health and exercise
So about a week and a half ago I started back working out. I knew it would be rough but sheesh, even my toes and hair ache. I’m doing the 100 pushups challenge again. On week 2, day 2, column 1. I’m also seriously considering just snagging a brace for my knee and doing couch to 5K. I’ll let you all know if I survive.
Still going through emails and Twitter stuff, although I finally put the app for Twitter on my tablet. I will get to all the music and videos you guys have sent me and get it all up on the blog in one form or another.
My signed Doc Dailey and the Magnolia Devil album from their Kickstarter campaign came in last week. They also send loads of cool stuff like a sticker and booklet. As soon as I get pictures of it all I’ll put the review up.
I have Rocky Top stuck in my head today. The Osborne Brothers version to be precise.
What’s that? You all want to hear it too?
My work here is done.
Bleh. Did the whole ‘go have your bloodwork done or we won’t insure you any more’ thing Kahuna’s work requires every year. Forgot to tell the lab tech I can’t do latex so I came home with a rash all over my incredibly sore arm.
I have scoured the Amazon site and can’t find my pre-order for Serpent Sea by Martha Wells anywhere. Sigh. I keep thinking I saw a tweet where someone had a few signed copies left so I may go check that out and pick one up from them.
According to Google, it would take 41 hours to drive to E3 from my house.
If I were Tony Stark I would invent a device so every time I walked through a door ‘Fire‘ by Viv and the Revival would play. It would be like having my own personal theme song. People would still be humming it after I left the building. Captain America would (in a long-suffering tone) tell me to keep it off the coms during battle and that no, I could not organize a cheerleading squad and band to play the song live every time I smacked Dr Doom or a Hydra agent with a repulsor blast. Sigh…Cap never lets me have any fun.
Okay, maybe I really need another cup of coffee.
Oh man. Enough coffee does not exist in the world to make today workable.
Did push ups last night. I am at 80 – 100 counting all the sets and I’m starting to feel it a little the next morning. If I do a regular set and then add a few military style at the beginning of the following sets I can get off three to five before I get any twinges of pain in my shoulder and have to switch back to regular. It isn’t great but it is a start.
Scooter is really cranky and probably has a little cold. She may have given it to me as well which would explain the ‘blah’ feeling. I have several things I am working on but can’t get the focus to finish them. Maybe while she naps. Until then, have some links to neat things:
Jordan Richardson from Blinded by Sound reviews the new Gary Clark, Jr EP – The Bright Lights - Oh man. This is a great EP and Richardson is just so pumped to hear it. I love his review nearly as much as the EP. You all pop over and check it out.
romeosidvicious from Ninebullets.net reviews Field Songs by William Elliott Whitmore. He says it is “Essential Listening“. Check out the review, listen the tracks and see if you all agree.
I thought there was more but, no, that is pretty much all my brain was holding.
Not enough coffee in the world today.
I have attempted to do the 100 pushup challenge with military-style push ups three times now and every time I get in about the middle of the second week the pain in my left shoulder becomes so bad I can’t continue. I don’t have any injuries…well, it is the same shoulder I broke (not badly) years ago but the pain is in a different place than the break site and I didn’t have this kind of pain when I did the push up challenge the first time. I need more muscle maybe?
Off to get the ‘Bit replacement eyeglasses this afternoon. Hers took one look at the ocean and decided to take a world cruise.
The Dalai Lama has a twitter account. (@DalaiLama) He also has a website and…whoa…he tweets. To over 2 million followers. Hmmm. Apparently the Dalai Lama and I share a love of commas. Wait, what? Kahuna is following the Dalai Lama??
While on vacation we all got to pet stingrays. Yes, actually touch them. It was seriously cool. We took the girls to the North Carolina Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores.
They have an indoor waterfall, interactive exhibits for the kids, decks and walkways over a salt marsh and a hiking trail. We saw sharks, eels, lionfish (usually native to the south Pacific but a small colony has established itself along the North and South Carolina coast) otters, turtles and fish. Lots of fish.
Yes, that is a sand-ship. Steered by a sand-shark. The aquarium was cool, okay.
As I struggle with military style push ups, take a look at this vid. One of the many awesome women on my fitness board is demonstrating some of the more difficult push-up variations.
Kit’s Awesome Vid of the Day – Push Up Progress
My goal is to be able to do some of them – before I am too old to do them.
I have a badge!!!
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For the past nine or so weeks I have been doing the one hundred push ups challenge. The challenge is supposed to get you from a couple of good form push ups to one hundred of them in about six weeks. It took me a little longer. There were two or three days I had to repeat and the last week of the challenge took me about twelve days to finish.
The challenge is set up so that a person of any fitness level can participate but it gets a little rough by the last two weeks so you may want to check with your Dr to make sure you don’t have any health issues that would make doing the challenge dangerous.
Things I have learned during the challenge -
Good form push ups are difficult. This may be why so many people give up on doing push ups but there are ways to make them easier and allow you to build muscle at the same time. If you just can’t do a regular push up try doing them against a wall. This allows you to build some muscle and to practice the proper form. Once you build up some muscle you can move down to a counter or bench and then eventually to the floor. My knee still won’t hold for me to do them on the floor so I had to do my push ups for the challenge on a raised surface. I still got a good workout and built some awesome muscles.
Push ups work everything. Okay, maybe not every muscle but it often feels that way the day after my work out. Push ups do work your arms, shoulders, chest and abdomen. You also start to see results fairly quickly. I noticed a difference in my arms and shoulders within a couple of weeks. I also lost two inches off my waist without losing any weight and added some muscle to my chest.
Push ups make you sore. Like “ack, I can’t raise my arms over my head” sore. I added five to ten minutes of yoga after my push up workout and that made a huge difference. The yoga poses of downward facing dog followed by cobra (or upward facing dog if you don’t have knee issues) are especially helpful. A hot shower helps as does wearing sleeves over your upper arms for a while after the push ups. For me, anything that keeps the muscles warm and also lets them cool down slowly seems to help. The only soreness I have this morning is just a little ache in my shoulders and an achy knee. (the aching knee is NOT common to push ups, mine is because of the injury)
It is okay to slow down and do a day more than once. There were a couple of times when I felt I had hit my max in what I could do. When that happened I just waited a couple of days and redid the sets I was having trouble finishing. Each time this was all I needed and I was able to continue. Once I shifted my focus from ‘must do this in six weeks’ to ‘must finish this, however long it takes’ I did much better.
The last week of the challenge is brutal. I thought it was just me but people on my fitness board said the same. In the last week you do 200 to 260 or more push ups for each day and it is rough. I felt so bad after the second day of that week I thought I was coming down with the flu. It was actually easier for me to do the 100 than get through all the sets on that day. I also had to rest two or three days between each push up day to fully recover.
I don’t really hate Steve Speirs. Now that I am actually finished I think he is kind of awesome and send him a note of thanks for putting the challenge together and setting up the website for everyone to use.
Finally, I think the challenge was worth the time, effort and soreness. I intend to try it again with floor push ups when I get enough muscle built up around my knee to do them without knee pain. Until then maybe I’ll try military style on a bench or counter.
Or maybe I’ll just have a cup of coffee and rest.