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Friday, March 20, 2009
100 Pushups--Try It!
A friend asked me to join her in the 100 Pushup Challenge. At first, I thought she was nuts. I've never had much upper body strength. As a former track athlete, I always trained my legs and forgot about the rest. That's fine when you're in high school and you take your athletic frame for granted. But after a couple pregnancies, some broken bones/injuries, a few surgeries, and a whole lot of life, you look at things a little differently. Now that I'm in my 40s, make that my very early40s, I realize that it's important to work your entire body or you won't see results. And to be totally honest, the thought of being able to say I could do 100 pushups really spoke to my pride. The 100 Pushup Challenge is a 6-week plan and it's conveniently broken down into 3 simple workouts each week. All you're doing is pushups. Simple as that. You start with an assessment. How many good form pushups can you do before you reach exhaustion? And none of this "girl" stuff with the bent knees. It's both feet on the floor and press it out. I could only do 10. I was a little disappointed, but I realized that many women my age, and many women even younger than me, can barely do 1 standard pushup, so that's not a bad start. Never mind that my husband popped out 30 in a row like a hydraulic lift and I wanted to hit him in the back of the head with my shoe. Everyone has to start somewhere. By the end of the second week, I could crank out a set of 15 pushups like it was no big deal. I'm still working on it and I'll update you on my progress soon. Check out the link over in the Links section and see if you can do it. It's something the entire family can do and it's a fun, friendly way to get everyone working toward a common goal.
Family Fitness Files aims to prove that a healthy lifestyle is possible. My story is probably like yours. Once an athlete & fitness instructor, I replaced healthy habits with long work hours & daylong orgies of caffeine, candy bars & fast food. Years later, I was 5’9” & 229 pounds, battling sleep apnea, back & knee problems. My once athletic build hid under layers of fat. I hated my body, but despite many attempts, I couldn’t lose weight. I finally realized I just wanted to be healthy, for myself & my family. Keeping up with two active kids was a chore & I couldn’t accept that anymore. I made small changes over a long period of time. No food was off-limits; rather, I enjoyed it in moderation. Soon, I was exercising daily & eating right. Over a year, I lost 55 pounds, which I’ve kept off. I made lifestyle changes so my kids can learn from my example. But so many families struggle with this issue. They want to change, but don’t know how. Now that you’re here, think of today as your first step. You’ll find tips that work for your life. Today’s the day you say, “I’m worth it, my family is worth it, and we’ll do this for each other because we deserve it.”