I found a new challenge thanks to Lifehacker. I am going to attempt the 100 Push Up Challenge. I know what you're thinking... "Jared, you just did 100+ crunches, now push ups? Pick something new!" I know, I'm thinking the same thing, but this one seems intriguing to me. It's a 6 week program, so my 21 Day Challenge is to stick with the first 3 weeks of the program and hopefully keep it up after that. I'll try to post weekly updates to chart my progress on this. According to the site, Push Ups are better for you than crunches because they don't hurt your back as much and work more of your body. I hope that is true because the crunches were starting to take a toll on my back! Wish me luck, I'll be doing at least 30-40 push ups tomorrow!
Track progress of push up challenge via Google Docs here
Track my Ab Ripper-X Progress via Google Docs here
Challenge #1: Flossing
Flossing has become pretty routine for me now and I feel odd on nights when I purposely don't floss. I hope that this has improved the overall health of my gums, but I won't know that until my next dentist appointment. Needless to say though, I think I'll be able to be a regular "flosser" now! I'm not ready to deem this one a complete success yet, but I'm giving it a tentative stamp of approval.
Challenge #2: Ab Exercises
I'm at the tail end of Challenge #2 and I feel great. My math was a bit off (I included the 4th Sunday), but I should have finished with 110 crunches. Well... yesterday, Ginny and I were in Chicago and had a very late meal which consisted of some Giordano's Pizza, so by the time we got back to our hotel, I was in no shape for crunches. Tonight, we pulled into Emden late and Addison was a bit of a bear to get to sleep, so I don't want to wake her up, but I hope to get some in tomorrow at some point. I did max out at 100 crunches though, which was quite an accomplishment for me. I don't think I've done that many at one time since high school 12 years ago!
I broke the crunches up into manageable sets. I started at 10, then once I hit 20, I broke it into sets of 10. When I hit 40, I broke it up into sets of 20 and so on. On Friday, I did a set of 60 and then a set of 40 shortly following.
I will admit that my goal of adding 5/day was a bit over aggressive, but I'm pleased that I was able to keep with it. I don't think I can finish Ab Ripper-X yet, but I'm getting closer! I will test it out when we get back home.
Challenge #1: Flossing
Today was the last day of my first 21 day challenge. I am somewhat surprised that I didn't miss a single day of flossing. I will admit, it was a bit odd at first, just because I didn't floss regularly before. In fact, I usually only flossed for a few days prior to a dentist visit (which doesn't really do any good.)
I'm not sure if I will continue to floss EVERY day, but I fully intend to floss at least every other day. It doesn't take that much time out of my evening routine, so that helps!
Challenge #2: Abs
Today was the end up week #2 with the ab exercises. I did 75 crunches tonight, which is more than I've done at one time since HS. I definitely feel like I was a bit over aggressive with this plan, but I'm sticking to it as best I can. I've broken the crunches up into sets, which helps.
On day #1, I did 10 crunches and wasn't sure I'd get through all 10. Now, I do sets of 30 with almost no problem, so I am seeing progress. I still have a lot of fat covering my abs, but I can at least feel some muscle under all the fat!
I've decided to stack challenges that aren't overwhelmingly difficult as a way to keep myself motivated. I am also going to work on denoting what time of day I will be doing each challenge. It's easier for me to get into a routine if I'm doing the same thing at certain times each day, so that's what I'm going to do. The flossing has been going (much to my surprise) really well! I will admit that I missed one day because I ran out of floss though. Never fear, I'll be flossing tonight (and each subsequent night).
So, for Challenge #2, my goal is to be able to complete the Ab-Ripper X routine in its entirety. For those who are unfamiliar with Ab-Ripper X, it is a supplemental workout that is supposed to be done after certain p90x workouts. Be sure to check it out, it's intense! Being as out of shape as I am, though, I will need to take baby steps. Hopefully, this challenge will get me to where I need to be to complete Ab-Ripper X.
For those of you who ARE familiar with p90x will know that diet is a major component of the program. That will be a challenge for me later on. Baby steps, people. Baby steps!
So here's my challenge. 10 crunches tonight, increase 5 crunches a night for the next 21 days. By day 21, I should be at (I think) 115 crunches. I think I can do it.
I HATE FLOSSING. I know it's not something people talk about in great detail, but it's also one of those things that people don't like to admit they skip (especially at the dentist!) That being said, I am going to floss before bed every night for the next 21 days (well, next 17 days, since I started on Sunday.)
Hopefully by the end of this challenge, I will still have gums!
I'm going to try something new. It's widely known that it can take up to 21 days to form a new habit. My goal is to start something "new" and to keep doing that for 21 days in order to make it a habit. I'm not talking about extremely large or difficult goals (at least to start with.)
The habits I would like to incorporate are things I probably should be doing anyways. Things like flossing, reading, working out. Feel free to contribute some suggestions in the comments section so I can start a growing list.