Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Success... Well kinda

Today marks day 1 of WEEK 2 of p90x. I couldn't be happier. I made it through an entire grueling week of intense workouts and strict eating plan and I'm ready for week 2. This week will be a little tough. We are driving to and from Michigan which will cause a couple days of inadvertent rest plus it will be Thanksgiving on Thursday and really, how am I supposed to NOT eat like that. So I have a plan since there really is no way that I'm going to take a delicious holiday away from myself. Portions, Portions, PORTIONS. I'm going to focus on what I'm eating, skip the chip dip well at least cut back A LOT, small portion of starches, lots of veggies, lots of lean turkey, no gravy (not that I normally eat it anyways) and since I'm going to be eating like this on Thursday I plan on cutting calories from other places to make up for it. The bad thing is that we're also taking Thursday off from working out because of travel plans, it will change our routine a bit but I think we will be okay. 
We have changed one thing though, we're not making the crazy 4 burner, stove, & blender dinners and lunches anymore. We're still following the outlined amount of calories, fruits/carbs/proteins/veggies but we're just eating what we enjoy eating and going from there. I'm trying not to restrict myself from anything because I'll go crazy about it.. A friend had McDonald's the other day, I ate a single french fry to satisfy my craving and actually left it at that. 

So on to progress, I'm feeling stronger and more energized, that is until about 8pm and then I get sleepy and most times am asleep by 9pm. I actually have not stepped on a scale since starting this program but I can already see that I'm losing weight, it's just the opposite of how I want to lose it. I'd love my legs to slim down before my upper chest does but all that matters is that it's happening and will continue to happen. I'd recommend this to anyone who is ready to make changes in their life and continue those changes. 

Listening to Lily Allen F*** You

Friday, November 19, 2010

Week 1 p90x

So this week we started p90x and let me tell you, it's not as miserable as I thought it would be. Now saying that, I believe that I can push myself harder in the weeks to come. We didn't start until Tuesday because silly me got into a car accident.. See below. My poor girl. I was in a fair bit of pain in my back on Monday and part of Tuesday and Wednesday so my first 2 days I didn't go full force which makes me think that my next 3 weeks will be a lot more challenging. 

The worst part I've found so far is following the complex eating plan. Not that I'm having trouble eating healthy and hitting certain food groups X amounts of times per day. That's not hard at all. For me personally the amount of food I'm "supposed" to eat on a given day is most times too much food for me. I don't think I've finished an entire meal more than once. Most dinners involve soup of some kind, a sauce to dip your meat/fish in and veggies. So you're making soup, making a sauce, making rice, making veggies, and cooking meat at the very least. (that's at least 3 burners and a blender/food processor plus an oven or grill) If you're lucky you have a big enough kitchen to cook all of this at once and enough counter space to have everything you need out whenever you need it.
So we have decided to continue to follow the eating plan this week and then the following weeks use the eating plan as a guide for what we need to eat. I have no problem having an egg white veggie omelet or protein shake for breakfast. Having a protein bar and recovery drink for a morning snack. Or salads for lunch. I really don't mind having chicken and fish be the bulk of my meats for dinner with veggies and a healthy starch. My issue is that I'm spending the bulk of my evening cooking dinner, eating it around 8pm and then going to bed an hour later. It has just gotten to be a defeating process at this point. 
Aside from that one issue I'm very happy I'm doing this. We get up at 5-ish in the morning Tuesday-Friday and workout together before work then on the weekends we'll work out when we roll out of bed, which is amazing. Sundays though, we do need to be at church by 10:30 so there might be an afternoon workout or an alarm set. It's made the week fly by and I feel like I'm starting to feel results, not really see any but feel them. We both lose weight from top to bottom and gain from bottom to top so I'm excited to finally start to see those results. 
Mostly the biggest change we will continue with is our eating plan, we will stop eating like crap whenever we want to and make it an occasion if we ever want to. I know it's only been 4 days and we have 2 more days to do until we have a "finished" week but I'm confident that in 3 months I will be able to say that I have completed p90x and yield great results and continue those results right down the aisle. 

Thursday, November 11, 2010


I super failed this week. Like SUPER failed. All I've done this week is bake, drink, cook, eat, drink, and spend time with my love.
He is honestly the WORST influence sometimes. He's all, I'm going to enjoy this last week and be awful before we start P90x on Monday and I say OK I wanna play this terrible game too. I'm an idiot. 

So our friends come in today which will consist of a weekend of drinking, eating, and more drinking, little sleep and poor life decisions. Monday is going to come early and punch me right in the cooter about 3875827365 times and I'm pretty sure I deserve it. 

Monday, November 8, 2010

Staying on Track

So I made it through week one. Not P90x week one but walking 5 days during the week for at least an hour. I did it! I know it's such a small accomplishment but it's an accomplishment no less. Monday I walked almost every culdesac in our subdivision which is a little over 2 miles. Tuesday I did every culdesac in our subdivision which is just under 2.5 miles and Tuesday night my fiance and I also took the dogs for an evening walk, which lasted roughly a half hour. Wednesday I was sent to a trade show for work and ended up walking over 30 minutes to and from my car, plus the walking at the actual trade show. Thursday I was sent back to the trade show and again, did over an hour of walking throughout the day. I took Friday off and treated myself to some sushi and a pedicure, then a night out with my love. I felt it was well deserved. I still had one more day of walking to do and lucky me, I got invited to power shop with a few of my girlfriends. So Saturday I got in well over an hour of power shopping coupled with some good walking.

This week may end up being a little tougher to walk 5 times because we have company coming in for the weekend on Thursday. I plan on walking after work today, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Then I'm hoping I can get a pre-football game walk in on Saturday morning around 10am. We will just have to play that one by ear but I'm very hopeful I will stick to my guns.
Either way, my life is ending come next Monday because I'm starting P90x. I have such a fear that I will not be able to complete it. I did make a pact with my fiance that he would not quit on me and also not let me quit. I really want to complete it. I think it would be one hell of an accomplishment and lifestyle change.

I will post before and after pictures as well as weekly updates on progress and pitfalls. Here goes nothing!!

Currently Listening to - Ke$ha - D.I.N.O.$.A.U.R

Monday - Chicken & Broccoli
Tuesday - Whole Wheat Spaghetti
Wednesday - Leftovers
Thursday - Fish & Redskin Potatoes 
Friday - Sunday Who knows, we have company coming so everything is up in the air

Monday, November 1, 2010

So much for taking it slow....

So I started my walking. Mission started :) 
On Saturday I took both dogs for a walk, which proved to be almost impossible. One pup has walking issues sadly, so half way though we turned back but not to be defeated. I put him away and went back out with just the  one dog who loves to walk and can do so at a faster pace. I walked for an entire hour, including the first trip out and it felt great. I'm sadly proud of myself for starting on a Saturday. But I made some bad decisions this weekend in regards to Halloween candy :( just ate toooo much. And what's worse is Sunday we had ZERO trick or treaters, which meant so much left over candy. I had the fiancĂ© take it to work today to get it completely our of the house, which is the best defense for us both. 
Yesterday we had soccer practice which ended up being just short of a 2 hour scrimmage. When you get back into a sport you realize how much better shape you USED to be in. But at the same time, this is what I'm doing all of this for, to get back into that shape, or at least close to it. 
So this morning I mapped out a few 2 mile loops in my neighborhood, I figure it'll take me an hour to walk 2 miles and that's perfect. 2 miles, 5 days a week, which is 10 miles a week. Go me! So here's to staying on track. 

So back to my title... So much for taking it slow... 
My fiancĂ© ordered P90X last night. This scares the baahhjeezes out of me. I mean it sounds great and the results will be great but it's going to be the most challenging 3 months of my life! Which makes me realize that once we start this program my daily walks are going to be harder to complete because I will be designating at least an hour to P90X each day for 3 months. Is doing P90X and walking doing too much? Will I be stretching myself too thin? Or will I be just fine and be in the great shape? Oh and on top of this P90X, I have soccer practice on Sundays and coaching on Wednesday and Sundays, so much for having time to relax. But I'm finding that the more things I have going on the better I am at relaxing because I make time to do it and realize that I only have a short time for it, not an entire afternoon. 
So I have 2 weeks to walk until P90X arrives. Here goes NOTHING! :) 

Today my scale probably reads somewhere around 165, I hope to be at 130-135. I honestly don't really care about how much I weigh when I'm finished, I just want to fit comfortably in my clothes. I want to look sleek and sexy in my wedding dress. 

Currently listening to - The Fear by Lily Allen

PS Tonight begins a healthy eating regimen... I'm very excited. Tonight's dinner is going to be grilled chicken and roasted broccoli.