February Challenge Fitness ladder update

Recall this February challenge I did the calisthenics Fitness Ladder.

I got up to Rung 4 and was on the cusp of Rung 5.  The sticking points are push-ups (my arms have gotten weak) and, oddly, running in place.  I keep getting lactic acid build-up.  DH tells me that as my circulation gets better the lactic acid build-up will gradually become less of a problem.  The fact that I have this as a problem makes me concerned about my lack of circulation!

My progress wasn’t as impressive as when I did the 7 min workout (for example, I can barely do 5 pushups, but I ended that challenge with 9).  I don’t know if that’s because I’m 4 years older and in worse shape, or if it’s just not as intense a workout.  However, I did not hate this workout.  I kind of like it (except the lactic acid part), and DC2 and DH are also into it.

Of course, on March 1st when the challenge was over, I was like, I don’t *really* need to do this, so I didn’t.  And March 2nd I completely forgot until after I’d showered and was already in bed.  If it had been February I’d have gotten out of bed and done it, as happened a few times, but since the challenge was over I felt I didn’t need to.  I have no willpower.  March 3rd I decided to do it in the morning.  I kind of felt like doing sit-ups which is the first time I can say that in 4 decades, give or take.

I think the big thing for me if I want to keep up with this is to have some sort of regular time and reminder for me to actually do it.  Mornings would make sense except that I am barely making it to my 8am classes this semester.  There’s just too much packed in the mornings already (and I don’t shower in the morning like DH does, so if I get to the point of sweating stinkily I’ll have to add a second shower to the day).  Right before bedtime is what I’d been doing because that’s when I would remember, but now that there’s no challenge going on, that’s not a great idea because I have no willpower before bed.  Though I suppose it could be fit in before the shower in theory.  I also don’t know if I have willpower to do it right after work– usually at that point in time I’m trying to get dinner ready.

I’m still doing a walk every day at work– generally sometime between 10:30am and 1:30pm.  That happens because I have a motivated colleague who also needs an exercise and gossip/work break in the middle of the day.  It’s also a good vit D pick-up for me since I’ve given up on trying to stagger my pills (I generally forgot the second one and it would take a couple hours to realize why I’d been so tired) and just take both of them after I brush my teeth in the morning.

It may be that I need to set a timer for calisthenics for sometime in the evening.  It helps if DH is doing it at the same time too.  I don’t know if he’ll be going back to doing it in the morning though.  I also think I should add some stretches because the ones in the workout are kind of silly… or at least seem silly to me because they’re not stretching the muscles that my American education has taught me should be stretched.

For any of the self-care things I need to do every day, showering, teeth brushing, etc. it’s important that I have a regular process for each– finishing showering means it’s time for teeth, and so on.  For things I really don’t want to do, it’s extremely helpful to have someone else there to nudge it along.  Though I can’t use another person as a crutch or excuse– I just need to be grateful for being included.

How do you get yourself to do self-care things regularly? 

12 Responses to “February Challenge Fitness ladder update”

  1. Leah Says:

    I have a nice app called strides that tracks habits. I’m still not perfect, but it helps remind me to do those self care things I often forget.

  2. Steph Says:

    I’ve had some success with Habitica as a habit tracker, though it’s gotten less useful for me as time goes on.

    I’m best at doing self-care stuff when I can set a rock-solid routine, otherwise it’s really hard for me to remember to do it. I’m either at the gym 3 mornings a week, every week, or I don’t exercise at all beyond the occasional walk somewhere – currently it’s not at all, because my gym had a pipe burst and their other locations are too inconvenient for me. Accountability helps too; I’m going to miss that aspect of having a personal trainer, but I’m not going to miss spending the money for them.

  3. Grace Says:

    The only thing that works for me is to be rigorously scheduled and–especially with exercise–it has to happen first thing in the morning. I’m currently getting up at 5 so that I can get it and the other morning stuff done before my toddler’s wake time at 6:30. If I count on being able to do it during a break in the workday or in the evening, it would never happen. There’s just too much going on and too many must-dos. I’m also being really rigorous about keeping up the sleep schedule even on the weekends– keeping the same sleep/wake times no matter what helps me actually get up in the morning. And also helps me fall asleep as early as I need to in order to sleep enough to get up the next day.

    I don’t love getting up to work out at 5 a.m. I’ve become more of a morning person as I’ve gotten older, but I’m not THAT much of a morning person. And I would much rather stay up later and watch television/youtube/laugh with my husband instead of going to sleep at 9:45. But it’s the only way to get through things right now.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      Getting up at 5am is a non-starter for me (I won’t do it and if I absolutely have to do it I’m completely useless until the next day). I keep pushing important things to the morning (which generally starts at 7 or 8am for me) and then I run out of morning. :/ So far exercise hasn’t made the cut.

  4. Comradde PhysioProffe Says:

    I’m glad you’re doing well with the workouts!

  5. chacha1 Says:

    It’s all about routine for me, as far as the when-and-how goes. For the ‘why’ it’s just my bloody-minded determination to stay fit for dancing, even though we can’t really dance right now because of my imminent disemployment (we can and will do a little social dancing, but that hardly counts for me after all these years) and associated financial insecurity. I have a half-hour blocked out in the morning to do yoga and barre exercises.

    I’m trying to get *more* fit actually, because unless and until my best beloved gets back in shape, I’m likely to be dancing mostly with myself, which means I might end up in ballet class instead of ballroom. My current challenge is to learn the short Victoria solo from the end of Act I of ‘Cats.’

    I actively enjoy yoga (my primary workout) and dancing, so my experience isn’t much help, I know. :-)

  6. nicoleandmaggie Says:


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