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When I was at the gym today, I saw a man and a woman next to me who were taking turns bench pressing dumbbells. When the woman’s turn came up, the man would stand behind her and spot her, and I saw that she was pressing 20’s. She seemed like she was struggling a bit, and so the guy was doing what spotters do, and kept his hands near the weights in case she needed his help.

I bring this up because pressing 20lb. dumbbells is light weight for me now. But! It always wasn’t. I remember when I had trouble bringing up the dumbbells (at any weight) in unison and stabilizing my arms enough so as not to hit my hand with the opposite hand’s weight. And just like this woman, lifting the weight at all was a challenge. But now, that’s no longer an issue. Now, I can press 40lb. dumbbells on my own, and 45 pounders with a spotter (not yet confident enough that after a couple reps, I won’t drop the 45’s on myself, lol) 

Anyway, some of the points are: Progression is awesome! We all start somewhere. Little by little, a little becomes a lot!

I use the bench press exercise as an example, because it’s one of my favorite exercises (and the one I get the most excited about when I go up in weight on) and it’s also what the woman in this story was doing, but the same goes for every other exercise.

I was complimented on my shoulders today. :-D #alsohadanelderlygentlemancallmegorgeous #complimentsmakemehappy #sodoesmyhardworkpayingoff

#selfie

Happy right now because I think I did good on my exam today, I got an A on the last one I just got back, I’m wearing my favorite shirt that my friend let me borrow, and my workout is done. Now I can lay back and relax for a bit! #thelittlethings #also #alsoijustateapoptart #thatsalsomakesmehappy #idontevenplayworldofwarcraft #butijustlovethisshirt #lol

I benched 45lb dumbbells today!!! A gym regular, who’s been nice enough to be my spotter when I bench, was there today and spotted me as I got the 40’s up a few times. Afterwards he said I was ready for the 45’s. I wasn’t sure about that, because I recently started with the 40’s (and almost dropped one on my face, haha), but as the dumbbells came down, lo and behold, I pushed them right back up! He helped me on a couple reps and I did 3 on my own! :-D #pr #yay #myarmsmaylooklikenoodles #andimaylooklikeanoodle #haha #butimgettingstronger

Celebrating because both my brothers got accepted to be part of the soccer program at St. Mary’s University! #lilbrothersaregoingtocollege! (at IHOP San Antonio)

At my brothers soccer game with my favorite person in the world. #mommysgirl (at St. Mary’s University)

Exactly what I need! An extra stomach for all the food I want to eat! #maybeialreadyhaveone #becauseialwayshaveroomformorefood #haha #a&p #digestivesystem

I need to get on Piccolo’s level. #thatdiscipline #thatfocus #andthatworkethic #dbz

So far, so good. #lovememefaces #haha

Puppies! :-D #alwayshappytoseeyou

Had an AWESOME day with my best friend! Puppies, Cheesecake Factory, shopping, and apparently time travel because where did the time go? Lol. #lastirememberitwasoneintheafternoon #thenitwaslikenine #what #lol

I needed a spotter and I almost dropped a dumbbell on my face, lol, but I pressed the 40lb dumbbells a couple times. Progress!

I remember back when I almost dropped the 35lb dumbbells on myself, and now I can press them for like 8 to 10 reps, no problem.

Gonna need a spotter for a while for the 40’s, but I’m gonna work my way up to doing them on my own.

I love this tank. Off to the gym! :D #lilybearinthebackground #thinkingtoherself #stoptakingpicsandfeedme #lol #activateapparel

The start of a new week and the start of something better. #iactuallylikemondays