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I'm still out there "Bringing It!" P90X Style!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

So, I'm not so good this summer logging in everything that I need to log in to be ultra successful. But I am still on program and trying to eat as healthy as possible (minus the week of vacation that threw me for a loop) :)
An update on my P90X adventures... I made it successfully through Phase 1 and have some fantastic health updates:
**Beginning HR (even AFTER running a half marathon) was 78
**After 30 days of P90X- 54!!!!
**I lost a total of 4 inches (but GAINED in my biceps and thighs...oh how I love being a muscle builder)
**BP started out at 120/88
**After 30 days....110/70
Weight stayed exactly the same (boo hiss)
Here's the Kicker....READY??
I LOST 5% body fat!!!
REALLY!
My trainer took the measurements twice because she couldn't believe it.
WAHOO!

OK, now I'm really into it for the long haul if I can do that amount of improvement in 30 days. So I'm Phase 2 week 2 and let's just say....it's a killer. I'm still hanging tough and doing pull ups with a chair but I can actually squeeze out a standard push up! First time EVER. I've had to add in a Casein Protein shake in the evenings before bed for some energy in the morning (I work out early before work) and I added a CLA-GLA (OxyCut) supplement in as well. I'm not quite as happy with the lack of abdominal fat loss so I researched CLA and came up with this from GNC. It should help expedite the fat loss without any muscle loss. It has a natural energy boost so you take it 15 minutes before your workout (not ideal to take 2 big horse-pills right out of bed but I did it). I felt like I had more energy for the killer Back/Bicep routine this morning (my husband scoffed at me and said it's all in my head) We'll see!
Tomorrow is YogaX my least favorite due to my lack of flexibility but I get such a sense of accomplishment when I'm done with it that I just keep 'pushing play'!
40 has sure brought new obstacles in the fat-loss/exercise arena....belly fat and back that refuses to leave is the worst. I refuse to let it win.

  
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AKA639 8/12/2010 10:50AM

    Awesome work! Keep it up!!! 5%!!!! WHOA!

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SHEDSOME 8/11/2010 7:07PM

    Way to Go!! Keep up the good work!

I'm currently doing the Lean version with some modifications. I start phase two next week. I feel better and have gotten a little slimmer even though the scale doesn't say so. My body fat fluctuates also and not always in a good way.

Good for you on your progress and know that I'm rooting for you!

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SALINAMATHER 8/11/2010 5:39PM

    The second month is when I started to see weight loss on the scale! Good job on sticking with it and "bringing it"!

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I made it through week 1!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Well, I made it!
Week 1 of P90X done and conquered.
I have to say I'm rather proud of myself. That was a very hard week.
Here are the short-list highlights:
* I told my trainer I was starting P90X, he checked in with me to ask how I did in Plyo and how many times I pushed pause. When he heard I DIDN'T he was impressed (not an easy thing to do, impressing Ryan!)
* I found new ways of digging deep and getting it done. I'm in fairly good shape and really struggled with some of it... But I didn't give up, and I refused to let it get the best of me.
* I LOVE Kenpo X! It makes me feel strong.
* I'm actually kind of liking the Tonyisms and look forward to them...
* I already feel stronger! (OK, it might be my imagination but I truly do feel different)
* Doing Jazzercise in the afternoons after doing P90X in the morning makes for a very, very tired Denise.
* Who knew ankles and knees sweat?? They do during almost every P90X workout!

I tried to tow the line and eat along their guidelines but weekends are a killer for me. I figure I'm not hurting too much by living my life on the weekends when I bust my hiney during the week and eat perfectly 5 days. I am going home tonight and throwing away the remainder of the Dairy Queen ice cream cake that is leftover from my son's birthday...it actually calls to me from the freezer. I swear. I can even hear it now....
I'm 2 days into week 2 and even though I feel stronger it seems a bit harder....I hope that goes away and I'm sure it will. I think my body is just having an adjustment time.
If you are reading this blog and you've always wanted to try P90X, do it. I can honestly say it's one of the best workouts I've ever had...I can't wait to start posting Day 30-60-90 pictures to show just how good it's doing. Push yourself, take your workouts to the next level. Yes you'll be uncomfortable for a while but it's worth it!
To all those P90Xer's reading this....just keep pushing play!

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NATKITA 7/13/2010 12:16PM

    Haha, ankles & knees? I think even my eyeballs sweat! Esp. during Yoga & Plyo!

You're doing AWESOME!Keep pushing play and BRING IT!!!! emoticon

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I'm BAAAACKKKK!

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Ok, I did it again...I took a sabaticle after I ran my half marathon....now, that doesn't mean I went completly "off the wagon" like I've done before but I sure didn't log food, log exercise or even log onto SP. BAD! But, I began to miss the dropping of pounds and I know the only way to do that is to be *real* and log it in my tracker. Soooo, here I am. Back at it in force. Logging even those cookies I took at work yesterday

This time, I'm not training for a half, I'm doing P90X. I've always been obsessed with the infomercials for it. I watched and watched it. Now, I'm doing it! Day 3 was good, although Ab Ripper X was a bit much for me after 2 days of heavy abs. I did still "Bring It!", but without as many reps as Day 1. Tomorrow is YogaX and I'm a little worried. I can hang with Piyo, but everyone says how darn hard this is...we'll see...90 minutes of yoga seems pretty intense. I'm just giddy waiting to see my husband try a downward dog! hahahaha!

I think I'm ready for the journey to get back on track!
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New Rules of Lifting and in Life

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

So today was Workout B in Stage 1 of New Rules of Lifting for Women. I have to say that
I LOVE it!
I feel it too! (Boy do I)
I'm going ahead with my half marathon training through Stage 1. It seems Stage 1 is pretty tame compared to what I was doing with Making the Cut so I can do both...even with my mileage reving up. Lincoln's Half marathon is in 7 weeks! After that, I might have to cut back my endurance training as the workouts get progressively tougher.
I'm fine with that.
With this new program comes *New Rules* for life. These are tougher to get used to but I think I'm really going to like those as well.

140g of protein. Whoa. I'm hitting pretty close but it's a lot to think about. I'm on a mission to find the highest protein foods to snack on and I've made it a game to hit as close to that 140 mark as possible. Check out my food journals and see. I just started it this week.

1,500-1,700 calories. I'm still learning this piece. I'm so trained by 40+ years that losing weight = starving. But I'm slowly getting it and planning in advance.

That is my biggest "New Rule". Planning in advance.
If I plan out my week of meals on Sunday, I'm wildly successful. If I fail to plan, I fail at the scale (how funny is that?). It all boils down to you have to make time for yourself. Make time to workout, make time to plan your meals so you CAN feel some success. I think we're so engrained (as wives, mothers, employees) to spend time on everything else that we don't leave time for ourselves.
I take an hour to put my list together for the week. I think out dinners, lunches and snacks so I'm not caught off-guard and swing through a drive through or eat some lovely cream-based soup in the cafeteria at work.
An hour is all it takes and the results will and do happen. Not always on the scale, but in how I feel and how my clothes fit.
I challange everyone who stumbles on this to plan out your week and take your lunches/snacks with you wherever you go....whether it's running errands, working or taking your kids to soccer. Plan for yourself you deserve it!

  
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SUEZQUESTEEN 3/17/2010 6:51PM

    Hi, THEBOEV! I have that same book and love it. I started lifting a few years ago, and I love lifting, and I love the approach that the author takes. Keep up the good work!

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OWNBESTFRIEND 3/17/2010 6:50PM

    Great lessons and I live by them, I as well plan out my meals, snacks and I schedule in my workouts. I agree with you if you plan you can't lose. Great job on the training. Is this a book New Rules of Lifting for Women? I will have to go to amazon and check it out sounds great.

Happy running to you and best of health!

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My next obsession....

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

I'm very excited. I just ordered "New Rules in Weight Lifting for Women". As soon as it comes, I'm going to voraciously read it so I can start the program after I'm finished with "Making the Cut" (I'm on Day 22 so I have a little over a week left). I'm a total weight lifter at heart. I've heard nothing but good things about the progress you can make following his program. I've had such good luck with Jillian's that I'll come back to it periodically as well.

I joined the Sparkteam in preparation- so if you are reading this and have done the program, I'm open to any and all advice!
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Looking forward to being lean and mean!

  
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DASSCHUS 3/11/2010 2:20PM

    I'm about to start the program after reading the book twice. I do know a blogger who went through the whole program and loves it.

Good luck! I'm sure you'll do great.

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