If you’ve been paying attention, you may be aware that I should be on the final week of the 100 push up program, which I’m doing as part of the Life After Bagels PIPES Challenge.
I was feeling really great when I reached the mid-point of the challenge, but that was the beginning of the end. The following Monday I began my sets by looking at the 200 sit up program sheet (Brian’s doing it) instead of the push up sheet. I was halfway done with the set before I realized I wasn’t doing what I was supposed to, though it did seem like the numbers had taken quite a jump. Since I’d exhausted my arm muscles, I decided to switch my push up days to Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for the week. And, for some reason, I had a really hard time sticking to that schedule. Last week was our school spring break, which meant I had no routine in my life and I kept forgetting to do my push ups.
So I’m doing week 4 again. It seems to be a sticky week for a lot of people; even the challenge’s creator, Morgan, is still repeating it. So that makes me feel better. My arms just don’t feel as strong as I’d like them to heading into week 5.
Also since my last PIPES post, I’ve started getting bored with the challenge. I don’t know why. I’m able to do the push ups, I just don’t feel like it. Once I’ve done a dozen or so, I just want to be done with the set. This may also be why I can’t do more than a mile on the elliptical. Thank goodness for a husband who is encouraging me to finish this challenge whether or not I “feel” like it.
On a completely unrelated note, my sister sent me this video the other day. It may be one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen.
you should be proud! being able to do 50 push-ups is so amazing :)
Rachel (Olalliberry) says
I’ve been doing full body strength training for a few years (off and on) but so far I can’t seem to do more than 10-12 pushups at a time. They are just SO HARD! Maybe I should give this program a try – but I definitely understand how a plain pushups program could get boring after a while. It seems like it could be more fun if it were integrated into a more general strength training program, so you have other exercises to improve on too – I find that I progress much more quickly on lower body exercises than upper body.