I have mixed feelings about resolutions. I wrote last year about resolutions vs. real resolve and my friend Dan wrote a great post this past week about the pitfalls of resolutions. As 2012 was approaching, I realized I was done talking about it for a while – I just wanted to do something.
Ever since I finished the 100 push-up challenge in October, I've been looking for a new challenge. So, when fellow inspired lunatic Brian Wu suggested a 100 push-up a day challenge for 2012 over at The Impossible League, I jumped on board. The challenge was simple – do 100 push-ups every day in 2012, for a total of 36,600 (it's a leap year).
36,600 didn't feel right.
I like round numbers, and 36,600 just sounded weird. So, in a holiday-inspired out-of-body episode, I apparently agreed to do 50,000 push-ups. I exercise 6 days/week, so it amounts to roughly 160 per workout day. Luckily, I didn't do that math before I said "yes". To be fair, Brian was pursuing multiple goals, so I wasn't really one-upping anyone. I just felt like pushing my own limits.
But why stop there?
I've been adding some good, old-fashioned sit-ups into my workout mix the past few months, so I figured I'd up the ante. Just before the new year, I settled on a final goal of 50,000 push-ups and 25,000 sit-ups. We've got a team Google doc to keep us honest, and I'm tracking my progress on Fitocracy.
Is this a Resolution?
I'm honestly not sure, and I don't think that one word stands between success and failure. My Year-42 Project has reinforced my belief that long-term goals matter. Some things, like exercise, aren't just short-term challenges – they're lifetime habits. When you can stick to something for a year, you've come a long way in building a real habit.
So, don't be shy. Tell me about your own big plans for 2012. You don't have to use the R-word.