Two years, three months ago, I wrote a post about doing pushups.  https://mlknowlden.wordpress.com/2013/08/22/eating-elephants-in-20-hours/

Guess what?  I’m still doing them. Today I did my 18,070th pushup. Woo hoo!

Pumpkin on the vineIn the Eating Elephants post, I mentioned that I did tasks between sets like emptying the dishwasher and polishing the baseboards. By the time I finished my upper body strength training this morning, I’d emptied three pails of last night’s dishwater on backyard plants, completed one cognitive exercise, prepared the front rooms for vacuuming, took my supplements and fed the cats, removed and trashed the remains of a delicata squash plant and a pumpkin vine that filled the side yard from front to back when it was lush and nurturing fourteen gourds. I also tussled with the Mennonite heirloom tomato plant which had a yard-long root and had dismantled its cage in three parts. Our wrestling burned more calories, but in the end, it won. Just as well–the yard waste bin was full.

I faithfully attended gyms for over thirty years but now I wonder why. I can accomplish more by integrating exercise in my life than I ever did in those mainly sterile environments. (The one exception: my Johnson & Johnson gym in El Segundo. You guys rock!) Speed walking in the hills around my house keeps me in touch with neighbors and their dogs, seeing the jacaranda bloom and the fall of avocados and dates, sharing produce from our gardens, and enjoying the sun and all that free vitamin D. Core and strength training at home allows me to also keep house maintenance under control and experience adventures in the garden between sets.

Not to mention that after 18,070 pushups, I’m hovering between reasonably competent and an expert. Hooray!

About mlknowlden

In 2011, I left engineering to write full-time. Between the years 1992 and 2011, I’ve published 14 stories with Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine that have featured the hypochondriac detective Micky Cardex and two stories that did not. The 1998 story “No, Thank You, John” was nominated for a Shamus award. Many of these stories have been included in anthologies and translated in multiple languages. With Neal Shusterman, I’ve also published a science fiction story for the More Amazing Stories anthology (Tor) published in 1998 and co-authored with Neal Shusterman an X-Files Young Adult novel (DARK MATTER) for HarperCollins in 1999 under the name Easton Royce. For Simon & Schuster in July 2012, we published an e-novella UNSTRUNG in Neal's UNWIND world. I have graduate degrees in English and Electrical Engineering.
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4 Responses to 18,070

  1. John McElroy says:

    I remember your first 100. 18,000 + ??!! Way to go Michelle!

  2. Rebecca Ifland says:

    Yes! I think we talked before about incorporating exercise into life. Good job.
    My fitbit tells me I have walked the length of Italy this year.

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