Thursday, March 19, 2009

Progress

As you may have read elsewhere, I've decided to do the 100 push-up and 200 sit-up challenge thingies, because what else is a menopausal woman to do to lose weight besides power-wishing? Exactly.

These silly challenges? SEEM TO BE WORKING!!! I am happy to report that as of just now (and man, how I did NOT want to do them), I am able to do the following:

- 31 girlie (on da knees) pushups in sets of 4, 6, 4, 4, and 'max,' or in today's case 15.

- 114 crunches, in sets of 21, 24, 18, 18, and 'max,' or in today's case 33.

The progress I've made thus far in both these challenges is tremendous. A couple of weeks ago I would never have thought that I could gut out that many on either set of max'es, and so am understandably HEARTENED to find out that indeed this old body can learn new tricks.

If you're interested, here are the sites:

100 pushups
200 situps

As a comparison, my starting stats were as follows: week 3 column 1 for situps, and at week 1 column 1 for pushups. A sad little start, indeed. There's every chance you could kick my wobbly white butt without even trying.

Just don't wait too long to try to kick that butt, because once I finish each challenge, I think I'll go back and make it harder....hands BEHIND the head for crunches, and 'real' (on da toes) pushups. 4 more weeks of this torture and I'll start all over again. By summer I might be able to wear a 2-piece bathing suit, and maybe even a sleeveless top.

Hey - I can dream big.

3 comments:

the only daughter said...

Indeed. Dream Big.

I have no desire to put on a bathing suit. But I do want to go sleeveless (well, I do already, but usually wear a sweater, because I get cold, but that's another tale). I want my arms (which are pretty good, I admit) to present even better. To do that I must not only shrink the belly, but work on giving the arms some definition. Bicep & Tricep work for this shrinker. Yeah baby.

Imnotbenny said...

I've been mulling over doing that 100 pushup thing for a while now, and I think I'm going to give it a try now. I think that it's great there's a new thing to try that doesn't require a checkbook.

Just out of curiosity, what area of science are you in?

tiff said...

benny - I work fora pharmaceutical company that specializes in dermatology.