In which #1 chronicles week 1 of her 7 min challenge. For, you know, posterity.
Day 1: Jumping jacks are easy but tiring. Wall sit, this seems easy oh but now my upper legs are burning. Why are my leg muscles burning? Woo, 3 push-ups, go me, I guess. Cannot do another. I cannot do a single abdominal crunch or sit-up. Step up onto chair, another one I don’t understand. Squats are easy… it’s like how I picked stuff up when I was pregnant. Triceps dip onto chair, I have never done this and it kind of burns. Plank… doesn’t happen. First my toe slips on tax papers on the floor and then I am completely unable to do even one push-up. I ran out of push-ups in step 3. High knees running in place– no problem. Lunge– why is this even an exercise? The last two things don’t happen– no more push-ups left so no push up and roll and no side plank. During this time, the kids keep coming in demanding attention, despite having declined to try the exercises with me.
Day 2: It becomes clear why people online said the wall sit was a challenge. My day starts with sore leg muscles that remind me they exist every time I walk. My colleagues ask me if everything is ok and laugh when I tell them. Two of my colleagues used to force their younger siblings to do the wall sit, they tell me. Another one says, “oh, I tried the 7 min workout once,” and grimaces. After dinner I force my tired self to do another set. This time I get 3.5 push-ups and manage to at least start the plank. Not the side plank (wait, my rear end is supposed to be off the ground?). My 8 year old successfully completes the entire circuit and then runs off.
Day 3: Still sore, but maybe not as much. Or maybe I’m just used to it. Back to only 3 push-ups, and forget any crunches. And I’m pretty sure the side plank isn’t going to happen this month, but you never know.
Day 4: Amazingly, no longer sore. Still, took the day off from the work out because of teaching for 6 hours.
Day 5: My sister asked how it was going. I told her some exercises were more doable than others. Not at all sore today. I did four push-ups in the first set and one in the last (and was able to plank for a bit). I feel great today and at first attribute it to my exercise regimen, but then realize that my nose is no longer dripping, my head is no longer muffled, and I’m no longer getting vertigo when I dip my head down. Not being sick is AWESOME.
Day 6: FIVE pushups in a row. And 2 in the last set. And I’ve discovered 7 min goes a lot faster if you’re watching the daily show during it on the other computer monitor.
Day 7: Another 5 pushups in the first set and 3 in the last set.