So I'm hereby putting myself on notice. I know that I can't fix everything overnight, but I need to make a concerted effort to move strongly in the direction of improvement. Thanks to the_xtina, I had at least part of the physical exercise solution drop in my lap yesterday- hundredpushups.com. I'm going to talk about that a bit here.
My goal is, of course, to be an uber-sekseh, schwarzeneggerian industrial/cyborg guy- preferably by Dragon*Con. Realistic goals are not my forte. ;-) I like doing push-ups (by which I mean "they suck and I hate them, but I can do them and I like the results"), but even when I'm doing them regularly I seem to hit a wall in how many I can do at once (about 40 at most when using the pushup bars). Then I get discouraged by the lack of progress and stop being a diligent about it, and then I start regressing. Suck. The exercise regimen on the hundredpushups web site states that if followed you can do 100 push-ups in a single set in as little as 6 weeks. Sign me up for some masochism!
Interestingly, the regimen doesn't involve doing push-ups every day. In fact, it's only 3 days each week, preferably Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (leaving me the other days to do sit-ups or play DDR!). You end up doing a lot more push-ups on "workout days", though. I checked the calendar and found that unfortunately Dragon*Con is in 5 1/2 weeks (this was on Wednesday), meaning I should have done the second workout that morning. Rather than wait until next Monday to start I said "screw it", went into the nicely air conditioned comm room (I was at work), and did the Day 2 routine right then and there. Followed by the Day 1 routine. I felt like a hammered turd afterward, and I was all sweaty despite the A/C (yuck!), but at least I'm off to some kind of start.
This morning I played DDR for about 45 minutes. It had been a while, and I'd missed it! Also, my chest is sore today, but in the good way. Tomorrow (Friday) morning I'll do the Day 3 push-ups and should be on track. Going forward I'll use the push-up bars, which are better for your wrists but which make the push-ups harder. Should make things more... interesting. :-/
We'll see how it goes!