My Own Blood Never Looked So Good

by Andrew Forrest

photo-2(I had my wife take this picture–I want to remember today.)

We’re about halfway through 2014. How are you doing on your goals for the year?



One of my goals for the year was to do 20 strict pull-ups, unbroken. (“Strict” means straight pull-ups without any swinging or “kip;” “unbroken” means 20 without coming off the bar.) This was a stretch goal for me, because at the end of 2013 I could at most do 1 or 2 pull-ups, even with a kip. My whole life had been like that: I’ve always been bad at pull-ups.

As I’ve mentioned previously on this blog, I’ve been ruthless this year about getting up and working out early in the morning every day. Often, my morning workout called for pull-ups, and whenever that was the case, I’d use a resistance band to make them easier. But this morning, I decided to try the workout (which called for pull-ups) without a band. Over the course of today’s workout, I ended up doing 60 pull-ups (in sets of 10, broken up by?other exercises), but the best part was that I was able to do the first set of 10 unbroken! (I ended up tearing my hands, but it was worth it.) So, I think my goal for the year is definitely possible.

I know it doesn’t sound like much, and for some of my dear readers my lowly pull-up total is a joke, but for me this morning was a big deal. I’ve never been so satisfied to see my own blood as I was this morning.


6 Months Left in 2014

On some of my other 2014 goals I’ve made similar progress, on others I have some ground to make up. Either way, as difficult as the discipline of pursuing goals is, the satisfaction of accomplishment outweighs the difficultly.

So, what will you use these next 6 months to accomplish? Memorize a psalm? Run a 10k? Save $1,000? Let me know in the comments, below.



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Mike Orren July 14, 2014 - 11:53 am

My goal is to read the whole bible in a year. Been using the Olive Tree app on iPad to manage. I’ve done a lousy job so far, but I always find mid-year a great kick in the pants / reminder that there’s still time even if you’re behind.

Andrew Forrest July 14, 2014 - 2:37 pm

Mike, if you could just get to the New Testament, you’d be home free. 5.5 months is doable, even if you haven’t read any of it, I expect.

Curtis Vaughn July 14, 2014 - 12:05 pm

That’s great Andrew, my goal is to learn a new skill (which I am taking online courses for), be a better stewart of my money, and memorize some common prayers.

Andrew Forrest July 14, 2014 - 2:37 pm

Love the skill idea, Curt. Video related?

Curtis Vaughn July 14, 2014 - 4:57 pm

actually I’m trying to learn how to code to make mobile apps or advanced websites.

Amy k July 14, 2014 - 5:11 pm

We need to compare hands! I just recently got my first strict pull up. I can only do two in a row, but I just started the Armstrong pull-up program today. Goal is 20 in a row – I can only imagine!

Andrew Forrest July 14, 2014 - 9:01 pm

Amy, do you have a date in mind for your goal? End of the year? Great to hear I’m not the only one with pull-ups on the brain.

Amy k July 15, 2014 - 5:01 pm

The end of the year would be a stretch goal for me. February 2015 is my goal, next CF open!

Campbell July 14, 2014 - 8:44 pm

Well done! Like a boss!! Great work Andrew. That is a heck of an achievement and you are surely on your way to 20 by year’s end. “Pull”ing for you!

Andrew Forrest July 14, 2014 - 9:02 pm

Campbell, I am still years away from a muscle-up….


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