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?
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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