Upper Body Update (week 10)

I have officially joined the ranks of sickos. Yay for stomach bugs! There goes my plans for babysitting for the day…

I didn’t eat much at work yesterday and when I got home I put up my commuting post, walked to church for worship practice and then didn’t get back until 7:30 pm. I was starving! But eating didn’t make my stomach feel better and it wasn’t long before I made a trip to the bathroom. I went to bed soon after and had to make several more emergency bathroom visits during the night.

Now I am really, really, really, hungry, but I can tell my stomach hasn’t calmed down enough to accept food yet.


Upper Body Update (week 9)

This week I started the one hundred pushup program and my shoulders are super sore! I nearly doubled the amount of pushups I did last week and maintained my planking time.

This coming week I am supposed to do 215 pushups spread out over 3 workouts. But last week, Busy Cyclist, reminded me that what I was doing was working so maybe I should just stick with that instead of following a strict program. (And he also gave me some great ideas for switching up my pushup routine.)

I am one of those people that once my mind gets dead set on something, I will make it happen no matter what. I can say I am determined to do something but it isn’t until that moment that I firmly choose in my mind that there are no other options that I become laser-focused.

I was about to set my laser-focus on accomplishing one hundred pushups in 7 weeks, but the wisdom from Busy Cyclist shook me awake. Yes, my eventual goal is to be able to do 100 consecutive pushups, but I don’t think pushing myself to accomplish that goal in 7 weeks is a good fit for me.

I have seen a huge improvement in upper body strength in the past month, but that came through consistently doing pushups and planks at my own pace. I may use the program to guide me somewhat but I do want to be kind to my body and let it take all the time it needs to be strong enough to reach my goal.

I am going to focus on planking this week and give my shoulders a bit of a break, they deserve it!


Upper Body Update (week 8)

I am calm. Nothing to see here.


How does that even work? Did my body really get that much stronger in one week, or am I just getting better at pushing myself farther? Either way, I’ll take it!

I think I am going to try the 7 week “one hundred pushups” program. Whether it takes me 7 weeks or more, I am becoming determined to be able to do 100 pushups in a row.

Eight weeks ago, I said this.

“When starting out a fitness program, it is generally advisable to set goals, right? Ha. Bri doesn’t set fitness goals. Bri used to, but Bri doesn’t anymore. It is a long story.

I am just going to do something to build my upper body strength 3 times a week. That is extent of my training plan. We will see how this goes.”

I had no idea.

Upper Body Update (week 7)

Guess what? I can do twelve pushups. In a row. Without face planting. I was not expecting that at all. I was pushing myself to do eight or nine in a row this week but I can do twelve! This is way too exciting!

Twelve pushups may be a measly amount to many people but not long ago, I wasn’t able to do a single pushup. Seven weeks ago I could barely push through four. It will be interesting to see what happens in the coming week. Maybe I have stumbled upon a Fibonacci sequence-type thing and next week I will be able to do nineteen pushups in a row. Or maybe the number will plateau for a few weeks.

I don’t really care because I can do twelve pushups. Ha!

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Upper Body Update (week 6)

Ten Things That I Loved About My Day

1. The sunrise was breathtaking this morning.
2. I babysat my nephews and niece.
3. I sang silly songs for hours with above children.
4. My niece was super cuddly all morning.
5. I watched my brothers play basketball.
6. They won.
7. I saw a winter biker on our way to the game.
8. I spent time with my lovely mom.
9. I won a “bet” against my brother.
10. I get to snuggle with my little dogs.


Upper Body Update

My dogs think it is a great game when I just lie on the floor holding a plank, face accessible for licking. This morning as I was doing some pushups, the girls started play fighting each other when Panzy let out a bark of pain. I went over and she was shielding herself from Shammah, her body stiff with pain. I sat down and she crawled into my lap. I soon noticed her right eye was bleeding, she could barely keep it open. I opened it gently and all I can find is a slight scratch on her lower eyelid. I think she should be fine, but eye injuries always scare me, so I will be keeping a close watch on her to make sure to make sure her eye doesn’t show any signs of a worse problem. Poor little girl.


Upper Body Update (week 4)

Wow, it has been a month already! I haven’t made much progress and the number of pushups I can do in one set is still embarrassingly low but I can feel a slight difference in my core already. I am also really working on my form and making sure every pushup is slow and controlled from start to finish.

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Upper Body Update (week 3)

I am at my parent’s house for the next few days, cooking and baking up a storm and hanging out with my amazing family. Another perk of being up here is high-speed internet, hooray! No ten minute waiting sessions to load webpages! Super cool. So I decided to try my hand at making some graphs…they came out okay, at least you can get a visual representation of my progress. The third graph is the number of pushups I can do in one set without falling flat on my face.




Upper Body Update (week 2)

I had a busy day. I worked in the morning, (I will post the details tomorrow) then ran some errands around town. When I got back to my apartment my mom called me and I found out my brothers had a basketball game tonight. So an hour later I went to the game with my family and I just got home a little while ago. My brothers team won by the way, 82 to 17! I am so proud of them, they did an awesome job on the court. Now I am headed off to bed to get some much needed sleep.

Pushups: 4 sets of 3 , Plank: 10 seconds
Pushups: 4 sets of 3, Plank: 15 seconds
Pushups: 3 set of 3, Plank: 2 sets of 15 seconds
Pushups: 33, Plank: 55 seconds

Upper Body Update

So last Tuesday I promised that I would give an update the following Tuesday on how my upper body “workouts” were going. So here it is.

Pushups: 3 sets of 3 , Plank: 10 seconds

Pushups: 3 sets of 3, Plank: 10 seconds

Pushups: 2 set of 3, Plank: 2 sets of 10 seconds

Pushups: 24, Plank: 40 seconds

It is not much, but it is a start.