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Catching up

I’ve been slacking a little bit with blogging in the past week or two, and it’s time for that to stop! I’ve been working way too much, but luckily my fitness plans haven’t fallen by the wayside in all the chaos.

I’ve decided to get back into the 100 Pushup Challenge. I had to quit the first time around because I developed some pretty bad shoulder pain and it wasn’t going away. But now it’s been a considerable amount of time and my shoulder hasn’t given me any trouble for a while now so I think it’s safe to give it a go. I left off in the middle of week 3 and that’s exactly where I’m starting now. Yesterday I did the week 3 day 1 workout and it went well.

I haven’t been completely pushup-free in between then and now. I just wasn’t doing them consistently and certainly wasn’t pushing myself every time to do more and more like this plan will do. I’m really excited to see some arm muscles coming back!

In addition to that, I’ve started attempting to run again. Running has never ever ever come easily to me. In fact, it sort of just feels awful whenever I try to do it and like my body can’t handle it. I want to change that!

I’ve done 3 or so Couch to 5k workouts, 2 of which were completed successfully and the last one… well, it was kind of a disaster. Maybe my legs were too tired from the long cardio workout I had done the day before, or maybe it was just a bad day to try, but I only got through 3 one minute running segments and my shins felt like they were on fire, even when I was just walking slowly. I couldn’t continue. Definitely a disappointment.

But! I’m not letting that stop me. The failed workout occurred on Monday and now today on Friday, I’m hoping to head out in a few hours to the gym to try again. I’m ready for this!

Challenging myself like with the pushups and running is something that really motivates me to keep sticking to my workouts and goals. I like having a plan – something I can put in my calendar – and then watching myself progress. This is especially true when it comes to things that historically I’ve never been able to do. Definitely the case with pushups and running!

Happy Memorial Day to everyone in the U.S. and I hope the long weekend is put to good use!


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May 25, 2012 Posted by | Blogging, Life, Project | , , , , | 1 Comment

Speed bumps to motivation

In the past week or so, I’ve had trouble getting myself motivated. After doing great and being consistent with the 100 pushup challenge for 3 weeks in a row, my left shoulder started hurting. It was bad enough that I decided to put the pushups on hold to make sure I didn’t hurt myself further. Even doing my zumba on Tuesday, some of the arm movements didn’t feel great.

It’s tough when you have a setback that forces you to put something you’ve been making progress with on hold. I was really enjoying seeing some arm muscles on myself and I wanted to keep improving, so I was tempted to keep working on my pushups anyway. But then I realized I would be doing more harm than good.

I took the week off from pushups, and when I resume on Monday, I’ll redo week 3 to get myself back up to speed.

On top of that, this week has been a tough one, kicking off with a dentist appointment (which I always dread, even though it was just a cleaning), and jam packed with work related stress. All of this combined has lead to a problem getting myself motivated to do much of anything productive yesterday and today. I felt like I should go to the gym today, but the thought of it just wasn’t very appealing.

Every now and then, motivation can be really tough to find. When I face these situations, I tell myself that it’s okay to take a few days to be lazy and do some relaxing things. Usually once a few days go by where I don’t put that extra pressure on myself, I come back refreshed and ready to jump back in with both feet. I’m hopeful that by Monday, I’ll be ready to get moving again. D has already said that he wants us both to go to the gym tomorrow, so I will be doing that as well.

How do you bounce back when motivation and energy are scarce?

March 31, 2012 Posted by | Project | , | 1 Comment

Working on upper body strength

TGIF, right?? It’s been another long and hectic week over here. Last Saturday, D, my brother and I went to this show at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. It was great, especially for us video game nerds. It was fun to get out for the night and do something cultural, even though D was pretty sick that day (he caught my cold).

I was pretty much done with that cold, however and got back into my usual workout routine this week:

Monday, Wednesday and today I made sure to do my pushups and this morning I got up to 34 pushups – my most ever! I’m very happy to be seeing and feeling some muscle in my arms now since I was sorely lacking in that area before.

Monday, I also did a ton of cardio:
– A quick 20 minute Zumba wii session during lunch
– 60 minutes on the stationery bike after work

Tuesday, I did some more Zumba (what can I say, I’m hooked!) for 45 minutes during lunch.

Wednesday and Thursday were off days and today I will either do Zumba or bike during my lunch break yet again.

Over the weekend, my goals include getting to the gym with D both days to do elliptical/treadmill work and some weights. The great thing about participating in the pushup challenge is that I’m getting in some strength work three times per week, even if I don’t actually make it to the gym to do weights. Tomorrow when I go, the big question will be: have I improved any on the chest press machine?? My performance 2 weeks ago was pretty dismal so I’m hoping for improvement!

What’s your favorite way to work on upper body strength?


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March 16, 2012 Posted by | Blogging, Project | , , | 3 Comments

The Pushup Challenge

What a long and crazy week! There was so much going on: appointments, taxes, dramatic highs and lows at D’s job, after work activities… I’m so happy the weekend is here (or will be in about 3 hours) that I almost don’t know what to do with myself.

In an effort to kick things up another notch in the fitness department, this week I decided to take on the One Hundred Pushup Challenge. I am a self-proclaimed weakling when it comes to pushups or anything relating to upper body strength, and this is one of the things that has always plagued me during my quest for fitness. At the gym with D last Saturday, I got especially frustrated when I couldn’t do more than one chest press on a certain machine. After that, I determined that this needed to change immediately. Enter the challenge.

I started on Monday and the plan calls for doing pushups 3x per week, which allows for plenty of rest days for your muscles to recover. And it starts you off at whatever level you’re currently at. I’m doing pushups on my knees and I surprised myself this week with how many I was able to do: 19 on Monday and 22 on Wednesday. Today is day 3 and I made it up to 29! The program is only 6 weeks, so I find it to be completely manageable and easy to fit into my schedule. Plus I’m already starting to see the beginnings of definition in my arms.

Aside from that, I’ve been a little off with my cardio this week so I’m trying to get back into that full force now. I did Zumba yesterday during lunch, burning almost 500 calories and with the weekend here, I’ll have many more chances to work out.

Have any of you ever tried the pushup challenge?


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March 9, 2012 Posted by | Project | , | 5 Comments