DELPHYNE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DELPHYNE DELPHYNE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Happy New Year | Baby Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5184359 2012 was a rough year for me. I'm ready to let it go and begin a new one. <BR> <BR> <em>79</em> PREGNANCY <BR> <BR> Thankfully I was able to have a healthy pregnancy through the stress of last year. I gained a total of 27 pounds so I feel great about heading into the new year. <BR> <BR> <em>251</em> BABY <BR> <BR> Our new little guy is 2 weeks old. He's just perfect. He was 8lb 13oz when he was born so he's a healthy chunk. <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> NO EXERCISE <BR> <BR> My doctor... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 16:52:09 EST Pregnant: Half Way Mark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5005486 It's been so long since I've written a blog post I'm embarrassed how long it took me to remember how! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <em>382</em> <BR> <BR> This has been one crazy year, but the good stress in the middle of it all is I'm expecting another baby this December. <BR> <BR> PREGNANT! <BR> <BR> This week marks the 5 month half way point. I'm feeling so much better these days and my appetite has finally returned to normal. I feared I would never want to eat a vegetable or meat again. N... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 17:39:18 EST Water Bottle with Built In Filter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4207762 Have you guys seen all of the new water bottles that have the purification filter built right in? You just use water straight from the tap. Awesome! I saw a commercial for the Brita one while watching Biggest Loser, and I became a little obsessed with getting me one. <BR> <BR> I wound up buying this Camelbak bottle: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l718847244.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You do have to replace the filter, but they claim you can drink 3-4 full bottles a da... Tue, 3 May 2011 15:40:42 EST Running Songs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3943476 My running playlist is no longer long enough! That's a great thing, but I need to do something about it. <BR> <BR> I would love to hear your favorite running songs!! <BR> <BR> These are my favorites on my current playlist: <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> Eminem's "Lose Yourself" - This isn't my usual music genre, but it is my #1 running song. It carried me through C25K, and it still pumps me up each and every time I hear it. <BR> <BR> "Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity <BR> To se... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 09:40:26 EST Half Marathon Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3936902 I'm trying to play catch up on my half marathon training! Sick or not, injured or not - it's down to the wire. I have less than 8 weeks left. <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> <em>315</em> <em>331</em> <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> The good news is I finally passed the 10K distance hurdle this weekend. I'm super excited about that! I've been hovering in 4.5 mile land... <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>236</em> <em>248</em> <em>104</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I'm going to be about 4 weeks shy of m... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 11:18:23 EST Running Headband/Ear Warmer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3819017 My last couple of cold runs I really needed something for my ears! I found a fabulous headband pattern on Ravelry I thought would be perfect for running on really cold days. <BR> <BR> It's called Headband in Alaska by DROPS Design. You can find the pattern free on the net here: <link>http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/vi<BR>soppskrift.php?d_nr=86&d_id=10&lang=us </link> <BR> <BR> (Or if you are on Ravelry here: <link>http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/libr<BR>ary/86-10-headband-in-alaska <... Thu, 2 Dec 2010 10:03:45 EST December Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3814027 My goals for December will be short and sweet. I have two main things I really want to focus on this month. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <em>442</em> <em>7</em> <em>411</em> <em>208</em> <BR> <BR> WATER <BR> <BR> My focus in December is WATER. Even though I LOVE water, I have not been drinking enough of it. <BR> <BR> (I'm also going to continue working on my protein intake. I seem to finally be making progress.) <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> <em>274</em> <em>194</em> <em>274</em> <BR> ... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 09:49:59 EST Gorgeous Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3692069 What a beautiful weekend to bring in October! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>411</em> <em>464</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Saturday morning I woke up before the family and headed to the park for a run. It was 25 degrees cooler than the previous Saturday! (Heaven!) My plan was a 4 mile run, but after my GPS/phone malfunctioned in the first quarter mile, I had to make some changes and start over. I had some more mishaps in the first mile (double knots, Delphyne. I've told you - double kno... Mon, 4 Oct 2010 17:25:11 EST October Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3684268 (I'm skipping the September Results blog since my goals changed so much mid-month. It was mainly due to signing up for and accomplishing my first 5K!) <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>312</em> <em>208</em> <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> NUTRITION <BR> <BR> My main focus this month will be my protein. As part of the Goonies 91 day (habit forming) challenge, I will put a spark streak on my spark page to track everyday whether my protein is in range. This is a huge struggle for me. <BR> <BR> <em>... Fri, 1 Oct 2010 09:42:32 EST Happy with Biggest Loser This Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3678181 <em>229</em> I am SO happy 2 contestants were "picked" to come to the ranch. I was not comforted last week by the notion 2 contestants would be brought back because I assumed they would have to compete to get in. Again. To me that translated to contestants that wouldn't get in. Again. I'm relieved. <BR> <BR> <em>277</em> I love that they aired Bob and Jillian having a sit down about calories, food choices, and exercise ("the common sense diet"). This show has so much power to educa... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 22:26:50 EST My First Official 5K Results and Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3669853 I just want you guys to know you were running with me the entire 5K! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>223</em> <em>304</em> <em>285</em> <BR> <BR> I showed up early to the event. I was pretty nervous because I missed picking up my race packet the night before, and I was not familiar with the course. <BR> <BR> The Livestrong folks had my packet waiting for me AND I got a t-shirt. I found out about the event after the cut off date and was bummed I wouldn't get a ... Sat, 25 Sep 2010 16:08:49 EST 25 Things I've Learned in One Year of Sparking (Sparkversary!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3667078 Today is my one year sparkversary! I thought I would make a list of things I have learned in my one year of Sparking! <BR> <BR> <em>320</em> Doing pull ups (and pushups on your toes) will make you feel like a badass. <BR> <BR> <em>404</em> If you are having trouble finding time to do Yoga, let your kids hang stuff off of you while you do it. They will stay very entertained while you get it done. <BR> <BR> <em>415</em> Yoga makes you a better runner. <BR> <BR> <em>218</em> The pl... Fri, 24 Sep 2010 09:52:52 EST Preparing for the 5K and Thoughts on Biggest Loser http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3661274 My first official 5K is this Saturday. I'm so excited. <BR> <BR> RUNNING OUTDOORS <BR> <BR> You guys know I'm mostly a treadmill runner. I've been trying to run outside a little to make sure I'm used to it. <BR> <BR> Monday night my husband and my kids went out to the park with me for my run. We packed them some sidewalk chalk and some bubbles and picked a picnic area next to the track. Every 2 laps my son would hold out my water bottle, and I'd run over to the table to get water and... Wed, 22 Sep 2010 10:57:00 EST TaeKwonDo for Little Ones http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3638710 Tonight was my 3 year old's first night of TaeKwonDo. It was so great! <BR> <BR> We had an appointment before class for the instructor to evaluate him and make sure he was ready. He responded very well to her. When she asked him "Are you ready to learn how to kick and punch and defend yourself?", his face dropped, and he said "No." LOL. I sure love that boy. She pointed to a huge punching bag and told him he would be kicking that. He got excited, and she let him try it out. Adult supe... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 20:52:05 EST Reasons I Love a New Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3597159 <em>248</em> GOALS! <BR> <BR> I get to really think about what I want to change in my life and work toward that goal for the rest of the month. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> NEW CALENDAR! <BR> <BR> Do you guys love calendars? I do! I love getting to fill the month with all of the exciting things to come, but I also like to reward myself with little stickers and stuff when I do great things to motivate me into doing more great things. (My kids love it, too! I don't even make them put the ... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 15:06:00 EST Jillian's Yoga Meltdown (Level 1) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3593833 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l619159201.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I tried out Level 1 of Jillian's Yoga DVD last night. I have mixed feelings about it. <BR> <BR> If you are looking for Yoga to do as one of your main avenues of cardio, I say it's a good DVD because it does elevate your heart rate and get you sweaty. But that's not usually the first thing I think of when it comes to Yoga. <BR> <BR> For those of you who have tried P90X: Yoga X, Jillian's DVD has too much of th... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 18:26:58 EST September Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3589620 MEAL PLANNING <BR> <BR> Stick to the meal plan. <BR> <BR> I normally meal plan a week at a time, but this month I am carrying over the "try new things" plan and have meal planned the entire month. I will be cooking extra on the weekends to stock the freezer. The heart of my goal is better lunches for work. <BR> <BR> <em>140</em> <em>180</em> <em>190</em> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> FITNESS <BR> <BR> I should complete One Hour Runner this month. I am very excited about that! <BR> <BR>... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 15:22:46 EST Zumba in the Kids' Room http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3581834 A couple of weeks ago I rearranged the kids' room so we'd have plenty of open floor space for working floor puzzles and the like. <BR> <BR> Tonight we were playing in their room while my hubby was out mowing the yard. They were playing so great with their play kitchen I decided I'd go get a book to read. For a moment I had that voice in my head wishing I could do some Zumba and it hit me what else that open floor space would be good for - a dance floor! <BR> <BR> Instead of grabbing my ... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 22:56:31 EST August Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3579535 I know it seems like I'm early on my end of August blog since August doesn't officially end until the beginning of next week, but in my OCD - everything starts on a Monday - world, this is mentally the end of August for me. <BR> <BR> August was HARD! It was stressful and emotionally draining for me (which was extra difficult coming off a super month in July). <BR> <BR> From project deadlines at work to preschool mommy blues to a teething (multiple times!) baby... I've been on one long path... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 09:20:13 EST August Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3491039 FITNESS <BR> <BR> I'm ramping up the fitness in August! <BR> <BR> P90X <BR> <BR> It's baaaack! Hubby wants to do P90X again! We never finished Phase III last time. We have agreed to do a full Phase III before trying to start back over (again). I hate starting something and not finishing so this will all be very good. <BR> <BR> ONE HOUR RUNNER <BR> <BR> I will continue the OHR program 3x per week. Right on cue with the start of August the length of run time starts getting longer. I ... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 11:04:28 EST July Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3485189 I didn't set any specific goals at the beginning of the month - I will start that again in August - so this is more like a "recap". <BR> <BR> COUCH TO 5K <BR> <BR> I successfully completed C25K! I'm very excited by everything that has come out of that program. <BR> <BR> When I started C25K, I put all of my runs down on the calendar. A start date, the middle dates, and an end date. When my end date arrived, I was on W9D2! I missed it by one run, and I am very happy about that! I comp... Fri, 30 Jul 2010 10:26:32 EST A New Spark Team: C25K Graduates! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3424155 I have created a new spark team for those who are comfortable running a couple of miles and want to stay motivated or take their running to the next level. <BR> <BR> You can join us here: <BR> <BR> <link>http://teams.sparkpeople.com/C25KGra<BR>duates </link> <BR> <BR> I am *really* excited about this team!! An amazing group of runners have already joined up - folks who truly inspired and motivated me through every run of C25K. <BR> <BR> You don't have to officially be a graduate of C25K... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 14:24:56 EST Post-C25K: One Hour Runner, 10K Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3404229 C25K... Where do we go from here? <BR> <BR> Up until 7 weeks ago, I only planned to run if a bear was chasing me. Now I'm running three times a week (no bear!) and loving it. <BR> <BR> I realized I'm now a runner, but I have no idea what "runners" do. I've been reading a lot of online resources and also trying to find another "plan". <BR> <BR> My immediate plan following C25K will be the "One Hour Runner" plan. The official plan is no longer on the internet so I will spell it out here f... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 13:14:25 EST June Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3378690 I'm doing this blog a little early because I will be deeply devoted to the Wimbledon Men's Quarterfinal matches on Wednesday, June 30th. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>132</em> <em>260</em> <BR> <BR> P90X <BR> <BR> FAIL. <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> There's not much else to say about that. I haven't figured out the simple task of conquering C25K AND P90X at the same time. I'm cool with it, though. As long as I'm progressing - it's all good. <BR> <BR> <em>2</em> <em>245</e... Mon, 28 Jun 2010 11:58:11 EST C25K Weeks 4 & 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3355401 I started out week 4 with Suz's podcast - Michael Jackson - and I learned the importance of running to the right music. <BR> <BR> I decided to make my own playlist and run it with the Droid App - C25K Lite. Ah, yes, much better!! <BR> <BR> Week 5 was AWESOME! It's so crazy. I *dreaded* getting to week 5. I was SCARED of week 5. It rocked! <BR> <BR> On a side note, my strength training has been non-existent lately! I need to find a balance and keep the strength training alive! <BR> ... Mon, 21 Jun 2010 10:52:24 EST C25K: Week 3; SP Tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3309235 C25K <BR> <BR> I changed podcasts for week 3. I went from Robert Ullrey which was motivating to Suz's podcasts which totally pumped me up! I'm not a hip hop fan, but I really enjoy running to it. <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> <em>339</em> <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> I missed my Sunday run due to a migraine. Argh. I get so mad about getting migraines! But that's another blog. Tomorrow is one of my strength training days so hopefully I will get in a good run and have my legs thoroughly warmed ... Mon, 7 Jun 2010 11:13:55 EST Goals for June http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3288323 P90X <BR> <BR> I will begin Phase III of P90X on Monday. Woohoo! I've done Phase I and II too many times. Ha! I can't wait to mix it up. <BR> <BR> <em>320</em> <em>216</em> <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> Couch to 5K <BR> <BR> My running schedule will be Sunday--Tuesday--Thursday. I'm looking forward to some solid weeks and making it past the scary week 5 mark! <BR> <BR> <em>315</em> <em>331</em> <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> Diet <BR> <BR> I've been slowly trying to eliminate processed f... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 11:24:20 EST P90X: PII Week 3; C25K: Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3277059 My P90X workouts were sporatic the last 2 weeks, so I'm combining both weeks to be "week 3". If I had the energy, I'd try to get in another good solid week of Phase II, but I really need recovery week so I'm moving on. <BR> <BR> <em>401</em> <em>414</em> <em>404</em> <BR> <BR> I made it through days 1 and 2 of Couch to 5K week 2 before getting ill. I'm hope, hope, hoping to just pick back up on day 3 and keep going, but as of now I have zero energy. I have no idea how to decide when t... Fri, 28 May 2010 11:58:41 EST Couch to 5K: Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3254349 I finished C25K week 1 last night! I'm excited by how well it went, but I'm nervous by how fast it went! I feel OK to move on, but if I'm being completely honest, I'm scared of getting to week 5. I know I shouldn't be looking that far ahead, but... what can I say? <BR> <BR> Days 2 and 3 were easier than day 1 because I knew what to expect. I went into it without all of the anxiety of the unknown. <BR> <BR> I'm using the Ullrey podcasts which make everything so much easier. I can just f... Fri, 21 May 2010 14:44:02 EST Biggest Loser Transformations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3249787 I thought you guys might want to see this photo gallery showcasing the Biggest Loser transformations. <BR> <BR> <link>tv.yahoo.com/the-biggest-loser/show/<BR>37103/photos/1#sort_2 </link> <BR> <BR> I'd love to hear your thoughts. O'neal looks amazing! I can't wait to see what they will look like at the finale!! Thu, 20 May 2010 10:28:04 EST P90X: Phase II, Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3229767 I learned something new this week. During Ab Ripper X, the first exercise - In and Outs - I've been holding my back steady like we used to do in Pilates class and have only been moving the bottom half of me in and out. It dawned on me the folks in the video were moving their top half in and out, too! Doh! So, I got to add that little bonus move in and get some brand new soreness this week! Good stuff. <BR> <BR> I'm finally making some progress on the different variations of pull-ups. T... Fri, 14 May 2010 14:03:09 EST Organic and Brown Eggs Aren't Always Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3221468 I read an interesting article this morning on Yahoo! Green's "The Conscious Consumer" blog here: <link>green.yahoo.com/blog/the_conscious_c<BR>onsumer/132/four-myths-about-eggs.html </link> . <BR> <BR> The article debunks four myths about eggs, and I certainly learned something new. <BR> <BR> The first myth is brown vs. white eggs. I always thought if the chicken was cooped up (no pun intended) in a tight crate and not able to roam, they layed white eggs. If the chicken was a "free range... Wed, 12 May 2010 09:59:57 EST P90X: Phase II Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3205463 After all the stops and total restarts... I think I'm finally back to where I left off on my blog! <BR> <BR> I just finished Phase II Week 1 with tomorrow being my recovery day. <BR> <BR> One thing I have learned in the last couple of months is I'm definitely the morning workout type. I tried switching my workouts to nights for a month, and there was definitely a big difference! I have a lot more energy (even though it's 4:00 a.m.!) than I do after a day of full time work and an evening... Fri, 7 May 2010 14:10:15 EST Goals for February http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2825478 My first goal for February is to eliminate the WINTER BLUES. We have had a rough winter, and I'm so ready to get it out of my system! My plan is to open all the curtains to let the SUNSHINE in, spring clean the house, clean out the garden, and continue blowing lots of bubbles with my 3 year old. <BR> <BR> <em>437</em> <em>88</em> <BR> <BR> My second goal is to kill P90X Phase II. I'd explain why we are completely restarting Phase II, but then I'd delay my progress on getting rid of th... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 12:36:09 EST P90X: Phase II http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2632687 These past two weeks have been a challenge for us. From freezing temps to visiting relatives to strep throat... our workouts have been very sporadic and included lots of skipped days. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling so much better now and thankfully we are back to "Bringing It"! <BR> <BR> To make up for those lost days, we've decided to extend Phase II by two weeks. Unfortunately this means some of my Spark Friends will be leaving me behind, but we want to get the full benefits of P90X and it feels... Mon, 14 Dec 2009 10:53:45 EST P90X: Recovery Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2585529 I learned something Saturday (my rest day). I realized the next day was the beginning of my recovery week, and I was actually disappointed! I didn't expect to like the strength training as much as I do. <BR> <BR> I am so happy to report that my % of body fat has gone down a little bit more, but my weight has gone back up. That means I am gaining muscle! I'm fine with losing some body fat, but I really didn't want to lose any of my size. <BR> <BR> I didn't do Kenpo this morning. I actua... Tue, 24 Nov 2009 10:45:03 EST P90X Day 19: Mission "Tonedest" Bootie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2574147 Last week I made my distaste for P90X Legs & Back known. I got some great advice from my Spark Friends on how to push through. It basically involves hunky rewards, picturing my bootie, and picturing the booties of my friends. LOL. P90X Legs & Back is now P90X: Mission "Tonedest" Bootie. I'm happy to report I actually enjoyed Legs & Back today! <BR> <BR> Now, for the sake of full disclosure - I wasn't jumping out of bed at the chance to retry this workout. I peeled myself out of bed at ... Thu, 19 Nov 2009 11:19:53 EST P90X Day 17: Meteors & Arms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2569534 The meteor shower was so bright this morning! It was, of course, the coldest day of the year so far, but the sky could not have been clearer. Those meteors were like fireballs across the sky. Unfortunately I didn't get to stay outside long. P90X Shoulders & Arms was calling. <BR> <BR> The only real update I have about Shoulders & Arms is I've decided not to do the lying down Tricep exercise. Heavy weights looming over my face puts me in a really negative place. This is my favorite vide... Tue, 17 Nov 2009 17:39:03 EST Start Your Pre-Dawn Workout with a Meteor Shower http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2565746 If your schedule is like mine and the only way you can workout is to get up at 4 a.m., you are in luck tomorrow. <BR> <BR> The Leonid meteor shower is going to peak tomorrow morning. This is one of the best annual meteor showers and since the moon is just starting to come out of the new moon phase, there is a great chance it will be a pretty impressive shower this year. <BR> <BR> The best time to go outside is between 1 a.m. and dawn - regardless of where you live. There should be about 2... Mon, 16 Nov 2009 12:09:32 EST P90X Day 12: Frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2555623 I'm really having "one of those days". <BR> <BR> It seems like everyone has a specific P90X video that just is not their cup of tea. Mine would be Legs and Back. I get in the worst mood during this workout. Last week my floor + my shoes were ruining the leg (lunges) workouts and making me angry. I stole my kids' floor mats today because they are the kind you put under gym equipment. I thought that would make me happy, but today I'm cussing the pull up bar. <BR> <BR> What is up with tha... Thu, 12 Nov 2009 10:15:41 EST P90X Day 11: Yoga X + Lemon Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2552930 Yoga X: I wish I could just do the second half twice. The first half is a battle of will to make it through! <BR> <BR> Nutrition <BR> <BR> My favorite thing to drink is water with lemon or lime. The problem with that is always having fresh fruit or trying not to waste a whole fruit for a wedge or two. In walks "True Lemon" and "True Lime". <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/8/7/b873708083.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These are packets of crystallized lemon and lime. One packet e... Wed, 11 Nov 2009 10:52:48 EST P90X Day 10: Shoulders and Arms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2550737 I got some new dumbbells. Nothing fancy. Just some neoprene dumbbells from Target. That being said - I *loved* Shoulders and Arms today. So much better than trying to use the bands! <BR> <BR> I'm going to have to post a question somewhere regarding the Flip-Grip Twist Tricep Kickbacks, but I'll mention it here, too, in case someone has a suggestion. I know some of you awesome folks have Select Tech dumbbells. Do you guys have problems doing this exercise with the Select Techs? My hu... Tue, 10 Nov 2009 15:29:51 EST P90X: Week 1 Results, Days 7,8,9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2546536 Day 7: Rest <BR> <BR> Ahhhhh. <BR> <BR> Actually it was Day 7: Remodel the house all day. <BR> <BR> End of Week 1 Results <BR> <BR> Day 1: <BR> Weight: 129 <BR> % Body Fat: 23.3 <BR> <BR> Day 8: <BR> Weight: 126 <BR> % Body Fat: 21.6 <BR> <BR> Day 8: Chest & Back <BR> <BR> I can do a full unassisted pull-up now! Woohoo! I'm so happy after just one week. Now I'm all excited wondering how many I will be able to do after 90 days! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Day 9: Plyometrics ... Mon, 9 Nov 2009 09:55:05 EST P90X Day 6: Kenpo X http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2539276 Today was Kenpo X! <BR> <BR> According to Wikipedia - "American Kenpo or Kenpo Karate is a system of martial arts ... characterized by the use of quick moves in rapid-fire succession intended to overwhelm an opponent. It is largely marketed as a self-defense system, and is derived from traditional Southern Chinese kung fu and other martial arts found in the cultural melting pot of Hawaii." <BR> <BR> I love what Tony Horton has done with these workouts. Just when I think I can't bring it an... Fri, 6 Nov 2009 09:58:18 EST P90X: Days 4 & 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2536566 Day 4: Yoga X <BR> <BR> My normal schedule is to get up at 4 am so I can workout before my kids get up. The night before Day 4 I was up all night with my 6 month old with the last time I went back to bed being 3:45. When the alarm went off at 4... ha! No way! <BR> <BR> I did manage to do Yoga X last night. My 2 year old stayed up way too late because he wanted to "do exercises with mommy". He has excellent form and has mastered the "Downward Dog". <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I thought ... Thu, 5 Nov 2009 10:33:14 EST P90X Day 3: Shoulders & Arms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2530896 My workout left something to be desired today. My plan was to strictly use resistance bands throughout P90X. The guys in the video don't seem to have trouble with them, but I do. With the exception of pull ups, I'm *hating* the bands. I'll have new dumbbells before Sunday's Back and Chest. <BR> <BR> I've been writing down my reps/weights on the fitness guide sheets, and today I learned to pay attention to the exercise name. I've been just writing them down in order but Tony switched thi... Tue, 3 Nov 2009 12:02:48 EST Protein Bar Reviews http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2530866 I'm creating this blog entry as a place I can comment on each protein bar I try. I'm going to try to keep it updated so I will know which bars I like and which bars to never try again. I'd love to hear which bars you guys like and don't like. Feel free to leave me a comment! <BR> <BR> These are the bars reviewed below. I'll start categorizing if the list gets long. <BR> Muscle Milk Light - Chocolate Peanut Caramel <BR> Clif Builder's - Chocolate <BR> Pure Protein - Chocolate Peanut Butte... Tue, 3 Nov 2009 11:53:23 EST P90X Days 1 & 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2527173 P90X has begun! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Did anyone else start this week? I'd love to hear from you! <BR> <BR> Day 1 <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> Folks weren't lying. Day 1 is all about the pull ups and push ups. First of all, I love doing the pull ups with the Bodylastics Bands. I'm not sure why the band guy in the video sat on the floor round 1 and got up on one knee round 2. I'll have to listen closely next time to see if I missed that. It was really hard to catch everythi... Mon, 2 Nov 2009 10:14:13 EST Our P90X Nutrition Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2515943 Just 4 days! I'm so excited! <BR> <BR> I can't believe I'm going to start P90X the day after Halloween. Halloween is HUGE in my family, and I'll be feeling pretty rough after a late, spooky night. Oh well, nothing's going to stop me! <BR> <BR> I have my nutrition for Phase I figured out. If you've been following my blog, you know I've been obsessing over it a little. We are going to do the "Portion Plan" of the P90X nutrition guide. <BR> <BR> For breakfast each morning I'm going to ha... Wed, 28 Oct 2009 17:01:28 EST 6 Days Until P90X: Bodylastics, Pull Ups http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2509148 Bodylastics Resistance Bands <BR> <BR> I tried out my Bodylastics Bands this past weekend, and I'm very disappointed by the weight increments of the bands. 5 lb. increments are just too large of a jump for me. (Going from 7 lbs to 12 lbs...) <BR> <BR> Will I be able to find a 2-3 lb. band with a clip at Walmart or Target? I'm disappointed that I'm going to have to purchase a cheap band to make my $100 bands work for me. <BR> <BR> Pull Up Bar <BR> <BR> We tried to install our pull up ba... Mon, 26 Oct 2009 12:01:57 EST