Push-up challenge = FAIL

by DaniGirl on May 31, 2010 · 11 comments

in It IS all about me

So DaniGirl, how’s that push-up challenge going?

*sound of crickets*

Yeah. I totally fell off the wagon on this one. Aside from doing two sets of 15 push-ups at the gym on Saturday, I haven’t done a single set in the last week or two. Push-up fail. Mind you, I’m still pretty damn impressed with myself that I can do 30 push-ups in three minutes, which is 30 more than I could do at the beginning of last month!

I made it to Week 4 Day 2, I think, before I missed a day that stretched into two or three, and then I thought maybe I ought to backtrack a few days, just to get caught up, but didn’t, and then, well, life kinda happened and suddenly it was two weeks later.


I’m waffling on whether to start up again. I figure I can start back on Week 4 Day 1 and just push (snicker) on for the final two weeks of the program and be done with it. One must finish what one starts, right? For the principle of it, if nothing else. But, did you look at the last two weeks of the program? Whimper. It looks (warning, whine ahead) haaaarrrrd.

Of course, the lazy part of me that is not overly keen on the whole physical exertion thing is pretty damn pleased with the progress to date and willing to call the push-up thing conquered once and for all. I mean, the original goal was to be able to do “some” push-ups at some unspecified future date. 30 in three minutes definitely qualifies as a reasonably impressive definition of “some” especially when compared to the previous standard of “none.”

Nobody seemed to notice that I didn’t even blog about the push-up challenge last week — does that mean that y’all have fallen off the wagon, too? I know Liisa mentioned on twitter that she has, um, stumbled recently, too. Solidarity, sista! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Okay, bloggy peeps, whaddya think? Have I proven myself on this one, or do I have to face this down to the end?

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sara May 31, 2010 at 11:36 am

If I have to face my running, you have to face your push ups.

I too have fallen off the wagon. (I got a muscle cramp in my left calf and my doc said not to run until it was 10% gone. It’s been gone for a week.) I am supposed to be training for my BMQ. I am “training” for the initial 2.5km in under 12 minutes. Right now I am at 15 minutes for 3km. BUT I want to be at 5km before I go. I need to pass the cardio part big time.

So, if you start again, I will make sure I make it to 5 km by the end of June. Deal?

2 Coco May 31, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Since you are more active in the summer..as in even biking to work…you might want to consider starting again in the fall when the weather is cooler and there are fewer excuses to drop out.

3 allison-lee May 31, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Don’t give up now!

4 Batman May 31, 2010 at 7:23 pm

I think you made it a week longer than I did when I first tried this so you’ve impressed me. I avoided failure this time around by ignoring your challenge. I was cheering you on from the couch though!

I’d vote for continuing on. I can be your couch coach if you need one.

5 Ingrid May 31, 2010 at 9:03 pm

I have to confess that i got as far as printing out week 1 and I have faithfully carried it back and forth to Toronto, as well as place it beside my bed. Have I actually done any pushups??? No… but I intend to start any day now. So congratulations for what you have done, but wouldnt you feel better if you finished the program? I don’t mean to preach ( she who has done zero) but I know you can make it to the end. And then i want to see your shoulder muscles!

6 Tania May 31, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Bah. You’re good! You’re done!

7 Nat May 31, 2010 at 10:17 pm

My shoulder starting bugging me, then I had a headache… and then … and then… and then…

I just gave up. Might start again.

8 Simon MacDonald June 1, 2010 at 11:56 am

I think if you are going to start it up again you should probably do a new max push up test and restart at week 3 day 1. Trying to jump right back in where you were at probably wouldn’t work too well.

I ended up finishing the 6 week program. On weeks 5 and 6 I couldn’t do every repetition they called for but I suffered through. Now I can do a lot more push ups in 10 minutes than I used to be able to do but I don’t think it helped my consecutive push up total too much. Throughout the whole program my max push up test stayed relatively the same.

9 Barbi June 2, 2010 at 6:33 am

I had to stop all exercise as I got that terrible stubborn cold/virus that left me with some mild but persistent breathing issues. Anyway, so yes, I fell off the wagon too. But I hit resist on the app last week, only did it that one time then this morning back at it so I am back on week 1. It is disappointing, I was doing really well but that is ok, I am back at it and that is what matters.

So I would say resist the app and carry on, you can do it!

10 Liisa June 2, 2010 at 11:33 am

I failed too. Week 4, Day 2 was my last.

I might start up again at Week 4 Day 1 and go with Level 1. I was at Level 3 and doing fine until Week 4, and then it was just so discouraging that I dropped to Level 2, but even that was hard. If I can finish at a reasonable level, that might be more inspiring and satisfying.

I find that my other workouts are kinda getting in my way, but I think we have come to close to turn back now. Are you with me Dani?

11 Finola June 3, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Totally off the wagon ๐Ÿ™

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