Wednesday, June 1, 2011

30 DoB 10: Midweek Re-Evaluation

Looking back on the last few days, they have not really been that successful in terms of this project. Some of that has been because I have been focusing on other things which I have been trying not to mention in my blogs because they involve planning for next year, which is getting more solid but isn't announcement-ready yet. A lot of it has been because I haven't been sleeping well, and if I know anything about myself, it's that a tired Steve is an un-motivated Steve. But I have been (mostly) sticking to my bed-time and all of those infractions haven't been because of intentionally staying up late--they have been because of not waking up on time. Why do I have so much trouble getting to sleep and waking up?

I think I've found the solution.

It's inactivity. I went from walking an average of two or three miles a day, five days a week, to walking perhaps a quarter of a mile a day, four days a week, spending the rest of my time sitting around rather than standing and teaching. This change surely threw my body for a loop. And judging by today, it certainly did.

I decided that I would turn my inactivity around by re-instating last year's exercise regimen because it seemed to work really well, and I never really finished the 100 push-up challenge. I got even closer than I ever have, by getting to week 5, which is really frustrating because there are only six weeks. But you know what they say, fourth time is a get-it-over-with-already-you-lazy-piece-of-weakness. That is what they say, right?

So I re-took the push-up and squat test and did a basic crunch test. I was impressed with how much my body retains strength-wise, actually. When I last took the push-up test, I believe I got somewhere around 39 push-ups, and this time I got 24. That's much better than my last initial test, which was 17, which was better than the time before that, which was somewhere around 5, I believe.

What I found funny was that when I went through my stretch routine today, I felt my body get really excited. I don't know that that's ever happened for exercise. I started with the leg stretch, and I just felt every cell in my body start screaming "Aww, hell yeah! We gonna get blasted!" (Apparently, my body is a 'bro when I leave it to its own devices.)

But yeah, after doing that, I feel adequately sleepy, so I think it may have done the trick. I'm gonna celebrate with a brewski and some Doctor Who and then hit the sack extra-early tonight in the hopes that tomorrow becomes the productive day I need after the last few days. My biggest goal for tomorrow is to finish The Fellowship of the Ring, which will take some work because I think I have about 250 pages left. It'll be a stretch, and I don't expect to succeed, but if I do, I will be completely ready for many more books to come and can hopefully start churning through them the way I want to.

I feel like I need to do something to get you guys involved, too. Anybody want to do the hundred push-up challenge with me? I'm thinking I could start a facebook group and like message everybody every day I do it to remind them and then like include everybody's stats or something as I get them. Or give you guys accountability partners or something. I mean, if you want to do the challenge. But I'd also like to get you guys involved in the blogs so that this isn't just me talking.

I've got an idea. Tomorrow, I'll write a short story. A really short one, don't worry, but a story. What I want you guys to do is to copy-and-paste the following into your comment and provide an example of each category you want to after the colon.

A word you made up:
A boy's name:
A girl's name:
An action you can do with your body:
A desirable item:
A substance:

So, for example, if you can only think of a few, you might comment with:

A word you made up: balufatrix
A boy's name:
A girl's name:
An action you can do with your body: wiggle
A desirable item:
A substance: poop

So yeah. Leave a comment with that and we'll see how it goes.
Sleeping: O
Blogging: X
Homework: X
Reading: O
Exercise: OBULF (just a refresher: the code is A for Aerobic, B for Abs, U for Upper Body, L for Lower Body, and F for Flexibility)


  1. I'm tempted to do the 100 Push-Up Challenge, too. I'll keep you posted on Twitter. Sound good?
    A word you made up:
    A boy's name: Henry
    A girl's name: Samantha
    An action you can do with your body: snap fingers
    A desirable item: chocolate
    A substance: iron
    - Jason

  2. A word you made up: Oksdig
    A boy's name: Juan
    A girl's name: Yaneli
    An action you can do with your body: Jump
    A desirable item: Unicorn
    A substance:

  3. A word you made up: Zarkski (okay, didn't completely make it up... variation on a theme, I suppose)
    A boy's name: Simon
    A girl's name: Phoebe
    An action you can do with your body: Jazz hands
    A desirable item: a towel
    A substance: diamond

  4. A word you made up: quaxios
    A boy's name: Emmett
    A girl's name: Isabel
    An action you can do with your body: spit
    A desirable item: top hat
    A substance: carbon

  5. A word you made up: nestroculous
    A boy's name: Ricardo
    A girl's name: Xenia
    An action you can do with your body: shake hands
    A desirable item: postcard
    A substance: chicken noodle soup