Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Like many others, January 1st was a day for new Healthy resolutions. My husband and I committed to working out together every morning for 90 days using Tony Hortonís P90X DVDs. I had always told myself I donít have time for this, as each workout is about an hour. Morning is busy: I need to get pets fed, 3 school age kids up, fed, lunches packed and out the door between 7-8AM and myself ready for work as well. Evening workouts I knew would be sporadic since we have many evening commitments.
All my health numbers were good prior to starting this exercise program: BMI, cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose levels, but I knew I had to make a change because I have osteoporosis and osteoarthritis (knee and shoulder) and Iím not even 50 yet! My husbandís numbers were high, which runs in his family.
We stuck to the 90 day plan and it wasnít so bad getting up an hour earlier. At first we were shocked that we even struggled through the warm ups let alone do all kids of push-ups, pull-ups, curls, etc. We did what we could and got stronger and stronger. We were each sidelined once for a week toward the end; he due to the flu and myself due to knee and back pain. We would continue our quest individually and encouraged the other to get back into when they could. We even brought the DVDs with us on our Spring Break vacation.
After 90 days, my husband lost 15 pounds and 3 inches in his waist. I, on the other hand, didnít lose any weight! However, I was more toned and lost 1.5 inches in my waist and an inch in my hips . Not much, but itís better that going the other way which is what would have happened if I hadnít exercised.
Every morning, breakfast is a smoothie made with fresh organic fruits and vegetables and Raw Meal for protein. It took him a few times to get used to the green smoothie made with Spinach, broccoli, avocado, grapes, pear, pineapple juice, and kiwi. Lunch is soup, raw veggies, and an apple. There is no soda in the house and I gave up coffee 2.5 years ago. We eat smaller portions, but weaknesses are ice-cream for him and dark chocolate for me. When we crave something sweet after dinner, Iíll make a fruit smoothie or weíll have a acai berry popsicle instead.
Iím glad we are setting an example for the kids. They have noticed there isnít candy in the house and the only chips are organic white corn chips. I make sure fruit is available for snacks. The grapes (pre-washed), clementines, strawberries and apples go quickly. Their breakfast muffins are freshly made with organic coconut oil and gluten free. An improvement over the hydrogenated vegetable oils, preservatives, and bleached flours used in the store bought muffins. Their ďgoldfishĒ snacks are also the organic version now. The youngest can see the difference between McD nuggets vs. real chicken fingers. Instead of beef, we have always preferred to eat venison once a week courtesy of my husbandís hunting skills. It has lower levels of saturated fats and I donít worry about hormones and GMO grains fed to cows. My husband drinks skim milk with dinner while my daughter and I enjoy almond milk.
My husband and I are continuing to exercise every morning because weíve seen the results and we want to stay fit for our retirement some day!