Today I bench pressed the same amount of weight I lost

And that would be 105 pounds. It was a 1RM (one rep max) and it was heavy. I actually didn’t realize it was the same amount of weight I’d lost until I was posting a picture of it on Instagram this morning. I blame that on my lack of caffeine and the early pre-work hour.

I had a few minutes to think about it. Besides the “Yay me!” feeling from having benched a triple-digit number, I thought about how freakin’ heavy it was, and how I had to dig deep and give it all the power I had to push that weight back up. My trainer was ready to help, but I saw her hands and just concentrated on moving the barbell out of her reach. They call it a 1RM because it’s the maximum amount of weight a person can lift once. I definitely couldn’t have done two.

So, that’s the same amount of weight I hauled around with me for years. Yikes!! No wonder I had no energy. At least the bench press was quick. It made me remember how moving was a chore and how tiring it was. As a nurse, I walked a lot during the shifts but it was taxing, especially as I got older. Walking now feels good, I love to move, it doesn’t have to be doing things like a 5K or a Boot Camp class, just getting out and moving myself from point A to point B is enjoyable.  I certainly don’t mind some quality time on the couch, but I need and want to move.  It’s much more fun without the extra me. So, I will remember this lift, how I pushed 105 lbs. away from me. For the second time.

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  1. That is quite a milestone. There aren’t many people in the world who can say what you just did. I have a lot of respect for your progress and I’m happy for your progress (and that we are MFP friends). Many people talk about carrying the weight they’ve lost in pet food, or groceries. Very few get to brag that they can bench press that amount!

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