Why Not?

After a week of tough workouts, I have been waiting for a quiet day to do my final push up challenge, and this last day of vacation has been the quietest of them all.  In November, I decided that I wanted sexy arms for my upcoming cruise.  I jumped on the 100 Pushup Challenge bandwagon with the goal of doing 50-60 pushups in a row.  For a few weeks, I was able to follow the schedule, but then life seemed to get in the way.  Since then, I have been doing some other upper extremity strengthening exercises trying to reach my big goal by the end of the year. 

I started with 25 pushups on November 7th.



By midway, I was up to 35 pushups.



And during today’s post test, I was able to do 45 pushups!!!  And all of them were in the plank position, no knees needed.  It was hard and my heart was racing, but I did it.  And although, I didn’t reach my goal of 50 or 60, I was thrilled with my success.  Even better, my arms were looking really good when I tried on my tanks and started packing today.


I have never been big on New Year’s Resolutions.  A few years back, I read an article that talked about making a Why Not? List.  It takes the pressure off of the more serious resolutions and frames your goals in a positive way.  I typically use this time of year to think about my intentions for the upcoming year.  A few years back, I started writing everything down in my Nothing Book.



This book holds some interesting and motivating quotes that I have collected over the years.  This is one of the funniest running ads that I have ever seen.



Let’s just say that I did pretty well in 2011!  I think my lists are a fun way to remind myself of all of the things I’ve done throughout the year, big and small, personally and professionally. 



Number 6 on the list was Why not start a blog?  I have enjoyed sharing my life with you through posts and pictures and it was neat to see everything come together in my The Best of 2011 Post.  Now, I just need a little time to think about this year’s list…



I’m thinking I’d like to try for a half marathon PR, incorporate meditation into my day, and maybe write a short story in 2012.  I’m hoping to keep blogging along the way too.  My brain is too tired to think (most likely the result of too much Champagne and too little sleep last night), but there is plenty of downtime ahead to think about my intentions for the year.


Do you make resolutions or set yearly intentions?

What’s on the list for 2012?

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