Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Legs and Back today. Ouchie, ouchie, ouch!!!! But it feels good now. I was in a hurry this AM so I fast forwarded through Tony's chatter and breaks and just kept pushing myself. I really worked my legs but took it a little easier on my arms with the pull ups due to soreness from pushing myself so hard in the new upper body routine two days ago. I had to skip ARX due to lack of time. That's an easy one to knock off in the hotel room though so I'm not worried.
As you can see, I updated my profile pic. The two pics are day 1 and day 30. They show a difference but no where near the difference I feel. You know those chicken wings we ladies get as we age? Well I was sporting a pretty nice set but as of this AM, they are GONE! TOTALLY GONE! How the heck did I do that in 30 days? I have no idea but I'll take it! For the first time in fifteen, ... no make that 20 years, I like my arms. I might even call them HOT! WOOHOO!
Unfortunately I had my DD take my 30 day pick last night after dinner so it isn't really a true representation of my waist right now. My bloat from the day shows more in the front view I have in my photo album. The two pics look pretty much the same to me from that angle. With the exception of my face, that is. I can really see and feel a change there. Chipmunk cheeks are a thing of the past. YIPPEE!!!
Now, in the side by side of my back, it doesn't appear much smaller either, BUT if you look real close you'll notice I don't have the muffin tops hanging out of the armholes, that were there at day 1. My Back Boobs are gone right along with my chicken wings!
My hips are where I have the biggest change in inches (-2) but my legs show the biggest change in tone, with my arms following a close second.
This month I really need to concentrate on pushing my ab routine as hard as I have all the others. My abs are my weakest spot. Most of my situps are actually crunches right now because I can't get all the way up that many times in a row. Now that I can do Boat, I can see that I am developing more strength in them so I think it's time to take my ab routine more serious than I have. (My abs hurt just thinking about it. OUCH!)
So how do I feel 30 days into my relationship with Tony? I don't hate him anymore. I am amazed at what I have accomplished in such a short time through his P90X routine. I'm not watching the clock anymore and my day after burn is no longer a third degree burn. First degree i can handle. It's much easier to recover from.
Thanks again to all my followers. I look forward to your comments and encouragement. It really does keep me motivated to read all your kind words. A few of you have mentioned thinking about trying P90X but being hesitant. My advice is, JUST DO IT! (don't tell Nike I stole their tag line) You can't possibly be in much worse shape than I was 30 days ago and look at me now. I still have a very long way to go but I'm 30 days closer to my ultimate goal and I'm so glad I took that first, expensive and painful step. I'm not missing the money now and the pain is nowhere near as bad. In fact, I can tell whether I've pushed myself or not by how I feel the next day. If I feel as if I haven't exercised, I push myself that much harder.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Powerful day, powerful workout. I decided on the Chest, Shoulders and Biceps workout today. I want to get the weight training exercises out of the way before I leave on Wednesday. I can always do cardio in the hotel gym or in my room.
I really liked this one today. It was hard and I wasn't able to do maximum reps on everything but it moved really fast and I loved the variety. I followed with ARX and felt full of energy. Soooo ... I popped in Kenpo and did another 45 minutes of that. Oh, what a feeling! The coolest thing was I felt like the Kenpo really clicked today. I felt like I knew exactly what I was doing and was doing it well.
I ended up with a two hour workout and it felt amazing! Even the dreary, rainy day didn't bring me down. Another cool thing is I have a new muscle showing up on my shoulder. I kid you not. An area that never showed muscle before is now sporting one.
I did my measurements today and in the past 28 days, I have lost 2" off my hips. My legs and arms are more toned, I am SO much more flexible and my abs are starting to firm up. During my stretching today, not only was I able to reach my foot, but I was able to wrap my hands around it. I was afraid that by now I might be getting sick of P90X but it's just the opposite. I'm beginning to crave the workouts and the burn that follows. I can't remember ever feeling like this about a tough workout before.
P90X - BRING IT!
Monday, March 29, 2010
No, you didn't sleep through an entire week of my blogs. I was sick during Week Three so I counted that as my recovery week and did my Week Three routines last week to stay on schedule. And, .... I'm entering this a day late due to internet issues yesterday. You see, I'm getting so "into" my workouts that I did my Wk Five Day 1 routine on SUNDAY!
OK, now that we have all that straightened out, CORE SYN! Good workout! My biggest accomplishment? I was able to hold BOAT every time, the entire time! And it actually LOOKED like Boat this time! On top of that, before I went to bed last night, I knocked off 10, count 'em, 10 ... pretty respectable push ups! Picture perfect, no, but definitely respectable. Four weeks ago, I could barely do one ad it wasn't pretty! As for my Boat four weeks ago, well, let's put it this way, definitely far from sea-worthy! My core and my upper body have always been my weakest areas and those two exercises, practically IMPOSSIBLE for me to do. Pull ups are still unattainable without leg assist but I'll get there.
The thing that I find interesting about P90X is that even though I'm nowhere near as sore as I was the first few days, I'm still feeling the day after burn several days a week. I know it's because even though I'm doing the same workouts each week, they are varied enough AND I'm pushing myself further each time. I'm giving it 100% each day but I always have room for improvement. I mean, let's face it. I'm a 48 year old mother of 5 who hates going outside if it's below 20 degrees and I live in NNY. Between long, cold winters, working at a desk 20 - 30 hours a week and sitting on the bleachers watching my kids get the exercise in the pool or on the court, I've been pretty sedentary 6-8 months of the year for the past 15 years of my life. During which time I took a very nasty fall from a horse, crushed my right wrist to powder and spent 6 months recovering, four of which my hand was held in place by 6 pins and a bar and I functioned under the influence of some pretty potent pain meds. The remaining 2 months I was in a cast for 6 weeks of it. My surgeon told me I would be lucky to get 75% use back and the majority of my function needed to come in the first 6 months after the injury because after that I would see very little change. Considering that I am now 100% AND doing push ups, I feel pretty fortunate. I figure if I can manage a recovery like that, against the odds, I can handle Tony and P90X.
You know how they say that exercising makes you feel younger? Well, I can vouch for that after only 30 days on this program. I can't wait to see how I feel after 90!
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Not only did I get in my Kenpo exercise this AM but I decided about 5PM that I would take my 8 month old Arabian colt for a little walk down the road. He's usually such a handful that I don't get very far before I have to turn around and head home. He started right off prancing, shaking his head and hopping around like usual but I guess he's finally learning because after about 5 minutes he settled down quite a bit. Since he was behaving so well, I thought, hmmmm let's try a mile. He had his moments but was behaving so much better than I expected, I decided to go two miles, then three. I was planning on turning around and heading home but it was so nice, I was working up a sweat and he wasn't yanking my arm off, soooo, yup, you guessed it. We walked 4 miles together! He got a wonderful training session and I got a wonderful second workout for the day!
It's funny how the more I exercise, the more I want to. Oh yeah, remember that morning workout that I felt I couldn't push myself hard enough to make it feel like work? Well, I may have underestimated my efforts and the results. I'm feeling it in my legs, glutes and arms tonight and that was before my walk. It's a great feeling! I'm really looking forward to tomorrow's workout. This is an incredible feeling. I LOVE the feeling of motivation!
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