December is a bust. I'll pick this up in January.
Plus 10 minutes of yoga. I'm in pain, and I'm hoping the yoga will help. So I'm making that my next 30-day challenge. Hopefully both of these will stick if I do them repeatedly...
I'm still congested, but not so much that I couldn't hold out another 30 seconds. It helped that Kai was not in the room...
So I missed a few days. I am no quitter.
Fail fail fail. The perfect storm of family dramas, menopause, and not being able to eat descended upon me, and everyfreakingthing went out the window.
I can deal with planking while sick, but apparently depression is where I draw the line. Missed yesterday. Missing today. I could make up for lost time once I pull out of this, but I am making no promises.
1:30 yesterday, and today's will come later -- probably after R and Kai go get Anya from school, just because it's always easier to plank when Kai is elsewhere.
This has been a very educational exercise, because it's proven to me that I can fit in workouts in short bursts regardless of my circumstances. If I'm busy, I just wait until things slow down. If I am in pain, I hold off until I feel better or until the pain pill kicks in. If I'm sick (and yes, I'm sick), I can still talk myself into a minute and a half.
My unlisted companion goal of doing 10 minutes of yoga each day has met with similar success. I don't have the solid track record with it that I have with this goal, but I have managed to fit it in nearly every day. So I'm thinking the trick to Making Daily Exercise Work for Me is threefold:
1. Keep the duration short
2. Schedule it -- not just the day, but also the time. Set an alarm.
3. Add accountability. This goal helps, but even more effective is involving the kids. If it's something we do together, they won't let me skip a day.
1:30 yesterday and today. I really want to ramp up to 2 minutes, but Kai keeps using me as a jungle gym while I'm planking. However, I also feel like I'm coming down with something (not surprising; Anya was sick over the weekend, and Kai and R are snotty), so perhaps this is not the best week to increase.
I forgot yesterday's plank until bedtime. I forgot to document today's until just now. 1:30 each day. Observations:
- Planking when tired is way harder than planking with plenty of energy. Those 90 seconds felt like 9 minutes.
- Planking while nursing a 3-year-old who is clinging to you like a little monkey is damned near impossible, but can be done.
1:30 while being used as a tunnel for Nearly 4. Not sideways -- crawling in under my belly and out between my elbows. That was fun.
1:30. Used a pillow beneath my elbows this time, and it hurt less. My elbows, anyway. My abs hurt more, because the pillow I picked was a bit slippery and made me work harder to keep form.
I'm not really pushing myself on this week's planks. I could do longer. But I figure I'll ramp up to that.
1:30, whilst Nearly-4 crawled over, under, and around me. In pretty severe pain this morning, so I'm feeling pretty dang proud of that 1:30.
1:30, while reading an Elmo potty-training book to Kai. I had assumed that the time would seem to go faster because I was reading. I was wrong.
Whoops! I left it a little late but I will start today. I will build it up slowly because I am like that.
1:30. This time Kai left me alone until Anya came in and started messing with me. Then he grabbed my phone, pausing the timer, and by the time I'd retrieved it and got it going again I was out of steam. I think I actually went more like 1:45, but I'll count what the timer recorded.
I had anticipated Kai jumping on my back while I was in the plank position, but I forgot his obsession with hidey holes: He instead snuggled up under me. So I had extra motivation to hold the position, but also the challenge of not falling every time he bumped my feet. I made it a minute and a half before I lost composure. Having not planked in close to a year, I'm pretty proud of that.
I am here. I am, at least for the moment, not in excruciating pain. And I reeeeeeally need a win right now. Let's see if I can at least stick to planks. Every day for the month of December, because I do so like to start with a clean slate.
Calendar reminder entered. Aaaaand...go.
Okay this sucks: I have not planked for three days. I am starting over! Today will be day ONE. :-/
Day Two - Done. I am shaky but I can do it. Going up to 30 secs I will definitely feel it though, I can tell already.
I just did day 9 (40 sec). I am doing a slow beginner level set up because of that whole Know Thyself thing.
I also did day 6, another 30 seconds. Still going strooo-ooong!
Unfortunately I dropped one day from the chain: yesterday. Today I picked up the streak again like nothing happened: 30 seconds (day 5)
So far I am on my 4th day (13.3%!) at 30 seconds. I do them on my elbows. Shaky but still going strong.