Thursday, December 31, 2009

Mixed Emotions....Couch to 5K

Well, tonight I started my Couch to 5K training. It took me 53:25 to do 3.1 miles. Sure, that may be ok for a beginner. Last year, I walked my 5K, and did it in 55:+ ish. I'm frustrated right now because I walked for 5, then jogged for 60 sec, walked for 90 sec, jogged for 60 sec, walked for 90 etc, as per the program...perhaps my 'brisk walk' should be faster. I walked at a 3.0-3.1. I only beat my last year time by what, 2 minutes? And I'm 52 pounds lighter!!! Grrrr. My hubby is trying hard to make me feel pleased with myself..."did you just do a 5K? Isn't that fantastic? How can you feel disappointed with yourself, you just did 5K!"
The logical part of me IS pleased. Some other part of myself,...the competitive side, perhaps, feels let down. How can I have jogged all that time, and only cut 2 minutes off? Okay, okay....I give. I AM pleased. Okay, hubby! Sheesh. He says to me..' it's 10 pm, and you just decided, 'hmm, I'll do a 5k,' and off you went. Last year you had to psyche yourself up to do it" he walks away laughing. So, I guess I see his point. Point taken, honey! LOL. So, booyah to me...I did a 5k tonight. Better? LOL

total workout: 55 minutes.

Another Late Night...

Last night my hubby and I went out of town. We did a little shopping, had a nice dinner, and went to the movies...Sherlock Holmes beckoned us. We had a really nice evening. But by the time we got home, it was almost 10:30. Another late night! I wasn't about to let that get in my way though. So here's what I did.

Hyper-Extension Bench:
3 sets of 10...really felt my back

Bench Press:
12 reps @ 40 lbs/ 12 reps @ 50 lbs/ 11 reps @ 60 lbs/12 reps @ 50 lbs

Overhead Extensions:
3 sets of 15 reps @ 12 lbs

30 minutes.
I didn't feel 'tired' from working out, that is to say, I could have done more, physically. But I was so tired because it was after 11...make sense? LOL

I skipped the Ab Ripper X. My back and sides ache, they feel bruised. That's a product of my snowmobile accident from 14 years ago...whenever I use my back, it becomes inflamed, and then I feel sick. My abs are back has serious issues. That's why I'm using the Hyper-Extension try and strengthen my back. So, I'm going to give a few days off between Ab Ripper X's, and hopefully that will help. Chronic back pain sucks...but letting it stop me, that would suck worse, and frankly, thats not going to happen!!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Little Engine That Could....

Today, I'm not feeling well. I've barely eaten ...and I went for a few hour nap this afternoon. I made myself get up, and after drinking a recovery drink...which I would need to get me through the workout, I got on that treadmill. I walked for 8 minutes, then jogged for 4. After getting that initial adrenaline rush, I decided that I was going to push my max...and so I did. I walked for 3 minutes, then RAN at 5.0 for 2 minutes. Hmmm...seems I'm stronger than I thought. So after walking for 3 minutes, I RAN at 6.0 for 1 minute, then walked the remainder to make it a 25 minute workout. I surprised myself. My heartrate was through the roof, but it recovers quickly. This little engine that could...did...and I feel sooo happy about that, because I really really needed it today.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Day 1 of P90X Hiatus.....

Day 173 of consecutive daily exercise.

Okay, so I was interested how this post P90X stuff would work...being used to doing a certain routine, or workout system daily, and now, on my own. Fortunately for me, I'm a good self starter. I was going to do the treadmill tonight, but it was hot down there from a good roaring fire. My hubby suggested doing my other plan, which is : hyper extension bench + bench press + exaggerated overhead extension + ab work. So that's what I did.

1) Hyper extension bench: I did 3 sets of 10...making sure I went up slowly to allow the abs to work. Felt the booty and legs too!
2) Bench press: 40 lbs @ 10 reps/ 50 lbs @ 10 reps/ 60 lbs@ 9 reps/ 50 lbs @ 10 reps/
3) Overhead extension: 12 lbs @ 10 reps/12 lbs @ 15reps/12 lbs @ 15 reps

Ab Ripper X: WOW...349 ab/core exercises. I'm so happy Tony says "if you need a break, TAKE them!" Because, man! Did I ever need a break. Happily though, I completed the whole thing. Thank goodness we don't do THAT every day!

Todays workout was 66 minutes and I feel great.

Tomorrow - treadmill.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

P90X Grad!

Week 13, Day 7...X Stretch! I did it. I completed the full 90 days, zero days off! I actually enjoyed tonights X Stretch. I wanted to make sure I went out with full potential met. Frankly, I felt like I was hit by a truck for a couple hours before I attempted it...and had to force myself to do it. In fact, I wasn't sure I'd stay maybe I'd fall over. But, I did it, and actually did a good job of it too. My body needed it. I was very proud of my efforts tonight. Three weeks doing other workouts...and then round 2 of P90X!

Week 13, Day 6 Yoga X

Ok, so I said I'd do my best with the Yoga tonight....and it turns out my best was only 33 minutes worth. But that's ok. The 33 minutes I DID do was actually good...I actually enjoyed it. Who'd a thunk it? LOL. My 12 year old daughter came down and was talking with me and watching me...and I got distracted...but 33 minutes is not bad.

K, X Stretch tomorrow. THIS I WILL finish strong, and send my first round of P90X out with a bang!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Week 13, Day 5, Core

Only did half tonight again. I am just too tired! Went out of town, got back late...finished 30 minutes at 10:40...again, better than nothing. I'm a bit disappointed with this past week. I think I've only managed to finish Cardio X, and Kenpo. Going to finish the week strong, even tho Yoga is slated for tomorrow. I will do a good job with it. Then X Stretch...and I'm a P90X grad! Oh btw, I did 15 staggered hand- stacked foot pushups tonight!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Week 13, Day 4, X Stretch

K, so I did half of X Stretch tonight. Again, I'm going with 30 minutes is better than not. It's 10 pm...the day got away from me again...only this time it was because of choices...I chose to do other stuff, can't blame it on the kids, ;oP
But, I did some and I feel good. I'm tired and I just don't feel like doing any more.

Tomorrow...Core Synergistics. GOING TO DO IT EARLY! Right, Lisa!!

The Primal Blueprint....yeah baby!

I am SO excited! I just ordered "The Primal Blueprint" from Hopefully I'll get it next week...
I think this book is going to be amazing...from what I've read thus far. And I think it will be easily adapted into my lifestyle since I'm about 95 % of the way there anyway. Anything that will make me healthier, help me lose weight easier, and help me become more fit...I'm totally IN!


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Week 13, Day 3, Kenpo X

Once again, I'm finishing a workout after 10 pm. My husband didn't get home early like we fact he was late, so, it had to be after the kids were in bed. I didn't have much steam tonight, but I brought all that I had. My heart rate was up tonight too, but that's ok. I worked hard.

X Strech tomorrow is going to feel amazing!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Week 13, Day 2...Cardio X

Today was supposed to be Core Synergistics...but I just couldn't do it with my kids today, and then, after I put them in bed, I dozed out for half an, here it is 10 pm AGAIN, and I didn't have an hour in me. But I chose Cardio X...that workout is golden for when you just don't even feel like exercising, even if you happen to LOVE P90X! I LOVE this workout. I turned the music off of the DVD, so I just heard Tony talking, and I listened to my own music. I feel awesome. The workout goes so fast, and you still sweat like a pig.

Tomorrow...Kenpo. I think my hubby will be home earlier, so I will definitely get this in before 10 pm.

Week 13, Recovery and Abs....subbed X Stretch

Monday, Dec. 21/09 Well, I got in late last night, and I was gone early, so I didn't have the time, stamina or energy to do Yoga today. I did sub X Stretch tho...but I only did 33 minutes of it. I was just too tired, it was 10:15 pm...and I had to go to bed. Kept the streak alive, got a little stretching in after LOTS of driving. Felt good, and I needed the sleep.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Week 12, Day 7...X Stretch..In The Home Stretch

Today was the last of the week 12 workouts...ushering in the recovery and ab week. THEN, I will officially be a P90X grad. The workout was ok tonight...I had many many distractions...from...ahem...the hubby. Apparently, he likes watching X Stretch. I issued a 'NO TOUCH' rule for X Stretch...and I may just have to order a "no watch" rule too...Men! LOL. Very flattering though. supposed to be Yoga X...but I'm out of town all day...I may have to sub it for something else...awww...what a shame. hehe.

In Between P90X Rounds (Workout Plan)

Well, I've been thinking about what I will do for my 3 weeks post round one of P90X. After this next week of Recovery and Abs....I am officially a P90X Grad...need to buy me that TShirt!
So, what to do.....
Here's what I've come up with so far:

Mon, Wed, Fri. - Treadmill...walk/jog intervals. Begin Couch to 5K.

Tues, Thurs, Sat. - Ab and back workout (hyper extension bench, Ab ripper X, ball)

Sunday - X Stretch. (I see no reason why I cannot keep this in my program)

I'm going to start with this...but I may change things up...IF I buy some Kettle Bells...we'll see tho.

I think doing this for 3 weeks will keep me active, keep my streak alive, and prepare me to kick it up a bunch of notches for my next round of P90X.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Week 12, Day 6, Kenpo X

This morning, I did a sort of locked/yawn/stretch and pulled something in my neck. Lovely, right? Well, I wasn't letting that stop my Kenpo I went ahead and worked up a fabulous stretch. The only thing I had a bit of trouble on with neck pain is the side kick for that side. However, having said that, I also noticed how much progress I actually made with my kicks. I went from 'shin' kicks to making belly kicks. That's how much height I've gained with my kicks on both sides. I'm happy to have my workout done for the day as well.

X Stretch tomorrow...boy, that's going to feel really goooood!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Week 12, Day 5, Legs & Back

Well, I killed the last leg & back workout of this round. Although, I have come to the realisation that Jillian would indeed kick my ass when it comes to the wall squat sequence. Man, that stuff is hard! On the goal list to improve for the next round, for sure. My legs are exhausted...but feel awesome. And yes, I'm finishing this workout at 9pm. I know I keep saying that I've got to get the workouts in earlier...this week for sure. My hubby is off Thurs for 12 days...and I'm hoping to use that time to establish a good workout while I'm on hiatus from P90X.

My favorite, Kenpo X tomorrow... TO BE COMPLETED BY NOON!

Friday, Dec. 17th...Week 12, Day 4...Yoga X...or not...maybe

I was sooo tired last night. The whole night slipped by. With Bridget being sick, and miserable...and making supper....and just feeling drained, by the time I got to YogaX, it was 10pm. I started it...but you know, I only got 30 minutes into it, and then I threw my towel in. I had to give it up. I did give it the last ounces of steam I had 30 minutes is better than zero minutes....and my streak is still in tact. Today, Emily is home..being the last day of school before holidays. I'm going to count on her to help with the kids so I can get this working out done earlier in the day....I cannot keep doing late night workouts!

Legs & Back today.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

2010 Goals

So Steve-o asked what our goals were for the new year...and that made me think a bit. I have been planning this next year out in my I thought it was appropriate to state them, put them out into the universe.

My 2010 Fitness Goals:

1. Join Karilynn's new competition...excited about this because Pitz is doing it with me....YAY!
2. I have my first 5 k of 2010 already registered and paid for, March 7, Burlington,'s aptly called The Frosty 5K!
3. I will likely do another 5K in May, before it gets too warm out.
4. I want to join the local Triathalon team here, called The Nacho Average, and begin training.
5. I will be about 165 lbs by June.
6. By Fall 2010, I will be at my goal weight.
7. Fall 2010, I have my first half marathon!!!
8. Fall 2010, I want to enrol in some Personal Training courses....and get that ball rolling.

I am sooo stoked about my goals. They are not only goals, they are going to be accomplished!

What will you accomplish in 2010?

Isn't it exciting...the world of possiblilities that await now that health and fitness is being achieved?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Week 12, Day 3, Back & Biceps...oooh baby!

I am so pUmPeD uP! I love this workout. One day you're all getting free tickets to the show...the gun show! LOL. Seriously, my arms are so pumped and strong. I UPPED all my weights...some of the moves I'll be into 25 pounds next round...and almost all of the others will be edging out of the 15's into the 20's, with one or two into the 15's. So far, I've upped them all, and can still kick out high reps...I love it!

Yoga X tomorrow...well, whatever. LOL. I'm sure one day I'll like this one...right?!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Week 12, Day 2, Plyometrics...

It's been a while since I did that workout, because of my right knee. I forgot how much I actually enjoy it....if a person could enjoy torture. LOL. Seriously though, it's awesome! And you know what? This time, I was sooo much was like an entirely different person doing it. My! Have they ever gotten stronger. I did tweak my left knee a bit *shrugs* but, whatcha gonna do about that, eh. So, instead of doing 59 minutes, I did 52...and I'm completely drenched in sweat. I'm very proud of this last Plyo...and it just makes me eager with anticipation for round 2, to see my progress from the beginning to the end of round 2!

Tomorrow, Back & Biceps...sooo looking forward to that one. I love Bicep workouts!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Week 12, Day 1, Chest, Shoulders & Triceps

My arms are toast! A lot of things I improved upon...a couple I didn't. I'm proud of my last Chest, Shoulders & Tricep workout for this round tho. I gave it my all...and then some. On the One-Arm Balance Push-Ups, I came down hard, like a red headed tree. LOL. My arms were so tired from the rest of the workout, and the fact that I pushed hard, they didn't have it in them to hold me up. But that's ok. At least I tried. I ended up doing this workout at 8:45pm..which is just too late for me to have to push so hard with strength...and this house is hubby has a fire on, and let me just say it's a good job I work out in the Family room where the TV is, because there's a ceiling fan to cool me down....or I may just be reduced to a puddle of mush. Man! Too hot!

Plyo tomorrow! Gotta get this done earlier....and I want to do a treadmill in the morning. Hopefully that will pan out.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Week 11, Day 7...X Stretch...Ahhhhhh!

I am SOOO tired, but I'm glad I did the X Stretch. Now I'm also relaxed. My hams really needed the stretching after Legs and Kenpo...they felt tight.
Today I've been extraordinarily tired. It could be because I've been getting to sleep late all week...which I will not do this up coming week. Seems this gal needs her beauty sleep more than ever, just ask the bags that are packed under my eyes. Sheesh!

Tomorrow begins week 12! Then ab and recovery week...THEN P90X GRAD! WOW. I'm definitely buying a P90X shirt...I deserve it. I've decided to take Pitbulls advice and do my jogging every other day, starting this week. I've also got to reorganize my workout schedule and work around the kids. I did late evening workouts almost all week, and that's just too darn tiring. SO, gonna have to rethink that.

Bring on Chest, Shoulders, & Triceps...can't wait! XO

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Week 11, Day 6, Kenpo X...My Fitness Soul Mate

How many times can I say it? I LOVE KENPO X! This workout was created especially for least that's how it feels. We're such a good match. It's my fitness soul mate. All of the P90X workouts are special in themselves, but this one...this one has my heart. My legs were so stiff and sore from last nights Legs workout...but they loosened up in no time.

So I have had a couple people mention that I don't take full body shots of myself...and my wonderful mentor told me that when I was ready it would be a good idea to do it....and you know, he was right. Today, I felt kinda good about myself. I think I looked actually attractive...and I love the fact that I'm getting my body back. It's evidence to me, that I WILL get it all back, that I will one day walk proud, head held high, confident about my appearance. Today, after I got ready to go for lunch and a movie with my husband, I decided it was the day to take a picture. Sorry for the quality.

Week 11, Day 5, Legs & Back

Tonight I did legs & back. It was the first time I did that workout in a couple of weeks, and I was nervous, for some reason. I had subbed it before because of my knee, but my knee is fine now, so I decided to do it. And wouldn't you know, I had a great workout. The Sneaky Lunges were tough though...I only got half in before the burn hit...same with the Toe Roll Iso lunges. But I was happy nontheless because I was able to do it. My legs were sore from the shoveling I did this morning. Pushing 2 1/2 feet of snow out of the way, digging out vehicles requires a full body workout. It was awesome.

Oh, and yesterday, I wore pre-Bridget jeans...jeans I haven't been able to wear in almost 7 years!...AND they were baggy! Feeling pretty damn good!

Today, KENPO X baby, after we come back from dinner and a movie.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Week 11, Day 4, Yoga X

Well, I did it. And, I did it early on in the day. It was really difficult for me today. I don't know if it's because I was tired this morning, or because I haven't been feeling well, or because I hadn't done Yoga X for a while. But man, it was tough. I struggled through it tho. I'm sure you're not supposed to swear during Yoga...but those balance postures sure frustrate me. LOL.

I also did 20 minutes on the treadmill, walking/jogging. I didn't have much steam today. I'm thinking that maybe I need to get up earlier, do the 30 minutes TM, THEN do the P90X earlier in the morning as well. It seems that I'm extra tired if I do the TM after the P90X. That will be an interesting thing to debate.

Tomorrow, Legs & Back, I do believe.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Week 11, Day 3, Shoulders & Arms

Bitchin workout tonight. I am SOOOO exhausted. My arms are toast. Just the way I like it. I UPPED some weights, UPPED some reps...what more can I ask for. I do feel a bit nauseaus, could be residual flu or whatever had me yesterday and off and on today...but it could also be the water I drank...thirsty for some reason. I'm very pleased with the progress I made, and I love that I have it written down for when I do the next round of P90X.

Also today, I did 30 minutes on the treadmill. I walked 5 minutes, jogged for 6, walked 3, jogged 4, walked 3, jogged 4 and walked the last 5. I love that I'm progressing in this area too. The treadmill doesn't seem so boring now...and I think that on my 3 weeks off after this round of P90X, I'm going to try the 'couch to 5k' program...see how far I can go with that.

Tomorrow...Yoga X. I'm planning on trying to get that done early in the day. Lately I've been doing my P90X at night....just can't seem to get it going during the day now that I'm doing the treadmill....somehow I've got to figure that out. I'm so tired right now. It's 20 to 11. Too late to be doing this...I still have to take a recovery drink.

Week 11, Day 2, Plyo out..Nausea too much...X STretch in.

For some reason, around noon today, I got a headache. I took an Aleve. The headache didn't go away. But I DID begin to be nauseaus. My stomach started to do strange things. 45 minutes later, I took another Aleve....eventually the headache left...but the nausea stayed all day. I barely ate anything. I ate a Babybel cheese thing after I took the help calm my stomach. I put a chicken in to roast, and all I could think was 'how am I going to do this?' The smell of chicken roasting makes me sick normally...and I was already nauseaus to start. Great. I got through it...and decided that I'd better try and eat I did. I managed to eat dinner. WOW. But the nausea stayed. Now I debated...I cannot break my streak, but I did not have Plyo in me...and I did not have Cardio X in I opted for X Stretch. I struggled through X Stretch...and then I started to feel ok. But, I only made it 50 minutes through it because my husband was watching, and the more moves I did, the ......more of a fan of X Stretch he became. LOL. I get to Camel, put my hands on the arches of my feet, drop my head back, and all of a sudden, he's on me, kissing me. Yep. X STretch was totally interrupted. Thanks Tony, for putting moves in there that men cannot resist. LOL I said to him "this is X Stretch, Not Sex Stretch!" LOL. After I was mauled, I kicked him off me, and I did the last few moves. He has informed me that he cannot wait until my next X Stretch day.

50 minutes when I feel like puking is pretty good....and my streak is firmly in tact! Yes!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Week 11, Day 1, P90X Chest & Back....Rome Wasn't Built in A Day, Neither Will This Body Be!

I was a little concerned initially since my left lat is still pulled...but it didn't bother me at all. I do feel slightly nauseaus though. I guess that's a good means I brought everything I had and then some. I'm feeling pretty good about my progress, and thinking ahead to when i do round 2 of P90X...what I will be able to accomplish at the end of that. It's exciting to think about.

Today I also did the treadmill. I did 22 minutes as that was all the time I had before I had to get ready quick to take Emily to her specialist appt. But, even tho I was 8 minutes short of the 30 I normally like to do, I upped it anyway. I walked for 5, then JOGGED FOR 6! Six minutes is the most I have done to date at once. Then I walked for 3, and jogged for 3, and walked for the rest. My heart rate was barely in the 160's when I did the 6 minute jog...and that tells me that I am more fit than I was even last week when I did the jog and was topping out in the high 170's. I'm going to keep up with this jogging/walking thing I'm doing, and along with the P90X, I know this weight will melt off, just as soon as my body decides that it's over this plateau.

Tomorrow...Plyometrics. It should be the first Plyo I'm not subbing since my knee started acting up. I wonder how I will do considering that the treadmill tires me out. We'll see. I'm hoping to do the TM earlier in the morning...and that should give me enough recovery time. I hope so anyway.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Week 10, Day 7, P90X X Stretch

Week 10 is in the bag. I was tired tonight...the day slipped by again, so I had to do it tonight...finished at 11. That's too late for me. I'm tired. But now I'll be all rested, and stretched to hopefully enjoy a good night sleep. I decided to not do the treadmill today...that I can do it 6 days a week, but give this stretch day, a true day of stretching/resting.

Treadmill and P90X Week 11, here I come.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Week 10, Day 6, P90X Kenpo X

Oh yeah baby, I did it. And I loved every single minute of it.
I'm also getting stronger and stronger....upping my workouts...doing the treadmill and adding jogging intervals this week have helped me considerably. I did the treadmill every day this week, and I went from jogging to 3 minutes straight to jogging 5 minutes straight. My legs were tired at the beginning of Kenpo tonight...but that got worked out...and the routine was fabulous. I found myself thinking ahead to round 2, and how much more I will be upping everything, even tho I'm killing it now. By then I should be in the 220's and heading on an express train to One-derland.

X Stretch tomorrow.....and maybe the treadmill...I'm considering giving the X stretch day a day off the treadmill...I'll decide tomorrow.
I'm pretty proud of my performance today. The past couple of hellish days are behind me, and I'm back baby, better than ever!

Treadmill...killed it

For my FIRST workout today, I jumped on the treadmill. I LOVE that I'm finding my power. I walked the first 8 minutes to warm up...then I jogged for FIVE, 5! I walked for 3, jogged for 4. Walked for 3, jogged for 3, walked for 4. I got a 30 minute workout that really felt great. I'm finding more power in me as I go. I could have gone for more jog intervals, but I have to get going..have a shower and head out on the road. Be back later for Kenpo X, baby!

Friday, only half of Ab Ripper X

I didn't have it in me today. I had not been so tired in a long time, and I was emtionally drained too. So, after I put kids in bed, I finally did something. I put Ab RipperX in, but only had enough steam for half of it...but that didn't sit well with, I went down to the treadmill, and made myself get on. Unfortunately, I wasn't wearing proper workout clothes, so I had to hold the sisters down when the inevitable hit...yep, I walked for 5 minutes, then jogged for 2, walked for 2, jogged for 2, then just power walked for the rest. A 20 minute work out is better than NO workout.

I'm heading to the treadmill soon. Going to start my day off right, then shower, get ready and head out to drive my sister to meet her boyfriend about 2 hours from will be long day for me. My hub is staying home with Bridget and Issy, since B is isolated still.

THEN P90X TONIGHT!! Kenpo X, baby!

Friday, December 4, 2009 P90X!

I know...I's what happened.

In the morning, I did a 30 minute treadmill where I walked 5 minutes, jogged 4, walked 2, jogged 3, walked 2, jogged 3, power walked 11. I felt so good about myself.

Fast forward to Thursday night....Bridget, my 5 year old came over complaining of a sore neck. So, I take a look. She has a huge lump...definitely worry worthy. After debating it for a bit, I ended up taking her to emergency. She has the mumps...they suspect it at least. So she had to have blood work, a throat and cheek swab, urine samples....and a report written up. Now, she is isolated for 9 days...We got home last night at 10:15, and I was drained. Not a very good sleep last night either...and Issy, my 3 yr old and I have to go and get Mump booster shots this afternoon.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Week 10, Day 3, P90X Back & Biceps

Wow...I pushed that out...pumped it up...killed it....brought it....'blew out my esophagus'...Loved every second of it!
I know I sound like a broken record....but I LOVE weight training! LOVE IT! I upped most things tonight again, and really pushed to exhaustion.

The progress I'm most proud of is....
One Arm Corkscrew Curls - went from 16 reps @ 15 lbs to 15 reps @ 20 lbs.
Curl-Up-Hammer Downs - went from 12 reps @ 15 lbs to 6 @ 20 lbs + 6 @ 15 lbs. Hammer Curls went from 12 reps @ 15 lbs to 13 reps @ 20 lbs.
Strip-Set Curls went from 8 @ 15 lbs, 8 @ 10 lbs, 8@ 8lbs, 8@ 8lbs to 5.5 @ 20 lbs, 8 @ 15lbs, 8@ 12 lbs, 8@ 10 lbs.

I'm feeling so pumped up right now, my arms are sooo tired, I'm shaking typing this. LOL. It's so fabulous! LOVE IT!

And now for the downer...Yoga X tomorrow. Ha! Kidding...sort of. I'm going to try and be positive about it...

Today is a total success. Instead of doing the treadmill this afternoon, I went outside and made a snow 'girl' with my 5 yr old and 3 yr old. Then we went for a walk...which turned into me grabbing Bridgets hand while Auntie grabbed Issy's hand...and saying "let's run." So we jogged. It was awesome. Bridget giggled, Issy did too...and we jogged for like 30 second bursts. When Bridget got too tired, I picked her up, threw her on my back and piggyback jogged her up the hill. Then I walked for a bit, and picked it up again to a jog. We stopped in at my inlaw's house, took a little breather...let the kids get some energy back, about 10 min....and then headed back home. We jogged a bit....then Bridget got too tired, so I threw her on my back again, and did some walking/jogging intervals. It was a great workout. I felt awesome. It's funny, Bridget weighs about 45 pounds, and it dawned on me...not long ago, I carried that weight around 24/7! I'm soooo happy to be free of that weight! Can't wait to be free of a 5 yr old AND a 3 yr old. LOL.

I do have a bit of an issue. I have another muscle's on my left breast/pec and it's a tearing feeling. I know it will get better in a week or so, and I made it through this back and bicep workout...that's awesome.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Week 10, Day 2, Cardio X

So I switched it from Plyo to Cardio X because I did the treadmill this afternoon, and jogged. I didn't want to tweak my knee too much, and screw up my new regimen.
Cardio X is pretty tip... Don't do Yoga with a mat, wearing running shoes! Totally buggers you up! LOL. I had to kick off shoes and sox...then throw them back on for the Kenpo section.
I ran out of my regular recovery drink, so I had to take my shake stuff...not so fond of it all on it's own, but it did the job.

Back and Biceps tomorrow....hmmmm should be interesting, considering the fact that my upper body is SORE! :o)

Treadmill Success.

This afternoon I went on the treadmill again. I initially thought I'd just walk....but I know I had a sneaky suspicion that I would up it. And that's what I did. I actually jogged for 3 minutes straight...then I walked, then jogged for 2 minutes, then walked again, and jogged for another 2 minutes. I was on for 30 minutes, and I totally made the most out of it. I'm new to this jogging thing...and I've decided that I will love it.

Plyo or Cardio X tonight....time will tell.

Dec. 1st Biggest Loser Weigh-In

SW: 259
CW: 236
-23 pounds lost
And tons of self confidence gained! I'm loving myself, feeling attractive again, feeling fit and healthy. It's only the beginning, baby!

Week 10, Day 1, Chest, Shoulders & Triceps

I didn't have access to the computer last night to input my I'm doing it now. I thoroughly enjoyed that workout. I worked my arms to death. I upped most weights, even those weighted circles, I upped it to2 sets @ 8lbs, then went to 2 sets @5. My arms were falling off. Of course, by the time the weighted arm circles came around, I had already done 16 other exercises, and tons of push-ups...which I did a lot the standard style. That's been my goal for a while now. Even though I'm afraid initially, I give it my best shot. No progress if no effort spent, right! I even TRIED to do a clap pushup the standard way, LOL...yeah, I wasn't fast enough.

Plyometrics today!! We'll see if I do that or Cardio X...gotta see how this knee is. My legs are aching a little today, likely from the treadmill yesterday. I've gotta go and do another treadmill this morning, but I'll TRY not to do any jogging. The problem is, once I get going, I want to push myself farther...and I usually do.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Back on the Treadmill, baby!

So as per my decision to up my activity, to speed up my progress, I jumped back on the treadmill today. The last time I was on the treadmill, I was 32 pounds heavier. Amazing what that difference makes. I used the Glute program, and at one point it upped the speed to a jog....and....I jogged! I don't know for how long, likely only a minute...but a minute with THIS knee was amazing. It was effortless for me. I could totally go longer. My cardiovascular strength/fitness is so much better, and my legs are stronger. If the program hadn't have gone down on it's own, I would have kept going to see how long I could have done it for. My knee DID do some weird locking-clicking-but loosely...hard to explain. But it didn't hurt. That's the difference. I wore my heart rate monitor too, and was in my zone, never going out. I was on for 30 minutes, and then my hubby startled me but walking in, and his face was one of pain, so instead of pushing pause, I inadvertantly pushed stop. He came home with a migraine. I love how fit I'm becoming. This afternoon, after my chiropractor appt to fix my jaw issue, I still have P90X. Chest, Shoulders and Triceps await me, as well as Ab Ripper X. I'm going to knock December outta the water. Just watch me!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Week 9, Day 7 X Stretch

Week 9 is officially in the books. I'm excited because week 10 rocks! I LOVE working my arms, and work them we do! My sister is here visiting. She sat on the couch and chatted while I did the stretch...she wants to get P90X too. Really, I should get a I advocate it everywhere...and I've adopted the name "P90X-Girl"...which I'm going to get on a shirt someday. Okay, gotta back tomorrow to start week 10.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Week 9, Day 6, P90X Kenpo X

Well I did it. Even though I had sooo much to do, and I'm heading out of town in about half an hour, I did Kenpo X. I LOVE this workout. It's just what I needed today, despite feeling sorta outta sorts. My head hurts in a weird way, thanks to my jaw popping last night...gonna do some muscle relaxants...that might help.
My husband was nearby when I was working out, and he says to me "man, you're really shrinking, your waist is really shrinking" I loved hearing that. Of course I pick out my worst flaw on my body, my stomach and say "yeah, well, I'd love for THIS to be shrinking too." Yesterday, he told me that I don't see myself clearly anymore, meaning I have eyes that only see the 'fat' person I was. I know I have a looooong way to go, so I don't think I have that problem...maybe I'm being realistic, with realistic eyes. Oh well, one day, right?!
K, gotta jet. Must get outta here on time. Pitz here I come!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Week 9, Day 5 P90X Scrapped Legs & Back, did X Stretch instead.

Well I felt like crap today. I was nauseaus and exhausted, and just plain crappy feeling. I now have a lovely ear ache because this evening, my jaw popped, just out of the blue, and only because I took a bite of something. Crazy! Plus, since I didn't workout during the day, due to feeling crappy, I left it for after the kids were in bed. So, here I am, at 9:30, pondering the fact that I feel like crawling in bed, and yet, I still have a work out to do. I knew I didn't have it in me to do Legs & Back today...I barely have anything right now frankly. But, since I have a streak to consider, I couldn't just use up a 'rest' day....I haven't taken a rest day yet on this P90X journey, and I wasn't about to break a streak and take one tonight either. I'm on day 142 of consecutive daily exercise...and feeling crappy isn't about to blow that. So, I opted to do something that my body needs anyway, something that I can handle. And I did X Stretch.

I'm heading away tomorrow to visit my friend Pitbull....I haven't seen her in like 22 years or so, and I can't wait! Before I go, I'm going to do my Kenpo...then that will be out of the way, I can enjoy my visit, and when I get home late it won't feel like a burden placed on me, because it will already be accomplished.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Week 9, Day 4, Yoga X..

Well, it wasn't pretty, but I did it. LOL. And, it helped my knee! That's the most important thing for me today. At first, I still couldn't make my leg go straight...which is difficult in Yoga X to NOT do. Everything requires straight legs. About half way through the first section, I felt a little pop, and voila, my knee gave and I could make it go straight again. I actually enjoyed Yoga today, which shocks me. I did have to stop half way and get a recovery drink though...I hadn't eaten enough before hand. Yoga X, done like dinner! And this P90X-Girl is happy a happy camper.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Week 9, Day 3, P90X Shoulders and Arms...I'm back baby!

WOW, I feel absolutely rejeuvenated. I totally brought it tonight...and I loved every minute of it. I'm sure I'm going to feel THAT tomorrow! Man! I upped all of my weight, and it really felt great to feel my strength. The knee feels okay today, actually. We'll see what happens tomorrow with Yoga X. I'm totally back, baby. I feel like P90X-girl again! :o)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Week 9, Day 2, Plyo or Cardio X or whatever...

So today was slated for Plyometrics...and I warmed up with Plyo. When I heard Tony say something about Cardio X, my brain switched gears, thanks to my knee. Well, I put Cardio X in, and I did some of it...but this knee IS messing with everything. I'm tired of it not being fully functional. The kids are iritating, and supper is cooking....and I just didn't have it today. I did 30 minutes. And I called it. I'm not chalking it up as a failure, I'm going to refocus...and hey, I did 30 it's not like I sat around on my butt twidling my fingers. Tomorrow is shoulders and little that will tweak this freak of a knee. I'm actually looking forward to it.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Week 9, Day 1, Chest & Back...The 9 Week Journey.

So today was day 1 of week 9, Phase 3. It was interesting to see my progress particularily in the push-up department. The weights improved, and could have improved more, but something in my head said 'just stick to higher reps for toning'...but I can still do higher reps at higher weight, so that tells me that I should UP the weight again, which is totally ok, since I LOVE the weight aspect. My's amazing how much you depend on your knee even doing standard pushups...or not depend on much you actually use it. Think about put your feet a certain way, but what keeps your feet that way? Your knees. And so, I had to opt out of the last 3 kinds of push-ups. My knee had had enough. Freaking knee. Tomorrow is Plyometrics... that should be interesting!

Week 1 /Week 9

Standard Push-ups:
week 1- round 1)1 std, 20 knees /week 9-round 1)10 std, 10 knees
week 1- round 2) 10 knees, /week 9-round 2) std, 6 knees

Military Push-ups:
week 1-round 1) 10 knee/ week 9-round 1) 3.5 std, 7 knee
week 1-round 2) 10 knee /week 9-round 2) 3 std, 4 knee

Wide Fly Push-Ups:
week 1-round 1) 10 knee /week 9-round 1) 9.5 std, 7 knee
week 1-round 2) 15 knee /week 9-round 2) 5 std, 5 knee

Decline Push-Ups: (on chair)
week 1-round 1) 10 on knee on chair,/ week 9-round1) 4 std, on chair...tweaked knee
week 1-round 2) 6 knee on chair /week 9-round 2)skipped

My husband said, "and to think you were afraid to even try a push-up when you first started!" So, I may not be blowing Tony away, or anyone else for that matter, but it doesn't matter. I'm blowing ME away...and I'm sooo stoked about all the progress that I've made.

Weight improvements:

Heavy Pants:
week 1-round 1) 17 reps @ 15 lbs /week 9-round 1) 21 reps@ 15 lbs
week 1-round 2) 11 reps @ 15 lbs /week 9-round 2)15 reps @ 20 lbs

week 1-round 1) 13/15 reps @ 15 lbs /week 9-round 1)20 reps @ 15 lbs
week 1-round 2) 14/15 reps @ 15 lbs /week 9-round 2)17/18 reps @ 20 lbs

Back Flys:
week 1-round 1) 10 reps @ 15 lbs /week 9-round 1)20 reps @ 15 lbs
week 1-round 2)10 reps @ 15 lbs /week 9-round 2) 12 reps @ 20 lbs

For Pull-Ups, I used to use the beginner bar, at the beginner stage. I wasn't really impressed, although I was working hard, I wasn't feeling it like I thought I should be. There's no way I could do a pull-up on it's own. And I'm not even going to try a pull-up with a chair until I lose more weight. BUT, that wasn't going to stop me from getting the benefit of a good back workout. SO, I thought...why not use the bands? They show people working their butts off, working up a great sweat using that's what I did. I went to Fitness Depot and bought the heaviest, most resistant band they have, and I love it. I sure do feel my back!

I am loving this P90X! The only thing that is putting a damper on things is this freaking knee of mine. But I refuse to allow it to dictate what kind of Xperience I'm having, and I refuse to let it slow me down. I really am jacked UP about this last phase. And I can't wait to see how far I'm going to come this last month.'re not the boss of me! Knee...I'm going to show YOU who's boss! Ha!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Week 8, Day 7, P90X, X Stretch and Inversion Table.

I did half of X Stretch, but my knee was aching and locking....which as you know if you do P90X puts a wrench in a lot of moves. SO, I decided, like a bolt of lightening hitting me...that I could do my inversion table...that it might release my knee. So I quit half way, and I went for that. I hung about 4 times, the last one being completely vertical, and I felt my ankle and knee release. So far, it feels ok. I'm going to use that now, every night, and hopefully, I can get this knee to start behaving.

Tomorrow...Week 9, Phase 3! Bring it!

Feeling Good About Myself

This picture was taken this week...just before a P90X workout. I know, right?! I'm getting braver as I get more fit. I love that I'm beginning to have a figure again...and not just looking as wide as a piece of plywood, or a blob of flesh. It's comfy sweater is big on me...and sometimes I walk by the mirror, and something clicks in my brain...'unzip, take a look' LOL So, I do, and I'm always surprised that I'm shrinking...that I'm getting my body back...and I'm soooo happy about that. I'm even feeling a little hot, these days. It's ALL thanks to P90X, and my dedicated eating.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Week 8, Day 6, Switcheroo

I was slated to do Yoga X today, but I thought I would be better served if I did X Stretch today instead. My knee is really being a bugger lately, and some of the Yoga moves will definitely tweak it. SO, that's what I did...and I have X Stretch tomorrow too. Getting pumped to start week 9!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Week 8, Day 5, P90X, Cardio X

I decided to do Cardio X today instead of a full-on Kenpo X, or the slated Core Synergistics. I didn't think either my knee or my lat muscle would benefit. And I'm glad I switched it up. My knee has been aching and locking, and clicking and kind do you say it...dropping...all day, and yesterday. I put a hot water bottle on it during the day, and it helped it somewhat...but man! I am NOT letting that stop me. I REFUSE to let my knee dictate my P90X-perience. I modified where I needed to, yet I still brought it...working up a good head full of sweat. SO take THAT, KNEE! Ha!

Tomorrow...Yoga X...this should be interesting!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Week 8, Day 4, P90X X Stretch

Well, that went well. X Stretch always does. My knee has been messed up these days, and the X stretch helped a bit. I'm not sure if it will last...but for now, it's ok.

I have Core tomorrow...not sure if I should attempt that with my lat muscle I think I may substitute and do Kenpo again. Either way, I'll be doing something!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Week 8, Day 3, P90X, Kenpo X..brought it...a couple of times!

Today, I started Kenpo around 2:30 ish. I was half way through, and I got a phone call from Emily, my 12 year old. She missed her bus at school. Poor kid is having serious leg and foot issues, and wasn't fast enough. So, I had to scramble, call Bridgets school, make sure they didn't let her on the bus, change, change Issy and head out. I was covered in sweat...LOL When I came home, I was too cooled down to carry on. Later, while I was making supper, I rationalized that I had made an effort, got 1/2 maybe I would just leave it at that...especially since I'm having tearing pains in my right lat, and my back is SORE from CORE! But, as I was eating, I remembered that you know, I have some serious goals here. If I let a distraction, an interruption come between me and my goal, I haven't come as far on this journey as I thought I did. So right then and there, I decided to do it again. And so I did. I sweated like a major pig and I feel fantastic. My kicks are higher too...and my recovery rate is better. I love how fit I am now....and can't wait until I lose this weight and am even more fit. Bring it on, baby! 90 minutes of Kenpo..POW!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Week 8, Day 2, Core Synergistics...kicked my booty

Wow, it's been awhile since I've done Core. Man, it kicked my booty today! But I did do 10 staggard foot pushups (+ 10 knee) , and 5 prison cell pushups, the side balance pushups...I was pretty impressed if I do say so myself. LOL. But I'm bushwacked!

Bring on Kenpo X tomorrow!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Week 8, Day 1...Yoga X

I did it. I managed to get through Yoga today, and I made some headway. Love when there is progress. I also managed to stumble around like a fool during some of those balance postures. LOL. I'm not sweating it though....the balance will come with time and weight loss. Wouldn't that be, with balance! Ha! I guess there's always a first for some things.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Week 7, Day 7, X Stretch...Saying goodbye to another awesome week.

I really enjoyed X Stretch tonight. It actually helped my knee quite a bit. I felt really comfortable, stretching is awesome. I don't know why I never saw the importance of it before.

Bring on Week 8, which just so happens to begin with YogaX! Wow...I get another shot to undo the mockery I made of it last week. I really hope my knee cooperates!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Week 7, Day 6, Kenpo X...."Here it is!"

I know I sound like a broken record....but....I LOVE KenpoX! We went out of town today, so I didn't get my 4 oclock workout in...had to postpone it until 8:30, which presents the challenge of already being tired to start. But, I thoroughly enjoyed that, and lo and behold, my heart rate didn't go wild on me. My body must be getting more fit than I thought. I feel fantastic. Gotta get a recovery drink in me tho. And my right felt great to start...until I did that stupid pigeon move. Bad idea! From that moment on, it was sore, and I felt it tweak with the pivot moves. I'll remember NOT to do THAT stretch from now on on that leg. Other than exhausting and exhilarating workout!

Tomorrow ends week 7 with X Stretch :o)

Friday, November 13, 2009

Week 7, Day 5 P90X Legs and Back

Well, I'm really thrilled about my workout today. I decided, sore knee and all, to try the "sneaky lunges" and the "toe roll iso lunges". I figured, what have I got to lose....and I did it. I did them ALL. I was stoked beyond stoked. My right knee is a little sore, but not much more than usual. I think, getting the right form was key...and once I did that...booyah baby! LOL. Maybe I should ice now though.....

Kenpo tomorrow! Yay!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

P90X Yoga X...A friend becomes one with the Yoga.

My Yoga Xperience didn't pan out so well today. I was totally frusterated by that fact. But it's only one day, one hitch in the road. I have had Yoga epiphanies, breakthroughs and triumphs before, but today, it wasn't mine to have. My friend, my childhood friend and Weightloss Wars partner is currently working the P90X along with me. Her nickname is affectionately "Pitbull" because of her tenacious spirit. Today, she had a Yoga X moment, and I felt compelled to share it. Thanks Pitz for allowing me to share your post.

"Yoga is Beautiful!
I'm not sure if yoga was different for me this morning because my head is in a different space, or if it's because my strength and balance are improving to the point where I can do the moves and concentrate on the breathing!!! Whatever the reason...I loved yoga today! Funny thing is...I was seriously debating in my head NOT to do it. I was up late last night, and sleep seemed so much more intriguing.

Spitz, if it weren't for you, I would have slept through the hour and a half that changed my views on yoga!!!!! Thanks for being my motivation...seriously...I know I sound like a broken record, but your visit is just what the doctor ordered for me!!

So my breathing was bang on this morning!!! I was flexible, smooth, balanced and truly strong in my moves!!! I did everything!!!!! The only thing I couldn't hold for the entire time was the crane. I think I only lasted for 10 seconds out of the entire minute....but even that was an accomplishment for me. I used the other 50 seconds to do the "child's pose." I can feel my core getting stronger!!

For some reason, I was able to clear my head and focus within! It was so was beautiful...that's the only word I have to describe it! For the first time ever, I wasn't watching the clock!!!!! I found that the 94 minutes went by quickly. I felt totally rejeuvenated and ready to take on the day!

What a great start to my day!!! I just know that I'm going to succeed in everything I do today. I'm THAT focused now!!! My poor client isn't gonna to know what hit her tonight. She's gonna be in awe of my very presence!!!!

Thanks YOGA X!!"

I had a very suckfest-ish Yoga experience today. I feel rather sad about that. But, I'm sooo happy that Jacqui had an awesome one. And who knows, maybe the next time I do YogaX, I'll have an awesomely amazing experience too.

Week 7, Day 4 Yoga X

I just didn't have it today. My right knee was hurting, and it put me in the wrong head space for Yoga X. I did do 30 minutes tho, before I decided to call it. I even went back and tried some more, but when the pain was there, my head said 'no'. So....I'm bummed. I may try and go back to do Ab Ripper X, later....and maybe I won't feel like such a failure today. Sheesh! I hate it when this happens. Grrrr!


I just got finished Ab Ripper X...and I'm sooo glad I did. Now instead of feeling so disappointed, I feel triumphant! I'm STILL P90X material, baby! And I'ma bringin it tomorrow too!


I have this ring I bought in Mexico. My favorite ring. It's an oblong Turquoise stone in silver. Well, that ring no longer fits any fingers OR thumbs! It flung off my thumb twice this morning already. Now I'm either going to have to go back to Mexico and buy another one...(the hardship, right?!) LOL, or I'm going to have to buy a silver chain to wear it around my neck. Ahhh, P90X, IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT! Oh, the price to pay for getting in shape! hehe.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Week 7, Day 3, Back and Biceps

I always feel PuMpEd Up from back and biceps. Today, I did the bands. I had to go to the hardest (most resistant) band though. I barely felt anything with the other two ones. I may even see if there is a heavier band out there, and buy it. I also need to buy 12's and 18 pound weights. I LOVE feeling strong, and back and biceps definitely does that for me!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Week 7, Day 2, Cardio X

I opted to switch Plyo for Cardio X again since I'm having knee troubles. Man, it never ceases to amaze me how fast this workout goes by, and how freaking sweaty you get in a shorter time. Lovin it!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Week 7, Day 1, Chest, Shoulders, Triceps

My. Arms. Are. Dead! Yep, what a workout. I only did knee pushups today, and you know, I couldn't even do half of a One-Arm Balance Push-Up/side. haha. My arms were so tired, and jelly, that I went down...gotta be careful...almost felt like it could snap like a twig. I don't like that so exhausted feeling that you can't even hold your body up....and I love it all at the same time. Even tho I couldn't do those ones, I did kill the entire workout. I upped my weights, and even upped some reps with the upped weights. Right now, these jelly arms feel weird....P90X...I love you!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Week 6, Day 7, X Stretch

Today I raked for 90 minutes before I did X Stretch. I really needed it today, my knee was outta sorts. It's still a bit tender, but I can move it, and can straighten my leg. So YAY for X Stretch. Week 6 is officially done. Bring on week 7!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Wk 6, Day 6, Kenpo X

I love Kenpo days! I love how sweaty I get by doing something so fun...and the time flies. I'm constantly getting better, doing the moves more fluidly, stronger.
Kenpo RoCkS!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Wk 6, Day 5, Legs & Back

I decided that I'd try the bands because I was feeling more of my arms and less of my back....I'm still not strong enough to lift this body up with pull-ups. I will be one day! But for now, I want to still bring what I can and work the proper muscle groups. I actually liked it way more. I need to buy tighter bands to get a better workout. I still didn't do some of the right knee tweaks...and I really don't want to have a serious injury. When I was 17, I jumped into a pool, and the way I landed jammed my was swelled up for days, and I couldn't bend it. To this day, it cracks, and now, because I'm active, it hurts. I have to be careful not to wreck it with the lunges and put myself out of commission for Kenpo, Yoga, Plyo...etc. I don't just stand there during those ones...I do high leg marching, and I'm still bringing it. Kenpo tomorrow baby! I can't wait!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Wk 6, Day 4, Yoga X....I DID PLOUGH!

I felt really strong for the first part of this workout today. I was pleasantly surprised. Everything was smoother, controlled, strong. I was impressed. I faltered with the last ones of the series, as always, but I tried. Then the balance positions. Well, one day I WILL do these successfully. I'm getting better. I did the shoulder stands, with the varying positions...and then I DID PLOUGH! Before I just wasn't able to get myself up, today, I used a little momentum, and booyah! LOL. I couldn't stay there long because the girls were strangling me....haha. But I was so happy. Weird,...the things that bring us joy.'re okay in my book!

The Fire in My Furnace Burns Bright....

Yep. That's how I feel about P90X. It has lit a fire under me, in me, that no other workout, or exercise program ever has. I'm a bit of a competitive person. I never used to be. But life has thrown me some curve balls, and I've had to become tough. Word to the wise...don't ever tell me I can't do something! ;o)
So, when I first saw P90X, I can't remember if it was a commercial on TV, or online, at any rate, I was captivated. I looked at it, I saw the super cut Tony, and I thought..."wow! I want to do that!" This concept "muscle confusion" seemed like it made sense. I saw this commercial last spring...and it wasn't the right time for me... yet....but I filed it under 'one day'. I hadn't made any of my breakthroughs yet, I was dealing with some female health issues, and frankly, I didn't think I could be able to do it. I had female surgery, and ended up inflamed from head to toe. In hind sight, I think that was a blessing, because if I hadn't been sooooo desperate for pain relief, I might not have totally cleaned up my eating. I HAD to do something. SO, I went refined-sugar-free/gluten-free to lessen the inflammation. The summer went by with me learning my new habit, making it a streak, working through the incredible pain of an inflamed tendon in my right foot....and then, my friend on WLW (Pitbull) told me she was starting P90X! Well, I was a bit envious. LOL. And then I mulled it over, and I decided that since I was making huge headway, my body was relatively pain free-(except the foot), my mind was in that place...that place where I could wholeheartedly say "bring it!"...I talked to my husband about it, and we went out and bought it. I started a week behind my friend. It is THE BEST thing I could do for myself. It totally pushes you...and I LOVE to be pushed. It helps that I push myself hard...sometimes too hard. My husband joked that "Jillian (biggest loser) would be bored with you. You push yourself hard, she wouldn't need to push you!" It might sound funny, but that was one of the nicest things I've heard. It totally validated me, even tho I don't need it, it still felt great. The thing is....I think a lot of women THINK they can't do it...that they're not strong enough. I have to just say...YOU'RE STRONGER THAN YOU THINK! Seriously, ladies. Think about it. We give birth to babies. We can push out almost 10 pound babies (my third daughter) and survive. The pain goes away. We are STRONG. We can power through. So, I challenge each of you ladies out there.....BRING IT! Push yourself. Dig down into your power stores and do this for you! If you don't want to do P90X, that's fine. But, you can bring the same principles to your other workouts, your eating, your life. You CAN take the control back. You CAN change your future. You CAN get a healthy, fit body no matter what stage you are in, in life. You just have to want to do it bad enough. P90X WILL help you with that and more. P90X is NOT just for men!! Ladies...YOU CAN DO IT TOO!

I wish all my lady friends much success on their health/fitness journey (okay, you too fellas!). Let's rock this thing. Let's Do this. Whatever workout program/eating regimen you're on....Bring it!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Week 6, Day 3, Back & Biceps...."OOOOOh Mommy, here it comes!"

Haha. I LOVE the things Tony says. It always makes me laugh. He's such a goof. I love that he makes it such fun. "I think I blew out my esophagus!"
Anyway, this is one of my favorite workouts! I love how pumped my arms are....can't stop touching my biceps....hehe...can't wait for when I'm at my ideal weight, and how pumped up they'll be then! Ooooh yeah, bring it, baby, bring it!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

I'm Shriiiiinnnnnkkkkkiiiiinnnnnngggg!

I had a shower and got my nightie on....and thought it would be nice to be cozier. SO, I went into my closet and found my terry cloth robe. Well...the last time I put that robe on, likely last winter, I had to keep it closed by the tie...meaning there was NO overlap. I put it on tonight, and not only is there overlap, but there is at least 8 inches of overlap! I was so happy, I went down and showed my hubby. I said "look" and then I opened my robe, and then overlapped it and tied the tie. He smiled and said "I know, you're shrinking! I can totally see it." What an awesome feeling!
I decided that I'm going to start doing nice things for myself. Today, I went and bought some underclothes. Stoked about that. I wondered what I should do for myself....and then it dawned on me. I'm going to pamper myself. So, when I hit 40 pounds lost this year, (I'm at 34 so far) I'm going to get a facial. And every 10 pounds after that, I'm getting another facial. When I hit 50 pounds...I'm getting a pedi and mani. These are things I wouldn't normally do. I'm not a high maintenance girl...but you know what? You don't have to be high maintenance to enjoy some pampering...and after all this hard work I'm doing to reinvent my body...I think I deserve it. And I'm so happy my hubby thinks so too.

Heading to watch DVR'd Biggest Loser, commercial free, baby! :O)

Week 6, Day 2, Cardio X

Today I pulled the old switcheroo. I didn't think I had Plyo in me today, my right knee is sore today. S O, I did Cardio X. Man did the time fly. I LOVE cardio X. I LOVE that it incorporated Kenpo, which if you know me, you know it is MY FAVORITE! Bridget and Issy came in during Kenpo, and Bridget finished the whole routine from there. She's 5! LOL. I feel great. I never expected to sweat as much because it didn't feel like tons of work like Plyo...but it's still working you hard, but just making it fun in the process. I'm glad that I found a new go-to if I don't think I have Plyo in me.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Week 6, Day 1, Chest, Shoulders & Triceps

I really enjoy this workout. I decided that I wasn't going to even attempt standard push-ups today, my abdominal pull hasn't healed fully, don't want to reinjure it. So I did the knees. You can still get a good chest workout from knees. I upped my weights today, and I couldn't even do the One Arm Balance Pushups. I tried, and collapsed. LOL. I just couldn't hold myself up. That tells me that I worked pretty hard. Love the pumped feeling. Good job no one's around because I keep feeling my arms...LOL

Plyo tomorrow. *winces*

SO, I may gain tomorrow...not even going to sneak a peek...well, maybe not. I worked out later, and then immediately, my family ate dinner. I made spaghetti for them. I didn't eat it because I'm gluten free/sugar free, and I forgot to take some of the meat out before the spaghetti sauce was added. I did have my recovery drink, and that held me for a bit. But I did end up eating some toasted rice bread with salmon on's good, healthy food. Hopefully I won't gain....not going to hold my breath though. It is what it is and it shall be what it shall be. Not a biggy. And Yum, it's soooo good!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Month 2, week 5 is OVER. X Stretch...My Body Says "aaaaahhhhhh!"

I love X Stretch days. I wonder about the common tendancy to take a 'rest day' when this day could be the easiest but most rewarding workout day. After working hard all week, this day just makes my body happy, prepares it for the killer workout week ahead, and just feels great. It only takes an hour. An hour to stretch all those muscles that have been working hard all week. Only ONE hour....and it keeps my exercise streak going strong. :O)

On The Search....Finding More Than a Missing Shirt!

I can't find where I put my shirt for the weigh in pictures. I think I was disappointed by what I looked like still, and I may have balled it up and chucked it in the closet. However, I still can't find that shirt. Maybe it's with the missing sox. I think there's a gremlin that goes around stealing clothes. I had a bra once. My favorite bra. It disappeared. Even when we moved and the entire apartment was packed up, I still never found that bra. Mysterious, eh? Well, this shirt IS somewhere. I know it. I just have to keep on looking. The thing with being of the large variety, is that I have TONS of black tops. TONS. I know I'll find it.
On my search for this one top in particular, it had me looking through my drawers. Well, curiosity got the better of me, and I found myself trying on every shirt/top/tank in my dresser. I was so thrilled. I was happy, listening to music, throwing too large shirts on a pile on the floor, folding clothes I hadn't worn in 7 YEARS and putting the now loose shirts back in my drawer, having evolved from 'someday' clothes into the present 'yes!' I am now back down to what I was before I became pregnant with my second daughter, Bridget. I am only 20 pounds away from my lowest that I have been in 5 years! What a cause for joy. Even tho I didn't come in first, second, or third in this months Biggest Loser competition, I feel I've surpassed that, and have come out the Grand Prize winner...renewed determination, affirmation that I WILL lose all my weight, and that it isn't going to take September next year, I fully expect to be at my ideal weight. And THEN, let the games begin! :O)

Biggest Loser Weigh-In Nov. 1/09

While I know I likely haven't lost enough to win any cash prizes, I'm certainly happy, thrilled, and ecstatic about what I've lost so far.

Competition SW: 259

LW: 251.5

CW: 243.5

Loss of : 8 lbs

Total Loss of 15.5 lbs

Onward and upward on this journey. Can't wait to see what Dec. 1 weigh in will be!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Month 2, Day 6, Kenpo X..Sa-weet Sa-weating!

It never fails...every time I do this workout, I feel just invigorated, powerful, exuberant...the list goes on. I have never done this workout and felt frustrated. Even tho I always bring it, this is THE ONE...the one that makes the whole week worth while. I LOVE this workout. And frankly, no other workout makes me sweat like this. Sure, I sweat plenty with P90X...but this is just insane! Not only can I do everything....I keep right up with them too. I'd love it if every day were Kenpo X day....but then again...having it this way ends the week off juuuust right. A weekend with Kenpo X, and then X Stretch....couldn't ask for more! :O)

Friday, October 30, 2009

Month 2, Day 5 P90X Legs & Back, (and blood, sweat and tears)

Okay, not literally...but close. I brought what I could today, as always. It seems like I am noticing a pattern lately. My attitude is awesome, until I feel a tweak, or a pain which will make me go lighter than I want to go. This happens to be my right knee. Even tho I am capable of more, and want to do more, the right knee has a mind of it's own, and it's quite loud. So, instead of going lower on lunges, and the Seiber squats, I had to go half way. In fact, I still can't do the Toe Roll Iso lunges or the Sneaky Lunges because of that right knee. If I'm careful with it, then one of these days, even if it's next round of P90X, I'll be able to do it.
I bumped it up a bit with the pull-ups. I did the first round hanging (sort of laying) and used the hooks. Then I switched back to beginner with the hooks for the second round of pull-ups. Man, those hanging ones made me sweat...I could feel the heat with the exertion. I'm sweating like a piggy, and I'm exhauted. Time for a recovery drink.

TOMORROW...KENPO X, BABY! (thank goodness...been waiting all week for this!)

Flare up

So I feel my back today. I should have known I would. I was exhausted last night...we went to bed...TO 9:30! 9:30!!! It's not the normal 'been worked out sore' feeling. It's inflamed. I've had 13 + years to understand my back. I knew there would be a possiblility of a flareup given the working out I'm doing, at the intensity I'm doing it. It COULD be worse, if I were still eating refined sugar. But happily, it's not as bad as it could be. However, I will need to Tylenol up before I attempt Legs & Back today. When my back gets like this, it feels feverish, and I'm wiped out. It's similar to how you feel when you get the flu, except it's in my back. What I would do BEFORE I became this strongly dedicated to fitness girl, would have been to stop the workout, and chill. But I'm not going to do that. I'm on a program, and that program shall go on. I will monitor what I do today...if it's something that will aggravate my back, I'll omit it....and that's all I can do. I'm going to 'do my best, and forget the rest'.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Month 2, Day 4, P90X, Yoga X....The Love/Hate Relationship Continues

Well, I don't think I really had my mind totally on this workout today. I just couldn't get into any groove. I did what I could...and even kept trying the moves that I don't have down, like the balance moves. Sheesh! Quiet your mind! Right! I missed 10 minutes because Emily's ride came for her, and it was near the end, the Yoga ab 7 or whatever. So, I just jumped back in after that. I just didn't have it today. But at least I still attempted it, so there's that!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Month 2, Day 3, P90X Back and Biceps...A.K.A. Glamour Muscles :o)

I LOVE this workout. Hmmm, come to think of it, I seem to be saying that a LOT during this program. Seriously though. I DO love this one. There's not much better feeling than arms that are pUmPeD uP from working with weights. I could leave the back part...gimme more biceps! I think I feel my back though, and since I have back issues, I'm not sure which way I feel it. We'll see!

Here's the workout:

1) Wide Front Pull-Ups: (still using the beginner mode of the bar, until my weight comes way farther down)

2) Lawnmowers:
17 @ 8 lbs (increase next time)

3) Twenty-Ones: :o)
21 @ 8 lbs (increase next time)

4) One-Arm Cross-Body Curls:
15 @ 8 lbs (increase next time)

5) Switch Grip Pull-Ups:

6) Elbows-Out Lawnmovers:
14 @ 10 lbs

7) Standing Bicep Curls: :o)
15 @ 10 lbs

8) One-Arm Concentration Curls: :o)
10 ea @ 10 lbs

9) Corn Cob Pull-Ups: not sure if I did this right

10) Reverse Grip Bent-Over Rows:
15 @ 8 lbs

11) Open Arm Curls: :o)
18 @ 8 lbs (increase next time)

12) Static Arm Curls: :o)
16 @ 10 lbs

13) Towel Pull-Ups:

14) Congdon Locomotives: :o)
40 @ 8 lbs (increase next time)

15) Crouching Cohen Curls:
17 @ 8 lbs (increase next time)

16) One-Arm Corkscrew Curls: :o)
17 @ 10 lbs (increase next time)

17) Chin-Ups:

18) Seated Bent-Over Back Flys:
20 @ 8 lbs (increase next time)

19) Curl-Up/Hammer Downs: FAVORITE
16 @ 10 lbs

20) Hammer Curls: FAVORITE
10 @ 15 lbs

21) Max Rep Pull-Ups:

22) Superman: check

23) In-Out Hammer Curls: FAVORITE
14 @ 10 lbs

24) Strip-Set Curls: FAVORITE
8 @ 15 lbs, 8 @ 10 lbs, 8 @ 8 lbs, 8 @ 5 lbs (buy a 12 lbs wt and remove the 5)

I may feel this tomorrow. :o)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Month 2, Day 2 P90X, Plyometrics! Kicked My Butt Today!

Well, that was interesting. I have NO idea why, but Plyometrics kicked my butt today! Seriously! Quite frequently between new exercises, I had to stop and get my heart rate back down from insanity to in my zone. It has NEVER done that to me before. I didn't stop exercising, I would do ballistic stretches, and marches to get it down. It was very annoying. And, I'm covered in so much sweat, it's rediculous. Normally I would sweat buckets...but this is like a barrel of sweat. LOL. Good thing I still have my humor. I stopped half way and made a recovery drink and sipped on that, which likely helped. I did everything though. Success even if it almost beat me!

On a side note, my 12 year old walked by me as I was working out and she says to me "Bring it Mom!" LOL. That's my girl! :o)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Month 2, day 1, P90X Chest,Shoulders & Triceps

Well, that was fun. Okay, there are like a gazillion push-ups in about both senses of the word. I did what I could with the push-ups...but then I pulled something in my abdomen doing a standard floor then I had to just go to knees and didn't bother trying standard ones again. I DID really like the Clap push-ups (on knees) tho. Okay, Tony is PSYCHO!! I actually had to rewind for a few seconds to watch him do his 20 PLYO push-ups...he got some air, man! WOW. I'm not sure if I'll try Ab Ripper X tonight or not. I have a residual pull on my right side from Core Synergistics last week, and today did the same thing on the left. Not sure why either, maybe from weakness, maybe from bad form, maybe from already feeling worked out.
Now the weight part...LOVED IT! My favorites have got to be the "Throw The Bomb", and the "Slo-Mo Throws", the "Front-to-Back Tricep Extensions" , "Fly-Row Presses", "Dumbbell Cross-Body Blows"....pretty much all the weight ones...LOL.

Every time there is a new workout, I record it here, so.....

Here's the workout for today:

1)Slow-Motion 3-in-1 Push-Ups:
3 standard up&down, 2 standard up, then knees down, + 4 knees up& down

2) In & Out Shoulder Flys:
16 @ 5lbs (increase next time)

3) Chair Dips:
8 straight legs

4) Plange Push-Ups:
11 knees

5) Pike Presses: :o)

6) Side Tri-Rises: :0)
15 each side

7) Floor Flys: :o(
2 Standard, then pulled something in abs/ 3 knees

8)Scarecrows: :o)
15 @ 5 lbs (increase next time)

9) Overhead Tricep Extensions: :o)
15 @ 5 lbs (increase next time)

10) Two-Twitch Speed Push-Ups: :0/
2fst, 3 slo, 3 fst, 3 slo, 3 fst, 3 slo

11) Y Presses: :o)
15 @ 8 lbs

12) Lying Tricep Extensions: :o)
12 @ 10 lbs (increase next time)

13) Side to Side Push-Ups: :o/
13 knees

14) Pour Flys: :o)
12 @ 5lbs (increase next time)

15) Side Leaning Tricep Extensions: :o)
12 ea @ 8 lbs

16) One Arm Push-Ups:
12 knees

17) Weighted Circles:
10 x 4 @ 3lbs sounds like too low...but it does burn.

18) Throw The Bomb: :o)
12 ea @ 8 lbs

19) Clap or Plyo Push-Ups: :o)
15 knees

20) Slo-Mo Throws: :o)
? @ 5 busy watching Tony readjust The muscle-bound lawyer...LOL

21) Front-to-Back Tricep Extensions: :o)
17 ea @ 8 lbs

22) One-Arm Balance Push-Ups: :o)
5 standard, arm gave out on 6, LOL

23) Fly-Row Presses: :o/
6 @ 8lbs, 2 @ 5 lbs - have to learn the combo better

24) Dumbbell Cross Body Blows: :oD
45 @ 10 lbs (try to increase next time)

This was a great workout. Some of the weights I used were lower than I could have used, but since it was my first time doing this workout, it gives me lots of room for improvement. I'm upping the weights next soon as I transcribe the sheet to another one....yep, my jelly arms spilled half of my recovery drink all over it...luckily missing the computer keyboard.

I wonder what tomorrow will bring!