by the numbers challenge: 9 days down

I love a big challenge. And this All About the Numbers Challenge by Cassie was right up my alley. I must admit that when I started 9 days ago, I had a completely different view of this challenge. I thought the fitness minutes and miles would be the easiest things to get in. But as things have shaken out the last few days, that won't be the case.

I've had to make some amendments.

1. Daily Plank.

Here's the thing. Planks hurt my foot. Plain and simple. So I modified. I did the first 6 days on my toes and elbows. I've now moved to my knees and my hands. It isn't the same angle, so it isn't as tough. But I've noticed that if I twist my elbows in, it changes my balance and uses my abs more (does that make any sense at all?). I'm also tacking on push-ups when I'm tired. I held it for 3 minutes today before I got to the tired point, as opposed to my 1:15 max on "correct" plank. But it's all I can do.

2. Miles

I don't know how long I'll be no impact on my foot. I just don't know. So I'm having to make some adjustments. I hope to get some time in running in a pool. The amount of time I spend in the pool will be translated to miles at a 11:30/mile average. That's about where I was. I can assess that effort level. I'm also going to use the mileage on the arc trainer. I know they are not reliable, but they are low impact. So it is what it is.

Huh. That's it. Just 2. That's not bad.

So let's look at how I'm doing:

Right on Pace:

  • Scale-free
  • Daily Plank(ish)
  • Random Acts of Kindness

Ahead of schedule:

  • Fitness Minutes
  • Miles
  • Fruits/Veggies (but just barely)
  • Meatless Meals
  • Water. I'm going to finish this waaaay early. I'm a machine.

Behind schedule:

  • No added sugar. I'm struggling with this one. I thought I had it 2 days until I read the ingredients of my pumpkin greek yogurt. Blah. I've got some catching up to do, but it is still manageable.
  • I still don't have a big reward. I'm thinking about a Brazilian Blowout though. Any of y'all have any experience with one?

Are you working on the Challenge? How is it going?

What is your big reward?