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#0: 01-09-2014 @ 09:07:22 pm
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St00fSt00f

  • Real Name:Steph
  • Joined:2010-01-22

Ok, so I know many of us have joked about doing push-ups after every LoL match, or trying to set up some other sort of exercise regimen possibly based around games. Aside from Grace, Ren, Glenn, and Mark, I don't know that many of us get to the gym, eat well enough, or just take the time to try to make ourselves get into better shape. I know I certainly have tried many things, and something always seems to come up and I punk out. It's likely because I (and my non-judgmental husband) don't hold me accountable -- I may not lose weight, but I can still take the stairs and my pants still fit, so who cares?

We'll, I think I'm done with that. I'm done with being 30+ lbs overweight. So this year I'm going to make it a point to post my progress here, so you guys can judge me, offer encouragement, or tell me jokes so when I eventually gain the willpower to stop eating cookies I will still have some joy in my life. 

......that got a little dark all of a sudden. Moving on!

So, other people who may want to get in shape (or maintain fitness levels), feel free to post your workouts, your little tricks that get you through the day, and of course your progress. Talking to other people about this definitely helps (support is key!), so let's all help each other shed those pounds, increase our stamina, and look great for (insert favorite activity here).

.........and that got all sappy motivational. Moving on part two!

So I am doing "The Year of 10,000 Push-ups".  30 push-ups a day will get you there with plenty of time to spare. In addition, I'm currently doing 3 man-makers with 15 lb weights and 10 C-sit leg lifts along with those push-ups, and will likely alter this throughout the year as I become more fit. A good starting point, I think. 

This post was edited by St00f on January 10, 2014, 10:24 am


Canadians are my favorite mythological creature.
#1: 01-09-2014 @ 09:34:08 pm
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Nayth0rNayth0r

  • Real Name:Nate
  • Joined:2010-01-25

10,000

 

It's a powerful number.  Lots of zeros and shit.  Supposedly 10,000 hours of doing something gives you mastery of it.  

 

Anyway, three years ago I (in a drunken haze at New Years) decided it would be the year of ten thousand push-ups. Doing the math I found that it was only like, thirty a day and that would get you done a month early.  By the end of the year I was up to fifty at one go.  Then I saw the trainer for 300 and the new superman movie on a couple of videos and saw and heard him describe how to correctly do a push-up.  This was an immediate set back in the number I could do.  I can no longer do fifty.  Not correct ones anyway.  Hopefully by the end of the year I'll be back up to fifty -- but good ones this time.  

 

Last year I did 15,000 plus push-ups.  This year I'm doing two sets of 30 before bed, and I plan on doing five man makers a day.  Man makers I also from the trainer dude.  He runs Gym Jones if you wanted to look up tutorials for things.  

 

Honestly I know I've been rambling on about pushups.  That is because they are the best.  Want to be smarter? Read.  Want to be in better shape? Run or cardio, whatever.  Want to be strong? Push-ups. 

 

I started doing this a couple years ago.  I also have done taekwondo regularly for the past six months, but mostly I'm in better shape now than when I got married because of push-ups.  

Expect me to post inspirational bullshit on here every so often.  

 

Also due to grad school I think I'm done with tkd for a few months.  Which sucks, but it means I'm going to need to see something to get me going on random workouts.  My next post will be the motivational picture and quote that has literally made me keep going and do more each time I've wanted to stop.  

 

N


If bananas have potassium, do potatoes have banassium? 6th graders are like sentient balloons. Drifting in any direction, at any speed when given any provocation.
#2: 01-09-2014 @ 09:51:48 pm
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BountyHunterSAxBountyHunterSAx

  • Real Name:Ahmad Rasheed
  • Joined:2011-06-29

You guys make me want to join this. Being a FM intern will doubtlessly get me out of my sedentary lifestyle thanks to having to run around a big hospital 6days a week. But actually doing some sort of proper workout so I can be *proud* of my body instead of "shameless" about it would be wonderful.

And it'd be nice to look at my patient with a straight face and an honest eye when I advise him/her about diet and exercise.

-AHMAD


#3: 01-09-2014 @ 09:56:48 pm
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Misharum KittumMisharum Kittum

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So I've been doing pushups morning and nights on weekdays since around Thanksgiving. As many as I can in a set when I get up in the morning and a bit before going to bed. It was going well, so I crunched the numbers and found out that if I wanted to stick with weekdays only then 2014 would be the Year of Fifteen Thousand Pushups. It comes out to 29 each set, two sets a day, five days a week. That sounded like a good goal to me, so I made a spreadsheet! Turns out that as of this week I'm really close to being at the Year of Twenty Thousand Pushups already. I've hit 38 pushups in a set a couple times this week.

Anyway, as part of work's health insurance program I also need to earn points for general wellness and fitness lifestyle and fitness stuff. It gets me discounts on my health insurance premiums. The easiest way to continuously earn points in this is to have a pedometer and get 10,000 steps a day at least five days week. That's about 5 miles of walking in a day, and a lot of it I achieve on accident by just moving during my work day.

Between the walking, pushups, and just generally eating healthy I'm in pretty darned good shape and want to keep being in it. To be truthful, one of my big motivators (beyond heath insurance costs and looking good without a shirt on), one of the big reasons I'm trying to be healthy is that my girlfriend is nearly four and a half years younger than me. Guys just die earlier that women, plus she's younger. I'd like to stave that off as long as possible. Man, that's morbid.

 

EDIT: I know accountability is a big thing for me too. Without it I'm not good at keeping up with a workout regime. If anyone else wants to make a spreadsheet like I did, we can definitely keep tabs on each other for motivation.

This post was edited by Misharum Kittum on January 10, 2014, 1:42 am


Justice and Truth
#4: 01-10-2014 @ 07:23:21 am
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St00fSt00f

  • Real Name:Steph
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A spreadsheet? WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT??

Ok, making one now, will post it/share it with those who want to do this. Might end up having more things on it than just number of exercises, like weight and measurements. 


Canadians are my favorite mythological creature.
#5: 01-10-2014 @ 04:16:35 pm
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Nayth0rNayth0r

  • Real Name:Nate
  • Joined:2010-01-25

Come on you fence sitting mofos.  Here's the motivations. 

Talk yourself into it.

(Yes I know it looks exactly like Steph -- it's still the quote that gets and keeps me going through.)

Boom. 


If bananas have potassium, do potatoes have banassium? 6th graders are like sentient balloons. Drifting in any direction, at any speed when given any provocation.
#6: 01-10-2014 @ 05:18:47 pm
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Misharum KittumMisharum Kittum

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Just think of how disappointed of us all cartoon Steph will be if we don't keep in shape!


Justice and Truth
#7: 01-22-2014 @ 11:10:27 am
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BountyHunterSAxBountyHunterSAx

  • Real Name:Ahmad Rasheed
  • Joined:2011-06-29

I am about 1 week into the "10k push-ups" plan. You know, the one where you do 30 a day? Suffice it to say I've surprised myself a lot.

* I didn't anticipate that I would be able to keep this going for a full week without 'missing a day and getting lazy'. The fact that I've managed it, and that some of those days were during my Neurosurgery crucible, tells me that I *do* have the time/capability. As long as I don't let myself slip too long/too much.

* I can't do push-ups worth a damn. Like, seriously, 5-10 in a row would be fantastic, but I find myself getting exhausted just assuming the stance and doing 2-3. This means I end up having to do smaller sets FAR more frequently than I'd like to meet the quota.

* I didn't realize just how many muscle groups a push-up was using! I anticipated some tricep +/- bicep along with general pectoral muscle usage. BUt this includes the shoulders, the hamstrings -- even my friggin' abs!

* Muscle soreness is an incredibly effective reminder to knock out a few extra push-ups. Especially since going to a reclining posture involves ab-activation.

* Doing a few push-ups before/after prayer (you know, when you're already on the ground and often by a prayer-rug) has had a wondefully synergistic effect on my regularity with my 5-daily prayers.


So i'm ante-ing up as well. 10k for the year is the goal, sure. But I'm going to *commit* myself to being as absolutely regular as I can for the rest of the month. If I'm gonna have slip-ups, we'll worry about those later.

-AHMAD


#8: 01-22-2014 @ 11:38:39 am
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Misharum KittumMisharum Kittum

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Doing them in tandem with your prayers is a fantastic idea. Think you'll keep a spreadsheet like Steph and I are doing?


Justice and Truth
#9: 01-26-2014 @ 06:41:15 pm
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St00fSt00f

  • Real Name:Steph
  • Joined:2010-01-22

Keep up the good work Bounty!  A month goes by a lot faster than you think.  And doing pushups in short bursts isn't a bad thing -- I do my 30 in 2 sets of 15, but I used to only be able to do 5 in one go.  It took Insanity (and the working out 6 days a week for 2 straight months) to get me to the point where I could handle real pushups in any significant number at one time.  It will come, especially if you continue to do them every day.

I had to stop doing my man-makers for a couple of days here recently -- threw my left shoulder out apparently, and wasn't going to risk seriously injuring myself by hoisting a couple of 15 lb weights over my head.  Was able to start doing pushups again after one night off, but they haven't been good ones.  Going to try doing the man-makers tonight and get back into the full workout again as all my kinks appear to be worked out.

Also apparently I have hit 750 pushups for the year so far.  Huzzah!


Canadians are my favorite mythological creature.

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