Archive | November 2012

Fitness Friday: P90X complete!

Pete kindly obliged to taking some pictures of P90X moves today to mark the end of my 90-day journey. I let out a big “woo hoo” when I completed my last workout today. Here’s what I’m taking away:

– This is hard to do when traveling. I leave for Asheville tomorrow and although I’m taking some workout DVDs with me, I won’t feel pressed to do an hourlong workout each day I’m there.

– I’ve noticed more muscle in my arms and legs.

– Still no washboard abs, but like I mentioned, I only did the exercise part of P90X and not the nutrition plan, which might factor into my results. Plus, I noticed that most of the women in the videos looked great but also lacked the washboardness, so I think it takes time.

– I’m definitely not as restless when I’m sitting at my desk at work. A big plus.

– I like lifting weights more than yoga, but I need to work on my balance.

– Dogs tend to interrupt workouts. Also, Anja stares at me a lot.

– And the time thing. This takes a LOT of time. I would go through the workout plan again, but I wouldn’t try to do it all in 90 days.

– Because I care about things like this, please note that we do not always block in the mirror in the pictures. We have things around it so Zoey won’t chew on it.

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What I’m thankful for

I’m a day late on this, but I started making a list of what I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving and wanted to share:

1. Hair care products that fight the frizz. How does my hair go from a 10 to a 2 from the time I leave my house to late morning? It’s not like I ride a bike to work at top speeds whilst wearing a helmet. I drive with my windows rolled up and sit at a desk! While I don’t think all frizz-fighting products control flyaways like they say they will, I am a fan of Organix Argan Oil.

2. In-laws who help us update our home and plan out new landscaping. Yay for a second set of parents!

3. Contacts. Glasses are OK, but I hate the way they fog up when I open the oven or get specks of water on them when it rains. Good job, contacts inventor.

4. Pants that don’t make me look like Urkel. Do you know how hard it is to find pants that aren’t too short on me? I do.

5. An awesome husband who knows how to fix problems on my computer. Heck, just a husband who knows something is wrong with it.

6. A pretty workplace. I love the job, too, but I’ve really enjoyed working somewhere that’s aesthetically pleasing. Sara said it’s very grown up. Of course, she works in a middle school.

7. A sister who makes me laugh while showing me who she’s currently crushing on in the latest issue of “Tiger Beat.” (I didn’t even know that magazine still existed.) Apparently Big Time Rush is all the rage in her book, and 1 Direction is a close second. She said she likes side-swept bangs and big brown eyes. (She’s giving me a quiz at the moment called “Which Twilight Hottie Would Come to Your Rescue?” Mine is Taylor Lautner.)

8. Thick socks. Warm, cozy and perfect for chilly nights when you haven’t yet turned the heat on because electricity is expensive.

9. Chocolate. It calms me down and cheers me up.

10. Friends. The ones who can’t quite verbalize what they are thinking, but you already know because you’ve spent years sharing sleeping bags, brownie batter and interior decorating ideas. The ones who make good shopping buddies because even when they find something that isn’t their style, they show you anyway because they know you’ll like it. And the kind who never owe you money because by the time you’ve split dinners, carpooling duties and favors, it all comes out in the wash.

Fitness Friday: Week 12

One week left! It’s not the best time to be on my last week with all the sweets that come with the holidays, but I am excited that I’m on the last leg of my P90X journey.

So here’s what I’ve been thinking this week: I really want to look like the blonde girl in a couple of the videos. Her name is Dreya Weber, and although I don’t think we’d be friends in real life, she does seem uber fit. I came to the realization this week, though, that I will likely never look like that because while she is an aerialist who stays fit for a living and gets paid for it, I’m not and don’t. At the same time, I think that’s OK. I still want to be fit, but I like having time for other things, too.

As far as what I’m going to do next, I would like to incorporate running into my routine. I took each dog for a run up and down our street a couple of nights ago and loved it. The cold air kind of gave me a headache, but I like the feel of running. And the fact that I’m using my legs after hours of sitting at a desk. I also found that I can run a little farther without getting tired. 🙂

Last week of P90X, here I come!

Fitness Friday: Week 10

It doesn’t seem like I’ve been doing P90X for 10 weeks now. Here are some highlights/thoughts from this week:

– I killed the Ab Ripper workout on Monday. I did the best I’ve done on it so far! I also started doing the Ab Ripper before whatever other DVD I’m supposed to do on the days I have a two-parter because I’m not so fatigued that way.

– It’s nice to have sore muscles. Much better than feeling like a marshmallow from being stationary too long. That’s how I felt in the weeks prior to starting P90X.

– Sometimes I modify. Since I don’t have a chin up bar, I’ve been doing push-ups, dips or lifting weights instead. I also don’t write down how many reps I do when I’m supposed to because it’s not that important to me. I just know I’m doing better than I did at the beginning, although there are still some moves I struggle with.

– There’s a move called the “pot stirrer” where you bend over and swing one arm at a time in circles. It helps to stretch out your muscles when you’re working on the arms. Tony (the leader guy) asks his team what soup they’re stirring during this move and one girl — a very pretty Latina with blindingly white teeth — says lobster bisque. It irritates me that Tony says it sounds fattening. Maybe it is, but let the girl have the bisque. It bugs me every time.

– There are days that I come home and don’t want to work out. I would rather curl up on the couch with a box of truffles and watch “The Notebook.” Or write on my blog. Or frame pictures. Or read. Or sleep. Or do anything but exercise. When I’m hungry and tired and have other things on my to-do list, it’s hard to get going. But I always feel better afterwards.

– I kind of hate to admit this, but I’m ready for my 13 weeks to be up. I think P90X takes too much of my time. I love the way the exercises make me feel, and I will still make a point to exercise regularly, but dedicating an hour to an hour and a half every day (or at least 6 days a week) is a lot and there are other things I want to spend my time on. Like talking to Pete. Or walking the dogs. Or eating before 8. I think once I’m done, I will still use the DVDs and try to work out at least a few times a week — this has definitely encouraged me to keep it up — but I’ve also learned a lesson in priorities. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to work full time, drive an hour home from work and do everything else I’d like to do, but I do know that spending quality time with Pete needs to be at the top of my list. I think our quality time has suffered some since I started this, and it’s not a good feeling. I’ve also neglected the pups. I guess my challenge for the new year will be exercising enough to feel it without sacrificing most of my free time in the evenings.

Fitness Friday: Week 9

We’re about to head out for a basketball game, so I’ll keep it short and sweet.

This week, I substituted. Because Pete’s mom was in town and we had lots of yard work to be done, I counted some of my shoveling, lifting, raking, etc., as my exercise in lieu of some of the P90X workouts. I did get back on track yesterday with some kenpo before work. (I worked half a day.) I figure that 5 hours of yard work makes up for a couple of days of P90X, right?

I also got an idea from Sarah B. about my exercise plan post-P90X. I talked about it a long time ago, but I think I will actually pursue it this time and see if Sara G. and/or Pete want to join me. It’s the Couch to 5K running plan. More on that later!