Today is a bragging day. Sorry, but I'm gonna toot my horn for a few. I know how hard real push ups are. That's why I'm totally amazed with what I did tonight. Check this out, I just completed 72 pushups! hundredpushups.com/
I mentioned yesterday that I did the initial test to determine my max. I did 21 of those puppies. I got into the hotel tonight, ordered room service (Thai flat iron steak salad and tortilla chicken soup...both very good, by the way), and was feeling disappointed that I didn't get my walk on the beach (sun was going down and I didn't want to be out by myself).
So, I decided to get going on that push up challenge. It consisted of five sets with a 90 second break in between. The sets were: 12, 17, 13, 13, 17. That last one was the most difficult to complete in good form. You know how your arms start shaking when you're doing a plank exercise or something similar? Well, I completed those 72 pushups over an hour ago and I still have that shakey sensation.
While I was on the plane, I was poking around in the notes on my iPod. In 2011, before I had a smartphone, I used my iPod alot for sparking and keeping track of my weigh ins and just stuff. Now, I only use it to play music while I'm working out or on the plane. Anyway, I tracked my activity daily in August and September 2011. It was cool to see the correlation between that daily tracking and the weightloss trend. The experts always tell us that people that track are more successful. I'm here to tell ya! But it's not just the tracking...it's the DOING! I was on fire in August 2011! I MOVED! I was using a pedometer to track my steps, I was biking 60 minutes a day or walking My Big Block, which is about 4 miles long, and I was even tossing some strength training in here and there.
I also shook something loose earlier this year in April. Remember that? I honestly didn't. I had to flip through my blogs to recall it. I was running. Boo. I just don't enjoy it. But it was worth 7 pounds that month. For me to average almost 2 pounds per week is big. I'm the slow and steady loser. Even though I always set goals for the 2 pound upper limit of safe, averaging 1/2 or 1 pound per week is more realistic for me.
So, there you have it. I'm a good loser when I put my mind to it. What am I gonna do with that info? I'm going to start streaking again! You know, Sparkpeople needs a streak emoticon, don't you agree? I'm going to start blogging my weekly plan again, break it down by day and include a target for fitness minutes. If my brain still has capacity, I'll try to work in some nutrition tactics too. One nice thing about going crazy with the fitness is that it allows you to increase your calories
I leave you with this: a picture of the sun setting in Huntington Beach from my hotel room. I wish my honey was here to share it with me.