100 Days

11 Jan

January 1, 2009 I started this thing where I decided to work out (in some form or another) for 100 days straight.  Actually, the idea came from a friend who has done this before and somehow convinced me to try it.  The idea is to keep the body moving every single solitary day for 100 days with “no excuses,” as my friend says.  This is good for me.  For so long I’ve taken care of other people and other things better than I’ve taken care of myself.  I know it’s time for some change – and I know my dad would be happy for me.

I’ll be honest though, I’ve missed a couple of days but other than that I think I’m doing good.

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Day One – Manhattan Beach, California

I started Day 1 by going to the “Dunes” at Manhattan Beach.  If there are any So-Cal folks out there, then you already know about the Sand Dunes.  The only word I can use to describe the Sand Dunes at MB is KILLER.  Basically, it’s this jinormous mountain of sand that folks literally climb for a great cardio workout.  I climbed the Dunes once over the summer and again several days ago.  The first time was cool because back in the summer I was in better shape, but this last time was absolutely horrible.  I thought I was going to pass out the second time up the hill.

The Sand Dunes (Manhattan Beach, California)

The Sand Dunes (Manhattan Beach, California)

January 1st workout:

  • 2x up the Dunes
  • 1x up the steps (next to the Dunes)
  • 100 sit ups on the beach
  • brisk quarter-mile jog on the beach

Today, Day 10, I decided to visit Drake Stadium at UCLA for a nice bleacher workout.  Much better.  I always enjoy the track – probably because that’s my safe place.  I feel waaay more calm looking at an eight lane track than a mountain heap of sand.

Today’s workout (Jan 10, 2008):

  • 15 stadium bleachers (up and down)
  • 1.25 miles
  • 300 sit-ups

All in a day’s work.  Well, actually it’s not that easy.  I mean, once I start working out it’s gravy, but it’s just the getting up and getting out that’s hard.  I’m not one to complain, but for this post, I will: LA SUCKS WHEN IT COMES TO MOVING AROUND!  I takes me 30 minutes just to get to the Dunes and the track – and that’s without traffic.  I really despise sitting in traffic just so I can go work out.  I’m thinking about purchasing a treadmill.  It’s much easier to roll out of bed and jump on the treadmill, than to roll out of bed, get in my car, sit in traffic for 30 minutes, THEN start working out.  I don’t think I could do that everyday.

If anyone has any great workout suggestions, please let me know – I’m all ears.  Also, if you’re starting a personal regime, please share.  Let us know what you’re doing so we can all be envious enough to get off our butts and get moving!

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7 Responses to “100 Days”

  1. Esha January 11, 2009 at 1:55 am #

    I have that same problem of getting up and going somewhere just to workout. Sooooo what i’ve been doing is working out at home. Since I’ve been doing that i’m a lot more consistent and less likely to not workout. I have on-demand which has fitness tv. You can choose from about 50 different workouts under a varitey of catergories. I went through all of the workouts and selected about 5 that I really like that were high in intensity and that last for about 20 minutes. I pick one of those workouts every morning at 6am or when i get off work. Then on the weekend I pick a lower impact workout like yoga or something. But i’m not working out 100 days straight. But it sounds pretty interesting. Maybe I will join you on your quest. If you need any other suggestions let me know. I have so many workouts that I’ve created, downloaded or made for other people. Love ya!! Good Luck!!!

  2. Doug January 11, 2009 at 7:21 pm #

    Boxing’s always a good choice if you’re looking for workout suggestions. A normal routine usually consists of something like this (FYI, rounds are 3 minutes in the gym, with 1 minute rest in between):

    3 rounds of jumping rope
    3 rounds shadow boxing
    3 rounds speed bag
    3 rounds swivel bag
    3 rounds heavy bag
    (optional) 3 rounds working on the mitts if you have a trainer available to use them with you.

    Try and work in some dips, push ups, and sit ups at the end as well.

  3. tara l. conley January 11, 2009 at 7:39 pm #

    @ Esha.

    Yeah – you’ve been doing the tv workout thing for a minute. I remember you’d do that in H-town. I have Dish Network out here – in other words, my cable provider sucks! I’m not sure I have any workout channels available – but I’m going to check. It’s so much easier to do something real quick at home.

  4. tara l. conley January 11, 2009 at 7:41 pm #

    @ Doug.

    A punching bag – AWESOME suggestion! Actually, I always wanted to take up kick boxing or just regular boxing. It does seem like buying a punching bag on Craigslist would be much cheaper than a treadmill. Both would be exquisite to have though! Plus, I gotta a lot of frustration I just need to get out!!!

  5. Esha January 11, 2009 at 9:06 pm #

    I know I’ve been trying to get a punching bag forever. It’s on my Christmas list every year. If you live in an apartment you have to get the one that you fill with water or sand in the bottom. Otherwise you’re risking ripping a nice hole in your ceiling. I did look on amazon and in some sporting goods stores and they really aren’t more then a treadmill. If I had to pick I would do the punching bag cause there are more workouts you can do with it. You could always explore and find some place to run around your place.

    The good thing about the TV workouts is that you can do it whenever you want. If it’s easier for you go to a second hand CD/Movie store and find some workout videos there that might work for you. I’ve done everything from Tae Bo to workouts by the Biggest Loser Trainers.

  6. Nattu January 12, 2009 at 11:42 pm #

    Right on Miss Tara. Hope things are good.

  7. LaVone January 13, 2009 at 2:11 am #

    I just started belly dancing and yoga with Tj Chi. I love the dancing. It is hard at first but I think I”m getting the hang of it. It is very modern and different than anything else. I think trying new things helps keep up the interest in keeping our shape. It makes me feel better is what I keep telling myself. Never give up the fight! LaVone

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