raystrobel47: (Starfruit)
Right, I need to get back into posting exercise results. Today sucked big for pushups. Just lookie:

To do:_____Did:
14 - - - - - 14
19 - - - - - 19
14 - - - - -7
14 - - - - -6
19 or more - 5

Now, I'm not too disheartened because I'm starting the routine differently and need to adjust to doing push-ups on my knees. I will repeat this week, and technically I did day 2 because I only started Wednesday, so again, weirdness.

I also added more strength exercises. I will be doing squats and shoulder presses in the gym after my push-ups, two sets of 15 each. Maybe three sets, I'm not sure yet. After talking with the athletic director and getting some advice I think this will help a lot rounding out my strength training.
raystrobel47: (Starfruit)
It is indeed summer, and I am getting back into my exercise-at-Chatham routine. Yesterday was too hectic and I didn't get anything done, but I'm back to doing sun salutation yoga stretches and the 100 push-ups challenge. This year I'm doing all my push-ups from my knees. I will be able to do more push-ups and will be engaging my muscles for a longer period of time. For my initial test, which I did today, I did 23 knee push-ups. According to the push-up website I ought to start on week 3. I'm ok with that.
raystrobel47: (Starfruit)
I couldn't get in anything yesterday, so I figured that getting in my exercise at 9:00 on Thursday is better than nothing at all. And Uh. Mah. Gawd is keeping my butt down in turn kicking my ass. It's for the better, so numbers don't matter that much.

10
12
8
8
6(5)

I could not even get in 12 total for the last set. And since I'm going in for that operation Monday, I'm gonna be out of it even more. Please, someone just remind me to keep at it.
raystrobel47: (Starfruit)
I have adjusted my technique after pointers from most wonderful [livejournal.com profile] dicea, and I think that might help explain the lower numbers for today. I'm still on Week 3.

10
12
7
7
7(2)

Keeping my butt down I'm sure is going to be better for me, but I need to adjust to the effort needed to do them correctly still. And next week I'm going in for minor surgery again, so that'll delay getting fully back on track. But just for a little bit.
raystrobel47: (Starfruit)
I feel I'm ending the week just like I ended last week, with no improvement.

11
13
9
9
9(4)

That set looks awfully familiar. I'll have to check in previous posts. I am debating beginning the week again, or beginning on day 2, as I did with Week 2 back in July. The difference, however, is that in July I was able to get the miminum good form push-ups for the 5th set, and I'm still not doing that with Week 3. Hrm...
raystrobel47: (Starfruit)
Labor Day came, and I made time for my push-ups. Not great, but decent:

10
12
7
7
8(4)

Today I felt stronger in general. I *almost* made the final set of 12! So close!

10
12
8
8
11(4)

That makes the most push-ups done in good form, ever, for the last, as well as total for the last set. Hoping Friday sees a continuation.
raystrobel47: (Starfruit)
Posted a day late, since I was ein dufuss and forgot the power cord to my laptop, and within mere minutes it was drained of power.

11
13
9
9
8(4)

I didn't make a total of 13 for the last set. I will redo this week, aiming to finish these sets before moving on.
raystrobel47: (Starfruit)
Did 'em in the afternoon, which isn't bad for mixing it up a bit:

11
12
8
8
9(5)

Forgot the first set was only 10. Still, an improvement from two weeks ago! Yay!
raystrobel47: (Starfruit)
Back on the track.

10
12
7
7
6(6)

The last set needed to be 9. I am glad that, even with having missed two days, I got the first four sets done in good form.

I need to stop worrying about what I can't change and focus on the time I know I have now.
raystrobel47: (Starfruit)
On Wednesday, I missed my first day of push-ups since I started on Sunday, June 15. I did not due push-ups today, either. I will try them on Monday and just re-do the week.
raystrobel47: (Starfruit)
Suck and suck. I failed to improve from the previous week for the first time. Maybe doing them after dinner had something to do with it. Oh well. I'm repeating week 3 of the program, and here are the sets:

10
10(2)
7
7
5(5)

I did two better last week. I should get them done before dinner Wednesday and see how they go.
raystrobel47: (Starfruit)
Today's set was good. I am responding to the more ambitious goals of week 3.

11
13
9
9
9(4)

I will repeat this week, but I'm only thinking once. I just may be ready to go to week 4 after then, especially if I can erase all those knee push-ups.
raystrobel47: (Starfruit)
Steady improvement is steady:

10
12
8
8
8(6)

I am really happy I can now do consecutive sets of double digits, and that I only needed to resort to knee push-ups until the final set (which needed to be 12). I now no longer my ability to improve, slow as it may be, but the bigger challenge will be maintaining this routine when I go back to work.
raystrobel47: (Starfruit)
I started week 3 of the program.

10
11(1)
7
6(1)
6(4)

The last set needed to be 9, I eeked out one extra on my knees. I think this will be good for me. I'll spend at least two weeks on this week to get it without needed to use my knees. We'll see after next week.
raystrobel47: (Starfruit)
Let's see... 6 wks at Chatham, one at Pennsic, one at home. Hunh. That makes 8 total, and I'm *still* not on week three of the program yet.

I did finish all my sets today, even during the evening after working on fixing the chicken coop. Here they are:

8
10 (there ya go, [livejournal.com profile] baronalejandro)
7
7
9(5)

My minimum for the last set was 9, and after completing it I wasn't satisfied that I was exhausted enough, so five more from the knees.

While I will do another exhaustion test Sunday, hoping to get to that magical 16, I think I'm starting on week three next week regardless. I've darn near worked up to that point already, so might as well try it and suck it up if I fall short.
raystrobel47: (Starfruit)
I won't bore y'all with what I've done the past week and a half, but suffice to say I have been improving slowly while adjusting my exercise routine for being at Pennsic and now at home. I am improving still by two push-ups, but I should ramp that up again next week, and I am close to getting on week 3 of the program. I feel my strength improving and I can almost push myself farther than while at Chatham. I haven't been in my 'zone' since Chatham, but the circumstances are different, and I am still acclimating myself to this routine, which itself is temporary, and I'll need to readjust once I'm back at work.

What I need, though, is endurance training. Still gotta get that pell up.
raystrobel47: (Starfruit)
Holy crap, I did it!

I was sure I'd need to resort to my knees at the end, but I didn't:

7
9
6
6
9(2)

I needed 9 at the end, and I did 9! I was so surprised, I wasn't satisfied with it and did two more from my knees! I'm pretty sure this is a direct result of pushing a little harder. As next week I'll be at Pennsic, I'm going to try to maintain, but will be back on the wagon the week after.
raystrobel47: (Starfruit)
Holy crap, I almost forgot. My venture into the made-up sets continue:

6
8
6
6
7(6)

I do think pushing myself harder is the right way to go. This is an improvement of three from Monday, and I almost did 8 in that last set, needing 9.
raystrobel47: (Starfruit)
Another kind of disappointing exhaustion test. I only managed 12- 13 was *so* close, but no. Now I'm beginning to get frustrated. I'm managing improvement by only one or two per week, so I'm changing the routine again. This week I'm flying blind, and designing my own sets based on the progressions of weeks 2 and 3 of the program. I'm fully capable of nailing week 2, but I need to hammer out 16 over the weekend before continuing to week 3. Here's my sets this today:

6
8
5
5
6(5)

The last set needed to be 9. It's ok I needed to resort to my knees. I don't think I've been challenged enough to make the improvements I want, but I'd overstress myself jumping to the next given level. I still think I'm doing something wrong, and it's probably diet, but I don't know. :-/ Keep plugging, keep plugging. At least my sun salutation stretches in the morning are showing marked improvements, and cardio is working nicely.
raystrobel47: (Starfruit)
Today was the adjusted set, adding two more from day 2.

6
7
5
5
9

Slow progress. Two better than day 2, two better than last week at this time. I really want to get 16 this weekend, but from previous results I can expect an improvement of two or three more, so I should be able to hit 13 or 14. I do think I may jump to week 3 of the program and just work my way up to it, but perhaps not this coming week. I can increase the difficulty by more than two per day, but nothing ridiculous.

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