There was a time during my life when I did a certain amount of push-ups and sit-ups for 839 consecutive days. I did these everywhere and never missed a day. Some of the funny places I recall doing them were along side the highway, at the Sundance Film Festival, on friend's floors at parties, you name it, I did push-ups and sit-ups there.
I HAD to do them each day, and I wasn't always the best at doing them all in the morning so I had to do them wherever I was, if I was traveling, at school, at friend's house, or on the side of the highway!
I was known for this practice by my friends and by even some strangers who routinely saw me doing them at a certain friends house or something like that. I didn't do crazy amounts, it was just like 100 of each a day, sometimes much more, other times maybe a little less, but the whole point of the practice was to teach myself to be consistent and to increase my work ethic and will power.
It worked wonders, and I was able to achieve so many other non-fitness related goals, just knowing that I had not missed a day for over 2 years. You may think it sounds easy, but we're talking EVERYDAY here, those days when you might be sick, when you're stressed, when your injured or hurt, when you're traveling, when you're staying at someone else's house, when lots of other stuff was going on..........I never missed a day.
On my 20th birthday, I decided to end my streak and it was a wonderful relief! After 2 years it became a chore and it kept me up late, because I had to do a pre-determined amount and when I was stressed, tired, ill, or whatever, it was hard to do 200 of each that day, but it was on my schedule so I HAD to do it.
Was a I a little obsessive? Yeah, maybe. But I learned so much about myself from it.
So, I've decided to start again. I've noticed myself getting lazy in many aspects of my life (5 unfinished books 'writing not reading', a month off from weight training recently, a half-effort nutritional program, and more unfinished projects than I can count).
I think that making myself do this again will help keep me on track.
What about recovery? Don't worry, I'm not going wear my chest or abs out. I just do sets of 20-50 at a time and that is pretty easy for me, just like walking (it's a mental practice, not physical for me). So I'll still train chest and abs the same as I normally would.
Today is the first day back, let's see how long I can keep the streak. Just something I need to prove to myself to improve myself and I'll post it each day as well.
Today July 26, 2005 I did 200 push-ups and 200 sit-ups.
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