In past fitness challenges, I have a really hard time updating a whole blog post dedicated to progress. For this one, I'm going to keep things nice and concise and just update here. The power of accountability! So, here we go!
April 1. I didn't have this bright idea as of yet... so no burpees today.
April 2. Official start of challenge! 2 burpees done! I also ran good 5k. Today is a hardcore day!
April 3. Realized I'd be cheating if I didn't acknowledge the missing burpee from the 1st of April. So, I did 4! Now I'm totally caught up!
April 4. Another 4!
April 5. 5 GOLDEN BURPEES! Starting to struggle on the push-ups. Not a good sign. May drop to knees tomorrow. That's allowed, right?
April 6. 6 burpees happened. Still hardcore on the push-ups!
April 7. Almost forgot today! But 10pm burpees still count!
April 8. Making sure push-up quality is there, so I'm definitely getting my knees no the floor. No sloppy form here!
April 9. It's my birthday. 9 birthday burpees!!
April 10. Starting to dislike this challenge and question my thought process in selecting it. But burpees done nonetheless.
April 11. Today's 11 burpees followed promptly by 11 mini eggs... the last of the birthday and Easter treats!
April 12 and 13. Still going surprisingly well! I feel as though I've hit a bit of a wall and 12 burpees might be where I'm really trying to push through!
This challenge has definitely re-lit the exercise spark, which is exactly what I was hoping for. Quite a few of these days I've finished a good run with the burpees. Definitely more energy and more motivation to do them on those days, and I feel my form is a bit better also!
April 14 and 15. I have been with with the not-feeling-wells! After being on such a roll, alas, I had to take sit these days out. :(
April 16. I'm back! After some much-needed rest, a whopping 16 burpees today which is a big jump (I think... and no pun intended) from the 13 I did a few short days ago. Also helping: I can do them outside!
April 17 and 18. This was over a busy weekend and I actually did a set at my friends house after a long day of dress shopping. At least burpees don't require fancy equipment that requires transporting!
April 19. I feel that 15 burpees really is my top level. Around 10 I'm getting tired, but 15? Just about every muscle is shaking. It was a very slow and slightly sloppy last 4! But done!
April 20. Holy moly I did 20 burpees! A strong 15, then a quick 30-second break, then another strong 5. After the sloppy form from yesterday when I'm pushing them out all in a row, I'd rather have a good quality 20 than a not-so-pretty 20.
April 21. I almost forgot today! After a long day of painting walls, we settled in to watch the Jays game. The seventh inning stretch seemed like a good time to hammer out 21 burpees! To which Dan replied: "I think my knees would die." This reminded me that while I'm out on my runs, which are still happening more often, that my IT band isn't so much of a problem. I know from endless chiropractic advice that they won't get better until I do my exercises. I guess a series of high-powered squats definitely does the trick!
April 22. It's cold and dreary. It's one of those days when I'd rather be warm and cozy in bed perusing pinterest. The best way to interrupt that fog is... burpees! This might be the last day I enjoy this challenge. I. Cannot. Breathe. After.
April 23-25. Business as usual. Dividing these huge sets into 15+8,9,10 definitely helps.
April 26-28. Slight snag for these 3 days: my memory. I completely forgot since Saturday and Sunday were quite busy, and I didn't even think of it on Monday. Rather than leaving these to fall by the wayside, I will tack these on at the end... so the challenge runs into May!
April 29. After my ultra-distracted weekend and past few days, I now have a pretty hefty study schedule on my days off. It would be very easy for me to now say, 'I just don't have time' and wimp out. But no, I'm going to use these to my advantage.
Back in undergrad at U of T, I had a professor who shared his study tips. While he was reading the most boring of textbooks and his eyelids started to feel quite heavy, he would drop to the floor and do 5 push-ups. Then 10. Then 20. Then I believe he stopped that because he was getting bulky and didn't like it! So, thank you, dear professor, I shall employ that tactic over the next 6 weeks of intense pharmacological education!
I also ran today to get my circulation going, followed by some good walking lunges for my crunchy knees and weak bum, and topped that off with 15 burpees. I saved the remaining 19 for in between lectures when I needed a brain boost. Holy moly! The tactic works.
April 30! Have you ever seen the Cats Interrupting Yoga videos on YouTube? Today was Cats Interrupting Burpees. I rose to the challenge.
The finish line!! Well, if it weren't for my lag in memory, it would be the finish line! I'm still quite proud of this past month and I will definitely say I do feel stronger. Looking back when 12 burpees was my limit, I could probably do about 17 before I feel like barfing! I'm still a bit huffing and puffing from them (2 sets of 15) but definitely checked off for today. Now just 3 more days making up for my memory and I can confidently say, 'mission accomplished'.
I challenge myself... a lot.