Sunday, February 26, 2012
I've been told that I drank from the toe-shoe koolaid. Hope it wasn't too sugary -- I'm trying to cut down!
I read about Vibram Five Fingers for the first time in 2009. Though curious, I wasn't really interested in trying them for myself. I don't like flip flops because separating my toes like that isn't comfortable. But since I know a few people who have them and absolutely love them, when I decided to get some new workout/running shoes, I had to give them a try. I have to admit, after having these on for about 10 minutes in the store today, it was almost like I didn't have shoes on. I couldn't believe it!
I wore them for about an hour this afternoon (with toe socks) and certainly need to "break them in" some. Not so much for the shoes, but for my feet! I will give them a short run on the treadmill tomorrow to see how that feels.
Friday, January 27, 2012
One of the emails I received from SP today contained a link to this article: No Pain = Big Gain www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
I appreciate such reminders. Though I've been following along with the P90X program, which incorporates many of the principles of this article, I have found that MENTALLY (if not physically) I need extra days of rest than provided by the schedule. For those of you who haven't looked into this program, it is an intense schedule of lifting, cardio and yoga 6 days per week. Every four weeks, there is no lifting and more stretching/yoga.
My original intent when I started P90X was to go at my own pace, to work out maybe 4 times per week. As usual when I start something new, however, I was excited to "push play" every day. I joined a team here on SP and one on the Beach Body forums, started posting daily, and contacted an active coach to keep me accountable. My husband frequently reminded me to take rest days and that it was OK to take extra days if I was sore, or tired, or just didn't feel like working out that day. Some days I worked out anyway and I must admit that I never regretted doing so. Some days I rested and I often DID feel guilty about it, especially if I did it two days in a row... like this week.
I am hereby officially declaring that I will finish P90X on my OWN schedule. I realize that I may be sacrificing some gains by doing so... but honestly, I doubt it. I believe that this is just going to postpone them a bit. No, I won't finish the program in 90 days. I WILL finish it, it will just take me a little longer than that. And that's okay with me. It just might help keep me sane... ok, closer to it than not. ;)
Do you take rest days?
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
I was a little upset earlier this evening when I was putting my whey protein container back in the pantry. The nutrition label caught my eye and I had to do a double-take. I picked the container back up and headed straight to my computer, logged on to Spark and checked my daily entries.
Sure enough, the calories and nutritional profile do NOT match what I have been logging.
Given my daily servings, I have been consuming 190 calories MORE each day than I thought. What's worse, that includes almost 14g MORE fat! Every day, for the past ten days.
I will be picking up a different product tomorrow. My husband/kids will finish the current one.
Double check your labels match what you're entering!
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Haven't taken pictures yet but I'm liking my results so far. Can't wait to see the picture results!
I started Phase 3 this morning with ARX, which is still kicking my core. Now I'm starting to debate what to do when I finish. Options at this point are: Another round of P90X, Chalean Extreme (which arrived after I started P90X so I haven't tried it yet) or Insanity (which I do not yet own). Definitely sticking with Team Beach Body programs! I also want to start running again this spring, too.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Merry Christmas, Spark Friends. I pray you are all enjoying time with treasured family and friends.
I am still working my way through P90X. At the beginning of my recovery week (week #4), I was sick so had a few days off. Then it was difficult to get my motivation back. I tried to push through and make up a few days but it seems to have backfired. For every day I did two workouts, I took at least one day of rest, so I didn't make up any time. I started Phase 2 on Thursday with a Chest, Shoulders & Triceps workout. Then Plyo on Friday.
Yesterday I was a busy bee with cleaning, baking and general preparing for my family get-together. I bought more food than necessary, and definitely ate more than necessary. I enjoyed each morsel and had a wonderful time visiting with my parents and one of my brothers. My legs were (and still are) quite sore from Plyo so I chose to rest, thinking I had a legs workout scheduled. Nope - Back & Biceps. Ah well. I'll do that later today.
Anyway, I had been expecting 15 people (including 2 toddler/pre-school age kids) for all the goodies yesterday. Only 8 were able to make it, due to conflicting schedules with work, other family, and car troubles. I had hoped to send most of the cookies and candy home with everyone... with 3 less families arriving, I still have a LOT left. Maybe I'll punish...errr... I mean spoil my coworkers with it next week.
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