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Mixing things up as usual.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Hello Sparkers!! Sorry I haven't been around but I've had a very eventful month. I celebrated my 41st birthday, my 18th wedding anniversary (Got a YorkiePoo!!!!) and my parents are visiting for the summer. Pray for me because my mom is a fantastic cook and my pants are already getting snug.

I've completed the first month of P90X and with a bit of tweaking, I LOVED IT!!! It is a FANTASTIC program!!! I love Tony, love the concept, love most of the exercises. In my case,the strength DVD's are wonderful but with the exception of Plyometrics the rest are not challenging enough for me. I noticed it at the beginning and thought that I could increase the intensity on my own but really, what's the point of that when I own so many other DVDs that can do that for me.

So, following Tony's own advice "Do your best and forget the rest" I am keeping all the strength and flexibility DVDs and shelving Kenpo, CardioX and with a heavy heart, Plyometrics. It is a great workout but my 41 year old knees can't take it. I've tried doing them with modifications but without the jumps, I don't even break a sweat so, I've decided that it is not worth it when I have so many other options.

Speaking of options, I have come to the realization that my many options are at the root of a recurring problem I have. If you are familiar with my insane ramblings, you know that with the exception of Chalean Extreme, I've never been able to follow a rotation/program without changing things up in some way shape or form. I have the attention span of a two year old and I'm always throwing in an extra workout here or substituting a DVD there. I think if it were not for the fact that I had SO MANY fantastic workout DVDs at my disposal, I would be satisfied doing just one set at a time but the fact is that I do and it's only ever a matter of time before I begin to reminisce on DVDs past and beloved. It's always a struggle to walk that straight line and I always feel guilty about straying. I'm tired of it.

How do I solve this once and for all? I'm swearing off regimented programs altogether. You see, the basic premise of all the programs/workouts I do are the same. Nutrition/Cardio/Weights/Stret
ch. The way I see it, I am fortunate enough to own the best of the best when it comes to programs and instructors so why limit myself to a few while the others gather dust on the shelf? So, to alleviate my constant and seemingly perpetual restlessness, I will turn my giant collection into a mega "program" of sorts. I figure, as long as I keep track of which muscles I work and how often, I can mix and match throughout my collection and get the same result as a structured program without the inevitable tedium.

So where does that leave me with P90X? I will no longer be following the program to the letter, but I will continue to use the DVDs, mixed intermittently with my other "bests". This morning, instead of P90X Legs and Back I did STS Legs. Same general area but different exercises = less boredom and more thorough training.

There, I said it but you all realize that with my attention span, this could all change tomorrow emoticon

Thank you to everyone who stopped by my page in my absence emoticon The comments and goodies were much appreciated. I'll try to respond to everyone but my visiting family is monopolizing my time these days so it may take me a minute. emoticon
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  • ICAN86
    I have found that I too have the attention span of a two year old sometimes, and especially in the workout realm. I get bored so easily. I'm mixing it up with Wii Active, Wii fit, and some classes at the gym as well. I hope to add biking in the future and maybe pick up tennis again.

    At least we recognize the issue here and can mix it up to keep it entertaining and exciting.
    3154 days ago
    .. that sounds great Sue... I am sorta where you are as well... I was going to get the STS program because I do love Cathe, and I do well with regimented programs, but for that amount of money, and looking over my recent purchases of Cathe's "Gym Style, Muscle Max, along with others like Kelly (... thanks to you, emoticon ) Amy Bento and Jari Love, I find that I too already have the "best of the best" and a great investment that I need to utilize... it's just a matter of getting a plan together and being consistent with "whatever" workouts I have... I feel as long as my program has the elements of cardio, strength and stretching, I can't go wrong... again... "consistency"... and... tweaking myprogram as needed to progress to the next level...

    Great Blog... keep up the good work... and emoticon on your 18th anniversary, that is an achievement in itself!... you are so blessed to have such a wonderful family... I love the new addition as well, Pippin, is adorable...

    Take care ... emoticon ... ~ Dee ~ emoticon
    3154 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/4/2009 8:47:37 PM
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