Monday, November 24, 2008

100 Pushups : Week 6 Day 3 (First try)

Tonight went pretty well, but I didn’t quite make the minimum of 60 for the final, max, set.

My sets were as follows.



I think I would have hit the max ok, but today was a bit crazy on the exercise side. I skipped my lunch trip to the gym today since I was so busy at work. Tonight I started my new evening Yoga class, and since I had missed my lunch workout I went ahead and did a 1/2 hour of back exercises, pull ups, and cardio before yoga. Then after an hour of yoga I did a full upper body workout at the gym. Then I came straight home from the gym and started my push ups :) I was pretty well ready to drop before I started my push up sets.

So this finishes out my first go at week 6. Now I’m going back to Week 6 Day 1 and repeating the week before I try for the 100.

100 Pullups : It's Been a while

So it’s been 4 weeks since I last posted on this goal. As before, this has still been secondary to hitting my 100 push ups, which are now very near.

However, I have still been working at the pull ups here and there just to improve a bit in the meantime since my initial showings were so terrible.

Tonight I did 20 pull ups. These were broke out into 4 sets 7,5,3,5. This isn’t great, but it’s an improvement for me!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

100 Pushups : Week 6 Day 1 (First try)

Today was KILLER!

The first set of 45 was no problem.
The second set was supposed to be 55 and I dropped at 40 :(
The third set I was dying at 30; it took every ounce of energy to hit 35.
My arms were shaking going into the fourth set, but I managed to eek out the 30.
The final max set was supposed to be 55 minimum. I gave it everything I had to try and make the 55, but I dropped at 51; there was no way I was going to make it.


This was a big jump from Week 5 Day 3; primarily because each set is a much higher number. Transitioning from less reps over more sets to this is fairly difficult in my opinion.

On the plus side this is week 6! Once I make through this I’m done with the challenge! Then I can finally put this behind me and get started on the one arm program :)

I’m going to just press on to the next day since the set spread is so much different for Day 2 and Day 3. If I hit all of my numbers at Day 3 I’m going straight to the 100 test. If I don’t hit the numbers on Day 3 I will repeat Week 6 before taking the final test.

For posterity’s sake I plan to record my 100 test and put it on YouTube.

Monday, November 17, 2008

100 Pushups : Week 5 Day 3


So my sets went fine today. Last set was a struggle, but I did pass the 50 mark. Overall I actually did 5 less push ups total than my last attempt, but I was more fatigued going into the final set with the new increased sets.

Looks like it’s time to start the sixth and FINAL week!

Friday, November 14, 2008

A1C of 5.7!

My last A1C was 5.9 and my most recent one was even lower at 5.7. That’s translates to an average blood glucose of around 111. Since I have maintained such a good level on my A1C they are going to drop the dosage on my Metformin.

On one level I’m glad to decrease my meds, but on another level I wonder if this doesn’t just make it harder to keep my blood glucose in line and set me up for failure? I know that my current levels are good, and I want to keep them that way. I’m not sure how much more I can do naturally to make things better? I’m already going to the gym very regularly and eat much healthier than before…

Week 5 Day 2 (Destroyed!)

So this has been a long time coming. I’ve done this day 4 times already! I was super busy at work the last couple weeks (even worse than usual)! Since I was already discouraged I was using any excuse I could to not work out this week yet again. I know, shame on me :(

Tonight I figured it was time to get back on track before I totally fell off the exercise wagon, which it’s something I really don’t want.

I figured I would do badly since the last time I did my sets was last Sunday, but maybe that break was just what the doctor ordered. Now on to the sets!


The initial sets all went well except for the second set of 18. When I fit 15 I felt like I was going to drop dead, but I was able to push through to the full 18.

I took about a 2 minute break before trying the 22. By then I was just fine.

And then it was time for the max. I felt just sure going into it I wasn’t going to make the 45. Once I started though I totally had a huge rush of adrenaline. When I hit 40 I thought to myself, “Holy crap I’m going to make this easy!” Then 45 came and went and I hit 50! At 50, I was like, “I think I can eek out a couple more!” I pushed on to 60! At 60, I was thinking, “I don’t have much left in me, but it would be cool as hell to reach 75 so I’m not stopping till I drop!” At 65, I knew I wasn’t going to make that 75, but I pushed out every last one I could and dropped at 68!

So, I know that was a lot of drama, but that was huge for me. I can’t believe I hit a 68 max, especially following the normal sets! I’ve never been close to that high even on a max test day.

For the first time I really believe that the 100 is in my reach. I can almost taste success! WHOOO-HOOOOOO!

Total – 208

Sunday, November 9, 2008

lower my blood sugar : Blood sugar is good; not so sure about my mental health...

I’ve been managing my blood sugar pretty well lately. My 7 day average on my meter is 97. That should put by A1C count below 6, but I’m going in for my 3 month blood work this week, so the truth will come out after that…

Saturday was pretty rough for me. I went to a software conference with some friends. Breakfast was donuts, lunch was chips and white bread hoagie sandwiches, and the after party was liquor and fried foods.

I ate as healthy as I could and avoided most of the offerings, but it left me feeling a bit depressed like I was the odd man out. Today I slept half the day and I’m not sure if that was from being depressed or due to this sinus infection; maybe it was a bit of both.

I also have this terrifying fear these days that my blood sugar will go low while I’m sleeping and that I’ll go in to a coma. I had this extremely vivid nightmare last where I had gone in to a coma. In it I couldn’t move my body and I was trying to scream for my wife to help me, but nobody could hear me, because my body was totally paralyzed and I was really only screaming inside my head.

I wonder what a coma is really like, In my nightmares though I am totally aware of everything, but all I can do is lie there and no one knows that I’m fully aware of everything. That would be hell on earth.

100 Pushups : Week 5 Day 2 (Fourth try!)

I’m quite tired of this program right now… I will be glad when the 100 is past.

My sets today were 19,19,22,22,18,18,22,42. Total was 182. If I wasn’t feeling like crap from a sinus infection I think today would have been the day :(.

This past week I also have skipped the gym for the ENTIRE week :( This was solely due to the fact that I had a large project at work that had to be ready to go live this coming Monday.

This coming week will see me back in the gym and back at my regular routine. Tomorrow I’m going to start out with some time in the sauna to try and cook out this sinus infection and then get in a good workout session to get my energy level back up.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

100 Pushups : Week 5 Day 2 (Third try!)

This started out good, but ended badly.

My first 6 sets were easy. The 7th set was a bit difficult.

My max set was a total bust tonight.
I dropped at 27.

Total—-167 :(

Ouch! These 45 second wait times are killer.

This was so horrible in my opinion, that I then took a bit longer break and tried an additional max set.

I hit 50 on the final set, and the last five were absolutely hell.

Nightly Total—-217

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

100 Pushups : Week 5 Day 2 (Second try!)

Today went a bit better, but still not quite there. The first six sets went without a hitch, then there was a bit of struggle for set seven. Then, I totally flubbed up and repeated set seven for an eighth set as I forgot that set was not supposed to be doubled up. I then only hit 42 on the final set instead of the minimum 45 needed. So now I think if I hadn’t done an extra set by mistake I probably would have made it.

I’ll do this day one more time, I’m pretty confident it will go off without any issues next time.

My sets tonight were as follows.


Saturday, November 1, 2008

100 Pushups : Week 5 Day 2 (First try!)

This went real well until the last set.


The max set was supposed to be 45; I dropped at 32.

I threw on an extra set of 30 after a minute rest.
Looks like I’ll be doing this one again Monday.

202 pushups total tonight.