Wednesday, August 10, 2011
As the famous Tony Horton (from P90X) would say.... "you can do anything for 30 seconds". Well that was seriously my approach to the most grueling P90X workout I completed last night. For those of you who know me, I would rather go to the dentist and have teeth pulled than to do the Plyometrics workout. It involves a lot of jumping and squats, a truly grueling way to tone the legs. My quads were on fire, burning like the Dismal Swamp Wildfire, ouch !!!!
Each segment is 30 seconds long, so instead of thinking how am I going to make it through one hour of this torture, I literally took it 30 seconds at a time. When each exercise was over, I would silently cheer myself along.... "Yeah, you made it thru that 30 seconds". It was the only way I could conquer it, a little at the time. I really wanted to quit, but I pressed on for another 30 seconds, and then another 30 seconds. I am proud to say I made it thru the "mother of all workouts".
Hopefully you feel inspired to do a challenging workout.... take it 30 seconds at a time. We can do anything for 30 seconds. Hope everyone has a sparktacular day.
Tonight is the big nutrition meeting I spoke of yesterday, and thanks everyone for your input. Will let you all know how it goes.
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Wanted to throw this out there for all my fellow sparkers to offer comments and opinions, etc. What you say really matters and I wanna know....
I was invited to a ViSalus Sciences nutrition party this Wednesday nite. Some very close friends of ours are distributors of this program and are very health conscience people. They all work out at the gym, eat healthy, etc. They are totally raving about this program, so I agreed to come see what all the rave is about. From what I can gather, it's nutrition shakes that help in weight loss, muscle building and perfectly complete and balanced nutrition. I did go the website and read a little information on it, but you have to log in and I didn't want to sign in just to read the info just yet. I want to wait and see what the presentation is like, then do a little more research on my own.
Anyone ever heard of or tried Body by Vi program?
What do you think?
What were your results?
I would appreciate honest responses, good or bad?
Monday, August 08, 2011
Started my day off Friday with an 8-mile run. It was so nice outside and it was even better that I didn't have to be in a hurry, I just took my time and enjoyed the run, and surprisingly I wasn't sore at all on Saturday. Did 40 minutes of Yoga after my run. I find that the yoga stretching really helps with recovery, you get super great stretches of the quads and hammies, aahhhh felt so good. Then I got 4 hours of relaxation in my lawn chair, being bronzed golden brown by the sun - woo hoo, life is good.
Saturday - well it was a horrible eating day and I mean horrible. We attended an all day party. It was a special tribute party for my husband's best friend that passed away two weeks ago. A big gathering of friends at his country property for a day of four-wheelers, great food, good friends and two live bands, an awesome way to say goodbye to a great friend. We arrived at 11:00 a.m and didn't leave until 11:00 p.m. - chips, dips, lumpia, hotdogs, and lots of adult beverages - ooooh heck, a true diet train wreck but it was one of the those "once in a lifetime" parties.
We stopped at the farmer's market on the way to NC on Saturday and got some fresh produce, so Sunday I cooked a pot of fresh snap beans in the slower cooker with potatoes and onions we had purchased. I am also looking forward to a giant plum for snack today that i got at the market. I told my hubby, you know you are a SPARK-freak when you can't wait to stop at a fresh produce market, lol. I never in my life imagined doing that, but it's become a necessity - fresh squash, zucchini, plums, tomatos, peaches, etc. Love fresh produce. My son and his GF stopped by for a visit, always nice to have them come by. Spent the rest of Sunday watching movies with the hubby.
Today is going to be super hot, so don't know if I can get a run in tonight or not, and I have to go to doctor this afternoon for a ingrown toenail - ooooh yucky and gross but that's one of the joys of being a runner, lol. Looking forward to at least doing my P90X workout and maybe spend some time on the stationary bike tonight - INDOORS !!!!!
Hope everyone had a wonderful week and is ready to get back in the groove today - start the week off right !!!!
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
If you wannna be a runner, you have to look the part. Dress for success, that's my moto. Walked to Walmart on my lunch hour to buy a pair of danskin shorts, I just love these for running, but I ended up getting a couple of much needed items and some that were not so necessary. I hardly ever hit the jackpot when I go shopping, so today was my lucky day, everything was on the clearance rack and they had my size, so that was definitely a sign I needed to purchase.
Got my fav shorts, in grey, black and navy. I bought mediums, but I did get one pair in a size "S" - hooray for "S" as in SMALL !!!!!!!!!!!!
Thought this was a cute outfit, the shorts are mesh and fit kinda loose, never had a pair like that so I will have to try them out to see if I like them and the shirt was too die for - it came with matching headbands. I should definitely look the part in that.
The rest are just super, super deals. They are bringing in the fall stuff so they let these tanks and cotton tops go for a measly $3, couldn't resist.
The black floral one is my absolute favorite, it has a ruffle on the bottom. Can't wait to wear it this weekend to visit some friends who haven't seen me in a quite a while.
Can't wait to get home and wash all my purchases so I can wear the new shorts for tomorrow morning workout. Hope everyone is celebrating the small things in life today.... like a super clearance sale or a size "S", which stands for Smaller.
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
100 days until the Freedom Half Marathon. Last night marked the start of my training. NO, I don't really have a plan per say, just kinda winging it. I am still doing the P90X so running is like an added bonus. I got home from work yesterday and did the P90X chest/shoulders/bicep workout, then ate dinner. I was so bored and antsy after dinner I decided I go for a walk for about an hour.
I had intended to walk since it was still rather hot outside, but something about having on the running shoes and the ipod make we wanna run, so I started out slow. Last night was the first time I've really seriously run since May and boy, was it hot. I have been putting off running because it is so hot, but last night I couldn't take being cooped up in the house any longer. I was like a charging bull being let out into the arena - lots of bottled up energy.
I gradually picked up speed to a comfortable pace, as I was steadily eyeballing my heart rate monitor to see how much extra strain the heat was putting on me, but I found a great pace and ended up running three miles and cooling down on mile four, I would have kept going but I had told DH that I wouldn't be gone long and I knew their might be a chance that I could over do it. ME, OVER DO IT?????
So for a first night out, I am extremely happy of how it turned out. I think my body adjusted pretty well to the heat. Going for a repeat this evening. I am trying to talk DH into riding the bicycle along side me while I run, for safety (wink, wink). I am trying to sneak in some exercise on him, but last night he didn't want to go, but I'm not giving up. I am going to ask everyday.
Here's a little tidbit I ran across in SHAPE magazine this month that I wanted to share.....
"3:23 PM - is the time of day when dieters are most likely to give in to temptation". Be mindful and have a healthy snack available. Knowing is half the battle right? So when the clock strikes 3:23 today, we know what to do.
Have a healthy, spark filled day.
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