#67: 1 Month of Exercise

#67: Exercise at least four times a week for one month.
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I’ve always been thin (please don’t throw things at me). I spent most of my high school years weighing about 115 pounds. I’m 5’6″ and it’s safe to say that weighing 115 pounds at my height made me TINY. After high school, I joined the Army National Guard and got shipped off to Basic Training where my previously very small ass was whipped into shape. I had never been in shape before the Army got a hold of me. I was just thin. I didn’t need to try to be thin, it just happened (no really, please don’t hate me).

Well, a funny thing happened to me in Basic. I gained 20 pounds. In 3 months. My initial weigh-in when I got to Basic in January was 116 pounds. By the time I got to Fort Meade to start my Army job training, I was weighed in at 136 pounds. I knew that I had gained some weight, most of it muscle, but I was not expecting to step on the scale and find myself to be 20 pounds heavier. It was a shock to say the least.

My point in this, is that working out is difficult for me because I gain weight. Since Basic three years ago I’ve let myself get out of shape a little bit, and, consequently, I currently weigh about 120 pounds. But this is get-my-ass-in-shape month. This is part of my 101 in 1001 challenge. So, for your viewing pleasure, I’m going to record the pain I put myself through in yet another attempt to get in shape, mostly because reporting about things on my 101 in 1001 list is one of my favorite things.

[1/2] Week 1

WED 01.AUG.07 : 2 mile run on the track. Time: 18:36, which is too damn slow.

THU + FRI 02.AUG.07 + 03.AUG.07 : Rest.

SAT 04.AUG.07 : APFT. 31 push-ups in 2 minutes. 65 sit-ups in 2 minutes. 2 miles in 17:55.

Week 2

SUN 05.AUG.07 : Rest. My abs are on fire.

MON 06.AUG.07: 5.15 mile run around Camp Bondsteel.

TUE 07.AUG.07: Crunches, different variations of push-ups, sit-ups, side crunches and other various abdominal and arm exercises.

WED 08.AUG.07: Running intervals on the track. Walked one lap to warm up, ran two laps, walked one lap, ran one lap, and so on until we hit the two mile mark. Also, iron mikes for my butt and thighs.

THU 09.AUG.07: Played Basketball as a warm up for 15-20 minutes. Alternated abs and arms with the following: 2 sets 10 dips, 1 set 50 sit-ups, 1 set 25 sit-ups, 1 set 10 push-ups, 2 sets 15 knees to chest, 1 set 10 pull-ups.

FRI 10.AUG.07: Rest. Legs still hurt from Wednesday and the stupid iron mikes. Ouch.

SAT 11.AUG.07: Ran/Walked 4 miles.

Week 3

SUN 12.AUG.07: Rest. Watched my friends play softball. Napped. Glorious Sunday, I love you.

MON 13.AUG.07: Rest. Watched my friends play softball again.

TUE 14.AUG.07: Pyramids of push-ups leading to over 100 push-ups total. Sit-ups, crunches, some minor complaining.

WED 15.AUG07: Assorted leg exercises including iron mikes and squats.

THU 16.AUG.07: Ran on the treadmill for 12 minutes. Added some hills just for fun. Sit-ups: 1 set 50, 1 set 40, 1 set 30, 1 set 20, 1 set 10.

FRI 17.AUG.07: Rest.

SAT 18.AUG.07: Ran on the treadmill for 30 minutes, with hills added for good measure.

Week 4

SUN + MON 19.AUG.07 + 20.AUG.07: Rest

TUE 21.AUG.07: Attended a Memorial Service. That’s emotional work. It might as well count.

WED 22.AUG.07: Ran 2 miles on the track.

THUR 23.AUG.07: Push-ups.

FRI 24.AUG.07: Ran on the treadmill for 33 minutes, with hills added, yet again, just for good measure.

SAT 25.AUG.07: Abdominal work.  Sit-ups, crunches, knees to chest and other things that will make me sore the next day.

Week 5  

SUN 26.AUG.07: 3.5 mile run around Bondsteel.

MON 27.AUG.07: Upper body day in which Andrew attempts to kill me by forcing me to do as many push-ups as possible in 2 minutes, three sets of pull-ups (weight assisted), three sets of dips (again, weight assisted), and some other stupid thing that hurt.  I’m thankful, really. 

TUE 28.AUG.07: 30 minute treadmill run, with a hill added.  A big, long hill. 

WED 29.AUG.07: A much needed day of rest.

THU 30.AUG.07: Abs and arms.  Mostly push-ups, sit-ups and a strange ab exercise that hurts

FRI 31.AUG.07: Nothing.  Mission Complete.

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4 Responses to “#67: 1 Month of Exercise”

  1. Johnny Unitas August 10, 2007 at 3:38 PM #

    Sounds like a sweet work out program. I bet your abs are looking quite awesome. I sure would like to see them in a leather jacket, and black bra.

  2. jenn August 13, 2007 at 11:06 PM #

    you played basketball?

  3. instatick August 14, 2007 at 8:10 AM #

    I did, in fact, play basketball, although it was more me picking up the ball and running away from Andrew with it. It’s easy cardio. You and I both know I don’t know how to play real basketball.

  4. Family Health November 17, 2007 at 11:39 PM #

    Remember muscle wears more than fat. Are you sure all that weight gain was excessive pounds or some actual muscle gain? Keep track of your thigh, waist hip, ratio with a tape measure and see what happens. Screw the # on the scale it may mean nothing….Di

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