Today was day two of my 100 push-up plan that I heard about from a coworker. The basic premise is that after a six week program you should (theoretically) be able to do 100 push-ups in a row without stopping (I will be the perfect case study for you).
I could already do 30 push-ups (I have been doing them on a regular basis for the last couple of months, this is not where I started at) and the program suggested that I start on week three, but after the first day on that I realized I should start on a lower week. Today was day 2 of week 2 and it went much better with me being able to complete the workout. There is also an app for this if you have a smart phone which I highly suggest, it will count the breaks in-between sets for you and tracks your progress (and it’s free so there’s nothing to loose).
While Alex has a gym membership (I have had them in the past too) I currently do not. And while I think I may get on in the future I am currently working from a different perspective. See in the past I would get on a health kick, diet and go start lifting weights. But after a couple of weeks I would get discouraged that I wasn’t gaining any muscle, this was because it was still burried under layers of fat.
This time around I am taking my old teachers advice (see post in Day 2) and doing mostly cardio (riding my bike and jogging). But I also wanted to work out some muscles, so I latched onto push-ups and now this 100 day program. The basic premise behind the program I am working on is the concept that anyone, anywhere could conceivably do what I am doing right now regardless of their circumstances. I understand that some people can not afford a gym membership, or fancy protein powder. So this is a simple plan based around using what I already have at hand.
Daily Food Log:
Breakfast: Skyr (100 cal.)
Mid-morning snack: Banana (120 cal.)
Lunch: Lentil Soup (1g fat, 250 cal.)
Mid-afternoon snack: Apple (100 cal.)
Dinner: Greek Salad + milk (greens, cucumber, 4 olives, vinaigrette 10g fat 410 cal.)
Total calories: 1,020.
Today I did not go to the gym mostly because I stayed up too late watching Lord of The Rings and playing paper toss on Nathaniel’s phone. Also – as I reasoned to myself my couch-to-5k plan doesn’t require me to do it everyday.
However I was pondering that if a person walks 4-4.5 miles an hour they will need to walk 20 miles to lose one pound. So while I am lazier less stringent with my workouts than Nathaniel, a very tangible goal for me to set for myself is to do my jogging plan and walk enough miles on top of that to equal at least 20 miles a week until I reach my goal of being able to jog 5 miles at a time.
Saturday we are planning on walking from San Francisco’s Ferry Building to a restaurant on the complete other side of the city for lunch. It should be about 10 miles and have a lot of hills. I am excited because it’s going to be a lot of fun and we might find cool things to take pictures of along the way!
1 Siggi’s Yogurt (100 cal.)
1 banana (120 cal.)
1 cup of coffee (10 cal.)
1 bowl of lentil soup (250 cal.)
2 cuties (small citrus fruit) (70 cal.)
1 bowl of carrot ginger soup (145 cal. 2g fat)
4oz milk / 1 cherry cordial (120 cal. 1.5g fat)
Total calorie count: 770