!
I love the old photos and the old memories – I love the new photos and the memories that we are making as we prepare to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro! These are all of the memories that we will take with us up this mountain, and these are all of the memories that we will hold dear for the rest of our lives! We have so much left to do – we have so many great times ahead of us – we have so much more to accomplish! pkp