One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Let the Challenge Begin!

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A couple of days ago I wrote this post on BlogToLose moments after chatting on twitter. It couldn’t wait. I don’t care that I’m busy OR in living in a temporary apartment OR organizing a conference. When will I not be busy? Why wait? There will never be a "perfect" time. Right? RIGHT?? :)

All joking aside I’ve been super busy and I haven’t been able to make the gym or do any form of weight training. I can barely squish my runs in. I’ve also been feeling overwhelmed, out of control and fat (for lack of a better term.)

So instead of sulking and feeling sorry for myself I’ve decided to DO something. Tonight I took the initial tests for those three training programs I think are awesome! No equipment, any fitness level and best of all, NO excuses. So who’s with me? I’m starting all three Sunday (they suggest waiting a few days after the initial test.)

Here’s the result of my test…

100 Pushups: Initial Test

Rank: 3 – 18 push ups

200 Squats: Initial Test

Rank: Excellent – 75 (I have to admit I got bored but MAN my legs were on FIRE afterwards.)

200 Sit-Ups: Initial Test

Rank: Poor – 35 (started crampy)

So what say you? Join me? Post your progress on your blog? Don’t have a blog? Consider signing up on BlogToLose… THIS is what it’s all about…accountability, support and community.

ok, now I need sleep. :) Leave a comment to your blog post if you are joining in on the challenge!

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There are 32 comments so far.

    Mary :: A Merry Life

    August 28, 2009

    You are doing all three? I feel like such a slacker now! Hehehe.


    August 28, 2009

    Ok, so push ups I assume are traditional on your toes kind, not modified, yes? Are the squats weighted or just plain squats (youre talking to a Les Mills Body Pump person, 200 squats is my middle name,LOL!) and when you say sit ups, you mean old school sit ups, not crunches? Cool idea, thanks!


    August 28, 2009

    Oh, what a great idea! If I hadn’t just worn myself out with a Jillian Michaels video, I would do my test right now. Tomorrow!

    Diane, Fit to the Finish

    August 28, 2009

    I’ll try these over the weekend. You are amazing!


    August 28, 2009

    Christine – If you click to each site they define and describe how to do each one correctly but yes.. pushups are the traditional “boy” ones, squats are good old fashion ones (adding weight is a great idea!) and the situps are actually more like a crunch. The trainer/site says not to go past 35 degrees. .

    Hope you join us! :)


    August 28, 2009

    Mary – You SLACKER! lol Only kidding… In all seriousness… I’m only doing all 3 to make up for lack of other workouts… I figure it give me a well rounded thing… arms, legs, core. Besides running this is all I’ll be doing for the next month or so. :)


    August 28, 2009

    Way to go! I’m in the middle of a yoga challenge (that I made up myself) right now, but I need to take on this one next, I think. :)


    August 28, 2009

    OO Roni this is just what I need I am finally getting back on the WW saddle – and I feel where you are TIME what is that right? I have a 4.5 year old and 8 month old at home and work FT outside the home – I too have taken up running and am running my first 5K on Sept 13 – Race for the Cure – SO EXCITED.

    You are a true inspiration to me – I dont have a Blog but will LOVE to join the challenge – THANKS!!!



    August 28, 2009

    Count me in! I teach a boot camp class for beginners but I need something new and fresh for me! :-)


    August 28, 2009

    I actually started both the pushups and situps this past Monday. I’m level 3 for pushups and poor for sit ups as well. I will have to check out the squat challenge.


    August 28, 2009

    I’m in! I actually just decided a few days ago to start doing push-ups in the morning.


    August 28, 2009

    These sound like fun. Thanks for sharing. I will definitely give them a try. Not sure about the squats – hate squats. But definitely the push-ups and sit-ups.


    August 28, 2009

    I’m in! I might just start with the squats though. Wait, back up, I’m going to remove the JUST from that sentence (thanks Roni!)
    I’m going to start with the squats!

    Cynthia (It All Changes)

    August 28, 2009

    I can do the squats and push ups but the sit ups are a no go because of my back surgery. I’m still working on building up my abs.

    Lynn C

    August 28, 2009

    I’ve done these challenges, and found them to be a lot of fun and help… I’m considering designing my own 100 challenge (lunges for me, which STILL kill my quads if I do 10 of them! Yikes!)

    I did them one at a time; pushups first (starting with 3, and it took me 10 weeks to finish) then squats (which were easy for me, started with 70-some and finished the 200 at the three week mark) and situps which was so-so… took me like 4 weeks to finish that one up, but mostly because I needed the gym to do my situps. I don’t have a mat at home and the floor was killing my back.

    I started the 100 pushup challenge in january with a bunch of twitter friends, and as far as I know, I was the only one who finished it (or at least, ppl lost interest in twittering about it)


    August 28, 2009

    I’m trying these tonight! It has been raining here for 3 days straight! I was just looking for some alternative exercise to do since I can’t walk outside. I think this challenge is great. Thanks for the idea!


    August 28, 2009

    I’m in! I have a lot of work to do based on my tests!


    August 29, 2009

    Ill cheer you on for now :)

    KILLED my rotatorcuff with the push up challenge the initial go ’round.

    Marisa (Trim The Fat)

    August 29, 2009

    100 Push UPs??? Ugh, I can barely get through 10 ….and the girly ones to boot :)

    Sounds like a great challenge!


    August 29, 2009

    Great idea. I teach a bootcamp class and I’m gonna throw these challenges into the workout. I’ll have them jump rope between sets as their ‘rest’ period. We’ll start this coming Monday, thanks for the idea!


    August 29, 2009

    I hurt my back …..but I am your cheerleader!…I also voted for you on diva divine’s best blog award $250 visa card..hope you win!


    August 30, 2009

    I love the jump rope in between sets idea. Then you really are getting an awesome interval workout. We did a 100 mountain climbers challenge in my boot camp. It was a nightmare!!!!!


    August 30, 2009

    I’m in too! I am ok with the squats and the sit ups, but push ups are my nemesis. Should be interesting to see how far I will come. Thanks for the idea and the motivation.


    August 31, 2009

    I am in too. Since slicing my ankle, have not been able to start back running again. This will keep me motivated until the doc figures out why I am still hobbling!


    August 31, 2009

    oooooohhh.. definitely thinking about doing this!! Though doing all three might just kill me :) 200 squats scares the life out of me!


    August 31, 2009

    I’m definitely in! I was going to start the 200 sit up challenge anyway so this fits right in, whats a few squats and push ups? :-) HA!


    August 31, 2009

    I decided to start with the sit ups. Then I’ll go from there. The squats one scares me!


    September 2, 2009

    I’m on my second week of 200 situps. It is nowhere near as easy as I thought it would be. After the situps I’m going to do lunges and then pushups last, because I can’t even do one yet. Good luck!


    September 3, 2009

    I’m in! I’ll need to do the initial test tomorrow and I’ll post the results then. This is exactly what I need for some accountability for some strength training, thanks!


    September 9, 2009

    Roni this is JUST what I needed! I was posting on my own blog a huge “poor me pity party” post. I decided afterwards to come over and look at your archives from when you started out for a push in the right direction. Instead I found your post about the challange. I just did the initial test for Pushups (I did 7), squats (40) and pushups (30) …so I have a ways to go but Im going!


    September 10, 2009

    SO not only did I post this on my own blog, I also posted it as a challange on my local moms group board, and there are about 10 of us doing it together!


    September 11, 2009