Do you remember when I quit the gym in March?
I can’t believe you don’t remember. It was a pretty big day here.
I quit the gym for one very good reason: I wasn’t going to the gym anymore. After four years of regular yoga and weightlifting classes three times a week, I sort of just stopped going. I blamed the brutally cold temperatures of winter, the many snow-covered days that kept me inside, even my own busyness.
It was a sham. I just got bored and lazy.
So I quit.
Do you know happens when a person quits the gym and does not much other exercise? I mean, I do exercise. I walk every day. But still. DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS?
You know what happens. Flab and Sag come to visit indefinitely. They are not good houseguests.
So when I read on the internet* (yay, internet!) about little things you could do each day to keep in shape, like do push-ups every day for 100 days, I thought, now, I can do THAT.
So I did.
I did push-ups every day. I started doing them on my knees like I was taught in gym class (Why are girls taught this? WHY?), and then when I felt like I could spend a good portion of the day doing knee push-ups, I graduated to doing push-ups on my toes. It felt really good, even though I could only do a few half push-ups that way.
But I kept it up.
For like three weeks.
Then I got bored and lazy, so I quit.
Well, I didn’t really quit. But I definitely didn’t do it every day. A hundred days, people. It’s a lot of days in a row, and I was just getting started. I did push-ups every other day, then twice a week, then, well, when I think about it I’ll drop and give you twenty er… ten or so. I did push-ups a few times this week. It takes like less than thirty seconds. I question the usefulness of this type of exercise.
But at least I remembered to take a picture of my arms the first day I started this nonsense, so I could see the difference a hundred days makes, even if my hundred days turned out to be 20 days and the odd day here and there. So I took a picture today, to compare:
Not bad. Not bad at all. Not great, but not bad. Maybe I'll keep it up. Or not.
*Thanks to Alexandra from Good Day, Regular People, who inspired me to try this 100 days of push-ups challenge. Even though I'm a total quitter. Evidently this 100 days thing is a total thing. Here's the video that got me going. Try it!
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