suzyQlou Posted July 21, 2015 Report Share Posted July 21, 2015 I've decided that push ups are going to be my focus for the next challenge. Fellow rebel Emerald_Dragonfly is a bit of an inspiration for this challenge. She has been rocking the push ups since we were recruits together. Now it's my turn to make them count. I've decided to shoot for 10 push ups. On my toes. In a row. All the way down. Wise rebels have shown me that it's best to make my challenge goals reflect my effort and let the results take care of themselves. So, instead of focusing on the big number ten (ha! you haven't seen me focusing on the number ten anywhere, have you?), I'm going to break my challenge down into three behavior changes: Goal 1 - Do more push upsMy strength workout is the the Bodyweight Level 3 workout from the NF Academy (with plenty of modifications since I can't do things like pull ups yet). Anyway, the workouts include push ups, but only every other workout. I haven't been progressing with my push ups as I'd like, so I'm going to add more. With every strength workout I do, I will do push ups. If they aren't listed on my plan, I will do them anyway. When I first started push ups, I walked myself down the stairs. Unfortunately, I'm too tall for my landing (or my landing is too short for me) and I don't fit on the last step. So, I switched to knee push ups, and have been adding toe push ups as I can. Progress has been slow, stalled, or negative. On my knees at first, I was been doing as many toe push ups as I could and then finishing the set of 10 on my knees. When that didn't show progress, I changed to doing as many toe push ups as I could, and then doing 15 knee push ups. I'm going to stick with this second method. Eventually, it should pay off. Since each strength workout is a circuit, I will be doing three sets of push ups for each workout. My baseline for toe push ups right now is about 4/3/1. If I can get that first set up to ten, I'm going to be a happy camper. Goal 2 - Do more push upsYeah. I know I already said that, but I'm SERIOUS. I am determined to do more push ups! For the first goal, I am adding push ups to workouts that didn't include them. For my second goal, I'm adding more strength workouts to my week. Instead of my old routine of cardio MWF and strength TTh, I'm going to do a switch-a-roo. I will do strength MWF and cardio TTh. Disclaimer: This goal will kick in after I run my first ever 5K on August 8th. I feel like I need to keep running three times a week until I get the race under my belt. Until then, I'm going to use Goal 2 as a place to track my running progress. Disclaimer 2. I considered adding cardio on Saturday to keep the heart going, but I'm just not willing to do that (yet). Since I've brought my running time up from 20 minutes to 30+ a day, I rationalize that two times a week is still going to be better than the old three times. 20 + 20 + 20 < 35 + 35 . Of course it is! Goal 3 - Push up lessThis is where I say that I'm going to lose weight. So...each week, I will be pushing up less weight. See how easy that's going to make my push ups? This is my standard lose-a-pound-a-week goal that I've been using for the past few challenges. I call it "healthy eating", and I used a daily checklist of good eating habits. I eat lots of vegetables, reasonable portion sizes, and limit snacks. If I do everything on my checklist, I lose about a pound a week. Yeah, that's the tricky part. I really need to do everything on my checklist. I blame summertime lack of routine for all my slip-ups lately I've decided to tweak my challenge for this go-around. I'm not going to base my weight loss goal completely on the scale. I am going to award myself points if I either lose a pound a week OR hit five perfect days on the checklist. In theory, they go hand-in-hand. In practice, I make up lots of excuses. Life Goal ?I may fill one in later this week. I haven't really thought about this too much. This challenge is tricky timing. It starts off the week I recover from vacation, and ends during the first week my kids are back in school. Both these weeks are times of transition for me, and I'm going to do my best to rock the challenge right through them. 7 Quote suzyQlou * Ranger Old Challenges: #1(2015) * #2 * #3(push ups) * #4 * #5(food) * #6 * #7(2016)* #8(nerdiversary) * #9 * 10(animal) * Battle Log * 11(2017) * 12(garden) * 13 * 14(biking) * 15 * 16 * 17 * 18 * 19(2018) * 20(2019) * 21 Link to comment
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