Wednesday, December 01, 2010
I so don't want to be cooped up at work any longer, shopping for the cheapest motel rates for the inordinant amount of travel that my boss and I have to be taking over the next couple of months. I want to exercise! My lungs and nose are finally clear enough for me to do something I think, and I am so sick and tired of my jiggly butt!
Something needs to change, and it's not going to happen without exercise. I DREAM of a nice, firm bootay, and I never seem to have the time to pursue it. Grr....
There are 3.5 hours left to the work day. I have so much stuff to do, because we have a staff meeting Friday, which means no real work to be done that day. But I just don't want to be here! I need a vacation again I guess. A real one, where I go someplace. It's only been a couple months since my last one, but I feel the need again. I will be going to Phoenix, AZ in a week, and Washington D.C. a few weeks after that, for work. D.C. at least should provide me with the opportunity to take a bit of extra time and visit with friends. But for the moment, I'm going mad without being able to exercise. I need the stress relief that goes with it. Grr....
Literally, my skin feels like it's crawling I'm so twitchy. Not pleased.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Got my P90X today, and started looking through the information attached to it.
The nutrition plan is freaking impossible. Seriously. Because the high level of calorie burn, they want you to eat a lot. Like, 2400 for me. Okay. I can manage that. But for the first part of it, they want your protein/carb/fat ratio to be 50/30/20. Fifty for protein. That is insane. There is no way to do that without supplements. No way, absolutely. Which means more money spent on those supplements. A full can of tuna (6.5 oz), a cup of low fat yogurt, 6 egg whites, 1/2 cup ground turkey, I bring my protein percentage up to a whopping 10.5%.
There's no way.
Already defeated. Need to think about this for a few days to see how I can do this.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
I have perhaps done an unwise thing. For an early Christmas gift I asked my mom to go halfsies with me on P90X.
If you're unfamiliar with it, look it up. Woah.
I've been doing pretty good on my exercises, but I can only get so far on my own when it comes with ST apparently. I've definitely been receiving some excellent support and advice from people on Spark [thanks Spark buddies :)], but I feel I lack enough creativity and will to come up with effective strength training regimens.
Everybody who's done it agrees that it's hardcore, that it leaves you panting and lying broken on the floor the first few times that you do it. They also agree that it's worth going through over and over again. Several people have before and after pictures from the first round, followed by before and after pictures of the second, third, whatever round, and you can see marked improvement each time. It's got layered training levels, always supplying a light, medium, and hard option. It seems like a pretty good investment, especially considering that I'm not really a gym sort of person, and certainly can't afford a personal trainer to be teaching me what to do.
I had considered doing the P90 first, which is shorter duration (p90x is at least an hour a day whereas P90 is only about 30) and lower intensity, more of a starter work-out. However, when I looked at reviews, they were primarily for people over 50, or with significant weight loss goals, like over 100 lbs. They were great reviews, but it didn't seem to fit my fitness category. P90X does very expressly say, this is not a beginners workout, and you should meet certain fitness minimums before trying it. I took their fitness test, and passed everything but the pull-up requirement (though that was in part due to the fact that I don't quite yet have a pull-up bar to test myself on). Even though I couldn't test, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't pass the pull-up test anyway, because pull-ups suck. A lot.
Anyway, it's a significant commitment. It plans out work-out sessions 6 days a week, with an optional stretching day for the 7th day for 90 days. A.) Work IS going to preclude me doing this everyday. If I have two 22 hour work days in a week, I'm not going to be doing it everyday. But, at the same time, missing a day every once in a while is not going to set me back. B.) It's everyday! Do I have that kind of commitment, work excuses aside?
But I really like the look of it. The premise of "muscle confusion" makes sense to me. Basically it's what we've been told before, you have to switch things up to break a plateau, but theoretically you never hit a plateau because you're ALWAYS switching things up. Alternatively I was considering doing Crossfit to get my strength up, but honestly, though extreme kudos to women who do it, given too long at it, I feel like aesthetically sometimes a woman gets too bulky. Not all the time certainly, but on occasion, and given my family's predisposition to muscle building, it's not something I'm too willing to risk. Looking at pictures, I have not seen any women that came out looking too bulky to me from P90X, just strong with well-defined muscles. But the big thing with it is tracking your progression, so you can see what practical increases in strength they've acquired, which are typically significant. And quite frankly, I don't need to be THAT strong, such that it's physically obvious.
Anyway, the deed is done. It's ordered. We'll see how it goes.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
I obviously started C25K too late in the year. It's dark. Like all the time. And I have no treadmill.
My mom says to go over to my auntie's and use hers, but I hate to have people watch me exercise. Hence, I don't have a gym membership. It's worse than even at a gym because people are engaged in doing their own workouts, whereas at my auntie's she's just sitting there, watching me. Her TVs not even working, from what I understand, to distract her from me.
But sunrise is not until 7:06 AM tomorrow. And sunset is at 4:56 PM. Given that I have to leave for work by 8 AM, that doesn't really give me time to run and shower. I won't be back until 5:30 PM, which is too late to run. I suppose I could run and be stinky. It's just the one guy at my work to torture with my stench. But, if I ride the carpool, I'll be especially stinky by the end of the day and there will be four others.
Two options I guess, to be tried in order. 1.) Look into reflective clothing and run early. 2.) give up on c25k and focus on other cardio.
BLAH! If it doesn't work out, well it was good while it lasted. And I guess I'll start again in the summer.
P.S. Did yoga today. Ouch! I always forget how much that works me, and that it makes me out of breath and tired. It's good stuff. Lol, I did it because I didn't want to sweat and have to shower tonight, but that didn't work out like planned.
P.P.S. I'm an idiot. I forgot about the dang high school track. It's lit enough to see by every evening, and I don't have to worry about cars. The only day it's not available is Friday because of football games, but I think I can work my schedulare around that. Duh.
Friday, November 12, 2010
I have absolutely no idea where my fitness/weight loss journey is at right now, lol. This last week, I have exercised minimally, but not tracked calorie burn. I have eaten whatever I want in the quantities that I want. But not tracked those calories either. Luckily, I've been sleeping as much as possible during the day, so I haven't had as much time to eat as I might normally have.
Don't know what my weight is, but my hips and legs seem to have maintained and not grown, and my waist is *possible* down by .25". It's a stretch to measure on that fine of a scale, but in anycase, it has not grown.
I think so far I've lucked out, basically. So, I'm going to count my blessings, and start up again tomorrow. I suppose I could today by exercising, but...no, not going to. I've been heavy cleaning all day today (since getting up at 12:30 anyway), and have burned a significant degree of calories I think.
Feeling virtuous on the cleaning. The big thing is that I cleaned out my car. Which, if you know me personally, which means basically my mom here on Spark, you know is a big deal. It's aMAZing how much of a catch-all my poor little car is. Not only did I empty her out, but I used my mom's shop-vac to vacuum her out. And this Saturday, I'll use my Grams' SpotBot to shampoo her. I'll probably even wash her interior windows, which are currently covered in dog-nose prints, and might even wash her exterior. It's going to be awesome.
But, I've also done laundry, gone shopping for sundries, changed lightbulbs, etc etc etc, so, I think the calorie burn is okay for the day.
On the lightbulb front, it's amazing what a difference 60 watt vs. 40 watt does for a room. I upgraded, more by accident, not realizing that it had originally been 40s in the overhead light, and it's BRIGHT! I'm not sure I like it. I kinda liked the dimmer ambience of my bedroom before. Oh well. I can't fit those long-lasting curly-cue bulbs into this light fixture, due to the size and shape, so these'll only last so long and I'll get 40s next year.
Babble babble babble. Not saying much. I guess I'll go to bed. Except, crud, my sheets are in the wash. Okay. I'll transfer them to the dryer, and watch some tv while hopefully doing some ST. That's a plan.
P.S. My butt hurts! Due to copious butt and thigh exercises while watching "How I Met Your Mother." Go me!
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