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Friday, July 31, 2009

Day 2 P90X- Plyometrics

Okay, let me just say when Tony says this is the extreme of P90X, he is not lying. I only made it through about half of it. Plyometrics is a lot of squatting and jumping. I don't think I am pushing myself hard enough, but who wants to push themselves to vomiting? Yes.. that is how I felt. I was cooler in the back of the house, but still very hot. I am assuming I felt this way because my heart rate was up. And I did feel nauseated. But hey, I know myself. If I had vomited, I would say to heck with this.. send it back.. I have 30 days. But no, you keep going and do the best you can. If you quit before finishing, you will only get better as time goes on. I must continue. I ended up setting up my exercise in my college son;s bedroom. He will be home for a few weeks in August after he completes summer school. I may have to move it to another room for those two weeks. Also Jen, it may sound like I did good by doing the pushups, but I should be doing good. I have been doing a core strengthening class for a year and a half which involved pushups. I just never did that many!!! I quit my fitness fusion class because they were going from 3x a week to 5x a week and doubling the gym fee. But hey.. I think my body needed a change. I was not very good advertizement for them. Breakfast today was a 100 calorie English muffin with one piece turkey bacon and 3 egg whites. Okay, I am getting ready to go to Galveston.. bikini.. no.. maybe next year!!!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

My Food Diary

Okay here is what I had:
breakfast-5 egg whites with mozarella cheese stick
snack- Activia peach yogurt
lunch- 2 oz chicken salad package from Big Lots (did not eat the crackers)
dinner- 6 oz top sirloin, asparagus, corn on the cob
snack- a few pstachios, cocoa almonds and about 5 gluten free crackers

I did not drink enough water today. Dh had bought some Diet DP this weekend, and I finished off the bottle. I don't usually drink Diet. He got it instead of the real thing. So tomorrow I am going to Galveston. I hope to eat some good seafood- boiled or grilled or blackened shrimp or some type of fish. I did good today by having very few carbohydrates.

Day 1-P90X-Chest and Back

Okay, I just finished my first day of P90X. I don't know if you could call this a full workout or not because I was struggling with most of it. I do not have the chinup bar, so I was using the bands instead. I am hoping that I was doing that right. I did not find that too difficult so I am thinking that I did it incorrectly or I need stronger bands. The pushups- oh my gosh.. now I can do a regular pushup, but all the different kinds-the regular, the military, the wide hands, the decline, the heart hands.... so, I opted each time to do the "girl" version, which is on my knees instead of my feet for those of you who do not know this. I was able to do about 15 each time. When I got to the divebombers... hmm... I could only do about 3or 4 of those. I did do the dive bombers from my feet. I totally had to skip the decline. I am just not there yet. I could do the lawnmowers and the heavy pants. Anytime I was using dumbbells, I had no trouble. In fact, I was using 10 lb dumbbells, and I think I need too go up to 12 lb.

So here are some of the changes I plan to make for doing my P90X. Yes, changes already that I am making to insure my success. I am going to be doing it in the hallway of the back of my house instead of my large kitchen area. I am going to try this. We have two Central AC units- one for the bedroom section of the house and one for the living room/kitchen section of the house. At night we don't cool the living area.. we cut it up to 85, but the bedroom is about 75. Well, since I am doing this workout in the morning, the kitchen is not cool enough. So, I am hoping I can have enough room in the hallway. I will try this tomorrow. Also, I HAVE to go to bed earlier so I can get up early and do this so there are no telephone interruptions. I also need to make sure I am more hydrated. I was just not feeling great when I started. I was dehydrated and tired.

Tomorrow I am going out of town so I am hoping to do Day 2 before I go. And I am spending the night so I will have to do Day 3 when I return on Saturday. I am about to go to the grocery store to get more of the right type of food- fish, salad makings, fruit-grapes, cherries, bananas and pineapple. I will get some rice cakes and pstachios. I have the Mozarella cheese sticks. I will get some LF cheddar and skim milk. Also so peanut butter and almond butter. I am going to the beach tomorrow to stay with some friends in a condo, so I am gonna try to get my food cooked up and take it with me. I will go out on Friday night, but for breakfast, lunch, and snacks, I don't want to be tempted with their potato chips and cookies.

After staying up late last night and reading my beachbody coach's blog, I can tell you that I am not dedicated like her. I don't know how successful I will be. I am seeing that to really lose weight and have a healthy body, it takes being focused and determined. It takes a totally different mindset tham what our culture has.. which is all about pleasing ourselves and overindulgence. We are not a very self-denying kind of people. So... I hope to be different in my thinking as well as my shape. Right now I am not thinking I want to reveal my before photos. In fact, I haven't even taken them yet. Oh, and here is what I have had for breakfast-5 egg whites in an omelet with LF mozarella cheese stick grated in it. I added a little enchilada sauce and I had a glass of Diet Dr. Pepper. Yes, it will be gone soon, and no more of that. I will post later about my lunch and dinner.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Okay, here I go. Tomorrow is the day that I start P90X. I ordered this a couple of weeks ago, but with going out of town and keeping my granddaughter, I have not been able to start it. I have viewed some of the DVD's and familiarized myself with the diet. I have now have Jen as my P90X coach. It may take me much longer than 90 days to do this. I don't know if this 55-year old body can do it. But I am going to "do my best and forget the rest." This is what Tony, the creator of this program, says. Right now it is late and I need to go to bed. I will post more later about this program.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

New Header and Background

I have such a creative daughter.. she made me a new header and background. Don't you love it? You know how these daughters are... they help us in all kinds of ways. She also let me know a few years ago that I had to get rid of my narrow leg jeans. I fought hard though. I kept telling her they were my favorites. Well I finally gave in to the "low rise" and the boot cut. She doesn't want me to dress young... just not like an old lady. I guess I better keep working out to avoid elastic waist pants. I don't think she would approve. Anyway, thanks for my new layout!!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Any Suggestions?

I guess I need to get used to changes in things that I wish would not change. I began really trying to be more active 6 years ago. I walked long distances for an entire year before I decided to go back to weight lifting which I had done when I was young. So I was at a club that had a pool and weight equipment, and I got it all for a bargain. I stayed there for three years until the club was sold to a school. And they covered the pool, and now they are trying to sell it. So my FF class that I have been attending for 1 1/2 years three days a week has changed their classes. There will no longer be a 3-day a week, but instead a 5-day a week. And they doubled the price. So... I haven't decided whether to join another gym.. one that has weights, one that has classes, one that has both, or try to do the workout at home. Yeah.. can I make myself do it? I have been reading about this P90X and Cathe's workout. Does anyone out there do these? I would like to hear what works for you, and any other suggestions you might have.