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Friday, December 19, 2014

Yeah... so...

I did P90X Plyo yesterday.

And I didn't really break a sweat until about a third of the way through it. THAT is how it compares to Insanity!

On the plus side, it was the best Plyo workout I'd ever had. Cardiovascularly, I was a BEAST... so I felt like I could really push myself and do very little, if any, modifications.

I was able to do the jump-knee-tucks properly for the first time EVER. I was only able to do three or four of them before losing the good form... but three or four is way better than I'd ever done before, which was basically not doing them full out but doing my absolute best (and my best effort is always enough!).

I'm pleased with how it went. Really, really pleased. Go me!

Everything went according to plan yesterday, and so I'm feeling great. Going to continue that momentum into today! I'll admit that I'm feeling tempted to compare myself to others' progress, but I'm choosing to try to focus on my own journey and leave others to theirs. My journey isn't like anyone else's, and it's high time I stop trying to compare and compete. That's headjunk I don't need. :)

The gameplan for today is to stick with my planned out meals, get out during lunch for a walk (gotta mail boss's holiday cards... brrrr, and yuck), work out when I get home (Day 3 - Shoulders & Arms!), and have a nice, sit-down, home-cooked meal. I'm also going to prepare my Yule log!

Weekend should be fun - Day 4 tomorrow (Yoga), then a trip down to the beach to celebrate my BFF's sobriety anniversary. I can't believe it's been a whole year since all that drama went down. What a scary time that was... but he is in a MUCH better place now, mentally, physically, and emotionally. I think he still has a ways to go, but he has come such a long way from the chronically unhappy and unable-to-cope person that he used to be. I'm glad I can be a part of his support network.

Sunday is Day 5, Legs & Back (I always DREAD this workout) - and I am going to try to also get some stuff done around the house. Solstice is at roughly 6pm on Sunday... and so the Yule log shall be burnt, and wassail guzzled. :)

Speaking of holidays... I'm kind of completely unprepared for them... but I'm honestly way over it and am not going to stress about it. I don't think it should be a stressful time at all - a lot of folks let it consume them and pressure them, and I've arrived at a place in life where I've realized, through experience, that I just can't let that happen, for my own sanity's sake. A lot of people think that my approach to the holidays is born out of laziness and grumpiness, but it's actually not. It's self-preservation. I've spent way too many holidays feeling emotionally depleted and horrible about myself because I'm holding myself to obligations that don't do anything for me but cause me stress. People will judge, and haters will hate - but I know what's best for me.


Planning ahead

Thursday, December 18, 2014

I still feel kind of crappy... TIRED. Very anxious to get to the doc on Monday!

But I've got a plan for today, and I feel good about it.

I've planned out all my meals for the day, because when I am this tired, if I leave things to chance, I will make bad choices and eat terrible things.

I've planned my workout for this evening - even brought my workout clothes to change into at work so I'm ready to hit the ground running (or when I get home.

My reward for this shall be the hot shower afterward and the airing of "A Christmas Carol" on Turner Classic Movies tonight at 8pm. I have been waiting for this ALL. YEAR. LONG. I adore this version - it's the 1938 version with Reginald Owen as Scrooge and Gene Lockhart as Cratchit. Although I'm not exactly what you'd call a fan of Christmas (the consumerism of the season really gets to me), I can definitely get behind the message of keeping the spirit of Christmas all year. Plus, I kinda dig ghosts. :)

Plan firmly in place! CHAAAAAAAAAARRRRRGE!

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USMAWIFE 12/18/2014 8:18PM

    I have planned so far ahead on some things it is scarey lol

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JENSTRESS 12/18/2014 9:56AM

    I love planning ahead as well! GOod for you!

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Day 1

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

I know I said I wasn't going to work out until I see the doc next Monday... but it felt WEIRD to not work out. I guess that's a good thing..? It's officially a HABIT. Yay!

Did good old P90X this morning, Day 1 - Chest & Back. Challenging... but so much easier on me than Insanity. So, SO much. I'm still exhausted and want to fall asleep at my desk RIGHT NOW (even despite 20 oz of coffee), but rather than feeling defeated and in pain, I felt good about my numbers.

This is not to say that I'm giving up on Insanity. Far from it. I want to give it another try at some point... maybe next fall/winter to keep my cardio up. This spring/summer, I want to see if I can try running again, and the plan is to start that in March (and cross-train with Beachbody workouts).

This all really depends on things like what the doctor says, but that's the current, loose plan - and I'm going to keep it loose and flexible so that I can accommodate any unforseen things. Because things happen. Time and experience have taught me to not only get bent out of shape about that, but to actually EXPECT it.

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JENSTRESS 12/17/2014 10:18AM

    The cardio of Insanity is TOUGH. I'm thinking of doing it again, I just don't know when!

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Plan B

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Insanity is just too insane for me right now. :(

I have decided that I'm going to hold off on workouts until I can see the doctor, because I'm pretty sure that I shouldn't be falling asleep an hour after I'm done with my workouts. Workouts are supposed to energize, right?

It's not that there's anything wrong with the Insanity workouts... it's that there's something wrong with ME right now. I need to get to the bottom of it.

So... I'm going to scale back... and do some lighter workouts until I can get to the doctor on Monday and get some advice.

I'm even thinking that P90X may be a better, safer bet for me right now. I kind of miss the strength training portion of those workouts - and I know that resistance training can help rev up metabolism, which is obviously something I'm struggling with. It's not to say that Insanity wasn't making me stronger, but I really do think that I need to really do some concentrated strength training without the cardio component added on top of it... for now. At this point, I'll be happy if I do three days of cardio and three days of strength training a week, until I can get some answers from the doc.

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USMAWIFE 12/17/2014 12:02AM

    a lot of people fall asleep after working out. so they tend to do it in the evening, take a shower and get a good nights sleep

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CODEMAULER 12/16/2014 6:33PM

    I'll be honest, I've gone back to bed after a workout... but I was often tired when I started. Likely needed the sleep and the workout, but in that order.

I hope that you get some answers!

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JENSTRESS 12/16/2014 1:17PM

    I totally don't blame you! Phase two is TOUGH. It is cardio cardio cardio and the squats and jump squats and everything else make your legs rubber. With the exhaustion going on in your life, something is off and solving that before you go further is a great idea.

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BRAINBENTT 12/16/2014 11:46AM


Hope you get to the bottom of this.

Get some rest and rejuvenate during the Holidays.

"Scaling back" for you is going hard for most. emoticon

Feel better !!

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Doctor's office was a bit of a bust... I got there and they told me that I needed to see someone else. (I went to the clinic because I have no regular doc, my old doc having "sold out" by forming an elite practice that would cost me an annual fee of $1300 extra to continue my relationship with him - on top of co-pays. No thanks.) However, I got an appointment with another doctor on 12/22. My MIL recommended him, actually - and he's a D.O. versus being an M.D., which is important to me.

It's funny. Now that I've sort of acknowledged that I feel crappy, I feel empowered. I think I've been really good at telling myself I'm fine and it's all in my head and believing my own BS. Now that I've finally admitted it to myself, I can say with confidence that yes, I feel awful! And I want help! And that's okay! And not feel guilty/weak for doing so. It makes me wonder what component of my psyche made me feel bad enough about saying "I don't feel well" to suck it up for so long.

At this rate, I'm sure I've probably bought my shrink's house in what I've paid for her help as I dig around in my own dirt.

Anyway, I'm pleased that I could get an appointment, and I'm looking forward to getting some answers.

Plus - while I was at the clinic, I got my flu jab, so it wasn't all for naught.

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JENSTRESS 12/11/2014 12:26PM

    I have a friend who went through this and through several recommendations (seriously, doctors were not finding anything wrong for MONTHS) she went to a lady who does natural remedies. She made her herbal pills (these are geared to each individual person, kind of cool) and some teas and things, told her how to make sure she was eating and getting exercise in, and whatever herbs and supplements she gave her, it worked. Because FINALLY my friend feels better, and it was great to see!

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