200 Sit-Ups, Here I Come!

As promised, I’ll be starting the 200 sit-up challenge this week! Over the weekend I did the initial test, and performed 56 good crunches consecutively. That’s right about where I thought I’d be, and it’s more than a quarter of the way there. That’s further along at the start than I was with the push ups!

I plan on doing the sit-ups and push ups on the same day, at least to start. Since they’re different body parts, I don’t think it’ll be a problem. If for some reason it doesn’t work for me, though, I’ll switch it up and do sit-ups one day and push ups the next.

Anyone else joining in? Let me know, kids!

On another note, I learned today that I have poison ivy (or oak or sumac). I don’t know where it came from, but I suspect it’s in my yard somewhere. A few months ago, I had something similar, so clearly it’s in the vicinity. My dermatologist informed me I am no longer allowed to eat mangoes or cashews*. I’m not too upset about the cashews, but I’m a huge mango lover (they’re mangolicious!). Mangoes are so much a part of my diet that when I got home I had a lot of stuff to throw out – what a delicious waste.

I know it seems silly, but I’m weirdly upset about this. I really like mangoes! And now I can’t have those OR cherries.

Ah well. At least I still have watermelon, strawberries and bananas!

* From Wikipedia: Mangoes and cashews are in the same family with poison ivy and poison sumac. Mango peel contains urushiol, the chemical in poison ivy and poison sumac that can cause urushiol-induced contact dermatitis in susceptible people.

3 Responses to “200 Sit-Ups, Here I Come!”

  1. Sagan Says:

    I had no idea that mangoes and cashews are part of that family! Aww that’s so sad. Lots of other fruit to choose from, though :)

    I adore the 200 sit up challenge. And the 100 push up challenge. And the 200 squat challenge. I’ve done them all and they are TOUGH. Especially the push ups. It took me closer to 12 weeks than 6 to do the push ups but it was completely worth it.

  2. South Beach Steve Says:

    Like Sagan, I had no idea! That is really odd. But, at least you have plenty of other choices.

    I am not going to join you on the 200 sit up challenge. I have decided to use planks instead. Good luck with it though!

  3. ered Says:

    I almost killed a man with a mango once. He was at our house to study and I cut up a bunch of fruit for snacking, not knowing he had an allergy–it was definitely nothing to sneeze at (pardon the pun…his allergy does not lead to anything nearly as docile as sneezing though) but luckily he was trained in identifying mangoes and was spared. So I’m glad you’re taking it seriously, although I understand the sadness…maybe you’ll discover another equally delicious fruit. Papaya, anyone?