Believe it until it’s true

by Kim on September 4, 2013

As I write this, the sun’s just peeking up over the horizon, the house is silent, and it’s just me and a cup of coffee.

Perfect way to start the day—even if I have to get up insanely early for it.

620-667-I-G36Let’s just pretend it looks like this, ok?

I’m not quite ready to call myself a morning person, but I do love easing into the day as slowly as possible, and that takes time. I’m also really starting to love writing first thing in the morning, which I can only do if I beat Mason up.

I still don’t think I could work out first thing in the morning, though—not regularly, anyway. I’ve done it before, and yeah, it’s always made me feel like a million bucks for the rest of the day, but it was also almost impossible to rip myself from my bed for it. Then, I felt like my fuzzy brain and sleepy limbs were just going through the motions, rather than getting a real, hard workout.

But I guess you can turn anything into a habit—even something you think you hate. And habits are the true foundation of healthy living, right?


So after the complete debacle that was reading this book, I’m running back to my safety zone: nonfiction self improvement stuff.

Mase and I hit up the library yesterday morning so I could track down something I’ve been wanting to read for awhile:


We got there right as the doors were opening (typical stay-at-home-mom style), I grabbed the book, and then spent the next hour thumbing through it while Mase ran around the kids’ play area. (Which he looooves.)


We had the whole place to ourselves, so I didn’t even have to stress too much about him being loud or bothering people. (Luckily, the kids’ area is totally separate from the rest of the library, but there are some pretty serious elementary school kids buried in books in there sometimes.)

I’ll tell you all about the book after I read it, but in the time I spent skimming it at the library, I already stumbled across a killer quote I knew I had to share with you:

whatever you believe is true



This is actually powerful in both ways. Personally, I believe I can keep it off forever, but there’s always a teeny part of me that worries I’ll fail. That some family crisis or medical condition will distract me in a big, horrible way, and throw me off my game for good.

But this quote gives me the freedom to accept that I will keep the weight off, as a fact, as long as I keep believing I can.

Another part of Chalene’s book that I liked (and had to share with you immediately, before technically even starting the book myself), was the Pushup Grab Bag. The back of the book includes a couple circuit workouts, and all of them end with 1 set (up to 12 reps) of your choice of pushup. You can pick your favorite pushup from the grab bag and run with it, or mix and match.

I won’t lie—I used to hate, hate, hate pushups. Whenever a class instructor suggested pushups, I reacted as if she’d suggested crawling on broken glass. I’d drop my knees almost immediately (or maybe after one or two grueling traditional toe pushups), because I’m a girl, right? Girls don’t do real pushups.

But here’s the thing about pushups: they actually get much, much easier the more you do them. I know that’s a cliché thing to say, but it’s true. Now, I can do about 20 (traditional style) in a row before my form starts breaking down.

And now that I can do them, of course, I love them. They really are one of the most effective ways to get a total upper-body workout and sculpt your core (as Chalene points out in the book)—plus, of course, they’re super portable, and you know they work (your arms will remind you).

So I wanted to share the 10 pushup variations Chalene includes in her grab bag. If you hate pushups, maybe you can try changing up the way you do them until you get more comfortable. And if you think pushups are boring, have you tried ‘em this way?

1. Modified Traditional Pushup

Modified Pushup

2. Modified Tricep Pushup

Modified Tricep Pushup

3. Pushup Incline

Pushup Incline

4. Pushup Decline

Pushup Decline

5. Stacked Toe Pushup

Stacked Toe Pushup

6. Pushup Alternating Leg Lift

Pushup Alternating Leg Lift

7. Spider Pushup

Spider Pushup

8. Elbow Plank to Pike

Elbow Plank to Pike

9. Pushup to Side Plank

Pushup to Side Plank

10. Pushup Knee Tuck

Pushup Knee Tuck

Do you consider yourself a morning person?

Do you work out first thing in the AM? How did you get into the habit?

What do you believe your bod will look like in 20 years?

How do you feel about pushups?


{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Melissa @ Fit 'n' Well Mommy September 5, 2013 at 12:40 am

I used to workout first thing in the morning before and right after having Keenan, but now I just can’t do it. It’s not only so hard to get out of bed in the mornings (especially now that I’m pregnant), but like you, I feel too groggy to get a quality workout. Although, lately, I have been contemplating starting it up again, since I always feel so good when I get it done early and don’t have to worry about it the rest of the day. It also leaves more time in the day to play with Keenan. So, we’ll see. If Keenan starts to wake up at a consistent time each day (later than 6:30), I’ll probably give it a try again.
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char eats greens September 4, 2013 at 9:19 pm

I used to be a night person, then switched to a morning person (which I LOVED), then slowly turned back into a night person after baby (I don’t know…maybe because she woke me up too frequently during the night? haha), and now am TRYING to switch back to a morning person. Did you read that and get confused. Yeah, me too. I’m a real work in progress! haha
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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine September 4, 2013 at 7:45 pm

I love love love pushups! I usually do circuits of 200 at a time with different variations.
I am totally a morning person and yes right when I get out of bed I hit the floor and do 45 minutes of core work and some pushups ;) I do that to wake my body up and get my core work out of the way so I don;t have to worry about it during my normal workouts later.
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Katie @ Daily Cup Of Kate September 4, 2013 at 12:18 pm

I used to always work out in the morning, now I just cant do it! I feel so much stronger in the evenings. I love pushups and planks now, but used to hate both!
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Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome September 4, 2013 at 9:03 am

Funny, I woke up this morning and though, “I should get in a workout.” Instead, a cup of coffee and hopping online won over. I used to be really good at it but now go just go later in the morning to the gym. I used to feel the same way about push-ups but now I do 25 of them every night before bed and enjoy it! Looking forward to hearing more about the book!
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Kim September 4, 2013 at 9:03 am

I love Chalean!!! I haven’t read her book (I should) but love all of her workout series!
I’m not really a morning person – I get up early every day (between 4:30 & 5:00) but don’t ask me to be pleasant or make conversation!!! I do workout first thing. I don’t even think about it – I lay everything out the night before, throw on my clothes, brush my teeth, fill my water and hit it!!! I’ve been doing it this way for close to 7 years now and it works for me – the days that I put my workout off till later are the days that my workout tends to suffer.
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Katie @ running4cupcakes September 4, 2013 at 8:31 am

I totally agree with you about morning workouts.. . they make you feel good for the rest of the day, it is so so so hard to drag yourself out of bed for them and I wonder if I am going thru the motions, or really getting a good workout. I do not think of myself as a morning person, however, I love to read blogs, play with Luke while drinking my latte and watching the sun rise, that is a good morning!! In other news, I “signed” up for your roundtable discussion at HLS. I am leading my own dinner-mingle, so I can’t join in for dinner. . . I am super excited for HLS!!!


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