So after around a year of being too chicken to start the P90x workouts that my brother gave me, I finally forced myself to set a start date. I sat down and made my schedule through the end of July to follow the P90x Lean plan. I think what initially worried me was the first workout that I previewed was literally a full hour of pushups and pullups... neither one I care for at all. But the Lean option is geared more towards toning instead of bulking up (more suitable for women) and that first workout I watched is only in the schedule twice over 13 weeks – which I may just replace them with another workout instead.
I kept making excuses that I couldn't commit for 13 weeks, doubting my abilities, finding time for the longer workouts, six days a week, etc... but "Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy." ~Dale Carnegie
I was excited to challenge myself and push my boundaries further than before.
The workouts this week were:
Core Synergistics (Easier than expected)
Cardio X (Need to work harder next time)
Chest, shoulders and triceps/Ab Ripper X (Need heavier weights)
Yoga X (90 minutes! I have no balance)
Legs and back/Ab Ripper X (Yowza wall squats)
Kenpo X (I don't think I've ever sweat so much!)
I was surprised that I did really well my first time! It was challenging, but not nearly as challenging as I though it would be. (I had myself worried that it would be too hard!) I was learning the moves this week, and will be able to push myself harder next week now that I know what to expect. I need to get heavier weights. The heaviest I have is a set of 8lb weights, which is too light for some of the moves. My SIL gave me those and they don't have coated grips, so I'd like to replace those and maybe get 10 to 15's but they are really expensive! Finances are tight as always, so I need to find someone selling weights for cheap (or getting rid of them. lol)
The same schedule is to repeat this for two more weeks then switch to a recovery week that is cardio/yoga only and none of the weight lifting days. Then it will switch up after that.
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
I'm sticking with my typical meal plan and not the P90x one, I'm not tracking my reps/weight, and didn't take before/after pics. I'm not a competitive person. I just want to challenge myself to do my best I can for 13 weeks for the health benefits. I still don't own a scale and am not chasing a number. If I happen to lose a couple of pounds along the journey, it will be a bonus. I feel that people need to remind themselves that fitness isn't about seeing a number on the scale. It's for LIFE, creating healthy habits you can maintain. When I see people freaking out about their weight going up a half pound, I think it is the most absurd thing. I feel like those people have lost sight of the big picture. They get tunnel vision that only sees a number... and they forget how wonderful they feel, how far they've come, and how they've probably added years to their lives.... I think those people need to read (or re-read) The Spark!
In other awesome news, my hopes of some of this rubbing off on my husband has been working. He's very quiet about it and I don't push him about weightloss much because I feel like he has to WANT to do this on his own to make it happen. I just knew I would be there to help him along as needed. He eats the healthy foods I cook, and I noticed that he was slowly working at not getting seconds at dinner, watching portion sizes, not snacking as much, reducing his soda/iced tea intake, and I even saw him READING LABELS to see what the portions were!! (I almost fell over when I saw that one! It made my heart dance with joy) It took a year of gentle nudging about his soda consumption, but now that he's seeing results, the momentum has started! He's been carrying a water bottle and a MIO with him instead. I have been so proud to see him trying. And I was even happier noticing that his face was thinning out and that his pants were looking baggier. So yesterday I just made a comment that his wedding ring looked really loose on his finger. And he proudly stated that he is down 15 pounds, and had to go down a belt loop because his pants were falling off. I saw a twinkle of self-satisfaction in his eyes when he said it. (They have a scale at his work that he's been stepping on to check.) I couldn't be more proud of him and his efforts. I've been so worried about his health, as he's gained a lot of weight and when I calculated his BMI, he's in the Class II Obesity level. He has a ways to go still (50ish pounds), but I am just so proud that he's started working towards being healthier!
Sorry for the long blog! My blogs are few and far between, so I tend to ramble on...
Happy weekend Sparkers!