MainPain Challenge – Day 29 | Back Pain Update

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything about my challenge. I threw out my back on June 26th while doing the Leg Press I felt my lower back pop. That’s never, ever a good sign.

I thought I was getting better and by Friday July 3rd, I was going without my back brace. Unfortunately, Friday night nearly put me in the ER. The pain was unbearable at about 4am. I couldn’t move and it felt like someone was pushing a knife into my spine. Yeah, that’s not so good. I had some Flexiril left so my wife gave me one and luckily, that started to help. No trip to the ER. I even managed to start feeling a little better on Saturday evening.

Today, Monday my back is still feeling pain, but I feel like I have it under control. I even feel like I may be able to start working out again (lightly). I’ll probably give it one more day, just in case though. Something else super not awesome was because of the pain, I found myself eating more. I didn’t track any of the food I ate over the holiday weekend nor did I really track much what I ate during the week before the holiday. So I wound up gaining a little weight. I think I’ll reduce my calorie intake for the week back to 1,800 to try to make up for the extra eating I did. That should take care of things even if I’m not able to work out too much.

I cannot stand having wasted over a week of my challenge on this stupid back injury, but such is life. Not to mention my push up challenge got hosed as well because of it. I may start another push up challenge once I’m back to 100% though.

Anyway, I hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th of July if you’re in the US, if you’re not, I hope you enjoyed your weekend all the same. Later.


Push-Up Challenge – Day 9 | Results

Day 9 went great. I got a lot of push ups in near the end of the day which was really tough since Day 9 in the push up challenge was Day 18 in my MainPain Challenge and it was Arms and Chest day.

Here’s what I did yesterday for push ups.

  • 2:45pm – 50
  • 5:18pm – 25
  • 7:14pm – 10 (With a 6 Year Old on my Back)
  • 7:16pm – 10 (With a 4 Year Old on my Back)
  • 8:13pm – 20
  • 8:15pm – 20
  • 8:27pm – 25
  • 8:55pm – 30
  • 9:25pm – 30
  • 10:04pm – 30

Total Push Ups = 250

I should really count those 20 with my daughters on my back as double, but I won’t. 😉

Push-Up Challenge – Day 8 | Results

Day 8 went awesomely well. I didn’t get started with my pushups until about 2pm, but once I did, I was on fire.

Here’s how I did.

2:20pm – 60
2:40pm – 45
2:57pm – 45
6:40pm – 30
7:25pm – 25
8:35pm – 25
8:44pm – 25
9:48pm – 30

Total = 285

Push-Up Challenge – Day 7 | Results

I got back into the swing of things yesterday with the Push Up Challenge. Here’s how my day went.

  • 2:45pm – 50
  • 5:25pm – 25
  • 9:20pm – 30
  • 9:33pm – 30
  • 9:49pm – 30
  • 10:00pm – 30

That’s a total of 195 for the day. I’m hoping today I might do a few more and hit 200.

MainPain Challenge – Day 16 | Lost Momentum

This weekend was not friendly to my challenge, and/or my motivation. Without getting into much for details, we’ll just say, I didn’t eat real well, nor did I do any workouts. I did zero push ups as well which was disappointing. All that poured into my Monday as well and I didn’t do much of anything.

Now it’s Tuesday. Time to get back on the horse right? I plan on doing so, though I have yet to do any push ups so I’ve got a lot of catching up to do.


I will. Don’t worry. I’ve got my workout bag ready for my lunchtime workout and I plan on doing some push ups once I get off the phone.

MainPain Challenge – Day 10 | Challenge Accepted

Yesterday I was challenged in the comments of one of my posts to a Push-Up Challenge by a fellow WordPress blogger whom I know as Koko. At first I thought, “Yeah, right, a push-up challenge, I’m not doing that, that’s crazy.” Then I thought about it a little more last night and thought, “What’s the harm in it?” So, today is day 1 of my push-up challenge with Koko (if she accepts). As I understand it, the challenge will simply be, do as many push-ups as you can each day. So, Koko (and anyone else who’s interested) post your daily push-up count each day on your own blog and perhaps tag it with “#PushUpChallenge.” I’ll need some encouragement and probably jabbing from all of you readers to ensure I do it.

Here are the challenge rules I’m going to abide by for myself.

  • Real Push-ups. No tee pee’s or from the knees push-ups
  • A complete push-up is all the way down (full bend in the elbow) and all the way up
  • This is a 20 day challenge, so the end will be on July 6th, 2015.
  • I’m competing against myself, I’m not going to worry about beating anybody else’s numbers (if you want to beat me though, knock yourself out, though you may want to set a little higher goals 😉

Aside from that, that is all I’m using as my rules for now. I figured I’d post a video of my kick-off. I don’t expect anyone to post a video of their push-ups and I don’t plan on doing a video of all of mine either. This challenge is an attempt to better my own health and fitness and this is simply an addition to my overall MainPain Challenge, so join in for your health too. If nobody joins, no worries, I’m still going to do it. Choose your own rules that work for you. Invite others and make it your own challenge. Maybe a sit-up challenge or something else.

*NOTE* If you are accepting this challenge, do post in the comments so I can go follow your blog and see your progress.