30-day challenge — abs and pushups. Join us!

30-day challenge — abs and pushups. Join us!

30-day challenge

Challenges, Fitness | September 22, 2015 | By

Something happened yesterday. In a total spur-of-the-moment idea my husband spawned on me, I committed to taking a 30-day challenge. But it’s not just one 30-day challenge. Oh no, it’s a double-decker, double-whammy, the one-two punch. Push-ups and abs coming comin’ at ya.

Here was our kick-off photo from yesterday:
45 push-ups, 15 sit-ups, 5 crunches, 10-second plank, 5 leg lifts
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 I might sound like I was totally jazzed about this opportunity, but my excuses shot off like fireworks:

-Ugh, I don’t want to.
-I’m already running a lot.
-I’m doing weekly workouts with my local November Project (they’re free and rad.  Check them out.)
-I don’t really need to do this.
-I need off days too.
-Ugh, really?
-Damn, it starts with 44 push-ups?!
-Can we start on October 1st?

And then personal ass kickin’ mode arose:

-This could be fun!
-You can absolutely do this!
-Why the hell not?
-You’re just being an “excuse girl”.
-Your core could use a little work.
-Actually, yes, it could use a lot of work.
-Tickets to the gun show, anyone?
-Whoo, hoo! Let’s do this.

These 30-day challenges always seem so daunting, don’t they?
Day 1 isn’t so bad, but look ahead and see 100 push-ups or 200 crunches on day 30, and it’s over. What I’ve learned is that you have to take it one day at a time, one set at a time. For most people, 50 push-ups aren’t possible to complete in one round (totally impossible for me), but breaking it up into 5 sets of 10 makes them possible. That’s how I complete them. Or, divide them up, and do half in the morning and half in the evening. Standard push-ups too tough? Opt for a modified push-up with your legs on the ground. Same with the core workout — if full leg lifts are painful, lift them only a little until you get stronger. Modifications are welcome! Whatever you choose, the challenge is yours to complete.

Below are the 30-day challenge plans I’m following. Want to do this together? My daily progress will be posted on the Eat Happy Run Healthy Instagram account. Follow along here. There’s also a slightly more approachable push-up challenge if that’s more your level. Assess YOUR fitness level and pick which one (or two!) are right for you.

QUESTION: So, how about it?  Anyone else care to join me on this 30-day challenge? I’m going to need the accountability. You cheer me on, and I’ll cheer you on. Deal? Send a comment in below if you’re in!

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    September 25, 2015

    I’m in! fellow seattle runner here and actually happened upon your IG feed when i saw you posted this challenge. Thanks! Will be following along with you guys. Awesome blog.

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      Eat Happy Run Healthy
      October 4, 2015

      Hey Kristin!! So happy you chimed in. Phew, it’s getting challenging but seeing results and feeling stronger sure makes it worth while. Happy 30-day challenge to you!!!

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      Eat Happy Run Healthy
      October 4, 2015

      Thanks for chiming in! Welcome to the challenge, and hello fellow Seattle runner, Kristin. Day 14 kicked my booty, but it’s fun starting to see results. I hope you enjoy the challenge as well!!

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