pushing it

A week ago, I came across a post from Buzzfeed on doing a 30-day push-up challenge. The challenge is to complete 100 push-ups a day for those 30 days. I had been trying to find something that I could do to exercise that would get me into the habit of doing some sort of exercise every day and so I thought I’d try this out.

Since I left my last job, which involved lots of lifting, my arms seem to have deflated and, admittedly, I was kind of bummed about that. I had been so excited and proud of how great my arms looked, I felt stronger looking strong if that makes any sense. With this challenge, I knew I’d found something that would help me gain that toned look of my arms again.

I had been too excited to get started that I didn’t take any pictures until before I started day 2 and for that I apologize. I also want to say that I could not find my sports bra, so I used the only bathing suit top I could find- please hold any laughs. I also took these after drinking all the water I’ve been getting into the habit of drinking every day so I’ve got a little bit of a bloat *shrugs*. Now that I’ve set you all up a little…

Here are the post-Day 1 Photos:

The first day was great. No pain and everything went rather smooth, but I knew that wouldn’t last forever. I figured the best plan of action would be to do 10 sets of 10 push-ups and I’d keep track of them by tally marks. The second day, coughing became the bane of my existence. I was hurting all over, mainly in my abdominal region. It was a struggle to get through the push-ups, but I did it somehow and I ended up being pretty pleased with myself. Day 3 was much of the same as day 2, but even more difficult for getting through the push-ups as then my arms felt like noodles-that-feel-pain after each set.  Days 4, 5, and 6 were much of the same as day 3 except after I finished all 100, I wanted to do MORE if you can believe that! Day 7 was easier, but still had it’s difficult moments. I feel awesome that I’ve kept up with it and look forward to keeping it up.

Here are the post-Day 7 photos:

As you can see, there have been some pretty cool changes so far! I feel great and think I look pretty great, too. I have that tone back in my arms that I was missing, but now my shoulders are also showing some change- and check out my back! I pretty frequently deal with back pain and neck pain (it’s been pretty bad for the last couple months) and my back and neck feels so much better after doing the push-ups. I didn’t expect that, but it’s a huge bonus.

I’m looking forward to continuing this challenge and seeing what happens at the end of it. I’ll be posting my progress after each week. I hope you’ll all stay tuned! I will also be on the lookout for how I will change my routine after this challenge. I’d like to find things  to incorporate other than push-ups, but I’ll definitely be keeping a decent amount of them in my upcoming routine. If anyone has any suggestions, let me hear them!

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