Hi Friends. Let’s get started with your main assignment for Day 2.

Day 2 of the 21 Day Fitness Jump Off

1. Timed Push Up Test. Set a timer for one minute and complete as many pushups as possible. Record the number and type. For example, if you did 30 on your toes and then 10 on your knees, write that. You are allowed to take breaks just keep the timer going. Remember, form is everything. If you don’t go all the way down, it doesn’t count, boo. I’m not playin’.

2. Timed Mile. Run or walk one mile as fast as you can. You are allowed to do a run/walk combo. I don’t care how it gets done. Your goal is to complete one mile as fast as possible. During the test, please refrain from knocking folks over, shouting expletives, or spitting all over the treadmill. Be classy. Because I know you’re gonna ask (yes, I can read minds), this test cannot be part of your normal run. Let me explain. If you run 3 miles today, you’re not allowed to take the average pace per mile and use that. It must be your fastest mile! If I were you, I would warm up, run one mile as fast as I can, then cruise for the last two miles. In the end, you will have completed your normal 3 mile run and your timed mile.

3. Strike a Pose. Take a photo of yourself, a front view, a side (belly protrusion) view, and a back view. Wear body conscious clothing. A sports bra and short shorts would be ideal. This task is important even for those without weight loss goals. If you like your body and your goal is to maintain, don’t you want to record what that looks like and stay motivated to keep up the good work? I thought so. For those with weight loss goals, this is important for you, too. Many people hide under clothes or worse, buy bigger clothes as they get bigger. When this happens, it’s easy to forget the hot mess that lurks beneath. Let’s stay accountable and be honest with ourselves. [Angel’s note: If you want the extra accountability, you are welcome to send the pictures to my personal email.]

This assignment must be completed by Friday, Dec.14th. Reply to this post when have completed the assignment. Revealing your time and reps is optional.

If you’re injured and cannot perform #1 or # 2, no worries. But no cookies for you. If you can’t be physically active, you must keep your diet in check.

Remember to check here every day for new posts, motivation, and guidelines. I also have a facebook page where you can check in and motivate each other. Sending my love.

Categories: Fitness


Sania F. · 12/16/2012 at 5:56 pm

Again, late posting…did this a few days ago but here it is! 1 mile run – 7:07. After I got done, I thought I could have pushed myself more but still the fastest I have run in a long time! Push-ups – 35 straight leg, and 7 on knees – total = 42.

Nancy · 12/14/2012 at 10:19 pm

32 push-ups on knees
0 cookies
Pictures pending

Angel · 12/14/2012 at 8:48 pm

@cynthia. Nice mile. Good pushups. Go, girl.

Emily Arden · 12/14/2012 at 8:46 pm

Done. Feeling shy. Sending you an email with my results.

Fvr · 12/14/2012 at 7:48 pm

Tho is it normal to have a burning chest and the taste of bile in my throat? FUN!

Fvr · 12/14/2012 at 7:45 pm

Done!! 46 push-ups, 22 on toes and 24 on knees. Mile was 6:52…. Literally the fastest mile I’ve ever run in my life! Pics are for the white pony only.

Felisha · 12/14/2012 at 6:02 pm

Just discovered this today!
#1 20 regular push ups.
#2 Knee is messed up, but hopefully better soon …
#3 Pic taken. 🙂

Mairead Sauter · 12/14/2012 at 5:22 pm

Nearly complete – here’s the stats:

(1) 40 pushups from my toes
(2) 7:48 min/mile – two laps around Lincoln Park
(3) Photoshoot pending…aaaaaaaaah!

Carrie Bean · 12/14/2012 at 4:55 pm

36 on my knees push-ups, 08:18 best min/ mile, and photos sent to you (hopefully the attachments made it on the re-send attempt!)

Cynthia · 12/14/2012 at 11:20 am

1. 35 pushups on my knees
2. 9:53 Mile time (after body ride this morning)
3. Sending picture now! :/

Elena · 12/14/2012 at 8:40 am

28 push-ups on my knees after a pitiful 4 on my toes. One rather unflattering picture I front of the full length mirror done. I still have to do the run. But that’ll have to be today.

Slomo · 12/14/2012 at 8:30 am

So I did 21 regular pushups on Tuesday, but didn’t get around to my mile (6.59.37, I wasn’t about to let that 7 min sneak up on me) until today. When I started writing this comment 2 minutes ago, I knew that I could do more than the 21 pushups in a minute, so just now, in my work clothes, I did 29. The mile was after running 2.5 miles uphill to get to the track, but still, I got work to do!!! Thanks Angel, and congrats to everyone, we got this!!!!!

Angel · 12/14/2012 at 8:10 am

@Jessie. Nice mile time. Progress is coming….

Angel · 12/14/2012 at 8:09 am

@Hollywood. you had me at “defective”. Good work on the pushups. Get that hubby to take your pic. Werk that camera.

Angel · 12/14/2012 at 8:08 am

@jessica. But good form brings good arms – the kind that people comment on. Get it, girl! xoxo

Angel · 12/14/2012 at 8:07 am

@angie. Nice!

Angel · 12/14/2012 at 8:07 am

@Victoria. Great work. There’s no pressure to send the pics to me; it’s just good for extra accountability. Do what you’re comfortable with but know that I will protect the pics with my life and I will NOT pass any judgement. Glad you’re here.

Angel · 12/14/2012 at 8:06 am

@Ayanna. Don’t make me come over there.:) You got check in every day to see what’s going on. Not only will you keep you in the game, it will keep you inspired and focused. Also, don’t run. It’s fine if you walk. I don’t want you aggravating any injury. And yes, you are fine to substitute with squat jacks. Glad you are going to push through!

Angie · 12/14/2012 at 7:57 am

34 push-ups (18 reg, 16 knee). 7:06 mile (treadmill). oy.

Victoria · 12/14/2012 at 7:20 am

1. 40 pushups on my knees

2. 10:00 mile on the treadmill

3. I haven’t worked up the courage to actually send the picture that I’ve taken, but I will.

Ayanna · 12/14/2012 at 12:00 am

Ok, I’m off to a bad start but I’m not going to beat myself up, I’m going to push through. I’m just reading the past two days because work got in the way so, some commitments are:
1. No matter how late I work, I will check this page daily so I can engage in this challenge
2. I will start getting at least 7 hours of sleep daily
3. I will go back to eating 5 meals daily, none after 8pm
4. I will drink a cup of green tea or cranberry juice before bed every night (if I drink the juice at night, I will have green tea in the morning).

As for the assignment that’s due tomorrow:
I can’t do the pushups (3 herniated discs in my neck which don’t bar me from doing pushups, but sleeping in an awkward position now has them flaring up so I have to let them rest…can I substitute forearm planks?)
I also have shin splints but I should be able to jog a mile..it just won’t be fast.

I’ll have my photographer (my daughter lol) take the photo tomorrow.

Jessica · 12/13/2012 at 10:28 pm

pushups are done. holy mother, good form for 1 minute is a killer! pics are forthcoming.

Hollywood · 12/13/2012 at 9:10 pm

30 push ups on my knees; 14:40 mile run- I do believe the treadmill that I used was defective. Good lawdy! Haven’t taken my pics yet.

Jessie · 12/13/2012 at 7:27 pm

8:35 mile
32 pushups: 20 regular and 12 on my knees

photo: DONE. not cute…but DONE.


Allison · 12/13/2012 at 11:15 am

45 push ups of the knee kind and pictures are… oy. bum knee so I jump rope instead of run. Excited for you to kick my ass!

jess c · 12/13/2012 at 10:17 am

38 knee push-ups after 5 sad ones on my toes. 7:20 mile on the tready. Might try again tonight to see if I can do a faster mile.

Angel · 12/13/2012 at 8:36 am

@JenMeason Great job on the run!

Tommy Avent · 12/13/2012 at 8:30 am

53 push-ups
7:38 mile time(full disclosure…done on a treadmill)
Sorry for missing spin. Hopefully I can get a stand by seat on Saturday.

Jennifer Meason · 12/13/2012 at 8:10 am

I surprised myself a little on my running time! When I run, I’ve usually kept about a 9.5-10 min mile pace. Last night I ran in 8:30. Could only do 31 pushups on my knees though. And pics…geesh! Done but not pretty!

Angel · 12/12/2012 at 8:44 pm

@Jen Meason. That face took lots of practice. I use it often.

Stacy · 12/12/2012 at 8:32 pm

About a year ago a spin instructor played “Stand Back” by Stevie Nicks and even though it was the last working song it got me moving and working and it rekindled my old love for her. I found out recently the song was was written, produced and accompanied by Prince- a big surprise to me- what an interesting combination- Prince and Stevie Nicks….a little like peanut butter and chocolate….but, no calories.

Speaking of calories- I have not had ANY sweets for the past two days and have been very thoughtful about food and snacks. I was thinking before Angel started this challenge about the idea of a diet because I just wasn’t making great choices food wise and I needed something to be accountable too. This is better- diets are tough with kids and a family. And now I feel (gulp) accountable to Angel- which makes me feel good and like I am sitting in her spin class and I want to give it my all because I know she is watching.

Jennifer Meason · 12/12/2012 at 5:26 pm

Love the pic! The look on your face is kicking my rear in gear! It’s like you already know I’m trying to make excuses to skip 🙂 Doing my fitness test tonight – and – gulp – taking photos.

Jessica · 12/12/2012 at 2:32 pm

all right!

Angel · 12/12/2012 at 2:01 pm

@Jessica. Please stop trying to impress me. It’s working.

Jessica · 12/12/2012 at 12:43 pm

Did my timed mile this morning. Given how I was feeling it wasn’t too bad (sub-8), but I’ll probably give it another go next week. Pushups and pics to go! (p.s. can i borrow your arms for my pic?)

Nancy · 12/12/2012 at 11:20 am

This picture of you is amazing! I’m dreading taking my own, but will do it 🙁
Thanks for the injured instructions – does ice cream and chocolate count the same as cookies (just kind of kidding!)

Tommy Avent · 12/11/2012 at 6:09 pm

Angel….oh I am in baby. Do you think if I wasn’t I would have given up the greasy goodness of FiveGuys? BTW….I’m in ‘cuse I’m scairt you will come over and thump me(in a good way…of course).

Sorry…once again I did not follow instructions. I will post my numbers and time. Treadmill will be faster than road, so I’ll do a road number.

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