TWENTY!

12 weeks ago I posted about the Get Fit Challenge at my Stroller Strides class and how pathetic I was for only being able to do 8 push-ups. Well 12 weeks is apparently more than enough time to see an improvement if you go to class almost every single day because this morning I did 20 PUSH UPS. 20 real, straight leg, not so wimpy after all push-ups. I still don’t think they’d pass boot-camp inspection but they certainly weren’t easy.

I also improved my plank hold from 1 minute 7 seconds to 1 minute 31 seconds, which was pretty good considering it was after those damn push-ups. Not so much improvement in my crunches (53 last time, 56 this time) but in my own defense ab exercises have been making me nauseous this week so I may not have tried as hard as I should. PREGNANT LADY EXCUSES, I HAS THEM.

I didn’t write down my time on the shuttle run last time but my time today was 10.3 seconds which sure SOUNDS impressive. We’ll call that an improvement too. I need all the positive reinforcement I can get from my actual fitness though since after 12 weeks of working out at least 5 days a week, making healthy choices like salad instead of french fries and not buying a single bag of candy I lost a whopping…zero pounds. Zero. I weigh exactly the same thing I did when we started. My SS instructor told me it was totally OK! I clearly gained muscle mass! I’m pregnant! (MORE EXCUSES, WE HAS THEM) but it’s still heart-crushingly disappointing. I was hoping to be down enough that this pregnancy’s weight gain couldn’t possibly put me over -insert own personal horrifyingly high number here- but no such luck. I guess I’ll just have to wait another 9 months before I can start a crash new diet.

Until then, I’ll just keep doing push ups.

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4 Responses to “TWENTY!”

  1. Other Erin says:

    I agree with your instructor – it’s not always about the number on the scale. You are clearly getting stronger which is awesome. Just keep eating well and doing the exercises you can during your pregnancy and even if you hit that horrifying number you’ll be strong and healthy and it will be easier to get right on losing it after the bebeh2 is born.
    (I took advantage of a free personal training session at the fancy school gym and I could do 1 real push up.)

  2. Dude, 20 push-ups is awesome. Like, I know dudes who can’t even do that many. (In other news I hang out w/a bunch of girly-men).

    But seriously, who cares about the number – you are building core strength which is way more important in the long run.

  3. E says:

    Navy standards for women in your age group. Just FYI, the sat medium is the MINIMUM required to pass the bi-annual PRT and not get kicked out. Great job babe.

    FEMALES: AGE 25 to 29 YEARS
    PERFORMANCE……………POINTS….CURL PUSH…1.5-MILE………SWIM
    CATEGORY….…………..………………….UPS…UPS.…..RUN………500-YD…450-M
    Outstanding High…………….100………101….46……10:17…………7:23….7:13
    Outstanding Medium…………95………100….45……11:30…………8:15….7:58
    Outstanding Low………………90…….….95.…43……11:45…………9:00….8:50
    Excellent High……………..…..85…….….91….41……12:30…………9:30….9:20
    Excellent Medium……………..80…….….87.…39……13:00…….….10:00…9:50
    Excellent Low…………………..75…….….84.…37……13:23………..10:15…10:05
    Good High……………………….70…….….75.…30……14:00………..11:15…11:05
    Good Medium……………..……65…….….62….26……14:30………..12:30…12:20
    Good Low…………………..……60…….….54….19……14:53………..13:30…13:20
    Satisfactory High………………55…….….50….18……15:23………..13:53…13:43
    Satisfactory Medium…………50…….….47….15…….15:45………..14:15…14:05
    Probationary……………………45…….….43.…13…….16:08………..14:45…14:35

  4. Merin says:

    I would never make it in the Navy. Great job Suzanne!

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