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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Day 37-P90X- Plyometrics

It is 7:20 p.m., and I have just done Plyometrics.. However, I must give a disclaimer. I only did half of it. Let me back up... I did make it to bed last night a little after 10:00. I was so tired, so sleep came pretty easy to me. I woke up at 3:45.. one of the perks of either middle age or menopause. I easily went back to sleep until my alarm rang at 5:15. Hit snooze.. ring again... hit snooze.. ring again.. turn off and go back to sleep. Yes, I made that decision to skip this morning. So today I went to work, ate terrible all day long. I ate part of my lunch at 5:00 on the way home from work. I had made the decision on my way home that I could still do my workout an hour later. Okay, the beginning of plyometrics which I started around 6:45 (hence, over an hour since eating) gave me plenty of time to have my food partially digested and I heard Tony say, " don't do plyometrics unless it has been an hour since eating." So I got going, and boy was I feeling nauseated. I kept plugging through it, and I thought, " okay, I will be done with this soon." And then... Tony said, " Okay, you are half way through boys and girls." What?!?! I am only half way through! I'm done. I gotta stop. I know I should have kept going, but I really was on the verge of vomiting. And really, on a scale of 1-10, I was probably doing a 7or 8. I still have to modify some of those jumps. I don't do the jump tucks- I either raise my knee up high or do a kick. I don't do the spin around after the left, right, left ski pole moves- I get dizzy and off balance so I do a squat turn. I don't do the Mary-Catherines- I do continuous lunges with my arms up in the air. I do everything else.. or at least everything else in the first half. So here is what I learned:
1. The best thing for me is to do my workout early.
2. If I do miss my workout, and decide to do it late in the day-absolutely do not eat ANYTHING!!!!
3. Get back on healthy eating-write it down, make a plan, stick with it.
So I think tomorrow is arms. I am slightly sore from the back and chest workout. I am just happy to be back in the groove. Maybe I actually will finish P90X before the end of the year!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Day 36-P90X- Chest and Back

Gosh, I had a hard time going to sleep last night. I even ordered a book I saw endorsed on Good Morning America (I think) entitled I Can Help You Sleep. I don't know how to underline on this computer. Anyway I went to sleep around 11:30, alarm went off at 5:15, actually got up at 5:30, began workout at 5:45. I did quite well all through the workout. I have continued to do the bands for the back. I usually do 15 floor pushups and 10 from the knee the first round, and then switch 10/15 on the second round. I could not do the second round of decline pushups or the dive bombers. I was almost nauseated doing the dive bombers. But all in all, I did fine.

For those of you reading this blog and wondering about Jen who posts all the encouraging comments to me- Jen and I have never met. She is my coach that I got from Beach Body. I found her off her blog which I found surfing about P90X users. She and her husband have done more than one round of P90X and are now doing the Insanity program from Beachbody. She has been a great asset to me as I continue this journey of P90X. She is available to be others' coach too. I will post later her blog address and how to find her on Beachbody, or you can do it on a comment Jen. Right now I have to get out the door and get to work. Hope all of you are doing something today to get moving!!!

Day 35-P90X-Rest

Well, I threw this in because this is what you do on Day 35 which I did this weekend. So now I will post the Day 36.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Day 34-P90X- Kenpo

Yes I did it today. I started around 8:00 a.m. I had not had anything to eat or drink. I only had some sips of water before I started and I drank water during the workout. The first break I did do the running in place and the jumping jacks and I even did the X jumps. But the next two breaks I fast-forwarded and did not do these. I did do all the kicks and punches and blocks. I am still kinda uncoordinated when doing the hooks and the uppercuts together. So tomorrow is supposed to be a rest or stretch day, but of course I don't plan to do that since I had three days of rest over the weekend. I think I will do the Chest Workout, but somehow I have to document the rest day as a day so I will call the Chest Workout Day 36. Well, someone else might be confused, but I know what I am doing. I should actually be finishing Day 59 tomorrow, so I am over three weeks behind. Oh well, still going....

Friday, September 25, 2009

Oh...Oh... Ouch...Oh

Yes, those are my sentiments today. I had that great workout yesterday. I did the leg routine so well... did all the wall squats, the Groucho walk, the lunges on the toes... did them all!!! Boy was I hot. I was on a roll. Yes, I needed that long rest. And I was gungho to do the Kenpo today. Then I got or should I say crawled out of bed. I can barely walk. Each step has been painful. To sit down is a chore. I am moaning as I start to get in a squat position.. be it in a chair or on the commode!! My quads hurt. My calves hurt. My hamstrings hurt. No working out for me today. I hope that I can do it tomorrow. It is like it has been YEARS since I worked out. I guess this is just what happens when you get old. And I got on the scales today...oh how I want to get into the lower decade on the scales from what I have been. Still cannot get to that "9", but still on that "0". Still only lost those 8 lbs since June 1. Well, I will continue on. I am not working hard enough on it, but surprisingly, I have not been that hungry. Okay, tomorrow I will try again.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Finally... Day 33- P90X- Legs and Back

Yea for me!!! I finally got in there at 5:00 p.m. and did my P90X. And you know what? I thought it was going to be such a hard comeback. But I think I was actually stronger. I am thinking that I needed the rest. Well, maybe not two weeks of rest, but definitely the rest. I had to pause it a couple of times because I was also finally cooking dh some dinner. I have been gone, he has been gone. I asked him if he finally liked having a home-cooked meal. It was not the lowest in fat, but I still think quite healthy- meatloaf, corn on the cob, and zipper cream peas. And the meatloaf is made with venison mixed with a small amount of beef fat. I think it was probably not good that he ate close to a whole pound of it. But back to my workout- totally enjoyable. I found out I kinda missed ole Tony. I really like him. I needed his motivation. I am so glad I did my workout today. Now, I just have to get back in the habit. I had my workout clothes on all day. I kept procrastinating because there were so many other things that needed my attention. You all know how that is. But what is more important than getting in shape so we can do all those other things we want to do? You lay off one day, then another, then another, and before long, you have missed two weeks. I must say that is the most I have missed in working out in the past 6 years. I just have one word to say about this ....HABIT!! You must make working out a habit. It must be something that you schedule in and you plan to do everyday. I almost had this fear about going back to it. I think I was just thinking.. oh this is going to be so hard. But like I said... maybe I just needed this long hiatus. So tomorrow is one of my favorite workouts- Kenpo. So wherever you are...jump back in and get moving again. If you get tired.. pause or rest and then continue on. Or do it in sections. Do what you need to do to get yourself moving. Tomorrow I am sure will have many things demanding my attention, but I just have to meet back up with you tomorrow.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Still Here

Yes... I am still here. But P90X.... well, I feel so guilty I have had to put it on hold. But to keep my sanity and not become totally worn out, I have postponed my workout for now. This move has consumed me for the last month. First it was moving all my mother's clothes, lamps, and paintings, along with all her kitchen items. Then the movers came. Then it was dispensing all the furniture and some household goods to family. Then it was getting every drawer, cabinet, closet, shelf cleared out from inside upstairs and downstairs, outside from the patio, garage, and courtyard. Getting the house cleaned, and then all the left overs to friends and Goodwill. Helping family members get their stuff moved. Moving all the plants. I had someone remark to me a couple of days ago, "are you still doing P90X?" to which I replied, " well, I have been moving my mother to another place." And they said, " Gosh, it sure seems like it is taking you a long time to do that." There are only so many hours in a day to do everything you need to do, and only so much energy that this 55 year old grammy has! But I can say now that I am almost done. I have a dining room table and chairs at the house that I had tried to sell that will need to be moved, and a terra cotta planter that I am bringing home that is too heavy for me to lift. Everything else is done. In fact we are moving up the closing date to this Friday instead of the following Thursday. But there is alot of mental stress with all of this. My mother is leaving this house of 22 years. This is the only house my kids remember of their grandparents. I finished up inside the house today, and I walked back in the master bath. I thought of all the times I have come into that bathroom and used that shower or tub or vanity to put my makeup on. Remember I live out in the country so I would come after my workout and cleanup at my parents' house. I walked into the master bedroom and thought about the last time I had seen my father in that bedroom. He died in that bedroom with me being the only one in the room. I walked upstairs and thought about staying in that bedroom so many times when I stayed the night at their house. And I just thought about my very vibrant active parents that moved into that brand new house on the golf course and all the company they entertained and all the fun times they had. It made me sad that that time is over. That soon... before I know it... I will be making that same transition. But I want to be like my mother, and not look back, and just move forward to this new stage of life. P90X? Yes, I plan on getting back as soon as I feel physically, mentally, and emotionally ready. Maybe tomorrow!!!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Day 31- P90X- Back and Biceps

This was my first day to do back and biceps. I woke up at 5:15, and again began my workout around 5:30. One good thing is that this workout is about 9 minutes shorter than an hour. I really did like this workout. I think it is because it is not as hard as the chest workout or the cardio workout. I used the bands- no pullup bar for me yet. I still have not been writing down my workouts. I do need to get those workout sheets printed up. I will say one thing- my triceps are sore today from my Monday workout. My sister has arrived, and the plan is to get more work done at my mother's house getting stuff cleared out. I am very sleepy right now, so I hope to go to bed soon. I am supposed to do yoga tomorrow, but I may do the kenpo instead.

Day 30- P90X- Plyometrics

Yes, I did get up and do Plyometrics before work. Oh it was hard. Waking up at 5:15 and beginning my workout around 5:30. I continue to modify some of the exercises because I am not able to do alot of that jumping. But I continued on and finished it all.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Day 29-P90X- Shoulders, Chest, and Triceps

Well, I don't know if I should say I did it, or I half did it. I was fine with the shoulder and tricep exercises... but what happened to me with the pushups? Did I lose that much in a week? Or is this workout just such a big step up? One arm pushups, moving from side to side pushups, pushup and clapping in between. I definitely am going to have to do one of two things- get a whole lot stronger or lose a ton of weight! I would try to do some of these and I would fall on my face. And most of the pushups I was having to do from my knees. I am going to have to get back to eating healthier too. Almost the entire last week I have had a Dr. Pepper every day. Seriously, I had to have a boost to be able to do everything and not drag. I know that I should have waited on my sister to help me, but I jumped in and worked like a Trojan because I want to get this done. I don't know what tomorrow is going to bring, and I just work better when I am doing one thing at a time. She will be here this Wednesday. There is still work to be done, but with the two of us working together, we should be able to knock it out pretty quick. I want to have the house totally ready to be moved into before she leaves. Then I can move on to what the next business at hand will be. I have been a driven woman!! I am soon going to the hunting camp where I will swim in the river and eat fried catfish. Yes, I know... but I have not had any fried fish in about two months. I ate some peanuts for breakfast and I had a taco salad for lunch- no cheese, just lettuce, meat, and Catalina dressing. I hope that when I get home tonight I will have energy to do the Ab Ripper X.

Day 23, 24. 25. 26. 27. and 28- P90X

Okay, I am going to skip these days because they were my recovery week, and I did none of these days. But during this entire week, I have been moving my mother to her independent living facility. I have gone up and down stairs. I have lifted boxes. I have moved boxes. I have done lots of bending, reaching, and twisting. I have to get back on track, so I just made the decision to skip these days. I will now be in the second month of P90-X. I am sure I am not getting the results that I should with the program, but I am going to jump back on Day 29. I am thinking when I complete the P90X anyway, that I will start over and begin it again. So it really does not matter to me. With my lifestyle the way it is right now, I just have to adjust the best way I can. It has been quite a physically exhaustive experience cleaning out a lifetime of household goods. I have cleaned out an attic as well as several large closets. My mother made many decisions on what she could take and what she had to get rid of. Then I am going through things... knowing that we need to keep some of this stuff- it has been in the family so long. And then being realistic with the fact that I only have so much room at my house. So along with the physical work is the mental exhaustion combined with the emotional part of knowing you won't be going back to that house. Change.. change... change... it can be emotionally draining. I think that all of this- the physical, mental, and emotional aspect of this move has been what has kept me away from P90X. Each day I have just been too tired to even think about doing it. But today... I plan to go at it. I will report back later.