Ok, I'm really tired of this conversation...
Me: "I'm doing a 100 push-up challenge."
Friend: "Oh really! WOW! How's it going?"
Me: "Great! I'm up to about a hundred total!"
Friend: "Is that 'real' push-ups or 'girl' push-ups"
Me: "That would be MODIFIED push-ups"
Friend: "Ohhhh. Uh, that's nice." **makes condescending face**
So, I decided to restart the push-ups challenge with real, grown-up, big boy (even though I'm NOT a boy, people!) push-ups. But before that, I am probably going to try to do Week 1 doing "negative pushups".
I read an article (link at the bottom) that seemed to make good sense. The sentence that stood out to me was:
"For those of you who cannot do a push-up, here are some techniques to help get you there. And don’t bother with “modified” or “girl’s” push-ups that are done with knees on the floor. This exercise is a waste of time and, despite conventional wisdom, does NOT prepare the body to perform “real” push-ups."
And then the article goes on to describe the things that you should do to prepare your body. So, my plan is to take these preparatory steps, and then proceed back into the challenge, no matter how long it takes. The whole "core strength" thing that the article talks about, is very important to me right now. My swimming definitely will improve with increased core strength, and I think my overall health will as well.
I am going to be creating a plan and tracking it in a Google Spreadsheet. Unfortunately, the Push-ups Logger that I had been using seems to have quit, and I don't have time to troubleshoot that too.
I'm struggling with: my perfectionism, the little voice that tells me I am a quitter for not just completely the challenge with modified push-ups, and the desire to put my efforts toward things that will improve my health. I'm a little sad to be taking what feels like a step backwards, but bottom line is, I want better core strength, and would like to take on this challenge the "right way".
ETA: Oops! Forgot the link!! :)