Friday, January 03, 2014
There's a song in my church's hymnal that invites us to try again. It is a song of forgiveness and hope:
Return again, return again. Return to the home of your soul.
Return to who you are.
Return to what you are.
Return to where you are.
Born and reborn again.
It's sung as a round, quite lovely, really.
I keep returning to SparkPeople. It's familiar but new (nice updates!). It works and I love the community here. I like that SparkPeople isn't a diet site but a lifestyle tracker.
I posted that I am back from a 9 month sedentary sabbatical. I finished the 5K last April, walked/huffed/puffed a silly Color Vibe race in June last year, but really after that 5K I stopped exercising. Almost completely. I got the typical head cold of the late spring, and just fell completely off the horse. No good reason why. And the time flew. I can make excuses. I took a new position in my company in July. I'm a busy mom. I tried to restart my jogging on Memorial Day and fell and scraped the heck outta both knees. But really, I just stopped.
But I am returning again. January is so cliche, but also a clean place to start. As good as any. At least it's not a Monday. LOL
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
I started P90X this week. I bought the 12 DVD package Used-Like New from the Amazon Marketplace for less than $100. I researched this a lot before finally biting the bullet and buying it. I am familiar with a lot of the exercises because the personal trainer I had for almost 2 years borrowed HEAVILY from it. I decided I wanted to get the DVDs to at least supplement my workouts and cardio, for some variety. I love the Kenpo (kickboxing) workout.
But when the box came, and I read through it, I am going to do the 90 day thing and follow the program. I did the fit test and passed many of the baselines, a couple I fell just short of. That creates a baseline on your measurements, flexibility, strength, endurance and recovery rate. Then you retake the test at 30/60/90 days. It requires at least 60 - 75 minutes per day (Yoga is 90 minutes). And it is pretty intense. I am just working through the sore.
I did Kenpo on Saturday (for fun). Then on Sunday I did the fit test/baseline info, then did Chest and Back, except I don't have a chin up bar yet. I'm shopping on e-bay for that. So I basically did chest, no back. The whole DVD is pushups and chin ups in multiple variations. I did a LOT of pushups. that is followed by a 16 minute Ab routine that is killer.
Monday, I did Plyometrics. Hard if you have any knee issues. High impact. Again, I recognized almost all the moves from stuff my trainer had introduced. There were a couple of the sets I couldn't do (like hop on one foot - hurt my foot and ankle to do that one) and many that I couldn't do the entire 30 seconds (I was stopping around 20 seconds). But it's a good start.
Today was Shoulder and Arms, which is all dumbbells, and the same exercises I was doing on my own (again, from my trainer). I still need to squeeze in (pun intended) the Ab Ripper 16 minutes after work.
I'm not following the P90X nutrition plan per se. It is the old Deal-a-Meal, old pre-points Weight Watchers (5 proteins, 3 dairy, x carbs, etc.) I am continuing to track via SparkPeople. I am not convinced the low carb start to P90X is right for me, and while I was very successful on WW in my 20s with the portion plan (lost over 50 lbs before I got pregnant with my first), I like the more detailed tracking on SP.
So, we will see!! I'll try to continue to post on my progress for those that are interested in P90X. It's not for beginners, but it's got a great message. Do your best and forget the rest! and... Keep pushing play!
Has anyone else had experience with P90X?
Thursday, January 24, 2013
I have been stuck inside this week, I ran 2x on the treadmill. OMG is that boring. I even tried watching netflix on the second run, but the reality is, the monotony is too much when the scenery isn't going by.
I did 25 minutes of Just Dance 4 with my daughter last night. I think I'll work that in more often, it was fun, she likes it too, and I really want her to move more.
Been avoiding wheat for about a week now. It's going ok. I missed 2 times (both times on cupcakes, how odd, I would never seek out a cupcake, but the opportunity arose twice in one week). There was a bit of awkwardness with my wife, as there always is with change. She suggests we order pizza, or she offers me toast, I say no thank you, and she says, "Oh that's right, I'm so sorry, I shouldn't have offered that." My anxiety at trying something new, plus her anxiety to be supportive, plus the kids asking, why are you not eating wheat? equals making it kind of a "big deal"...ugh, I don't want the extra attention, and then I get a bit cranky about it...change is hard.
The real question is, do I feel better? Well of course I do. I've been tracking and staying within my ranges for the most part for 3 weeks. I've lost 6.5 lbs. since 1/7. I'm drinking mostly water (and wine), I'm exercising most every day. How can I judge the wheat vs. other factors?
Well, it's not a scientific experiment and I did completely pass up chocolate chip cookies and brownies at the family gathering on Monday (belated Christmas celebration). Of course I substituted peanut m&ms, but I controlled my portion and tracked it.
Looking forward to warmer weather (not asking for much, just above 25 degrees by 6:30 a.m.)
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
I read an article today on Yahoo about foods to avoid (non-organic strawberries, swordfish, etc.) and it suggested, as I've seen lots of articles recently suggesting, that you eliminate bread due to multiple health issues linked (celiac, asthma, belly fat, IBS, inability to take a photogenic profile pic).
Other things in the article I didn't agree with (sprouts are bad because they are linked to food poisoning, and the solution was to substitute shredded carrots or cabbage...why not grow your own? How is that not a viable alternative to food-borne illness due to industrial farming??)...anyway, my point is, I'm not sure the article had any scientific merit or was a fluff piece paid by the word.
Anyway, I'm going to try no bread, I think. Just for the heck of it. I don't need it. I'm not a "bread person". It might force me to substitute more whole grains, like quinoa, barley, rice, wheat berries. We will see.
Thoughts? Is bread the new red-headed step child of dieting? Did eggs pay off the Fitness magazines to get the heat off of them? Is milk next?
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Lunch is a hodge-podge bowl. I warmed a cup of plain quinoa, threw in a cup of leftover vinegar cole slaw from the new years, and 2 oz of Wisconsin cheese curds (brought by a friend that we dog-sat for over the holidays).
It's nothing I would ever serve to guests, but I am enjoying it thoroughly.
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