10 December 2009

Day 10 of 100

This morning it was 10 sit-ups and 10 push ups on my way to making myself a better person. So far, no sweat.

But I now understand that I am looking down the barrel of a very trying 100 days.

I guesstimate I probably could have done 15 push-ups and 10 sit-ups without too much trouble before I started this. So this next week will be when it will start getting tough. The second tenth won't be the hardest, but it may well be the steepest. So I'm trying to get myself psyched.

I'm trying to get at my 'ups first thing in the am. With only a couple mis-steps, I've been successful. I think starting off the day with some concentrated strength-building is a great way to segueway from bed to caffeinated beverage.

Two days of note:

Day One Chiara took a couple photos. In the posing I did a few extra 'ups. Which is fine. Start off extra keen.

Day Seven
I did eight push-ups instead of seven, because I got confused. This relates to my general lack of focus, compounded by morning sleepiness. This made me realize something I hadn't considered: my short attention span will be another obstacle to overcome during these next 90 days. This battle, as Yogi Berra says, will be 90 per cent physical, the other half mental.

In fact, as an experiment just now. I decided I'd try counting to 100, just to see how it went.

I didn't get past one before quitting. I did get to one a couple of times though, but still: I don't have the concentration for these long-term tasks. Yet.

So it's not just the 'ups, it's the morning counting that will get longer every day, and try my attention span, as I build willpower and strength. This could turn out to be the big benefit to this regime.

I'll keep you posted.


  1. Anonymous7:07 pm

    You've inspired me to do my own 'ups for 100 days. This sounds fun and better than sleeping my life away. I will start tomorrow morning and let you know how I'm doing in 10 days. Ryan, you've started a movement!!!


  2. At the end of 100 days, how many pushups and situps will you have done in total? A prize to whichever "London Mews" reader can come up with the correct answer. It's impossible to figure out. In order to do so you have to get a calculator and go 1+2+3+4+5....+99+100 and anyone who tries to do that will get to around 35 and go "awww, this is ridiculous, I quit".

  3. Leigh, I'm glad you're inspired. Get upping!

    Allen, that's a great riddle! I myself have no idea how many 'ups will get done, and unless someone does the math, I never will.
    Remember readers, there's a prize involved.