Sunday Roundup: It’s Push-Up Time

I Knew Pushups Would Pay Off Someday

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It’s the end of a month, so it’s time to announce my new 30 Day Project.   Last February, in 22 days, I went from having my abs cramp after doing 15 push-ups to doing a set of 100.   Yes, really.

The problem is that the push-ups weren’t perfect. Funny things happen to your body when you are doing 100 push-ups.   It’s hard to tell what your body is doing.  I had good form for the first 80, but after that, my body wasn’t perfectly straight.  I looked like a typical second grader in gym class.   But  I did it.  They were push-ups.

I haven’t done a push-up since.

In March, I am going to get myself back up to 100 push-ups, only this time, I will only be doing perfect push-ups.

Here’s the plan, based on what worked last year:

This weekend, I established my baseline.   I did as many push-ups as I could, until the point of failure.  Failure for this purpose is defined as either my form faltering or me collapsing.  I went until I couldn’t hold my body straight.

Starting on the first, I will be doing 5 sets of push-ups, twice a day.

Set 1: One half of my baseline. Starting from 24 push-ups, this set will be 12 push-ups.  As I progress, this set will never be more than 20 push-ups.  It is the warm-up set, after all.

Sets 2-4: ¾ of my baseline, so 18 to start.

Set 5: Go to failure. Once again, failure is defined as faulty from.  This will establish my baseline for the next session.

If I don’t progress for 3 days, I will take a day off to recover and–given previous experience–come back with some serious improvement.

This is a self-correcting progression.  If I can’t meet the previous day’s baseline, my last set will be lower, which will lower the baseline for the following session.

An interesting question I have is how it will affect my diet.  I haven’t been exercising at all, to see how well the slow carb diet does on it’s own.  Now, I’m going to be adding an aggressive exercise plan on top of it.   A plan that involves a bit of muscle bulking.  I’m guessing that my weight loss will slow down a lot, but I will shed inches like mad.  I will be tracking my progression, and my weight and  measurements.   The graphs should be fun.

30 Day Project Update

I am on the Slow Carb Diet.   At the end of the month, I’ll see what the results were and decide if it’s worth continuing.   For those who don’t know, the Slow Carb Diet involves cutting out potatoes, rice, flour, sugar, and dairy in all their forms.   My meals consist of 40% proteins, 30% vegetables, and 30% legumes(beans or lentils).    There is no calorie counting, just some specific rules, accompanied by a timed supplement regimen and some timed exercises to manipulate my metabolism.   The supplements are NOT effedrin-based diet pills, or, in fact, uppers of any kind.  There is also a weekly cheat day, to cut the impulse to cheat and to avoid letting my body go into famine mode.

I’m measuring two metrics, my weight and the total inches of my waist , hips, biceps, and thighs.   Between the two, I should have an accurate assessment of my progress.

Weight: I have lost 33 pounds since January 2nd!   That’s 3 pounds since last week.  Only 9 more to meet my goal for February.  Oh wait.   I won’t be hitting it this month.

Total Inches: I have lost 17 inches in the same time frame, down half an inch since last week.


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    1. Congrats on the 33 pounds. That is awesome. By changing your routine to adding muscle building exercise, you will definitely notice a change in your rate of weight loss. In fact, you might even put on a few pounds, but don’t worry, this will be all muscle.

      For me, when I do pushups, it seems to depend on how tired I am. Some days I can do a good set of 10-12 in full form whereas other times I need to do modified. I know they are good full body workout but man, it sure gets discouraging when you can’t do them. Wishing you the best of luck with your goal of 100.

      • That’s why I’m also measuring key body points. Even if the muscle gain outstrips the fat loss, I’ll still be able to see the progress on paper.

    2. The Slow Carb Diet sounds like torture! No sugar or dairy? But I guess sacrifices have to be made. I decided to just work out everyday because I like to eat. This way I can eat a cookie every now and then and not have to worry about putting on an extra pound.

      • It’s not bad. It’s a lot better than every other diet I’ve heard about. Working out every day, long-term, sounds more like torture to me.

    3. Thanks so much for mentioning my blog swap post on LifeandMyFinances about me splurging on my Cancun vacation and on some outdoor equipment!

    4. Thanks for the link on the blog swap, and best wishes on the 100 p/u quest.
      What kind of pushups are they? e.g. flat palm, using pushup bars, etc.

    5. Congratulations on the 33 pounds lost.

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