The Challenge

Third Challenge:
The June Really-Ready-For-That-Beach-Body Workout


Alright. So I will not run a marathon, but my brutally honest guy friends tell me that I need to do push ups for my arms and squats for my legs. Apparently, squats are the miracle answer to everything. Just ask a man. So let’s start with that, shall we? (The marathon can come later) I will do at least 20 squats every morning and 20 squats and 10 push ups every night (yes, the real intense kind, not the sloppy-this-is-not-so-hard kind). And I will try my best to also throw in 10 burpees. I think that’s the word for this insane exercise where you combine all conceivable exercises into one and keep repeating it. Maybe by the end of the month, I am able to double the numbers.

And after I do that, I will go either walk or run, depending on my conditioning or mood of the day, at the beach, to the stairs and do at least 5 sets of stairs. But this time, I will only do that 2-3 times a week. AFTER work. Because getting up early in the morning is just not for me, as pretty as the beach is in the mornings.

So that’s the plan. Anyone care to join me to finally fit into that bikini after all? I’d love some accountability partners! 🙂

June 2:
Morning: 20 squats. Check.
Evening: 20 squats, 10 push-ups. Check. No burpees. I am still careful with my injured toe.

June 3:
Morning: 20 squats. Check.
Evening: 20 squats and a walk by the beach with 5 sets of stairs. Check.

June 4:
Morning: 20 squats. Check.
Evening: 20 squats, 10 push-ups, 9 burpees. Check. Almost hurt my toe again with the burpees. Must be more careful with those.

June 5:
Morning: 20 squats. Check.Evening: Walk by the beach with my 5 sets of stairs. May I mention I run those stairs. 🙂 Then 20 squats (they’re getting easier! Yay!) and 20 push-ups. I had to do them standing up against the wall because my chest is simply killing me. And because that’s easier than regular push-ups, I doubled the amount. Turns out standing push-ups really get to your stomach. Nice to know. 🙂

June 6:
Did I say yesterday that my chest was killing me? I lied. TODAY my chest in killing me. Oh my goodness, is it killing me!! Rinsing out the coffee pot this morning was a major task. Putting on my shirt having to lift my arms… almost impossible. Whatever was I thinking doing more push-ups (or any at all) yesterday?! They are most definitely off the menu today. I did do my 20 squats this morning. Legs are peachy perfect. I should up the squats! Stay tuned for the rest of the day. Let’s see how that goes.

Evening: Due to my having to stop at Costco after work, it was too late to go for a walk. I was also exhausted for some reason (maybe my chest muscles are exhausted enough for my whole body), so my going on any sort of walk was doubtful as it was. Not being able to use my arms for anything today, I did 3 sets of 20 squats. Now I my arms AND my legs are sore. Let’s see if I am able to get out of bed tomorrow morning.

June 7:
I was able to get out of bed! Arms feel much better, too. Alright! Morning started with 2 sets of 20 squats. And that also ended my workout for today. It’s Friday night, for crying out loud, I have more important things to do than working out. I’m a weekend mom after all, remember? 🙂

June 8:
I guess I felt that if my arms were feeling better now, I could kill them again! So after 2 sets of 20 squats, 10 solid push ups, 10 burpees and another set of 20 squats, I had to sit down, pant for about 2 minutes, and then lay down with my legs up hoping not to faint. I actually started feeling nauseous, ate half a banana and slowly recovered… good grief. Do I know how to overdo it or what! Well, I did some heavy cleaning in the the afternoon, but I decided that I had had enough work out drama for a day!

June 9:
I started and ended my workout day with 2 sets of 20 squats. Happy Sunday 🙂

June 10:
Ok, so I didn’t start my day with any workout because I got up way too late and was glad I made it to work at a reasonable time. Therefore, however, I spent approximately 20 minutes to half an hour tonight doing I don’t even know how many repetitions of how many exercises for all kinds of parts of my arms and legs. Let’s just say I did it smarter than June 8 when I thought I was going to faint, by switching arm and leg exercises up smart enough. But let’s also say that I added many new exercises I hadn’t done before and I am fully prepared to once again not to be able to move tomorrow. But hey, at least it’s day 10 and I am still not making up major excuses for not exercising! 😉

June 11:
Morning: I did well! 20 squats, 10 push ups, 10 sideway lunges, 10 more squats. That’s good for a morning. I finished my day with squats.

June 12:
This morning went like yesterday’s. I did my squats, push ups and sideway lunges. At night, it was game night at work, so that was much more fun than lunges and squats 😉

June 13:
Since I am catching up with my entries here and it is the 15th today, I can honestly not recall if and what I did on the 13th.

June 14:
I started my day with 2 sets of 20 squats each. I ended my day with no workout for Friday night.

June 15:
I started my day with an hour and a half of dance practice. German Karneval dance, that is. It’s a lot of hopping and throwing legs up in the air. I have no doubt I will be sore tomorrow… and I have not been this sweaty and out of breath in a long time! I’m going to say that it is safe to say I won’t be working out tonight.

June 16:
Father’s Day Sunday. You saw it coming. No workout.

June 17:
I started my day with 2 sets of 20 squats. And man, my legs are still really sore from dancing on Saturday, but I was not going to give in to defeat and ended my day with 10 push ups, 2 sets of 20 squats and 2 sets of 20 arm exercises on each arm. When I learn the proper term for this exercise, I’ll update you. It tones the back of your arms, though, that’s all I can tell you.

June 18:
My legs were still killing me this morning. So I decided to lay off the leg workout for today and concentrate on arms only. So my day started with a set of 10 push ups and ended with a set of 15 push ups (yay! I can do 15 push ups in a row and I am fine!), 20 sit ups, 10 lateral sit ups and another 10 sit ups.

June 19:
My body is still killing me. I seriously considered taking a Motrin this morning for the pain in my legs… luckily it subsided as the day went by. Even though I think it just switched to my arms and shoulder blades. To just be as safe as I could be today, I opted for no special work out. Beyond the regular walking to the car and playing with Christopher, I let my muscles rest today. They were complaining too much.

June 20:
I woke up and immediately, I wanted to rip my right arm off and  throw it out the window. It was THAT bad. And then I started walking and felt a muscle spasm in my right leg. I think I might be killing myself. I feel like 75 years old right now. Man… what is life going to feel like when I actually AM that old… *can’t even think about it* Needless to say that today was another day of carefully dreading water… apart from a walk in heels that my coworker made me take… as he routed us to the wrong location of a workshop we attended… walk ended up twice as long… in shoes that were not meant to be walked in. So maybe that counts a little.

June 21:
I want to say I did something. SOMEthing. Hmmm… I do remember that I didn’t feel all that hurt anymore. Thank goodness, my body has not killed me after all.

June 22:
Saturday! We took a 3.5 mile walk to Mother’s Beach and back. It wasn’t running, but yes, THAT’s a workout!

June 23:
Ya. Sunday. We rest on the 7th day, right? 🙂

June 24:
My morning started with 2 sets of 20 squats and 2 sets of 10 diagonal lunges, as well as 1 set of 20 arm extensions on each side. My day ended with the same exercises, just that I also threw in 10 push ups and 2 sets of 30 standing calf raises. And maybe some more? I did so much I can’t remember. Good! 🙂

June 25:
I had a morning and a night workout. My morning started with 40 squats and 20 diagonal lunges. I ended it, like yesterday, with a whole bunch of leg and arm exercises. Squats, lunges (straight and diagonal, push ups, arm extensions). I really can’t remember how many of each, but several sets of 20 each. And all with weights. Just water bottles, but hey, it keeps my whole body engaged at all times.

June 26:
My morning started with 2 sets of 20 squats. My night ended with 15 push ups, some downface dogs to stretch my legs (it’s a yoga move), 2 sets of 20 squats, 2 sets of 20 diagonal and 1 set of straight lunges. 1 set of calf lifts, 1 set of 20 arm extensions on eachside… I think that’s it. Might have been some more, I just kept going. Apparently, my body got over killing itself. Yay!

June 27:
I started my morning with squats and I ended it with a whole array of squats, lunges (diagonal and straight), push ups, calf lifts and arm exercises.

June 28:
After Christopher accidentally kicked me in the stomach this morning, I still got off to a good start with squats, lunges, calf lifts, push ups and arm extensions. But in the afternoon, my stomach really started hurting to the point where I was scared for my health… so I did nothing at night. I figured if I am already living on a Motrin to stand straight, I should probably not aggravate ANY part of my body. Just somehow sounds smart, what do ya’ll think?

June 29:
Entire day at Disneyland. On the hottest day in the year. I think that’s workout enough for today AND tomorrow!

June 30:
Yup. Disneyland yesterday had us completely exhausted today. I call yesterday fair play for 2 days in a row. So hey, technically, I finished strong! 🙂

13 thoughts on “The Challenge

  1. I love that you set this challenge up for yourself! It is a worthyursuit to look for ways to be kind in daily life. Wonderful! And restraining a back lashing of angry words is DEFINITELY worth double points!!

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  6. YAY for progress! Are you looking for tone in your arms? Have you heard of the “canned beans weights”? Using canned items will help to tone your arm muscles. Just use them like you would use small hand weights {be sure to use the same weight ones}.
    ~DW for the FB Blogging Group

  7. I saw a this and thought of a 30 squats challenge I saw a few weeks ago.
    Day 1: 50 squats
    Day 2: 55 squats
    Day 3: 60 squats
    Day 4: rest
    and then repeat for 30 days. It’s supposed to be super effective.

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