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P90X Day 72 & 73 - Lean Program

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

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It's been a cold rainy day here. I hope that March showers mean less April showers and more bike riding. LOL

Day 72 - Cardio X
I was rocking it! I normally wear my workout clothes 2 days before changing them out. I couldn't do that this time. They went in the laundry.

Day 73 - Shoulders & Arms and ARX
I love pumping weights. I love working upper body. I love pumping blood into my muscles and feeling myself get stronger. I need to get heavier dumbbells. If I'm going to continue doing this program after my first round I need to look at getting either the adjustable ones or 12lb and 20lb dumbbells.

Job Update: Second round went well. They are now checking references. The waiting is the hardest part. This position is so right for me at least in my head. It's a socially responsible project and you all know I'm really into that. Then there is the personal challenges. I feel like I need to prove myself....not only to an employer but to myself as well. It's in God's hands and I have to just let it play out. I have the tendency to plan 7 steps ahead. I'm trying to maintain control of my head and just let it happen.

Ok something big happened yesterday. When Paul picked me up he made a declaration. "Well, today was my last day eating Taco Bell." HE REALLY SAID IT!! Since he has quit smoking his taste has been changing. Things that used to be really yummy aren't so yummy anymore. Pineapple tastes different. It's cool to watch the changes that are happening for him. I'm hoping he will decide to start exercising soon. LOL Well that's all I have for tonight.


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MBSHAZZER 3/23/2011 9:20AM

    GREAT news about Paul!!! HOORAY! It takes time, but I do think our healthy habits rub off on our partners!

Fingers crossed for you on the job. Honestly, if they are checking references, it sounds like it's in the bag for you! Very exciting! I have been in your shoes and I know it's sooooo frustrating waiting, but hang in there!

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P90X Day 71 - Lean Program

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Good Morning!

Did you see the super moon? It was overcast here so we didn't get to see that much. I was hoping for a cool picture but that didn't happen.

Day 71 - Chest & Back and ARX
This is a tough workout. It's push-ups and pull-ups. That's pretty much it. There are all kinds of push-ups all different hand positions. My chest will be feeling this later. YAY! I love feeling a workout the next day.

So how did my rest day go? I almost didn't do it. The weather was calling to me. I mean really I could hear it calling my name begging me to get my bicycle out and RIDE. It was 50 degrees and my sister's threshold to ride. I even tried to sabotage my rest day. I texted her early to see what her afternoon looked like. She had her daughter so wouldn't be able to ride. Then when we got home from running around I got the bicycle out of the garage. I needed to lower the seat so did that and took it down the street to try it out. Don't get excited. I purposely didn't change my clothes so I had on jeans and bad shoes. I just went down the street and back a couple times to check out the seat position. Then it went back into the garage for next weekend (hopefully). How did I feel? Physically I felt good. Mentally I felt like a sloth. I'll get over that once I start seeing progress with taking the rest day. I'm even mentally trying to prepare myself for that week off after P90X and trying to figure out future weeks to incorporate one rest day every single week. WHOA!! Maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks.

Today we are going out to celebrate my dad's 65th birthday. Funny, I never realized my dad got older until a few years ago. In my mind he's always 45. So this is probably harder for me than it is for him. But we are going to church first. He's having a race car and driver blessing. Then we are going to the Sweet Tomato for lunch. I know it's not fancy but at least we can get a healthy meal there....well there are healthy choices if you choose to eat them. I'm so excited. I love a salad bar that has 1000s of combinations. I'm making a shepard's pie for dinner tonight. I got the recipe from one of my favorite blogs. I can't wait to try it. Paul is going to try it without meat tonight. That is progress people! Ok I need to get ready to go.


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BUTSWEETER 3/21/2011 5:56PM

    I'm glad your attempt to workout was foiled! Rest is important. I think they really help. Save a day next week for your bike ride though!

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MBSHAZZER 3/21/2011 2:38PM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE Sweet Tomato! Favorite place to eat ever!! Hope you enjoyed! My parents are turning 68 this year and it's making ME feel old!

The moon was amazing! I saw it Saturday night and again this AM on my run. Beautiful!

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DORSVENABILI 3/21/2011 10:05AM

    I love shepard's pie! Which recipe did you use?

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P90X Days 68, 69 & 70 - Lean Program

Saturday, March 19, 2011

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It looks like a glorious day outside this morning. The sun is shinning and I can hear the birds even though it's a bit chilly to have my windows open. I will tell you that Thursday night I slept with the windows open. I felt like a new person. I woke up refreshed and ready to meet any challenge out there. This is my time of year and I LOVE IT!!

Day 68 - Core Synergistics
I was ready to sweat. I put everything on the table and had a great workout. I kept my HR up for over half of the workout and really burned off some goo.

Day 69 - Kenpo X
I'm still improving on the moves here and love my progress. The punches are my favorite. I wish there were more sequences with them. Maybe I'll sign up for the One-on-One so I can get more. But it was a great workout and just what I needed for a Friday.

Day 70 - Stretch X
Well, I decided that my body needed a rest day. Yes, you read that right. I didn't workout this morning. I've been reading Thrive Fitness and something really resonated with me.

"Maybe you've seen them, people who come to the gym week after week, month after month, and even year after year but never seem to get any leaner. Despite consistent exercise, they can't lose extra body fat or reshape their body. As I discovered firsthand, the underlying problem may be too much stress - from several sources - which culminates in a variety of health problems.

The solution? Stop exercising. Taking time off from training can be one of the best ways to kick-start results. In some cases, it's the only way to get back on track. The reason these people don't make any gains is that their cortisol is elevated. And because exercise is a form of physical stress, it elevates those levels even further. Rest, eating a high net-gain diet, avoiding foods and drinks that stimulate the adrenal glands, and reducing stress in other areas of life will help bring down cortisol levels, at which time exercise can be introduced. When overall stress levels are low, that's when significant exercise gains are made."

"In an effort to help alleviate athletes' fear of rest and help them understand that training is only half of the equation for fitness improvement many coaches began to use this line: A good rest is half the work."

I've been over training myself. Anyone who has read my blog for any length of time knows I NEVER take a day off. I workout 7 days a week. Think I'm exaggerating? Check out the thread "Today's Workout" on the Living A Lifestyle team. I'm there every single day. I've blogged about this before but something in this book just hit me. So I decided to take today off. It was difficult but I did it. When I got up this morning instead of popping in X Stretch I sorted laundry and started getting things done. It's 8:19am and I already have 1 load of laundry done, strawberries washed and cut up, blueberries washed and in the freezer, 2 pineapples cut up and chilling and all the laundry sorted and ready to go. Not that I wouldn't have had that done anyway after the workout but I was able to just start doing it. Anyway, so not the point. I've also decided that after P90X I'm taking a whole week off from working out. It ends Saturday, April 9. There will be no working out from Sunday, April 10 through Friday, April 15. The only exception will be yoga. After 3 days I'll evaluate how I'm feeling and maybe toss in yoga 2 days. I have been going non-stop this way for years. Let's see, I quit smoking June 2007 so it started before that. I've always felt guilty taking a rest day like I should be doing something. Yeah, should be resting. So that was my big revelation this week.

Ok so what's going on with the potential new job? I made it to round two which will happen Monday at 3pm CST. I have a phone interview with the Business Manager in AZ. I would report to her. At this point it will come down to a personality fit because I done this exact job and have all the qualifications. It's funny but I'm not even nervous. I feel really at peace about this. If it is meant to be it will happen. I'm not pushing or even freaking out a little bit (yet). I'll get there but it will be after I'm offered the job and then have to quit my current job. Yes, cart horse Kelly....don't over think it. It is between me and two other people. I should know something by the end of next week. This is a VERY new company. They are just establishing benefits and getting office space. It's a very exciting opportunity that I'm really looking forward to. So I'm praying that if it's God's will it will happen.

I think I've rambled enough for a Saturday morning. Thanks for reading and your continued support in my journey to find real balance in my workouts, diet and my life.


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DORSVENABILI 3/21/2011 2:35PM

    I was wondering if you ever took a day off! Good for you for having that realization. I have the opposite problem - I take too many days off! emoticon

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 3/19/2011 5:25PM

    I found sometimes if I rest I come back stronger. Its hard for me to take a rest though.


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MBSHAZZER 3/19/2011 11:51AM

    First of all, great epiphany about the working out! I totally agree with it.... sometimes I feel really guilty taking a day or two off, but then I realize, in the whole scheme of things, overall consistency is what matters. It's far, far better to workout 4 to 6 times a week, every week, then to burn yourself out with back to back to back workouts. It's like work... don't you come back refreshed and invigorated after a vacation?!

And speaking of work... this sounds so positive! I'm am keeping my fingers crossed that it works out great for you, whatever happens!

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ATHENA130 3/19/2011 9:39AM

    Awesome on realizing the importance of rest days! It is tempting not to take them but they do help - especially with strength training workouts. You actually see more improvements during rest. I find my body lets me know when it needs a rest day. I've been working out more days in the week (almost every day too) and I find every two weeks or so, I need to take a day off completely.

I'm so excited for you about the new job possibility. Keep the same mindset that you have now and you will rock that phone interview. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this works out for you!!

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P90X Day 67 - Lean Program

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

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It was an absolutely B-E-A-UTIFUL day here. The weather has turned warm and people are smiling as they walk down the street. Tomorrow is supposed to be even better. It almost makes me want to call in sick for the rest of the week and enjoy it. I always feel this way when it first turns warm but then I quickly remember that there are many, many warm days to come.

Day 67 - Yoga X
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I looked forward to yoga today. So much so that even though I forgot to set my alarm I got up 5 minutes before it would have gone off. emoticon I did the full workout (93 minutes) and love every single minute of it. My how things have changed. I look forward to the stretching and challenge of the poses. Guess what? I did the right angle pose with the twisty arm under the leg thing. I held it for almost the whole 30 seconds.

I've started thinking about what comes after P90X. It will be cycling season and I really want to ride a metric century. I may not sign up for an actual ride/race but my goal is to ride 63 miles by the end of June. But then I found a ride that fits that bill very nicely. It's the MS Bike charity ride June 25 & 26. You can ride 25, 35, 50, 75 or 100 miles. I'm talking to my sister about riding the 75 miles on Saturday. I found a training plan online that I am going to follow. It includes riding during the week. I've got a light for my bike so riding at 4am won't be a problem. I haven't finalized my plan but I'm pretty sure that's what I want to do. Yes, you can call me crazy. I don't deny it.

So I heard back from the recruiter. I MADE IT TO THE NEXT ROUND!!! I hope to hear about that later this week. I know that if it is meant to be and the right fit it will happen. More to come! Well, have a great night.


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GIANTPANDA 3/18/2011 8:21AM

    Congratulations! That is awesome!

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ATHENA130 3/17/2011 9:38PM

    Congratulations on making it to the next round - always a good sign!!

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DORSVENABILI 3/17/2011 12:03PM

    Congratulations on making the next round!! I cannot believe you get up at 4am!! Wow. Good for you!

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BUTSWEETER 3/17/2011 11:22AM

    That's awesome news on the job front! I hope it keeps going well :) Doing a 75 mile bike ride sounds great, and for a wonderful cause! I did an MS walk before, and I had a donation page. I'm not sure if you're allowed to post those pages on spark. If not, message me your page if you decide to do it. I'd love to support you!

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MBSHAZZER 3/17/2011 9:25AM

    GREAT news on the job, Kelly!

And the MS bike ride sounds like a fun challenge!

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ECOVEG 3/17/2011 12:23AM

    Congrats on making it through the first round with the job stuff!
And so happy that you are enjoying & doing well with the yoga! Good idea to consider your next goal. Bless ya for wanting to do anything at 4am. Not me. emoticon

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P90X Days 65 & 66 - Lean Program

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Good Evening!

Ok I can't believe I can use my sunglasses when I leave work. It's such an awesome feeling. Even though I get up before the roosters I love this time change. Bring on the warm weather!!

Day 65 - Cardio X
This isn't one of my favorites. Let's be honest, it's really just a 30 minute workout. The first 10-15 minutes is a warm up and yoga. Then you get into the heart pumping exercising. That's what is missing from this program for me. But I rocked it as usual.

Day 66 - Back & Biceps and ARX
Since I chose the lean program this is the first time I've done this workout. Holy curls!! My arms were pumped. In fact I was a bit concerned about my suit fitting ok. emoticon I felt amazing really. The back workout isn't all that. I guess I would get more out of it if I could actually do pull-ups. But I'm using the bands on the door so not really feeling the burn. But as guessed it....I rocked it!

Today was my interview. I'm not sure if it was anxiety of that or the fact that Paul woke me up at 2am but I couldn't sleep. I finally gave up at 3:30am and just got up to workout. It was only 20 minutes early. But I knew if I stayed in bed that would be the time I actually fell asleep. So I got up, got dressed, checked the crock-pot (I cooked my steel cut oats for the rest of the week) and got to it. I'm glad I did because it gave me plenty of time to get comfortable with my outfit. So how did it go? You guessed it....I ROCKED IT! It sounds like the perfect opportunity. It has all the elements of a job that I'm looking for. The position manages the office (supplies, equipment, IT, building out the new office space, everything soup to nuts), and also will provide admin support to 4 professionals. They wouldn't start hiring for about 6-8 months or more. This is exactly what I want to get back to doing. I'm tired of working for corporate America (large corporations) and want to get back to making the decisions and making things happen. So now I'm waiting. Did he like me? Did we click? Does the recommendation I got from a previous boss have any weight? I should know in a few days. They are looking to move pretty quickly like before May 1. That's fast in the financial industry. I'll keep you posted. That's all I have for you tonight.


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DORSVENABILI 3/16/2011 4:56PM

    I'm glad your interview went well! I'll keep my fingers crossed!

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MBSHAZZER 3/16/2011 12:03PM

    Kelly, I am so happy to hear the interview went well! Fingers crossed that everything works out for you!

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BUTSWEETER 3/16/2011 10:36AM

    of course you rocked it because you rock! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you :)

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ECOVEG 3/16/2011 12:12AM

    Yay for the great interview, I'll keep my fingers & toes crossed for ya! Don't worry, you'll be doing the pull-ups before you know it.

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ATHENA130 3/15/2011 8:48PM

    Sounds like everyone went well. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that you'll get it and find out soon!!

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ALEXANDERLISA 3/15/2011 8:35PM

    Good Luck!!! emoticon

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