I Took The April Squat Challenge!

I wasn't exactly sure when I started the squat challenge, so I went back to look, back through all the comments on the Facebook April Squat Challenge page. My first comment was on April 8, so I guess I started with 80 squats. I'm sure I broke it up 10, 5, 10, etc… because there was no way I could have done 80 in a row. Heck, now at 250, my max is 40 in a row. Today I counted the last 20 backwards, that shook things up a little. HA!

My first comment April 8th:  I'm only at 50... had to work up to that! 

And then: omg my thighs are killing me Bridgid lol (but thanks for getting me moving)

And then: does it matter if we break them up? can i do 30 in the morning, noon and again at night? answer: yep!

At that point, Facebook says 44 people saw these comments. 44 people! Today, there are maybe 12 still in the challenge. Er, there are 12 looking at the posts on the challenge page.

On the 9th,  I posted: 40 done before 10:30! Maybe I'll hit 100 today! Is that the goal?answer: yep! At 12:03pm I posted: DONE! I did it! 100 squats before noon! Now I'm dead ;)

Then my friend Teri joined. She's a dear friend I met on Pokerstars about a hundred years ago. I think her and I are the oldest in the group. The rest of the photos I've seen are all young whipper-snappers. She jumped in at 100. Bless her. But then, that was my first 100 squat day too!

At this point, I started hearing: I want to see how you are doing these squats from hubby. I was so hurt and promptly told daughter, intending to portray the tone of "how dare he?". I was thinking for crying out loud, I haven't moved in 2 years, give me a little credit! And daughter said: I was thinking the same thing…how are you doing them?Yeah, I had a major pout. But I kept going.

Do you want to know how I am doing them? Well, I started holding the shower bar because I was afraid of falling. I have two total knee replacements and my spine is fused at L4, L5 and L6. When I had my second knee done, the surgeon told me I would never squat again. Boy, when someone tells me something like that…I took it as a challenge. And I can squat. I can get down and hold my putter up like I know what I'm doing when trying to line up a putt. That's pretty far down though, heck, my butt is just about on the ground. And it is a little hard to get back up from that deep of a squat. (hard to balance too!)

I am doing some slight modifications. My daughter told me knees shouldn't go past my toes. They do, sorry Nikki, I go lower than that. Bridgid told me to keep my back straight and use an exercise ball to help with that. I do that sometimes. I kind of like using a ball, I'm getting a strange back massage at the same time.

So, imagine sitting down on a chair, with your back straight. I don't go that low. I go ALMOST that low. But when I go that low my knees start clicking and I'm not sure that's good. I sure don't ever want to have them replaced again. That's how I do squats. I don't get quite into a "chair" position, but pretty dang close.

My stamina has increased. At first, if I could do 20 - 25 in a set, I was doing great. Like I said in my opening paragraph, I can do 40 in a row now!

Today we are at 250, I'm done for the day. But let's go back to the week when I had the flu  from hell that knocked me on my ass for 4 days. I still squatted. On April 15th, 150 done…with the FLU! April 16th-160 DONE with the FLU! 

Update: Yeah, so how's it going? Today was 260, and I did them in sets of 50. I counted the last 10 backwards. Seriously, if you are squatting, try the backwards count. For some reason it seems to make it easier.

4 more days to go! I didn't take a before photo, I was too embarrassed. But here I am after 3+ weeks of being Squatzilla!
April 26th Squat Challenge

~Karen

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