Thursday, July 1, 2010

Summer Challenge . . .

100 Pushup Test

I started my fitness focus Summer of 2009.  It started with my goal to run a 5K in October of 2009.  I've not run often in the last two months.  I decided to re-train for the same 5K, which is on October 30th.  I am excited to get back into a challenge. But the training that works my heart and strengthens my lower body isn't enough for my body to maintain overall strength and stamina.  I decided to start an upper body challenge because I failed my last arm challenge . . . miserably. 

I took my test for the 100 Pushup training program.  I only did 4 standard pushups.  I am sure I could do more modified pushups, but my goal is to be able to bang out 100 pushups at once.  I love feeling strong.  I hope to really make my upper body stronger and leaner.  I will also be including Yoga in the very near future, which fell to the wayside these last few months.  And I can't say enough that I do love Yoga, and it will be a big part of my life again.

I can't guarantee that I am back on the fitness wagon, but I am enjoying getting up and putting in at least 45 minutes to an hour of cardio.  Today, I did 50 minutes on my spin cycle while watching a streaming video from Netflix.  I am watching the first season of Firefly.  It is an old show that didn't last a complete season, but anything that is keeping me motivated and excited to get on the treadmill is fantastic. 

So Next week, I am doing week one of 100 pushups, running 3-4 times a week, cycling 2-3 times a week; hopefully walking with my colleague at work.  She is my pedometer pal.  I need to exercise to keep my stress level down.  I am in the midst of a ton of work at the office and I can't seem to manage the summer sports with our son.  I feel like I am running like a chicken with its head cut off.  Exercise keeps my stress down.

I am also trying the Line Diet.  I am hoping that my need for visualizing and tracking my progress will make this easier.  Research it and let me know if this would work for you. 

Do you have any goals for the summer to keep you challenged and motivated?  If so, what is it?  How have you planned for it?  What is the number one thing you need to happen in order to do and complete your challenge?


  1. HI! I'm enjoying reading your blog! I just finished an 8-wk. women's strength training class at the gym, and am now starting the Couch to 5K program as my next challenge for the summer. I'm trying to write my exercise plan for the week in my food diary at the beginning of the week - I have to schedule it like a work appt. or something comes up and it falls by the wayside - and I have to exercise early, before the rest of the family is up. Any exercise that happens later on in the day is a bonus.

  2. I, too, love yoga, but have not gone since the winter because I was training for a 1/2 marathon and then a Sprint Triathlon. I do feel strong when I do it. Sometimes it is a little slow for me, I like to be a little more active, but then when we are doing a million sun salutations, I have sweat dripping out of me.
    I am glad you reminded me how I am missing my namaste'.

  3. My number one goal for the summer is to keep on keeping on. Not much of one, really, but I would like to make it through a 365 eating my calories and walking. Losing weight. In the future, I do see myself wanting to be able to run, to hit some walk/runs next year and to work on toning up. But for now I'm keeping it really simple.

    Keep it up, girl!!!


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