Friday, July 18, 2008

Goal setting

My boyfriend and I started the 100 Pushup challenge yesterday. I was not terribly surprised that I could not do even one "good form" pushup (including the "girl" version with my knees down). And I'm supposed to get to 100 in just a few weeks? Oi.

I'm going to stick with this, though. We've lately been on a pretty good "want to be healthy" kick, and it's sooooo much easier to do when someone else is doing it with you. I asked him to do this challenge with me because I want to tone and define my upper arms (the only area of the body belly dance doesn't work, it seems). He asked me to start running with him. I'm scared--I injured my knee snowboarding years ago which exacerbated an even older injury I had left over from working in a carpet factory in high school--and running has always seemed like a sure way to make it flare up. I don't have proper running shoes not to mention a knee brace. It's hot outside. I only quit smoking a few months ago, and I hate being out of breath and sweaty.

Blah, blah, blah. Lots of excuses. If I weren't so protective of my finances, I could see myself coming up with a lot of the same not-based-in-reality excuses to avoid whipping them into shape.

Anyway, I agreed to *try* running a few times and see if all these things prove true. I can use the sneakers I already have. I can use an ace wrap if I feel I need it. We'll go at my pace. I can give it a whirl and who knows--maybe I'll find something I enjoy.

In addition to running, this weekend we're also going to a free yoga class in the park, and we'll do day two of 100 Pushups. So far, all our "get healthier" plans are free--and free is well within my budget!

We'll see how much the rest of the weekend fits into our budget, though--a friend of his is coming to town for a week, so we might end up hitting some pricey trendy places to show him the town.

6 comments:

  1. Let me know how the free yoga class goes. I've always wanted to go to the one in Central Park.

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  2. I could do several "girl" ones, but like 2 or 3 full form. T did like 30!

    Regarding running, you might want to try the Couch to 5k program, complete with downloadable free podcasts. (Google to find more info) I find it is easier to start a new thing when I have a "program" to follow. If I create my own programs, I'm overly ambitious and fail quickly. Of course, if your knee truly is bad, maybe you could find something else?

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  3. i'm in a health nut phase too! i'm kind of a recluse so i'm still thinking about what to do to get into shape. although i've heard that gardening and yard work works really well.

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  4. I love when people find such frugal things to do! Good luck with the push-ups. I cannot do 1 girlie pushup either. pretty bad. So, good for you! ;)

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  5. my boyfriend and i are also doing the pushup challenge -- week 5! it is a crazy increase for week 5 though. but the arms are feeling stronger and it's amazing to be able to do 'real' ones! :) little miss--would love you to check out www.shopittome.com -- a great way to save $$$ on fashion, shoes, and more. your sizes, your brands! also there's a running site www.shopittome.com for the runners of the bunch!

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  6. Ooh I saw this challenge on another site the other day and I'm definitely going to give it a go. Good luck!

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