On Failing (Or Just Not Quite Getting It Right)

Failure isn’t necessarily a bad thing; also it’s sometimes hilarious!

I share a lot of things on here about what I can do after all this time in AbsoluteFIT, but I think I’d be remiss if I didn’t share the things I can’t do, or don’t do well (I mean in fitness and health, not, like, in general — that’d be too long for a blog post, ha!). So, on that note:

  • My lunch today was a handful of potato chips, half a container of yogurt, some grapes, and black coffee from this morning that I reheated in the microwave. Not the kind of entry that makes a nutritionist happy
  • I can’t do a pull-up or a chin-up, like at all. Even with the big rubber-band thingy to assist. Can not do. It’s actually kind of hilarious — I wish I had video of the last time Jackie made me try it, and I’ll try to remember to get it next time … it was so, so, SO bad …
  • I’m usually pretty good with a jump rope, but in today’s Strength and Endurance session with Marie, I swear — all. I. did. was absolutely whip myself with the dang thing. I’d jump like five times, then SLAP! … another welt on my arm, leg, or both. Some days, you just ain’t got the rhythm.
  • I can’t beat my personal best number of full-extension push-ups — which is a relatively low number: 6. I can do more than that in a session, but I seem to top out at 6 in a row, without a break. This irritates me like you would not believe. I’m trying to get Linda-Hamilton-in-T2 arms here, people!
  • My hamstrings are … unstretchable. I swear. I can almost do a seated split, and in that position, rest my forehead on each knee, and touch my nose to the ground in front of me, but when I pull my legs together and lean forward … nothin. Watch:

[sigh] OK, so, your turn — what can’t you do, or don’t do well? Don’t leave me hangin … (like I’m trying to do a chin-up, just dangling there uselessly …).

—Lydia M. 


Lydia Markoff is an Almaden-area writer, mom, and fitness enthusiast with Texas roots, a New York education, and a Californian heart. She plays bass, reads a lot, watches too much TV, and can be found in the AbsoluteFIT studio three to five times a week. Her life goals include having a body like Linda Hamilton’s in Terminator 2, and/or having Bill Murray randomly crash a party she is attending. If you need something from her, try bribing her with good coffee or cold beer; odds are, she wants one or the other of those right now.


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