I just completed the first day of week two. I was surprised by how much easier this first day was than the last day of the first week. And I really shocked myself when I did 18 pushups for my maximum set.
Here are the sets that I did:
18 Pushups (Maximum Set)
This is more than double the amount of pushups I could do just one week ago. So, I am glad to see progress! 🙂
I just completed day 3 of the hundredpushups.com program. I am drained but I accomplished making it through week one.
I performed the following sets today:
Then my Max, which today was 10 Pushups.
I was shooting for a higher max than this, but my arms were shaking so bad to just get number 10 up that I knew I would have to end there.
I am taking this weekend off for a couple days of rest and will begin week two on Monday.
Last Night I did day 2 of the 100 pushup program. I found that these sets were more challnenging than the first day, but I was able to complete them.
Here are the sets (with 60 second breaks between them):
9 pushups, 8 pushups, 6 pushups, 5 pushups, and then Max (as many pushups as you can do)
For my maximum I was only able to do seven pushups after the previous sets. I can also feel my chest and abdominal muscles are burning really good this morning.
Today I began the first day of the 100 pushups program. My initial test had me at a maximum of 7 pushups. This places me in the level 2 category of the program.
Today I did the following sets: 7,7,5,4, and then I was to do as many as I could for my final set. I expected to be worn out and need to stop at 5 or 6 but I was able to go to 11 pushups. I exceeded my previous maximum after doing all of these other sets. I was very surprised by this.
This has me at 34 pushups in less than a 10 minute period of time. Not all too impressive but it is the beginning and I already feel like progress is being made.
I found a program that is designed to take someone who can do very few push ups (someone like me) and take them to doing 100 push-ups in six weeks. (that seems rather impressive, if you ask me) This concept is similar to the Couch to 5K plan for running.
I am going to begin this program this evening along with returning to the Couch to 5K Program. This will give me a good balance of upper body and cardio, which is really all I am looking for in a workout routine.
I will keep everyone posted on my progress and hope to be able to show off a completion badge on the site in just six weeks!
I have been a slacker for the good part of the past 4 months. I ran a few times, but not nearly enough to be on track for the half marathon. I have a wide range of excuses, all involving a lot of stress happening in my life right now. But, I am seeing that not being active is likely adding to how the stress affects me. I seem to become lazy, withdrawn, and extra hungry when life becomes stressful. So, the past few months have been bad on the diet front as well as the exercise front. I have gained back 8lbs in the past 4 months. I am certainly moving in the wrong direction.
So, this evening I am going to begin the Couch to 5K plan again and begin logging every crumb that I eat on Gyminee.com, just like I used to do. I need to learn to control my life rather than letting life control me (in regards to diet and exercise).
I also dropped off of the traineo.com discussion forums as well a few months ago. I need to go back there and take part in the discussions to help keep me motivated. I have made poor choices that have helped me fall away from achieving my goal of losing weight and being healthy. I have a baby on the way and need to take care of myself now so I can be with him later. I can’t let stress control how I live.