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I'm sticking with it but boy is it tough!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

I've decided to concentrate on various forms of cardio and begin P90X Lean all over again from day one to coincide with the next round of BLC. I made this decision after beginning my Core Syn today and feeling WAAAAAAY out of shape. How does that happen so quickly? It's only been two weeks!

I have alot of outdoor work to do today, which is a good thing, so I only did 30 minutes of cardio today inside. I opted for dancing today. Easy workout and I only burned 144 calories. I promise I will better thaqt with my outdoor work and I may even wear my HRM just so I know where I stand.

I'm really disappointed in the way my body feels today. I feel sluggish and weak. What gives? I guess it's just one of those days but I don't welcome it on the heels of a two week break. I keep wondering what to blame this on, ... hormones? age? diet? but it really doesn't matter what is responsible. What matters is I have to beat it! Maybe I'm just craving the outside work so much that I'm sabotaging my inside efforts. I guess the best thing to do is just accept how I feel and move on.

I'm really hating myself right now for taking the break. I keep thinking about where I could be if I had just stuck with it and pushed through what I was dealing with but there is no sense crying over spilled milk. I need to clean up my mess and move on. A good night's sleep would certainly help! Again, I'm blaming that one on my hormones too. I know, I know, stop blaming, start repairing. I'm trying! Really! I AM!

  
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2ABETRLIFE 4/20/2010 2:22PM

    Instead of hating yourself for taking that break, love and respect yourself for continuing, for moving on, for starting again.
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DAISYDAY25 4/20/2010 1:21PM

  don't beat yourself up remember to take one daya t a time.

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MOMSQRT 4/20/2010 12:42PM

    2 weeks away from p90x can be tough to jump back in. The other day I did a leg routine that I hadn't done in a LONG time... man o man... my legs and butt sure felt the difference!

The important thing is to keep going. any exercise is better than none... sometimes we need to forgive ourselves and not dwell on our mistakes, or excuses...

"don't sweat the small stuff, it's all small stuff!"


in the words of Charlotte, "Chin-up!"

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ERINLINDSAY83 4/20/2010 12:03PM

    Two weeks is really no big deal. The feeling out of shape and sluggish, is probably mostly a mental block, not physical. So once you get up and do it for a few days, you will be right back on track. Just PUSH the next few days, and things WILL get easier! And think of the payoff!

Have fun gardening! Im jealous!

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I'm baaaaack........ :-)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Wow! two weeks since I've exercised officially. Sure I've done some walking, etc. in the past two weeks, but nothing like the P90X I was doing. What can I say? Life got in my way. You know the drill. Too much on my to-do list, not enough hours in a day, stress, putting everyone else before me, stress, taxes, kids, stress, .... did I mention stress? Well, I'm certain the stress isn't going anywhere anytime soon but my to-do list is looking somewhat organized and has a few things checked off so I've decided it's time to put me first again. I'll be starting BLC13 in a few weeks so in the meantime I'm going to focus on getting my ducks in a row again. 64+ oz of water daily, calories logged and in range, healthy foods including freggies, exercise done and logged daily. All thew things I know I need to do for me so I can see less of me again. I'm considering doing just cardio between now and the start of BLC13 and then starting over the P90X lean routine to coinside with the 90 days of the challenge. I did Cardio X today and I can definitely tell I've had two weeks off. The chicken in me thinks my plan is a good one but the slave driver in me is telling me not to wimp out. To just pick up at Phase two and bring it. I'll have to really think about this one. I have Core Syn tomorrow so I figure I have til Wed to decide.

In the meantime, today's workout was 46 minutes long and I burned 327 calories. Now I'm off to shower and head outside. I have rhubarb to plant and horses to groom. It's good to be back. I can already feel the endorphins boosting my outlook and energy level. Why on earth did I stray in the first place?

  
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SKINNYPOWELL1 4/19/2010 1:07PM

    Glad you're back. Keep up the good work.
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AJSCHROM 4/19/2010 11:20AM

    GREAT JOB BABE!!!!!

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MOMSQRT 4/19/2010 11:04AM

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Keep it up!!! You're doing great!

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P90X Week Five Days 5 & 6

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

I had planned my week so all I had left was cardio and I got MORE than my share by walking all around LA, Hollywood, the beach and Santa Monica! I hurt more from walking than I do after my cardio with Tony so I feel good about the swap.

Only problem now is I'm two days behind due to jet lag! I'm awake when I should be sleeping and vice versa. I hit the road for Columbus tomorrow so I'm planning to
get my routine in before I leave and making the time to do it while I'm away. I'm driving so lap top and tapes are going with me.

Once I'm home from this trip, I'm home for 6 weeks so hopefully Tony and I can get back to our daily "We have to stop meeting like this!" routine.

I am so pleased with my progress after just one month that I can't wait to see where I'll be after two and then three. I'm also coming into fence building time of year, which always helps me whittle away the pounds. That's when I lost the most last year so I'm hoping for a repeat performance.

I've missed all my followers. Hope you all had a very Happy Easter!

  
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SKINNYPOWELL1 4/7/2010 7:57AM

    Good job on your progress. Committment and Determine are your middle names.
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P90X Week Five Day 4

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.

  
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MOMSQRT 3/31/2010 4:35PM

    You go girl!!! You're doing awesome!!!

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AJSCHROM 3/31/2010 3:13PM

    Chicken legs? Back boobs? You always keep me in stitches. Thanks to you I have signed up for a 5k in may!!! your are my inspiration!!

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NORDAKOTA 3/31/2010 1:43PM

    Wow. You look great! This might be motivation for me to invest in this emoticon

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P90X Week Five Day 3

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Yoga X

What amazes me the most about this workout is how tough it is and how much it makes me sweat. I wore a thick headband and it was soaked 30 minutes into the 90 minute routine. Now THAT'S sweating!

My new Upper Body routine from yesterday is providing me with a healthy muscle burn today. When I first started the plank/upward dog/plank/downwards dog portion, my triceps were complaining loudly. Thankfully they eased as I proceeded.

I took my 30 day pics today but they don't really show much change. It may not be the Kodak moment I was hoping for but there is no denying the changes I'm feeling. Or the inches I've lost.

The way I see it, the first 30 days have toned me, strengthened me, built my endurance and made me more flexible. Judging from what I've seen the past few days, I expect to see the scale start reflecting my hard work in the next 30 days.

I'm looking forward to my leg routine tomorrow. While doing my yoga today, I couldn't help but notice just how firm my legs have become. If only the camera would show that! Patience ...... in due time ...... ENOUGH already! I want it NOW! Perhaps that's why I'm going above and beyond right now.

  
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SKINNYPOWELL1 3/31/2010 8:03AM

    Keep up the good work. You're doing FANTASTIC.
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MOMSQRT 3/31/2010 8:02AM

    that is really cool! This yoga routine does nothing for me as far as sweating goes... If anything it keeps me calm and relaxed with a very low HR... 95-105 avg...
Keep up the good work! Try not to overtrain yourself, as that can hinder progress!!!

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LYNNIE63 3/31/2010 12:50AM

    I'm so proud of you and your determination to get fit and be fit!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AJSCHROM 3/30/2010 11:29PM

    yeah you go girl!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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