Monday, November 22, 2010

And So It Begins.....

I know, I know. I haven't been on since August. I couldn't get in to blog on my iTouch...grrr. And our computers were down. But here I am.
Things have changed since my last post. Lost of things on my plate...happily, some things are falling off now and I can breathe again.
Anyhoo...
A new beginning....Today I started my second round of P90X. Plus I did the Ab Ripper. And then I carried my inversion table upstairs to my bedroom, figured out how to use it again, and hung for a little bit. Then I had a hot bath with Dead Sea bath salts which are supposed to be higher in Magnesium content.
I am hoping that with the inversion table, hot bath with jets, massage therapy and muscle relaxants I can get thru this round of P90X.
I had pneumonia in October and I also had a car accident which threw my back into a frenzy. But I cannot afford to wait until I'm healed. Too much precious time will be wasted. I NEED to exercise. I NEED the endorphins. And my weight loss progress has stalled...so that's a huge motivation for me to get this show on the road.

UPDATE:
I got into college. My Personal Support Worker course starts in January. In the meantime I'm taking Chemistry...and it's proving to be challenging, yet rewarding. I love how my brain doesn't think about anything EXCEPT chemistry for 3 hours a nite x2/wk.

I WILL update from time to time, checking in with some of my P9oX workouts and experiences. But I won't be on every day.

Shouting out to my blogger friends that I haven't been on to say hello to in a while. *Hey all*
Pammy, Pitbull....miss reading about your journey.

Lisa

Thursday, August 12, 2010

FINALLY got in to blog!

Our main computer has been down for 6-8 weeks, not sure exactly. Time blurrs when u can't get online...haha. kidding. I AM able to get online with my iPod touch, but can't get in here to blog. It won't let me past the title section. And Pammy, I've tried to comment on your blog several times....just never worked.

So what's new with me?
Well my weight is between 206 and 209, so I'm not that far from ONEderland. Yay me. hehe.
My tendonitis is getting better I'd say. Not allowed to run. At all. And that frustrates me. So my 10K and my half marathon are officially out. Sad about that. Sorry Greg, Jan, Mary :o(

In 5 days we are going camping for 2 weeks. Or at least we are going to attempt it. :oD
I will do some water exercises and I THINK we're taking our bikes, so I anticipate some nice solo rides. Maybe a little hike or two. It's going to be fun. I'm not sweating it anymore. Just going to go with the flow.

I've been stressed out and sick, but I THINK I'm finally coming around, calming down. Just waiting on my back and stomach to catch up and settle down.

September 1st I'm starting back with another round of P90X, and I'm going to give it my best shot, tendonitis or not. I have the rest of this weight to lose and I WILL be in the 160's by December. That leaves til spring to get to goal weight, and I think that's fine by me considering I had some setbacks with health. So yeah. Totally on track to a new me. WooFreakinhoo Baby!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Life Changes

"Times they are a changin"
So I've been sort of just going through the motions. I haven't been living. I am making changes and this is likely going to be my last 'carefree' summer for a long time. I am going back to school. In September, I'm going to be taking courses that are prerequisites to the courses I will be taking in the winter. In January, I will be taking the Personal Support Worker course which runs until August. Then in September 2011, I will be taking Nursing courses. Life will be hectic and a bit scary, but I'm up for the challenge.

I have to rethink the half marathon now tho. My foot isn't getting any better, and time will be hugely encroached upon. If I don't do it now, now worries, I WILL do one before I'm 45!

I'm in huge need of endorphins, so I have also decided to give P90X another go, for real, and bust out what I can. I was feeling really good on it the last time. I have no doubt that this time I will lose 30 pounds, if not more.

I'm also going to be really busy around the house this summer, decluttering, summer-cleaning, etc. And the youngest girls will have swimming lessons every day for 3 weeks. This time, I'm going to really enjoy that beach time, especially since I'm 60+ pounds lighter! :o)
I have a rock garden to make for the girls, with the girls. That's going to be nice for them. It's going to be therapeutic for me too.

So, thats what is on my plate for the summer and the next 2 years. I say bring it. Bring it all!

(Pammy and Pitz xoxo)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Changed my mind...

So I've been thinking. I really actually liked doing P90X every day. For some reason it kept me on the 'straight and narrow', kept me feeling like I was a rock star, and frankly those endorphins were the bomb. So, I'm switching it up,....yet again. I have decided that starting NEXT week, I'm going to DO another round of P90X AND use it in conjuction with the gym. So on days that I do chest and back, I'll stay home. On days that I do Plyo, I might go to the gym and just do some leg stuff...give the ole tendonitis a break. I'm thinking that if I go to the gym 2-3 days a week that should be good enough to keep my face there, and frankly, I LOVE the leg press, so opting out of some of the things that might tweak my foot and subbing in other leg exercises..just might be the way to go for me.
I'm in a weird spot these days. I'm in my head a lot. I need to get a job or something. Plus I could really use the money. I've made some goals in my personal journal and as they come to fruition I will share them.

OH YEAH!!! We had such a fun time with Pam and Kevin on Friday night and Saturday morning...Jays vs Yankees...walking around in the rain (Sorry Kevin) dancing our booties off...brunch the next morning,...walking around...It was a lot of fun. Even tho my foot was killing me.

I adore my girls...but every once and a while it's nice to get away.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

New Bathing Suit....

Well, I didn't plan on it, but I ended up trying on a couple bathing suits last night and I bought one. I might add, I look F.I.N.E...haha. Okay, mabye a bit exaggerated. But I was pleased. I txted Pammy and told her because we're going away with them this weekend and the hotel has a pool. Initially I said, 'uh, I don't think I'll be going in any pool'...but then I thought 'what the hell?!' I worked hard to lose 73 pounds, 60 since last summer. Thats a HUGE difference. I was actually kinda pleased with how it looks, for me, for now. Obviously NEXT summer will be the time I do my little happy dance. But for now, I'm feeling better about my body than I did a year ago, so why not?! Sorry folks, no pics...I'm not THAT brave. Well, maybe a torso shot, the girls look good in it, ah ha ha, but yeah, the legs..uh. no.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Switch Up

So with some consideration, and the sheer lack of P90X motivation right now, I've decided to forgo round 2, the round that I keep falling of the P90X wagon with, and wait until the fall, when I've lost quite a bit more weight. I think I will adopt some of the workouts, but I won't be doing the every day thing. I'll keep some strength training workouts, the kenpo and the X stretch. I MIGHT even keep part of the Yoga. MIGHT!
I have to find a better balance with it all. I have outside work to do, and lets face it, that's a workout in itself. I have to move piles of top soil, which will require digging, moving it with a wheel barrow and emptying. I also have my rock garden to make, which means moving heavy rocks, and finding more. And I want to split my wood now that I know the bowl turning project is on hold. AND I still have hard wood floors.
I will hold off on the jogging for a little while. Maybe next month get back into it to prepare for my 10K in August.
It's balance.
I just have to remember one thing. I NEED those endorphins. Trouble is sometimes unless you have a set schedule to get them, you end up not feeling like it. And not feeling like it is what got me in this predicament in the first place. So, school is ending this month. Kids have swimming lessons. I have to figure out a good routine for working out, AND for balancing all the projects I want to accomplish. This will take some brain power. Its challenging, but I'm looking forward to it.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Time to Post.

Wow. Where did the time go? I haven't posted since that productive day I had 2 weeks ago. Whats up with that?! Well, lets catch up shall we...
So I got some moles frozen. The next day, they all blistered up. Talk about hurting in various places. That derailed any working out. But, I did become Master Nail Air Gun Woman! Yep, I was THE stapler for our hardwood floor we layed in the dining room, which isn't done yet...but will be soon. Also, we went and got 3 loads of rocks/boulders from along the highway for my rock garden. THAT was hard work! Rolling them, or carrying them up the bank, then throwing them into the truck/throwing them out of the truck. Trust me, THAT was a workout. And before all that, my sister and I emptied the dining room (hubby helped with the table and china cabinet...HEAVY stuff) and then we painted the room. 2 coats.
I feel every part of my body from the things I have accomplished last week. But I also ended up with a migraine on Wednesday, a bad headache Thursday, and then I drove my sister home, visited for the weekend and came back around 9:30 last night. I'm tired. But through all of this, I ate well, took my vitamins, supplements. The only thing is I was short on water. I always am when I have a long drive. Hate making pit stops. So all in all, I think I did pretty good. I DID kinda go dark for a bit, SORRY LADIES...too much on the go...and then with not feeling well I was a little anti-social.

Game plan for this week. Since I have caught up weight wise (lost what I gained back) my goal is to drink a few oceans of water. Today I have my consultation with my surgeon for my tummy tuck! Ahhhhh! And I've already told my daughter that I need her to babysit so I can go to the gym. I've decided to alter my P90X experience this time. Since the guy at the gym wants to see me there working out (especially since I asked for a job...) I'm going to take the strength days there at the gym. On cardio days, I'm toying with doing something there, as well as the regular P90X workout. Today it's supposed to be chest and back...so we'll see. I'm not too comfortable trying to do pushups in public, so I might break the workout up...do the pushups at home, do the weights there. Gonna go with the flow.

I AM wondering what to do about the 5K tho. I THINK I will just tape my foot up and do it...and hope beyond hope that it doesn't throw me off for too long. Stupid tendonitis!

OH, I'm ALSO looking forward to the JAYS game with Pammy and her hubby Fri. nite. (We've got to talk girl, arrange meeting up etc ) EXCITING!!!

Basically, I'm on a mission. And I'm not allowing anything stop me.
:o)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Productive Day

Today, I went and got a membership at the gym I applied to work at. He doesn't have anything in the way of work, just yet. But he did tell me to ask him in a couple of months. Getting the membership there affords me a great opportunity. I can get to know the people who go there, as well as how all the machines work....and ya never know...he might need someone sooner than later.
I also went to the doctor today, and I got a couple things achieved there too. First, he gave me a requisition for physio on my ankle, I have tendonitus. Yay me. So he wants me to get a couple ultrasound physio visits before my 5K in June. If the physio happens after the 5K, then he told me to make sure I get my ankle taped up to do the run.
AND....he is referring me to a surgeon for a tummy tuck! WOOHOO! After I told him why I needed one, he says "you're preaching to the converted" LOL. I will have a scar there, but I'd rather have a scar that fades in time than what I have now. He says the belly/apron-thingy will not go away. It will get smaller, but won't disappear. That is due to my short waist, my big babies, and all the weight I have gained. So, yeah. I've lost 73 pounds, so far. I'm getting this done, and OHIP will cover it. YAY again! Then I'll be stoked and it will give me that boost I need to remove the rest of my weight. I cannot wait! Imagine....running without that pouchy bulgey skin...riding my bike without it...wearing jeans without it...looking at myself and finally feeling proud of all my hard work because it's gone!

P90X Chest & Back. I AM struggling to do this work out tonight. I was on the go all day, and I'm exhausted. We'll see. I'm still going to try to do it. But if I can't because I'm going to bed, I'm not going to freak out about it. There's always tomorrow.

:o)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Kenpo X...Killed it! :o).....UPDATED

I was supposed to do Kenpo yesterday, didn't happen. So I decided to do it today, AND X Stretch too.
Did the Kenpo. Man, did I ever improve, and I was pretty good before, just sayin. ;oP
I did ALL the jumping jacks, and ALL the X jumps in ALL the breaks. I did everything, and I didn't end up on the floor, dead.
I feel strong. I AM strong. I WILL get my hot body...THIS YEAR! Ha, so boofknyah baby!


Just came back from a 1.8 km (1.12 m) jog. Not too far, but far enough for my foot tonight. I'm tired, but I WILL do X Stretch!


Stay tuned for the X Stretch update later tonight!! It WILL happen!

And it DID happen. X STRETCH, just what the doctor ordered. YAY ME! Yay my muscles. I cannot believe how much my body needed that stretching. Flexibility and looseness is essential...whew, feel better.

Chest and Back tomorrow...should be interesting with a tiny pull in my bicep. Until then :oD

3 Missed days...NOT giving up

Okay, so....Thursday turned into Friday which turned into Sat. And I missed my workouts for all three days, AND ate crappy! Totally off my wagon again. It started with a cafe mocha and a donut on Friday morning, and then went to hell in a handbag. Sure, I could have refused. I could have not allowed it to turn into a weekend of.....whatever. But that was then, this is now. I am not fkng around any more. I HAVE to do this! Today, I'm hoping I can do Kenpo in the morning, AND X stretch in the evening. One problem, my 6 yr old isn't feeling well today. But that's not going to stop me. I'm going to make a proclamation that at some point I need to do this, and hopefully the household will cooperate. LOL. Yep, Queen Lisa has spoken. Ahhh.

Pitz...I really hope you start to feel better soon. I'm pullin for ya baby. Stay strong!
XO

Friday, May 14, 2010

Missed Day 4 Yoga X...but it's ok.

So, I totally missed yesterdays workout. Things just didn't jive for me. Physically I am SORE! The first week of P90X is killer..and my body is going "yeah, right! Yoga X my....insert expletives here<>" Emotionally, well it is what it is right now. Mentally, I fought with myself..but the emotional and physical tiredness won. Oh well. Moving on.

Today I WILL do Legs and Back.

And I'm excited. I went to one of our small town gyms to apply for a job. I don't even know if they're hiring, one of the guys there gave me the owners number. While I have no clue if a job is available, it felt right. The guy there was not fit. So, I could fit right in since I've lost 73 pounds from my highest, and I'm losing the rest. I'm hoping I could work there, and get a shoe in for when I take my personal training course in the fall. Maybe he'll take me under his wing.... oh a girl can dream. And if that doesn't work, if he's not hiring, there are a couple more options in this town. I think I'm ready tho to go with this now. If this town doesn't pan out, maybe I'll head out of town...maybe I can get a job in another town gym, and when the time comes have them mentor me. Time to stop thinking about some-day, and make things happen now!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

AC/DC - Back In Black (Live At Donnington) High Quality!!!

This is the song that revs me up to do P90X...I'm baaack in black baby!

P90X (R2) Day 3, Shoulders & Arms

I did half of my work out today. Time slipped away, and then I had kids distracting me. But I worked my butt off for the 36 minutes that I did do.

Took my supplements, and probiotic this morning. Working on the water.

Had a me day, took some mental time to think up plans...muah ha ha. Now to just implement everything.

Tomorrow...YOGA X..oh my!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

P90X is going to give me my nice ass back :o)

P90X (R2) Day 2 Plyometrics: LOVE it! I'm so much stronger, even tho I was exhausted. I did skip Hot Foot, because lets face it, my foot is already burning...haha. Seriously, that one would NOT be good for my injured foot. But I did do squatting jacks! WhooEeee! I was so impressed. My legs are strong and I am so confident that I will get that hot ass back I had way back when. There is NO reason why not. And I'm determined that I will have hot buns, buns of steel and a POW butt that younger girls will envy. And why not! Between my hard work, P90X, Jon Gabriel, and my gluten-free/refined-sugar-free there's no way I won't achieve all I set out to. So take that! Yep, I'ma gonna have some junk in my trunk, and it won't include the junk yard. ahhhahhha. Gotta love endorphins!

Monday, May 10, 2010

A Promise IS A Promise...

...especially when u make it to yourself. I promised myself that I would do P90X today. And I made myself keep it. I didn't start until 10:10pm, which is NOT the best idea on the planet, but I did it...well what I COULD do tonight. I completed 1.5 of the 2 rounds tonight. But in my defense, inspite of the time, and the fact that I was already exhausted and a bit bummed out, I kicked my own ass. Instead of sticking strictly to the exercise bands for the pull-ups, I did actual pull-ups, plus the bands. It's a LOT harder than one would think. I loved it. My muscles were screaming. Trouble is, it wears you out faster than just the bands. By time I hit the 1.5 mark (40 mins approx) I was toast...like weak, nauseaus and just wiped out. I brought my A game and I'm proud of it. Totally going to soak in the jacuzzi bath right now. I need it.

Eating...gluten free- check...sugar-free-not so much. I made ribs and home made BBQ sauce which included sugar. Water-not enough. Supplements-some. Vitamins- nope. Digestive enzymes-nope.

One thing I notice..my joints hurt. I'm pretty sure it's because of the sugar. When I'm sugar-free, I'm not in pain. The last time I did P90X, I was sugar-free and gluten-free for almost 4 months before I started. I'm noticing the difference. All the more reason to smarten up and get off that poison. Tomorrow, zero refined-sugar!

Goals for tomorrow: EVERYTHING I DIDN'T DO TODAY!

I mean business here. I'm on a mission, and I WILL NOT fail myself. This means TOO much to me...and I CANNOT wait to succeed...which I totally will! :o)

Bring on tomorrow! Ha. I'm ready for u!

Ok, here we go.

So after a weekend totally OFF the wagon...yep, even tho I had good intentions, I totally went off the wagon...but it's ok. I'm not regretting it, I'm not crying over it, I'm not getting all boohoohoo over it...I made the choice and now I'm making another choice to move on and get back into the groove. Today is P90X day, I had this plan all along, ! Whooshaw baby! Yep. I also have a lot of house work to do, but one thing I do know is that today starts my round 2. Not an "attempt" at round 2...I'm going to DO it. And I WILL do it every day/night unless I'm out of town, but then if I'm out of town, I'll go for a jog or a walk.

Today is also gluten-free/refined-sugar-free day. I know it's going to be a bit of a struggle today. That happens when I've been eating sugar. But you know what?? My body is ready. My body aches and I'm not moving as fluidly, as effortlessly as I was on this eating regimen. So, it's back at it today, because I have goals and I know they will be difficult for MY body to achieve if I'm eating gluten and sugar.

Plan of attack: DRINK TONS OF WATER! Supplements! When I'm hungry, eat what I want with the exception of anything with GLUTEN and Refined SUGAR!

WORRIES:I have a few worries about this upcoming 5K in June. My foot is still injured. I don't know what it is, but I do suspect a crack somewhere. I don't know. When I jog, I'm in agony for a couple of days which subsides to just pain and aching, but it's still there. I haven't jogged since...Wednesday, which I should have waited and done on Thursday. Wednesday night I was in so much foot pain, the freaking thing was on fire and I couldn't lay it on the bed in any position without incredible pain. SO, this is going to be tricky. What am I supposed to do, NOT jog, NOT get some training in and get ready for the 5K and then be disappointed if I cannot do it? Or Train, jog 2-3 times a week in preparation, and not let it heal, but get some training and some conditioning in? Sort of a catch 22 for me. I guess I'll have to play it by ear. That bugs me.

Okay, this is a great day...going to be a DOER, not a non-doer. I watched a movie the other night, and the first monologue really hit home for me. He said "there are two types of people in this world. Those who do, and those who do not. Those who do are the ones who get things done and change the world, those who do not, don't"...something like that. Anyway, for a long time I was a dreamer, a 'doer-in my mind.' I had potential, but I never lived up to it. I know a large part of it was the sugar & gluten cloud in my brain, the body that felt too fat and sick to do anything. I hated not living up to my potential. I used to call myself an 'under-achieving over-achiever'. A total oxy-moron...but that's what I was. WAS. I've been on a journey to change that. To change from a wisher-doer, a hoper-doer, a dreamer-doer and started actually DOING. That's what has been circling around in this brain of mine for a while now, and when I heard that line from the movie, it was a total "aha" moment. And yes, that's what I'm going to do, that's what I'm doing. I'm DOING from now on. No more waiting for others to do things for me! No more waiting for this weight to miraculously fall of me! No more NOT DOING! This is the era of Lisa, The Doer. Ha. Look out everything that needs to get done around here, and my body. Lisa's comin for ya! HA!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Another gluten-free/refined sugar-free day.

This afternoon was sort of stressful. I unbandaged Emilys knee, and was preparing her for a shower, when I hear "mom, I'm feeling kinda dizzy." I get there just in time to grab her as she grabbed for me, and she goes down like a sac of potatoes. The "I feel dizzy" turned into a full out fainting spell, complete with eyes rolling up and everything. It only lasted like 30 seconds but it was enough to scare the crap outta me. When she 'came to' she goes "mom I can't hear"....great. I put a pillow under her head and calm her down...her hearing was only out for a few seconds too, but her head was killing her, and her hand was shaking, shock likely. Next it was "I'm going to be sick!" Nausea, she was white as a ghost. Okay, panick was setting in.
I call my husband and he arranges to meet me in town at the hospital. After she was feeling better, I get my youngest ready and help Emily into the van. We spend 3.5 hours in emerg. Happily, they let her go lay down after triage, because of her knee surgery that she had on Monday, and likely because she could faint again, it was anyones guess. We wait...she recovers. They do an Electrocardiogram (ECG) just to make sure, but the Doctors diagnosis was fainting because of leg pain, getting up from a laying position the blood pools, not enough food, and likely left over codeine in her system from the night before. Her ECG was good. I'm happy he did that test. Now I can rest easily tonight...but it was pretty scary there for a while.

So now food.....well, I had an angus burger...and I was soooo tempted to just eat the bun. But I didn't. That makes day number 2 successful as well...and it was a higher stress day to boot.

I do have a girl evening planned with a close friend of mine, and I already know it's going to entail a blizzard from DQ...she already warned me. So I'm going to go with the flow, and instead of counting it as a failure day, or a streak being broken, I'm going to allow for it, and then get back on the wagon immediately after...not the next day, immediately! And you know...that's one thing most of us do wrong...we think we have to wait until the sun sets and rises in order to start fresh. Well, who made that rule? Why can't we have an 'exception' and then get right back up and start with the water, and keep on the right path, right then and there. If we all did that, there would be a lot less binges, a lot less 'to hell with it' moments. So that's my plan.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Two-fer!

Ha! What are the chances that I'm blogging twice in ONE DAY! WOW.

Some status updates. Day 1 of gluten-free/sugar-free is a success!

I also went for a jog...but I walked more on the way home...my legs hurt. It works better if I leave 2 days in between jogs...and I also went farther tonight, up more steep, rocky hills. I followed the trail...likely wasn't that smart at dusk, what with bears and other wild life around here...I survived. And I didn't even get eaten alive by black flies. After the rainy day we had here, it cooled off some. I still sweated my booty off...but no picking wings out of my teeth. Haha. Ahhh...gotta love those endorphins eh. Love'em!

Living in the Moment.

So yeah,....I've let life stop my progress, and that's the last thing I wanted to do. I'm not doing that any more. I have goals and I cannot let anything..ANYTHING impede my progress. SO when stress crops up, and I know it will, I'm going to do the opposite of what my initial reaction would be...which is hide, cower in a corner, turn to junky food, withdraw from interaction with friends. I'm going to go after these goals with all the umph I can muster. Funny how in anyones blog you'll find these up beat posts followed by the "I'm in a slump" posts followed by the recovery post. That's the human spirit. You just can't break the human spirit in someone who is a strong passionate person.
I do have a renewed zest and zeal and passion. I don't think I will 'experiment' with going off my gluten-free/sugar-free thing for a looong time. I may have a little sumthin sumthin here and there, but to forgo it all together, that's when I run into trouble.
I'm at a weird place in life. I'm going to be 40 this year. I'm yearning for more. It's time I actively go after the things I want, so that I can be my best, feel my best and look my best that I can in this life, right now. No more looking backwards. Time to live in the now. Yes my future will be amazing, but only if I keep working towards it in the now.
I think most people become complacent. Most people get themselves feeling great, they do what works for them, and for some reason, they temporarily forget why and how they got to that wonderful place, where there is a balance between health and fitness and life. We cannot forget the thing that allows us to be our best, to feel our best, to achieve our best, just because we have a measure of comfort. It's that one thing that will ensure we continue to feel our best, be our best, achieve our best.
So, for me, there is only now. What can I do "NOW", in THIS moment, to ensure I'm on the right path towards fulfilling my goals? It's not only one day at a time, it's one moment at a time. And really, shouldn't we be doing that anyway? Living in the moment! If we're not, we're missing out on so many wonderful moments that we're letting slip by us. Yes, our eyes can be on the future, but we cannot be fixated on future things. Breathe in now. Breathe in this moment. Live life to the fullest now. It's the only way to ensure we actually have a future to look forward to.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Stressed? Then WORK OUT! Not rocket science ;o)

Getting ready to jog

So I've had a stressful...well, it's been stressful for a while. Emily, my 12 year old had her knee surgery yesterday. I was a bundle of nerves. My stomach didn't settle down for a while....After we got her all settled, I went for a run. And it felt great. I mean, thankyou endorphins! I have decided that the next time I'm having one of those days, where I can't get out of my head, or life is throwing me a whole whack of curve balls, I'm going to go and run. Sure, I'm not the best runner with the best form, and I think I may even be doing the breathing wrong...but I'm out there and I'm doing it. I can go farther and longer before I need my walking/recovery moments....and I LOVE the challenge of running up the hills...kind of a weirdo when it comes to that. And I even braved the black flies. And if you knew me and black flies....you'd understand why that is a big thing for me. Bottom line, stress needs to be relieved and sometimes you just have to get the endorphins flowing.

Eating::::: well, the eating has been....well it could be better. For some reason I'm having a hard time hitting it. Today, I finished the left over pizza. Well, can't have it going to waste, right? WRONG! Who needs it on their hips? I certainly don't. And my body hurts. I know my body will perform much better if I get the eating back on the gluten-free/sugar-free band wagon. Seriously. I feel so much better. So, tomorrow for sure. If I start out first thing doing the right thing, it's easier for me to continue.
Tomorrow will start my gluten-free/sugar-free streak.
Today, I didn't get much sleep, so I'm going to forgo the exercising...and I WILL do something tomorrow. But come Monday, I WILL do P90X! I need it. I need to stop wasting time. Life is moving on and I can move along with it, or get left behind. I chose to participate and enjoy life...and the only way I can do that is if I'm healthy and fit and that will contribute to my over all sense of joy and happiness.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Decided enough was enough...

I cannot lose weight if I don't DO something about it. Wednesday night I went for a jog over to the Provincial Park by my house. It did jog/walk intervals...jogging til my lungs were going to burst, walking til I recovered, repeat. I jogged down the beach and back...that was interesting. Felt it in my booty and legs for sure. I crossed the hwy, and headed onto the trail. There are 2 steep hills that are freshly graveled...and since I like a challenge, I ran up them. That was tough, but loved it. I walked down them tho...knowing me, I would break an ankle or fall on my face, ha...When all was said and done, (and I ran up my driveway) I was toast, but I felt great. 55 minutes of something I did just for myself, by myself. And I enjoyed every minute of it. It was exhilarating. I decided that it is something that I'm going to do for myself a few times a week, and I will find more ways to do solo exercise excursions the other days. It's exactly what I needed.

Yesterday was a write off. I ran around town all day and then had company over for dinner last night. I had a funny little thing, I felt sort of like I was heading for a pass out ...little waves sort of came over me. And my back flared up, felt like it does if you have pneumonia. I had to go to bed. By body shouted at me, and I listened. So at 8:30, I went to bed. Greg puts the kids to bed at night so he can spend a little more time with them, and I appreciate it, especially last night.

Today, I WILL do something. It's been a bit stressful and I've been extra tired because of it. I think I need to just let my body recouperate. My goal is to get my eating back to gluten-free/sugar-free. I think I will start that this weekend. Make a new beginning of it. May 1st sounds like a good day to start an eating streak. Yep, it's formulated, and will be put into practise.

Looking forward to watching the rest of my weight go. oooh baby!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Okay, that just won't do!

It's been over 2 weeks since I posted. Can you believe that? I certainly can't! And it dawned on me just now that I guess I am no longer eligible for the competition. Oh well, not like I was going to win money anyway.
So, now what? Well, getting my booty back in gear, that's what. I cannot afford to take any more time nursing wounds and getting lost in lifes shuffle. I have goals to meet, dammit. And that isn't going to happen by sitting around waiting for....what exactly? There is NO TIME like the present, and you know what, my head could use the endorphins anyway. And my body could use the detox, and the clean eating. No more of this nonsense. No more wasting time. After all, I'm not getting any younger am I? :oD

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Lots of Whacking...

I sort of felt like the Sopranos this afternoon. I went out there and chopped the heck out of a huge stumpy hunk of wood, using the splitting axe to help unstick my axe and crack the wood too...LOTS OF WHACKING! I did only about 30 minutes total, but let me tell you, I felt a certain amount of pleasure out of conquering that hunk of wood.
Life can sometimes resemble a huge stumpy hunk of wood...spongey and the axe sticks...and you can whack and wail on that thing and not budge it an inch. Sometimes that's life. Sometimes you try your hardest and don't get a whole hellova lot out of it.
On the upside...keep whacking away, and eventually you can bend the wood to your will, or in this case, crack it and get the axe unstuck.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Don't Mess With An Axe Wheeling Momma!


How's THIS for a Primal Picture?

Another great day outdoors! Today I spent 2 hours splitting wood, and another 30 minutes wheeling huge hunks of wood that need to be split into 4's from the front of the house to the back where my pile is. Yes, I said "MY" pile because I took on that job as my own personal challenge/project. My hubby called me "He-woman" and I said "don'tcha mean 'She-ra!'" LOL. That was a huge job, wheeling that wood...I felt every muscle I had already worked by splitting the wood earlier. I wheeled over a dozen huge hunks which really works the whole body. Wheel barrows suck! Just sayin'.
Anyway, I am a whole different person this year than I was last year. I love the hard work, and am amazed at what my body can even accomplish. I've always been a hard worker, but right now, my body is keeping up with my brain...and that's a scary proposition. haha. I've always taken on more than I could chew which usually would end in my being put out of commission for a while...but not any more. I love being outside where the wind is reminding me how wonderful a nice little breeze can be after working up a huge sweat and using my whole body splitting wood. My little kids were out there piling wood, and loving it. We have spent the majority of the last 3 days outside, and we're all better for it.
This is exactly the push I needed, and I'm so happy I found it. April WILL see me losing 20 pounds bringing me to Onederland.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

UGH! GUH!..."Primal Is Good"...

I say as I beat my chest in triumph! KIDDING...but seriously tho, I am loving this so much. The idea that I can DO real hard work instead of a typical 'workout' of some type is awesome. Sure I knew it was beneficial before, but now, I'm thinking more in terms of what actual 'benefit' I am getting, and that's largely due to the Primal Blueprint, by Mark Sisson which has inspired many other blogs especially one of my favorites run by my friend Jeff, called Primal Chat.
I love the whole back to basics premise of the Primal life...I believe in the evolution of man, in the sense of how much we have progressed as people, or evolved, and also in the 'devolution' of man, from how far we've fallen with regards to health and fitness. I totally agree with the logic of everything I've read thus far. It just makes plain sense. Logical!

What it's done for me, is it's made me more aware of my movements, of being purposeful with everything I do. The awareness is freeing. Yes, I have weight to lose, but right now I am actually enjoying myself. I can almost not believe it. It's such a far departure from last year, you have no idea. Today, I split wood. At first it was laughable. Seriously. I actually laughed at myself. It was soooo funny. I raised that ax and well, missed the wood. Then I nicked the wood. Pathetic. You know what it was? Fear. I have power, I am powerful and I was afraid of that power, of using my abilities, and also of looking stupid. Well, stupid looking I was. But I laughed at it, and then because I'm a competitive person, I had a challenge now before me. I was going to split that wood or die trying...not literally, since I was holding an ax, and as much as that was a real possibility if I didn't trust my power, I obviously mean I wasn't giving up. And I didn't. You know what? I got into the swing of things, and I split that wood. I got a real good rhythm going. I got a good swing. I used my power. At first I realised that I was holding my breath when the ax met the wood. And then it dawned on me...in working out, when you're strength training, you exhale on the exertion. So, as the ax met the wood, I exhaled, and I had more power. Now instead of taking a few whacks at one piece of wood, I was able to split the wood in one swing. Of course some wood pieces are spongey and require more attempts. But for the most part, this primal girl killed that wood. And I couldn't feel more proud. I even got a little foot trick going...kind of like hackey sack. Once the wood was split, I held it with one hand, tipped it up, put my foot under it, and tossed it with my foot to the pile. I am woman, baby, hear my primal roar!

AAAAAND...The Primal Blueprint talks about playing....I bounced on the trampoline today...even doing a couple flips (for which I was rewarded by giving myself rug burn on my elbows) It was so much fun. Ha!

I might pay for it tomorrow, my body might be sore, but I tell you, I had a great day today. And I felt so...back to nature, back to basics, simple enjoyment. Even the breeze gave me a thrill.

One happy girl tonight.
:o)

Friday, April 2, 2010

Can't Get More Primal Than This...

Today the weather is insanely gorgeous! All the windows are open, ceiling fans are on, kids are outside in shorts, and occasionally bare feet! My hubby and father-in-law just spent 2 hours chopping wood and loading it into the back of pickup trucks. Then they came here, and I hopped in the back and unloaded it with my hubby. The hunks of wood were between 25-40 lbs of poplar wood, which will be split this afternoon. Two birds with one stone. I get an awesome PRIMAL workout in, AND get some work done at the same time. Love the feeling of muscles (thankyou P90X) being pumped....but dirt down the cleavage, yeah, that I can do without. Ha! ;o)

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Day 1 Re-rebooting.


Backing away from the bagel! I really want one. I know it's going to taste yummy. But you know what? I'm tired of my nose being stuffed, and I'm tired of my stomach aching, and I'm tired of my joints and back hurting. So, easy solution. Staying away from the gluten today! I called this day, DAY1 because while I made good choices for the most part yesterday, I DID have gluten. This is my new new beginning. I'm doing this to feel good. Losing weight will just be a side effect, one that I'm more than stoked to live with ;o)
Will this be easy? Nope, it never is when I go back on this. I've only been off my gluten-free/sugar-free for 3 weeks, but that's how quickly it grabs a hold of you. It's insidious, I tell you! Evil evil sugar, evil evil gluten!!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

New beginning

Tomorrow is a new beginning and I'm totally stoked. I'm considering working towards converting our whole family over to The Primal Way of life. I know everyone would be a lot healthier. The only one I truly have issues or concerns with is Emily. She is a finicky eater. She doesn't like trying anything. But she's at that age now where her body is changing (13 ish) and she is so self conscious right now that I think she'll be more than willing to try things that will make her healthier and help with the transition from tween to teen.

Tomorrow starts with me doing all my morning health routines, drinking my water, P90X-ing, and working on the primal way of eating. I may not get it all worked out tomorrow, but I'm definitely working on implementing it very soon. Tomorrow is my new beginning and this time it WILL stick!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

And life gets in the way.....

Wow, I cannot believe I did it again, and haven't blogged in a week.
I have had company all week. My sister has been here visiting, and one of my closest friends is going through some turmoil so she and her daughter are staying with us for a while. One busy house and a LOT of estrogen (poor hubby) The regular swing of things food and fitness-wise hasn't been seen around here for a while now, and I actually miss it.
It's funny as I read my last post where I proclaim "MONDAY" as my reboot...haha. Well, Guess what? I'm about to make that proclamation again.
REALISATIONS:
I have been tired lately. More tired than usual. My body is sluggish, my back hurts, and my joints ache. It dawned on me that it is likely due to the fact that I've been off my gluten-free, sugar-free eating since the 5K. That night on the way home I was famished so we went to Boston Pizza for dinner, and I ate a Stromboli. YUM! It was divine. AND I shared a Chocolate Explosion with Greg and Emily. It was rich and chocolatey and ooey gooey good. I never felt anything out of the ordinary with that meal as regards my body tho. SO I thought that maybe I had licked the food allergy thing. And YES, the timing was way weird. And I don't know exactly why I chose to do that after such a proud day and a great achievement for me. Anyway, since then I've let it slip. I am still hovering at the same weight, but I COULD HAVE LOST WEIGHT! I've been drinking regular coffee, and I've even had chips and dips *gasp* WHY? Not sure exactly. I think I was testing my body, seeing how far I could go before I felt like crap, sort of like an experiment. Well, I'm here now. I feel like crap on a stick. My stomach hurts. Pain. I feel like I'm 15 pounds heavier. I'm even walking differently, because I feel so bloated. I'm sneezy, bloated and tired and achey! All very good reasons to get my booty in gear! I've got HUGE goals, and they won't come to fruition unless I get started. I cannot waste any more time!

I hereby designate MONDAY as my official return to health and fitness, to P90X, and to starting a Primal way of life. I WILL fulfil this promise to myself to become fit and hot and 'cougar-ish'! Look out, Lisa's comin for ya!

Ahhh, now that I got THAT out of the way, I guess I'd better write about my goals again.


1. P90X, Y, Z haha. That just means I'm going to add some other stuff in like, jogging, hiking the back bush, getting some yard work done...all active stuff.

2. Primal baby. Back to the basics of eating: quality sources of animal protein, colorful vegetables and fresh fruit, nuts and seeds. AND I will be blogging about The Primal Blueprint and how things are going in relation to that. I am certain it's going to make the difference for me! It's Jon Gabriel meets Mark Sisson...and it's brilliant!

3. WATER! WATER! WATER...like between 96-120 oz of water.

4. All my vitamins and minerals and nutrients.
5. Getting out in the sunshine and fresh air.

6. Mental Secrets cd.



With this plan in tact, there is absolutely NO WAY I will not only meet my goals, but exceed them. My future starts NOW!




Saturday, March 20, 2010

New Goals

I actually can't believe that I haven't blogged in a week! What's up with that? Apparently I've let a couple things slip, and I aim to rectify that ASAP. So, here are a few of things I NEED to do:

1. Drink my 96 oz of water/daily
2. Mental Secrets (Gabriel Method) nightly
3. P90X-Officially re-rebooting on Monday
4. couch 2 5k
5. declutter
6. vitamins REGULARILY
7. Phytonutrients (phytoberry)

8. Read "The Primal Blueprint"

The weather is nice now, even tho it's threatening to snow...but since most of it has melted already, I don't care. What it has done for me, it has given me the itch to do spring cleaning. I want to get to some yard work. I'm going to paint the living room and dining room next week. I'm decluttering the house so I can have a healthy uncluttered mind, and can devote my mental energies to fulfilling my fitness goals, and believe me, I have big ones!

Plus with the weather being so nice, I'm going to spend time out doors, maybe start my couch 2 5k training on the road as opposed to the treadmill. My foot is still tender, so I'm not sure how much jogging I can do..we'll see. And this year I'm kind of excited to get on my bike.

There's nothing like a beautiful sunny spring to get a person moving. I say a wholehearted "bring it on, baby" Watch me morph, watch me fly, watch me soar!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

RENEWED ZEAL

Tuesday March 16/10

Yesterday we went shopping. I wasn't planning on buying clothes, in fact I don't actually know why I went into Tommy Hilfiger. Maybe I was feeling kind of sassy, maybe I was feeling kind of hot. I don't know. I remember that years ago when I was larger I went shopping in one of these stores and they had a larger person section. So I thought, why not. Well, I never even looked to see if they had a larger section. This time as I was walking in I kept telling myself about the new jacket I bought, and the little nighties, how they were in the regular size section, and just XL. So I went in there and I looked at a few things, and decided to try some on. And I was so happy. I bought clothes in Tommy Hilfiger, in the regular size section. You have NO idea how much that has sparked me! I cannot wait to be thinner. And NOW while I am getting there, I don't have to go into larger people stores any more, I can shop at name brand retail shops AND buy clothes that actually look good on me. Talk about a boost! With Spring in full swing, the snow melting, the sun shining, renewed energy, life in bloom, it only reinvigorates me. I am like Spring. I am being reborn. I am being renewed. The old me has passed on and the 'new improved' me is here. I am better than I have ever been. I am woman, hear me roar! This is my year, this cougar has been born. Watch out for me, I'm a comin! :o)


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Since the 5K, I've had some issues with my foot that I tweaked during Plyometrics a few weeks ago. In fact, there hasn't been a moment it doesn't hurt. I also have a pull in my arm/shoulder, my back is in knots, aaaand I've been sooo tired, so that's sort of put my working out on hold. I decided to take last week and rest up, see if those things that are bothering me will calm down. I've done some thinking and with this nice weather spurring my desire for thinness and my drive for fitness, I've been re-evaluating things.

I had a busy weekend away, and I did eat off my gluten-free restriction. What I've noticed that even tho my weight didn't go up, my body didn't feel as good as it usually feels. While I find it a relief to know that I'm not going to balloon by going off every once and a while, I am also certain that in order to FEEL good, I need to stay on. The difference for me is that I no longer feel stress or pressure if I can't find gluten-free to eat. I will tweak when I need to, and I will make the best choices at the moment, but it does not rule my life. I have found the balance again regarding food.

Now for the exercise. I was away until late yesterday so no working out. I will get P90X in today. I've decided that until my foot actually heals up, I will sub the workouts involving legs out for other less foot invasive P90X workouts. I may be doing more X Stretch these next couple of weeks than other workouts, but I'm totally fine with that.

Monday, March 8, 2010

CORRECTION!!!

It's even better than I thought! Last 5K my chip time was 55:43, this 5K my chip time was 46:20! That's 9:23!! I cut my time by 9+ minutes!!! WOOHOO baby!

Frosty 5K, March 7/10

So this weekend started out great. My family went down on Friday night and stayed at Marys. Then Saturday, Mary and I went to Burlington to get our race kits. We're there, and lo and behold, SO IS JACQUI!!! WHAT?! She and Pam planned to surprise me at the race, and to go even farther than that, they arranged to run it with me. THEY WERE THERE PICKING UP THEIR RACE KITS! So after I hugged out Jacqui, I turn, and there walking in was Pam and Kevin and Becca! I look at them IN SHOCK! And of course, the hugging started all over again. That was the Single nicest surprise I've had in a while. Thanks Ladies. That meant the world to me! It was so nice to meet Pam and Kevin and Becca. What lovely people. :o) And so much fun! Pam is a laugher, she loves to laugh, and so do Jacqui and I. We definitely make the perfect 3 Amigo team. Team Pitz, Spitfire and Spunky! xoxo



Waiting for the ladies to get here...how can I NOT goof around?! LOL

The 3 Amigos.................plus my Mary(she is an honorary Amigo)...waiting to run


Yay Pitz!!!..........And Yay Mary....SO proud of you two! XO!

Pitbull and Mary hung around with us until between 1-2K , but they're much faster so happily they went on ahead. GO GIRLS!




Here we are, Pammy and I...her long lets propelled her ahead. Hey Pam, next time you're going to turn on the gas, give me some warning, LOL. That way my little short legs will be prepared. Haha! We ran it together, beginning to end. LOVED IT! We made goals. Run to that point over there, walk from here to there, run again, and so on until we gave it all we had at the finish line. One thing I LOVED, coming up to the finish line, we had people saying, "finish strong" and "only 100 m left, give it all you have" and all the cheers. It doesn't matter what level you are, whether you ran the whole thing, or walked or jog/walk intervals, the support, the air of commradery was phenomenal. It felt like this little community of people who are conscious of health and fitness, regardless of their level of fitness.
We felt a real sense of pride, of accomplishment. All of us!
Pammy came in at 46:40, I came in at clock time of 46:42. (chip time is 46:20) For me, that was 8 minutes faster than my last 5k which was last year. EIGHT MINUTES FASTER is AWESOME!
Jacqui and Mary came in at 42:22/24ish...way to go ladies. They ran most of it. How awesome is that?! That will be us in JUNE, right Pam?!
The weather was phenomenal. Last year when Mary and I did this race, it was -21 C! That's not including wind chill. Let's just say, IT WAS COLD...aptly titled, eh. Frosty it was! This year, it was +10 C. We started out with jackets on and gloves. About 2 K, our jackets came off, and I actually ditched Marys hat and my gloves (sorry babe!) WE RAN IN OUR T-SHIRTS! It was awesome
There were 3,300- half marathoners, 300- 5K's, and some walking half marathoners. That's A LOT of people. There was this never ending sea of marathoners, it was so amazing to see. My husband and I will see what that feels like in October along with Mary and my friend Jan...can't wait...and terrified at the same time!
I forgot my heart rate monitor at home. That was a bummer. I was counting on using it to push myself. See, when people get tired out, or out of breath, the tendancy is to slow down. But when you use the heart rate monitor, it pushes you. It tells you, 'you know what, you can go longer' so I do. It worked out well tho. Pam had hers. We did great.
I was happy that I did my warming up and stretching before the run because last year, we didn't have time and we paid for it. Mary and I were so sore. This time, we were fine. I do have foot issues tho. The left foot that I tweaked during Plyo a few weeks ago held out until about 4K, and then I pushed through. By the time we were done, I was in agony. We got our water, piece of fruit and headed to get our bowl of chili, and by the time I got there, I had to sit and take my shoe off. The pain! WOW. My foot felt crushed. The pain lasted for about 6 hours. This morning, the only side effect I have is my feet are both tender, and I'm a little tight. I was going to do P90X Chest & Back today, but decided to do X Stretch instead...and I'm telling you, I am SO looking forward to doing it.
It was such a great event. It has us all stoked up for our next 5K in June. Pam, Jacqui and I are doing it. And then, we might do the Island Girl's 10K in August with Mary. This is the beginning of a wonderful things. Bring it on! I am so on my way to becoming 'fabulously fit by 40'!


Friday, March 5, 2010

March Weigh-In

Okay, I just have to day this sucks. This weight is NOT an accurate reflection of where I am right now. I've been down 2 pounds less than this all week, with the scale flashing 2 pounds lower than that lower number. But because of sodium with a late dinner along with 2 hours of driving before settling down for an hour of TV where I actually feel asleep during the show (that never happens), and a really crappy sleep last night, here I am. So, I'm not going to freak out too much. I know that this month I will knock it out of the part, and I'm moving forward. Onward and upward!

Feb. 5 : 221
Mar 5: 219
-2
On the bright side...notice, my toes are all painted! LOL Like I totally wouldn't THAT again. :o)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

A Temporary Departure From P90X

I have decided that this week I will take a temporary leave from P90X and concentrate on the treadmill. I couldn't do the treadmill for a while now because of my heel. But now that my heel is healed I can do it again. This Sunday is the Frosty 5K. The weather has been nice, mild even, so just watch it be -30 C on Sunday. Ha. It's going to feel good doing the treadmill. Next Monday, my hubby and I will be back at P90X, we're going to count it as week 2 even tho we had some stops and starts. Last week was good, except that I made a conscious decision to forgo the workout on the weekend. I've been really tired lately...so last night, I chose to go to bed instead of working out. My kids have been sick..SO NOT FUN...which complicates the whole workout-in -the-day thing. I'm still in it mentally. I'm getting back in it physically. My body takes a hit when I'm stressed out or exhausted...so the goal is to build myself back up to keep this downward trend happening. Happily, I broke through a plateau, and I am only 18 pounds away from Onederland. I am SO STOKED. I'm hoping to be there by April 1. Ahhhhh! It is TOTALLY doable. Just gotta keep focused, and keep doin it.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Loving P90X

Rocking out to Theory of a Deadman before P90X Legs & Back. I like to turn the music off on the DVD and play my favorites that match the work out that day.
P90X just makes you feel good. I'm loving it...and I can't wait til I'm at goal weight...I've got so much bottled up inside me that P90X is bringing out...there aint no stoppin me now, baby!
The workout: Well, I got half of it in today. Why? Ask the three little monsters that made me referree today. One child is sick, and that makes the bunch wild, wrangy, frustrated...etc. So, I'm happy with half. Half is a whole lot better than none...and it came this close <> to being none.
One thing I noticed is how tight my legs are. I realize how important daily exercise is, even when I AM totally fit, just to keep the body limber and loose. Today, I'm feeling Yoga.
Tomorrow, Kenpo X, and I'm really really looking forward to it.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Yogaahhhhhh X...Round 2 P90X

I can't believe I'm saying this, but I actually enjoyed Yoga today. My back was bothered at first, but the more I went the better it felt. I did keep watching the clock around the 53 minute I briefly contemplated quitting. It's funny the excuses a person can come up with when they just don't feel like it. But I did most of it. I opted out a few moves that would tweak my neck since my neck has been out for a bit (chiropractor is on vacation). My head was in a good place today too, so that definitely helped with the determination and concentration. I did about 87 minutes.
Oh, and my heel is feeling better today. It's not quite healed, but it's a lot better than yesterday.
Tomorrow, Legs and Back. Hope the heel is even better.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Oh yeah, baby

Now THAT's what I'm talkin about! I just finished my P90X Shoulders & Arms workout, and I just totally LOVE it. My arms are toast, and that's just the way I like it. I upped the weights in some things again today...I love pushing myself. Looking forward to tomorrow, even IF it IS YogaX....just a little leary about my foot, and all those poses. Oh well, I'll do my best and forget the rest, even if I have to improvise or modify. I'm back baby, and it feels sooo good!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

SCREECH!

That's the sound of my get up and go coming to a skidding stop! I had a rough weekend. It was rough on all accounts. Monday I was supposed to start working out and my hubby and I were going to do it together. But I'm just not feeling well. It usually takes me a few days for my body to recover from a hit, and yesterday and today, I'm toast. I feel so crappy. My hubby had the stomach flu last night, so he was home from work feeling like crap too. I got my heel injection today, and let me just say YOWIE! Holy Toledo batman! Did that sucker hurt! And the residual pain lingered....a lot longer than before. I went grocery shopping instead of coming home and putting my foot up, and let me just say how much of a mistake THAT was! The pain lasted for a few hours....and now it's really tender. On the upside, I got 6 months out of that last shot, which is really good. The doctor there is a busy busy specialist. He doesn't waste words. But today, he shook my hand and said "you should be commended! It's really difficult for women to lose weight because you're built for babies. So the weight you've lost (58 lbs) is comparable to 125 lbs for a man. You really need to be commended. Keep up the good work." That meant so much to me. For HIM to make a statement like that to me, oh he of little words, that felt great!
So I come home and hubby puts a ham in the oven to roast that I just bought. I HATE THE SMELL OF MEAT ROASTING! I am sick. The smell is making me even MORE nauseaus. I'm not sure what it is. Beef, Chicken, turkey, pork, YUCK when it's roasting! Like totally BLUCK! *shudders*
So, here's what's going to happen. I will start my P90X tomorrow. It doesn't matter that it's in the middle of the week. I will get 5 days in at least. And next week, I'm hitting it hard, back on track. I'm aching to see the weight coming down. I feel like crap again, physically, and I really want to get back to feeling good. So, this is it for me. I'm making a run for it. I'm back in my zone, even tho I feel so bad today. I've got major goals, and I'm adding to them all the time. It's go time!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Experiments

This weekend I decided to do some experimentation. I'm glad I did, because it only reiterates for me the need to stay on THIS eating path. I had some alcohol Friday night, and I paid for it. Sunday, I decided to try some bread and pasta. I had THE WORST stomach ache followed by bathroom issues. Food shouldn't make you in pain, or make you feel so bloated you'd swear you were pregnant. And when I eat the way I have been eating since June, I don't feel any odd or painful reactions. I feel satisfied. That's it. Eating my way may be a little more restrictive, might require more planning, but you know what? It is SO worth it.

P90X starts again today. My hubby and I are hitting it at the same time tonight...we're going to try and see how it goes working together. Chest & Back. It's going to feeel sooo goood getting back on the bus. Time to get this weight loss moving again.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Fail...Round 2 P90X Reboot.

Ok, so I am still gung-ho for my P90X. I love it. But I have to reboot the process on Monday. I went away for the weekend, but that had unforseen repercussions. First I had planned to be away Friday-Sunday. I had planned to do X Stretch on Sunday, making it only 2 days off. BUT, I ended up getting very little sleep Saturday nite (3 hours) and while I was on the road home, I crashed...not literally, no car accident...but my body said "whoa!" and threw my brakes on. I ended up pulling off into a parking lot and sleeping for a couple hours. I refuelled my van, and my body, and headed home with a bad headache....The next day, I was still toast, and it was "Family Day" the holiday...so no working out. Tuesday, still felt crappy...and now I'm busy around the house getting things cleaned and decluttered because we're having company tomorrow for the weekend. So, P90X will have to be rebooted on Monday...and let me just say, I'm so stoked for it. I WILL complete this next round with very little interruptions, and I will rock it! Hooshaw, baby!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Round 2- P90X Day 3, Shoulders & Arms...I Love Me Some Glamour Muscle Exercises!

Okay, this has GOT to be my second favorite exercise (Kenpo always comes in first)! I LOVE IT! There is nothing like working your arms and shoulders out and feeling that pumped up feeling. I LOVE pushing myself. I LOVE competing with myself. I LOVE seeing how much farther I can go, how many more reps I can do, how much heavier I can lift. I LOVE IT. There's nothing like jelly arms...and I'm pretty sure I'm going to feel this tomorrow. I started where I left off on my last P90X workout of the same kind last round. Why start small? Might as well go for broke.

One thing I'm not too pleased with is the fact that I hurt my left foot yesterday during Hot Foot. I knew I shouldn't have done it...but I push myself...I always do. So I did it...and now...it almost feels cracked. I have a lot of pain when I put weight on it...oh well..good job I'm taking tomorrow and Saturday off...and guess what? I don't even feel the slightest bit bad about it. I'll be doing my X-Stretch Sunday, and gearing up for next week. I'm so happy that I got back into this. My body is going to transform, and I'm going to love every minute of it!


Btw, blogger friends, my husband Greg has decided to start his own blog, chronicling his very own P90X journey. He is "P90X-Me -Fit by 43" and I'm sure he'd love you to drop in and say hi. :o) Thankyouverymuch friends

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Round 2 P90X, Day 2: PlyoOOOOO!

Plyo...well, I got my booty kicked today! And I thoroughly loved it. I did MOST of it...didn't do the squat 180 switch-backs tho...felt too dizzy...next week, recovery drink WHILE I do plyo. And what about Dom? Dominic is CrAzY! It never ceases to amaze me how...jumpy...he is.

I really needed this endorphin boost today....been a bit...emotional. Feel great now and I am toast but in a good way! Looking forward to my recovery drink....
Incidentally....my legs are jello...lovely! :o)


Tomorrow Shoulders & Arms! Yay!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

I'm BAAACK, BABY! Brought it and left it on the floor! Day 1 - Round 2 of P90X

Well, I was apprehensive today....for some reason I couldn't make myself get going...in fact, I was SUPPOSED to start this yesterday, but I couldn't make myself start then either. Not sure why, exactly. Perhaps it's because I know how hard it is...LOL. At any rate, I FORCED myself to do it today. And within 5 minutes of the actual workout, I remembered why I love P90X! There is nothing like the adrenaline pumping, the blood flowing, the apprehension...and then doing it. Where I started today was right where I left off the first round. This time, I impressed myself...I did 14 standard pushups, then 10. All of my pushups were upped, and the weight I left off for heavy pants and lawnmowers was the weight I started with today (20lbs). How do I feel? Like throwing up, that's how. LOL. I am shaking, I am nauseaus, but I persevered and completed it. I love when you work hard and your body goes "um, HELLO!!" Ahhh....a nice recovery drink with some ice, and I'm good to go. Currently, as I type this, my hubby is doing P90X for the first time. YAY!

Plyo tomorrow....oh boy, is that gonna kill me! But I'm soooo looking forward to it!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Jan: 226.5
Feb: 221
-5.5 lbs
I'll take it. I had a rough month with not a lot of exercise because my body decided it had a mind of it's own. SO, I'll take this, happily. Watch out though...I fully expect February to rock! Starting my second round of P90X on Monday...and I'm itching to do it.
p.s. sorry about the toes...totally forgot about them...in a hurry to get kids ready...and never actually noticed them until I uploaded the pix. LOL. Nice!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

P90X Tank Picture.


Well, I finally felt decent enough to take a picture of myself in my new P90X tank. Obviously I still have work to do, and when I get to where I'm going, I'm going to have this tank taken in. Since it cost me $50. to have my tank SHIPPED, here, making my tank worth a fortune, I'm not going to buy another one. LOL. Lesson learned...But I really like my shirt, and so, for this one time, I'm not sweating the extra money.

I won't be starting my second round of P90X until Monday, Feb. 15th because I was told to take some time and let my body recover, and after that, I'm going away for a weekend....so, I'm going to hit it fresh and ready to kick some booty. Looking forward to it too.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Another streak comes to an end...and I'm not even upset!

Well, I ended another streak. Even tho I didn't go weird on my eating, (the worst I did was have a little piece of deep fried banana) I had some drinks. My husband and I went to Niagara Falls for a much needed escape, and we went out for dinner and to a club. I had some drinks...the first time this mouth had anything with sugar/gluten in it since last June. It's okay tho. One weekend away, one evening with drinks did not break me. I don't regret it at all. One thing I will say is, even tho I did that, it doesn't feel like a free be to go crazy. I still consider my lifestyle refined-sugar-free/gluten-free. All of my choices after my drinks are still sound. I have absolutely NO compunction to eat badly, which just reaffirms to me that this is a lifestyle CHOICE, I've made. My body went kinda haywire afterwards, which just reiterates to me MY NEED of this lifestyle choice, a self imposed one to maintain a healthy body. So I'm good with that. If I go out and decide to have a drink or something, it does not need to translate into a complete departure from my chosen path. The past almost 7.5 months have taught me what is good for my body, it's taught me discipline and self control and more importantly the fact that I am strong enough to make a conscious decision without going haywire, out of control, gluttonous, and crazy. I am proud of myself.

I was going to start my P90X today, but I think I'd better postpone it. My back is out from the base of my skull, all down my spine to my tail bone. My head hurts so much from the pressure...my whole back feels bruised. Why? 10 Pin bowling! LOL. Those balls are heavy. I played it for an hour with my hubby, and it was a lot of fun...but with the weights of the balls, and the twisting....not a good thing....thank goodness I have a chiropractors appointment this afternoon!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Listening to my body...this is getting easier.

I was supposed to do Plyometrics today...but I have 3 sick kids, and I'm fighting my own head/chest cold, so I made a decision today. Since I'm not feeling well, and since I'm going out of town Friday-Sunday, I have decided to take the rest of this week off as well, and start the second round of P90X on Monday. It just so happens that Monday is Feb. 1st too, so what better way to start a new month than starting a new routine?! Yep, that's what I'm going to do, and I'm feeling good about it. I can foresee a wonderful 3 months of P90X with more strength, more toning, and lots of weight-loss.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Listening to my body....

Today was supposed to be day one of my second round of P90X. BUT, Bridget had an eye specialist appointment out of town, so it was a looooong day. We were on the road at 9am, and we just got back. Since we were out of town, we stopped at my friends house which was only 20 minutes from the city where the appointment was....so we visited for a few hours, the kids all played together. Then we went to the mall in another city by Toronto....which was actually fun. But, I'm tired! 4 plus hours of driving does that to you. And since I'm having a clearer, newer understanding of my body and what it needs, I've decided to take tomorrow as my first day of my second round of P90X, but I'm starting on day 2. Sorry Pitz, but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do. I'm fighting off what everyone around me has, which is a sore throat and stuffed schnoz...plus my back is aching...so, my decision is to rest. Ha. See, I've learned a lot, and I've come a long way. Giving myself permission, guilt-free permission feels freeing.

Plyometrics tomorrow! Gonna bring what I have.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

What I've Learned

So, after I made the decision to break my streak, I felt a few things. I felt disappointment. I felt relief. I felt pride. Now, I'm good. After thinking about it, I realise that I wasn't actually being balanced. I know all the opinions about consecutive working out....about what your muscles need to build, about how your body needs rest. I know all about that stuff. I'm not an uneducated newbie. I DO read, lol. However, I kept the streak going for a few reasons...not entirely based on the physical end of things. Sure, one major reason is weight loss, and firming up this body that I've let go. But the main reason is mentally. I was training myself. I was training myself to go the distance whatever come what may. See, a friend that I've met on WLW and now in the blogosphere started her journey to 'Finish what she started' well, I'm a person who used to run away from things. I ran! I ran away and didn't face situations. I ran away instead of using the situation at hand to help me grow, instead of digging deep and finding my inner strength. So for some reason, I figured that if I could do daily consecutive exercising and NOT LET THINGS come between us, if I didn't run away and bury my head in the sand, but stood my ground and worked out in spite of whatever situation/event/occurance happend, it would make me strong. And to a degree it did. I now have a respect for working out that I never had before. I know it will be a lifelong thing, a commitment to myself, something that challenges me that I LOVE doing. But it will not be my crutch. It will not have this negative connotation attached to it, like the feeling that I would be a loser if I didn't do it, if I broke my streak. I KNOW I'm not a loser, I'm actually a winner. I've won my 'self' back. I've earned the right to take a break, let my body recover, and when I hit the P90X hard again on Monday, there won't be any negative resentful feelings attached. I will be training for my 5K, and I will be commited to the next 90 days of working out, and I will do it because I want to...because it's good for me, not because I have this thing attached to my pride, this looming thing that is held over my head. I now feel free. I have the freedom to workout and if something comes up, sickness/events/ time constraints, I won't have to feel like I'm letting myself down. There is no room for vanity on this healthy lifestyle...at least not the kind that is damaging. Pride comes before a fall, dontcha know. I know. And now I also know when to say when, when to listen to my body, and I no longer have the fear that it will be something I run away from. I have longevity. I have discipline. I have determination. No streak will make or break any of those things any more. So I did learn a lot. I am fully appreciative of what I've learned during this time. And now, I'm great. It's all good baby. Watch me soar now that I've unfettered my own wings!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Decisions...Decisions

THE STREAK IS OVER!
Yep, you heard it here, folks. Last night I was forced to make a choice...a conscious decision, and I ended my 193 day run. I was hoping to make it a year, I was hoping to at least make it 200 days. But, my body had other ideas. I've been going through some...stuff....some stress, and that's why my body got run down, and why I got sick the past few weeks, why I had lowered my exercising minutes, why I never pushed super hard. I was pushing hard enough for what my body can withstand right now. See with me, the first place my body takes a hit is in my back, and then it just spreads from there. So, with lack of sleep being the final straw that broke this camels back, last night I was SICK! I mean, move and throw up-sick. I had 3 hours of sleep Saturday night, and I knew it would hit me like a ton of bricks this week. At dinner last night, I sat there and looked at my food. I didn't really want to eat, but I knew I should, so I ate. It tasted good....but soon, I was swooning. I layed my head on the table and said 'you know I think I need to go to bed.' But I sat there, thinking...what can I do in the exercise department? Which one can I accomplish without killing myself? Which one could I tolerate? And the answer was....nothing. I couldn't even dream of anything. My husband told me that I was strong, that I COULD accomplish it if I wanted to....but my body...it said 'uh, I don't think so'. So, with that, I chose to end my streak. I sat in for my girls bedtime story, but I was hurtin....I needed bed. At 8:30, I lay there in bed, still as I could with my head spinning, and the room spinning, trying not to vomit...similar to the feeling as if I were completely out of my mind drunk...except without a drop of alcohol...and I decided right then and there that perhaps my body needs a break. I'm going through some tough stuff, and my body is taking the hit...so...I've decided to take the rest of the week off. No working out...unless I do X Stretch. And then on Monday, I will start P90X. I cannot force myself to do a half-assed workout this week, mentally, emotionally, physically, and expect to recover from this run-down, overstressed body, mind, spirit. I feel really bad for Pitbull...we were supposed to be doing this week together...starting this second round together, finishing together. {{{ PITBULL: I WILL however just be a week behind ya girl.}}}
You know that saying, "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger?" Well, I intend to be iron woman! Strong as steel! I am Woman, hear me roar!

Today, I'm feeling still out of sorts physically. I'm tired, my stomach is swirling still...got a slight headache....and right now, even tho part of me is disappointed in the streak being broken, another part of me knows that I have to take a mini break...recoup, so I can go strong again. I sense another streak coming on....Monday, January 25, 2010 marks the beginning of "THE STREAK, pt 2" LOL