summer of strength: update

I haven’t written about my Summer of Strength challenge in forever. Actually, the last time I wrote about SOS was immediately following the tornado. I was all optimistic that I was going to power through and keep on track even though my world was literally collapsing in on me.

I was wrong. Physically and emotionally, the beginning of this summer was really, really difficult.I don’t want to be one to spew excuses, but I ran into some hurdles that definitely put my SOS challenge on the back burner. But none of that matters now, because I can safely say for the past 6 weeks, I’ve been kicking some major muscle. I’ve found myself in the gym, wanting to throw around weights instead of wanting to hop on a cardio machine. Weight-lifting makes me feel strong and empowered, something I’ve never felt from 30 minutes on the elliptical.

My self-imposed SOS deadline was Labor Day, which happens to be in a little over a week, and I can safely tell you that I will not achieve any of my three goals. That being said, I finally feel like I’ve gotten into a good, challenging and muscle-building training habit. That’s a victory in-and-of-itself!

But, I’m not one to quit. What I am one to do is extend my deadline. I so desperately want to succeed in my three goals that I’ll be extending the challenge by two months (I figure that’s the least I should get for going through a tornado, two ankle sprains, and death in the family at the beginning of the summer).

So we’ll revisit that boy push-up and 3 minute plank on Halloween, k? And I’ll definitely be hitting up the Bod Pod again.

How are your summer fitness goals going?


  1. Athena says

    My main fitness goal was to be under 190 by Labor Day. Uh, that’s not going to happen. I was 197 when I weighed last week. I’m not beating myself up about it because I have been diligent in my workouts getting in at least 5 workouts a week. I’m also going to push my deadline back, and set a new weight goal of losing 20 by Christmas. That’s 5 lbs a month, which is very doable. I actually did my first boy push ups this summer, and I’m proud of myself. I won’t be doing them all the time because they kill my wrists, but it’s good to know that I can do some.Good luck with your summer goals!

  2. says

    This is one of the many reasons I love you and I love to follow your blog. You realize that life happens, and instead of beating yourself up about it, you know that you can move your deadline and still work hard to achieve it. Keep at it. I have no doubts that you will achieve what you set your mind to!

  3. says

    Yeah–your summer has been anything but slow! I’m glad that you’re extending your deadline because taking long to meet goals is by far better than giving up on them altogether πŸ˜€

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