Good Reads and Pull Up Progress

First of all, happy Friday! I love short weeks like this, especially when I actually get both days of the weekend off (which is very rare in my job!). Before I get to the actual good stuff in today’s post, I realized that in my blog writing absence, I forgot to update you all on the progress I made during my month of pull ups!

If you remember, I did a month of chin-ups every day, followed by a month of pull-ups every day. The pull ups were a lot harder, but surprisingly I did see progress much quicker. I’m assuming that this is because I had already built up such a base with my month of chin ups. Anyway, after starting the month only able to eek out 2 pull ups on a good day, I can now do 5 continuous, unassisted pull ups! I hit 5 at the middle of the month and then plateaued, but if you’ll remember, my goal was to be able to get a set of 3-5 by the end of the month. 5 it is, goal met once again!

Since September started, I haven’t been doing them every single day, but have continued with almost daily chin ups and pull ups. I can’t let this progress go to waste! Someday I’ll reach that elusive 10 chin-up set.

So anyway, although my blog writing has been sporadic at best lately (sorry!), I have been doing some reading in my down time. The following are some awesome reads that I’ve come upon lately, check them out and let me know what you think in the comments!

A Note Of Apology To My Thighs – From Caitlin at Fit and Feminist. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite blogs, and if you read this (and any of her other posts) you’ll quickly see why.

Food Addictions – Why They’re Not Your Fault – From Aviva Romm, MD. This was sent to me by a family friend, and I loved it. Many of us have certain food addictions (usually sugar), but that doesn’t mean that you’re a failure or a bad person. Aviva has some excellent tips on how to break the food addiction cycle, and also how to accept yourself instead of beating yourself up over it.

Strength Goals Trump The Scale – From Artemis at Iron Body by Artemis. Strength goals or scale weight? What is more important?

My Journey Across Dietary Ideologies – From Jake Johnson at JJ Strength. We’ve all fallen in love with certain dietary fads and ideologies, but are they all right for everyone? Just because someone says that you have to eat a certain way, and a lot of people believe them, does that make it correct? Food for thought here.

Of Tiny Pink Dumbbells and Fat Chicks – from Carrie Patrick. If you read one thing on this list, read this. This post portrays a message that we all need a reminder of from time to time, and may even bring you to tears. Have tissues handy!

There you go! Happy reading everyone!

10 thoughts on “Good Reads and Pull Up Progress

  1. 5 pull ups?! Bad. Ass. Once I’m done with my competition, I’m going to try doing chin ups every time I’m in the gym. I haven’t done any at all in about 2 months and I’m scared to see what the fallout is!

    1. Thanks!! You definitely deserve a little recovery time after this competition, but I’m sure you’ll get your pull ups back before you know it after all the training you’ve been doing!

  2. Thanks for the good recommendations, with so many blogs out there it’s always good to see which ones other people are reading!

    1. You’re welcome! 🙂 I try to do these posts every once in a while, try to spread the love ya know?

  3. Thanks for sharing my post Stephanie, I really like your site!

    1. You’re welcome, I loved that post! Thanks so much!

  4. I did pull ups today and thought of your challenge 😉 I too found the transition from chin up to pull ups easier, probably due to the same reason! I find though when I do pull ups, I must do them first in my set of exercises for the sesh, otherwise the numbers get lower the later my workout is is! good links to check out there too, cheers!

    1. Awesome! I have to do my pull ups at the beginning too, although weirdly I have found that sometimes my chin up sets get stronger throughout a workout. Weird I know 🙂

  5. Congrats on your pull up progress!

    I loved Jake’s post – my views are basically spot on with his conclusions. Thanks for sharing it!

    1. Thanks Chelsea! I know, I think that’s why it resonated so much with me. I’ve been dabbling around in different styles (IF, CBL, kind-of paleo) and I really feel that there is no one cookie cutter diet that works for everyone. Glad you agree and glad you liked it!

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