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Not Quite the Plank Warrior...


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Saturday, October 19, 2013

I planned on walking and vlogging this morning; had something I wanted to bounce off y'all. But it's grey and rainy, so i'll chug along on the elliptical today and take a walk with y'all on Monday instead. I love walking outside in the fall, here in Ohio. It's absolutely beautiful right now, with all the leaves changing. We didn't have a lot of trees where I grew up and the ones that did seemed to drop their leaves overnight. So, Fall is still a novelty to me and I love it.

Know what I don't love? Planking. It's true. I do not like it, Sam I Am. I understand how very great it is for your core and all, but I think I may taper off on the 30 Day Plank Challenge. Here's the challenge, if you missed it earlier:


I do NOT look like this chick when I'm planking. Plus, she's planking without a guinea pig, so I question her commitment.

Anywho, I've really stuck to the schedule. I even made it to a two- (very hard and ugly) minute plank. Here is a pic of my plankchat with Shelley, day before yesterday.


You need true friends, in moments like these.

But yesterday, I tried the 2 1/2 minutes and only made it 90 seconds. I'm starting to get ominous twinges in my lower back and the feeling of loathing and dread I've developed for this challenge has somewhat lessened its motivational impact. So, I think I will bid adieu to this particular challenge. I may keep planking, but for much shorter periods. I will not be forging on, to the five-minute mark. No thank you. But it was fun trying. Until it wasn't fun. Then it was just loathing.

Speaking of challenges, my team started another round of the 5% Weight Loss Challenge this week and I'm down half a pound. I'm thrilled! I know some people get very disappointed when they see losses that are less than a pound or two. Not me. I get excited about any loss at all, especially when I was expecting to see a five-pound gain. So, join me in doing a Happy Dance. Seriously. Stop what you're doing, get up and do a three-second Happy Dance. It's good for you.


See? I just did one. It was very rewarding.

I will leave you with this pic of one corner of my Shelf of Awesome, which is my motivational shrine of things that make me ridiculously happy. Please note the words propped up on Statue of Liberty Spongebob.


I will. And you will too. (Here's the secret--we already ARE.)

Spark ON, Brave Sparkers!


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LORIVIOLA 3/26/2014 10:18AM

    I too, question her commitment (guinea pig free)
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thanks for sharing. i may try the plank challenge— and if i do and decide it is not for me then i won't feel bad about stopping. thanks for that permission!
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GRAMPIAN 12/18/2013 7:32AM

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ROXYCARIN 11/11/2013 11:36PM

  Awesome

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SIMONEKP 11/10/2013 3:36PM

    If you ever get back to planking, check your form, make sure you're not dropping your hips too low or forming a "V" by pushing your bum up instead of dropping it to form a straight line

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MISSLISA1973 11/1/2013 1:42AM

    OK, I did the 3-second happy dance. emoticon

Good for you for stopping what you dreaded doing. SparkGuy always tells us to find something we love. Obviously, planks are not a love for you. Keep doing what you love and shining your sunny self for the rest of us!

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LEEKA5 10/31/2013 2:24PM

    I was perusing another website (gasp, hands to mouth suppressing a "No!") and he talks about planking and it's overuse, actually, so I thought you might find the conclusions interesting. He does go into pushup's actually and that planks will help with pushups because they help build core strength, but they're not the end-all-be-all in the end for those 6 pack abs.

"Once you’re able to hold a plank for 30 to 60 seconds, there’s no need to learn to hold for extremely long durations. Holding a plank for 5 or 10 minutes–while very impressive–isn’t necessarily going to have increasingly beneficial returns. Instead, it’s better to add some sort of dynamic movement, whether it’s pulling a sled, doing a row, or trying a “stir the pot” variation. They’ll be a much more effective and efficient use of your time once you’ve mastered the basics. "- See more bornfitness.com/are-planks-overrate
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Just another perspective.
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CHANGE4FIT 10/28/2013 12:34PM

    Love the blog-I am up to 90 seconds in my cardio strength class, but I can tell you it has taken more than 30 days to get there-LOL

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EFFRAYECHILDE 10/27/2013 7:57PM

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READY4CHANGE81 10/26/2013 11:50PM

    This challenge sounds awesome!!! I may want to follow your lead emoticon

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THE_RED_BIRD 10/25/2013 12:49PM

    I love your Shelf of Awesome!

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SUNNYWBL 10/25/2013 1:50AM

    I tried the plank challenge and couldn't even get into the full plank position, let alone time it!

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SUECHRIS50 10/24/2013 3:43PM

    Oh Honey you always brighten my day!!LOL!!

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SUSIEMT 10/22/2013 11:32AM

    Thank you Shelly! As always a great blog! I especially enjoyed the part when you mentioned the chick's commitment to the plank without the guinea pig!

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DIANEDOESSMILES 10/21/2013 6:40PM

    emoticon For trying these !! That's a GR8 ATTITUDE alone !!

I have severe arthr in my toes, feet have had 16 surgs,, going on the 17th one soon,,,, so this is clearly OUT for me !! LOL AND BOY OH BOY !! AM I GLAD IT IS !! HAHAHAHA !!

hey on ur plank,,,, did ya have the guinea pigs doing them WITH YA?????

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LINDAKAY228 10/21/2013 4:38PM

    Congratulations on the weight loss! I have done a one minute plank before, but have no desire to go beyond that. One minute wasn't fun and if it ain't fun then I don't do it. I can't imagine anyone doing a 5 minute plank but I'm sure there are people who can. I don't blame you for moving on!

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LISA_FRAME 10/21/2013 4:19PM

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RUNNERJUDY 10/21/2013 4:07PM

    oh gee, a plank challenge? You are awesome to have gotten as far as you did!

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FITBIZZZ 10/21/2013 3:39PM

    You're right. Planks are evil. lol. My friend in Chicago just posted that her son just broke a school record for part of a fitness test: He planked for 30 minutes!!! Isn't that mad? He would've gone longer but he was already 5 minutes late for his next class.

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LISS741 10/21/2013 11:31AM

    You are awsome! And I totally understand the hatred for planking. I can do thrity seconds and I want to scream lol Congrats on all of your progress!

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KATHY47802 10/21/2013 10:29AM

    I was doing planks several times a week and over a month ago, my 15 year old wanted me to do them and show him while he tried them - something went wrong. I don't know what happened but when I finished, my knee went out as I was going down to the floor and I was in the most horrible pain, trying to get back up. I was able to roll around and pull my leg in - we heard the loud pop, but I was unable to bend all the way down in a crouching motion for several weeks. I had to take showers instead of bath because it was too painful going down and then the worst was trying to get back up. I am fine now but I'm afraid to do these again so I am trying a variety of other exercises instead of. I enjoyed your post!


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SJKENT1 10/21/2013 10:19AM

    I think that some exercises are just not for everyone. Planking would be included for me. Arthritis in my big toe keeps me from even trying.

But you did try and you did two minutes of planking... outstanding!!! emoticon

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DJSHIP46 10/21/2013 10:17AM

    emoticon Don't break yourself... There is always another challenge!

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WIO_ALISA 10/21/2013 10:02AM

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and You will.

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JSEATTLE 10/21/2013 2:19AM

  SO fun and SO cool!! Let's get planking! It is so hard to do...

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SNOWANGELDIVA 10/20/2013 9:10PM

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To try and loathe is better to not try at all.
exception: skydiving sans parachute...

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CHUBBY_MOM 10/20/2013 8:50PM

    emoticon emoticon I have tried to do planks but they should be called "plunks" emoticon when I try them because that's the sound I make when I hit the floor! I really, really can't do them! emoticon So to me 2 whole minutes is emoticon !

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EDWARDS1411 10/20/2013 8:31PM

    "Plus, she's planking without a guinea pig, so I question her commitment."
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EDWARDS1411 10/20/2013 8:31PM

    "Plus, she's planking without a guinea pig, so I question her commitment."
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DIANNEMT 10/20/2013 8:23PM

    I am going to try to work on my plank again--90 seconds is good. I have done 60 seconds a couple of times!

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LIVEDAILY 10/20/2013 7:44PM

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SIMONEKP 10/20/2013 7:37PM

    you're almost there, kick that plank's a**!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 10/20/2013 6:42PM

    Hsy, 2 min is great. Maybe the challenge is just to do 30 planks in 3 months, ya know, like with other strength exercises? We are taught on SparkPeople to give ourselves 24 to 48 hours between strength training work outs, right? This challenge remind me of the 100 situps or 100 push-up apps. I had to space it out farther than program suggested, in order to give me time to heal. I think if I tried this challenge, I'd let go the 30 day consecutive days, and just go for 30 days whenever I could get them done. If it took two months or three months that would surely give me time to heal between workouts, and develop my plank strength...

For now, I need to wait on planking until the edema buildup in my right arm goes away. I can't hardly bend my arm now. (Too much poison ivy exposure.),

Two minutes! Give yourself a break! Spark on!
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PATRICIAANN46 10/20/2013 5:59PM

  You always make me smile!!!!! You tried the Plank Challenge and that's what counts. Now it's on to other things. Not every exercise is what is good for us........only we know what our body can continue to do and still be a healthy choice. emoticon on to other things better suited.

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CHACHAOREO 10/20/2013 5:47PM

    Love it!!!

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    You are
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NONNAOF2 10/20/2013 4:44PM

  You are one gutsy person!! I won't even attempt doing a plank !! :-)

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