Fiona in January

Fiona in January

Monday, January 13, 2014

Plank Fail

It's never fun to admit that you failed at a goal you made publicly.  No one enjoys that particular exercise in humility, right?  However, I believe if you made the goal publicly you need to follow it up in a similar manner.  Damn ethics...

In December I set a goal to do this plank challenge for 30 days, culminating in being able to hold a plank for 5 minutes.  Yes.  I am insane.

Several friends joined me in this challenge and I gamely started and did it every single day.  However, I can only make it to the 3 minute plank.  I tried for 2 weeks to increase my time past 3 minutes and my body just won't get there.  Frustrating? Of course.  However, after 2 fruitless weeks I have decided to abandon the challenge.  I'm still pretty proud of accomplishing a 3 minutes plank and plan to revisit the challenge in June to see if I can push it to 5 minutes.

In June of last year I started practicing yoga 3 days a week, then increased it to 5 and now I plan to do it every single day.  I've found something I love to do, is good for me fitness-wise and also has helped me meditate, focus and have more peace in my daily life.  I know, I sound like some sort of weird yoga groupie, but it seriously has made a huge difference in my life over the past 6+ months.  

However, I still want to continue challenging myself every 30 days to add something new to my fitness routine.  Although I am abandoning the plank for now (not really, I do it plenty in yoga!), I am taking on my next 30 day challenge, starting today and am pretty excited about it, so check it out below.

How have you fared in your own challenges and goals?  Anyone feel like adding to my public failure? At least I know I can meet the plank requirements of this challenge already, right? I'll take it!

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