Saturday, May 31, 2008

Day 36 P90X

I was a busy little bee yesterday. I was so busy visiting all my blogger friends, that I forgot to post! I visited Nadine, Suzette, Tillie, Jamie, Rob, Mike, Lilla, Lynda, Adam, Tea, Roy and Hazel, and a few new ones! I don't know ANY of these people in person, but I know they are all friends. It's funny how this internet thing really connects people. We all have something in common and we all can cheer or commiserate with each other. It's awesome! Make sure you visit someone today! You might just make their day :)

I did my Kenpo this morning. Great workout. I am starting Week 2, of Phase 2 on Monday. Anxious to see the results this next 30 days.

Todays' Affirmations

1. I am a strong and confident person
2. I love myself, so I can love others
3. I don't eat junk anymore

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Day 34 P90X

This week is going fast! I have only 2 days left of my first week of Phase 2. I did YogaX this morning. My flexibility is getting mo' betta and I can tolerate the Yoga easier. I still don't like it, but I'm doing it. Attitude is everything, isn't it? I used to be pretty stubborn...if I didn't like something well then, that was that! I didn't even try to explore the possibilities. I guess with age comes wisdom. I know that I need to work on my flexibility so I don't become stiff and unable to do the things I want to do. I want to be the 90 year old lady that still walks the neighborhood and does water aerobics! None of this wheel chair stuff for me! I want to be strong and healthy. My grandfather fell and broke his hip...within a year he was dead. Grandma followed about a year later. They were only about 85ish. To me that is still YOUNG! My impression of "age" has changed also. I remember when I used to think 50 was old. Geez! I'm 50! I'm just getting started! We can live our lives to be over 100 in this day and age. I plan to live a full life!

Change your thinking...change your life!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Day 32 P90X



One of the beautiful homes we have listed here in the Pines!

P90X has 3 different "programs" you can follow. The Classic, The Lean, and Doubles. I started with the Classic, but I have decided to switch to Lean. It is specifically written for people that have a bit more fat to lose. That is definitely ME! I think I am also going to throw in a Turbo Jam workout somewhere during the week. I miss doing it.

We have one more week left in the "Clothing Challenge"! Can't wait to see who the winner will be! My money is on Jamie! But Rob, Nadine, and Suzette are showing some great results! Final pics are due on Saturday, May 31. I will post on June 1st

So what are you having for lunch? I'm having brown rice and salsa, broccoli, and chicken. This is one of my faves because it is so easy to throw together in the morning. I had my protein pancakes this morning, but instead of a banana, I threw in a cup of berries. YUM!! I have realized that I do really well when I am at work, it is when I get home I have trouble...or on the way home. Sometimes the mexican food or chocolate calls my name....

So....I have changed the route I drive home. It is a rural route--NO convenience stores on the way. No place to stop for junk. This transformation is a lot of work, and I have to use all the tricks in my arsenal to succeed. Besides, this drive is so much more relaxing and scenic!

I have also been trying to drink more water. I usually get 8 glasses in, but I think I need at least 10. I can tell the difference when I get 10. Are you drinking all your water?

I was watching, "So you think you can dance" last night. Some of the girls had really terrific legs! There is nothing prettier than a dancer's body. I love that look. Everyone has their picture of an "ideal" body. I used to think that my ideal was the girls in Oxygen. They have fabulous bodies, but I'm thinkin' dancers are my new ideal. I like the long lean look. Muscular but not overly done.

Hoping you all had a fabulous 3-day weekend. Hope you took time out to honor our Vets. Without them I don't know what our world would be like.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Day 30 P90X












I started P90X on April 28th. Today is my final "recovery week" day, which happens to be a rest day.

Pics in the gray bra are day one, pics in black bra are today. I definitely see some progress...this makes me feel so much better! I can't wait to take day 60 pics! The next three weeks of P90X have some new routines that I have not done yet. Can't wait to see what is in store.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Day 27 P90X



I would like to take a moment to remember the brave men and women that have given their lives to defend our country. I pray for the ones that are defending it now (my son included).

Today was the last day of my Recovery week for Phase I. Tomorrow is a rest day. I am happy and proud that I have made it this far. I feel in control today. Like I finally figured out my PLAN! No more whining about my diet. I am done with that and on to something else! This is a lifetime thing....I can't expect to be 100% in under one month!! It's a learning process. Next month at this time I will have more things under control and steadily on my way to meeting my goals. So will you...if you are persistant and dedicated. I have done a lot of different types of workouts, and people ask me, "Does it work?" Of course it works! ANYTHING will work, if you get off your butt and do it! So that is my mantra this next month! Get off your butt and do it!

Do you guys want to hear something funny? The real estate office I work in is a very high end office--million dollar and up homes. The homeowner fitness center is in the same building. Everyday homeowners walk past my desk to go workout. Most of them are older "seniors", but there are a few in the 30-50ish age group. They all head to the cardio machines for an hour. The women that make it to the weights are lifting about 3-5 lbs tops. NONE of them look like they know what they are doing. NONE of them are sweating. They look the same when they come out as when they went in! There are two trainers that work the center. One of them really knows what she is talking about. I watch what she does with the women she trains. They are in good shape are lifting heavier weights and look like they have worked!

I read a quote this morning in a nutrition book I have....it was by Charles Atlas..."I don't care if I'm the smartest man in the room, because I know I can kick everyone in the room's butt!" I love that confidence!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Day 26 P90X

I have been having discussions with my coach regarding my lack of progress. I feel like my "eating" has been at fault. I am definitely doing the work! Hell yeah! I'm doing the work!!! This just proves that you can exercise and if your diet is not in compliance, you won't see the results you're after. It's not that I'm not eating the right stuff....just maybe I haven't gotten the calorie thing down yet. Maybe my protein is too low, or carbs too high. I haven't quite figured it out yet, but we're leaning towards upping my protein a bit. One step at a time. I am going back to the basics that I know work for me--journaling all my food--I use Sparkpeople.com to keep track of my calories and such. I have gotten away from doing that and I think it has made a difference--I've gotten lax.

I have 60 days left in the 90 day program. I know that women historically don't show huge improvements in the first 30 days. We will just keep moving on, day after day. It's not like I'm going to quit after 90 days....this is a lifetime thing. I need to workout and eat right for the rest of my life, P90X may be just the start of major changes for me.

If I were to give someone like me advice, it would be this: "Stick with it. Persistance is key. You can't win if you don't play!"

Today's Affirmations:
I am logging everything I eat in my book or Sparkpeople.com
I am eating the right amounts of food for my body type
I am happy with me today!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Day 25 P90X


Picture of Thumb Butte about a week ago when we got snow in May of all things. Weather is funky today also....temp has dropped into the low 40's, snow is supposed to be on the way.

Looks like my post yesterday caused a bit of a stir. I figured it would. Weight issues and women--tied together like "base" and "ball". Can't have one without the other. I struggle with TOO much weight. Some one else may struggle with too little weight. I was talking about the girls that do this "on purpose" to themselves. NOT the women that struggle to keep weight on-- You know as well as I do that model agencies and agents push these girls to limits that no one should reach. How can you tell a girl that "your but is too big" WHEN SHE WEIGHS LESS THAN 100 LBS!!!! AND WEARS A SIZE 00???? OMG!!! WTF!!

I know that France has "outlawed" too skinny models. Change is coming. More and more we will see normal size and plus sized models. This makes me happy. Women are beautiful creatures and we deserve to love ourselves and not be pushed around by the media! I wanna know who sets up these impossible body images and who made THEM God!

Okay...I'm done.

As for me....I'm plugging away at my P90X workouts. I did Kenpo today, because I slept thru my workout yesterday! DUH.... Today would have been stretching, so I didn't miss much. I can do the stretching tonight on the floor while my hubby watches TV. He might be interested in watching me lift my butt over my head!! LOL!!

I want everyone reading this to love yourself today. Do something for yourself. Even if it's just doing nothing! Read a book, get a pedicure/manicure, take a walk, hug your spouse or kids--or your dog/cat! Whatever...just do it.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Day 24 P90X




Yesterday I bought Fitness RX for Women. A great magazine geared towards women's fitness. There was an article about "how skinny is too skinny". This topic really bothers me. All our lives we have either been picked on because we were too fat or too skinny. No wonder women have self esteem issues. We have these 16 year old girls posing for magazine covers and strutting the catwalk that are nothing more than skin covered skeletons. If you look closely you will see that their knee joints are actually BIGGER than their thighs! That is just unreal to me! So tell me....who's healthier a bone bag thin model or someone like me? The model exists on diet coke and cigarettes barely eating and even then it's some stupid fad thing like the "master cleanse". I bet most of them don't even exercise. I get up every morning at 5:30. First thing on the agenda is my P90X workout. Then I eat breakfast and shower. I pack my food for the day so I won't be caught off guard. Everyday I try to make myself better in some way. I am really concerned about these young girls. I am even more concerned about the people that LET them do this to themselves, the people that say they HAVE to do this if they want a career in modeling. I am also concerned about the women/girls that are role models for our young women. There are very few young women out there that I would want my daughter to emulate. Thank goodness that Leighsa is old enough to think for herself now. She is learning how to eat right and exercise. She is beautiful and I would like to keep her that way! She is tall and slim, but not skinny. She has curves--she's a REAL woman. I am liking those Dove commercials more and more everyday. The women they showcase are all REAL.

Okay...I'll jump down from my high horse now! But this is really something to think about. What mental issues are running around in your psyche? We need to work on changing our mental pictures. Visualization, people!! Affirmations!!!

Today's affirmations:

I am a strong vital woman (man)
I love myself for who I am today
I exercise everyday because it is good for my body

Thanks for visiting with me today. I apppreciate all my fellow "shredders" and regular readers. I do this blog as much for you as for myself! Hugs to you all.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Day...Whatever...

I have entered week 4 of P90X. This is called a Recovery Week. Not so sure about the Revovery part...I am working every bit as hard as I always have, just no weights this week to speak of. It's mostly cardio. I did Yoga yesterday, and Core Synergistics today. Pretty fun workout. A few very light weights, some lunges, and core work--lots of other stuff. Some of it I couldn't do--not enough strength yet.

I seemed to have dropped about .5% of body fat...I am in an in-between gray area. My skin folds are measuring smaller by about 3 points but they still fall into the same BF% range as I did last week. I don't know...that doesn't even make sense.. You'd have to see what I'm talking about.

I took my pics but forgot to bring my camera to work so I can post them! I'll do it tonite. Not much change there--or in my measurements.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Day 20 P90X

Today was my last work out in Phase 1. I did Kenpo. A very fun "martial arts" type workout. Lots of kicks, punches, and blocks. I'm not real good at the back and side kicks, but no worries...just takes practice. I have a Recovery week next week and it doesn't look like I'll be sitting on my butt much! I have two days of Yoga, 1 of core synergistics, 1 of CardioX...not sure what else! oh yeah...Kenpo, Duh...

I am so proud that I have stuck with this. Only two more months! 8 weeks. I can do this!

I found a really great site for women: Fit Yummy Mummy...By Holly Rigsby. She has a pretty good program that is just for women. It seems very well planned out. Holly actually uses her own program. Wow! What a concept! She has a free club that you can join HERE Check it out. I think you will enjoy it.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Day 19 P90X

Do you ever have nights when you sleep so hard you're like the dead?! I was sleeping so sound that when I awoke it was like I "jumped" out of sleep! None of this easing into the day....I jumped out of bed, grabbed some water, and my shoes. Got the DVD up and ready, Blam! workout time! Man...not an easy way to start the day! I did my legs and back. Great workout. I love the leg work, although they are like rubber when I'm done!

I have spent all morning reading recipes and nutrition books. I still need some work on cleaning up my diet. I am about 1000% better than I was last year, but still need some tweaking. I can't remember the last time I ate a fast food hamburger...I'm not kidding, it's been maybe 2 years. I don't eat any fried foods, or chips, or donuts. These just aren't appealing to me anymore. Although I would kill for some fries or a brownie! We had donuts here at the office at our office meeting. I didn't even want one! Hey! That's progress!

I am hoping to post 1/2 way progress pics of my Clothing Challengers. I've got Jamie's pic, but need Rob, Suzette, and Nadine. Me too, of course! If you are all reading this...send your pics to cranappleplace@yahoo.com

Hoping you all have a fabulous weekend. Do something for yourself.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Day 18 P90X


Today I felt like I had been hit by a truck when I got out of bed! Every muscle was tight and my bones felt like they needed lubing! I just did not think I could do the YogaX this morning, so I did the Stretch X and a little Yoga. I feel so much better now!

I 've been really trying to get all my water in. I pretty much gave up all soda about a month ago--I have one every now and then, but NOT the 6-pack a day habit I had! I drink about 4-6 of the 16.9 oz bottles of water. It just depends on how thirsty I am.

I joined an accountability thread on Beachbody.com. We're called the "Sisterhood". These women are so smart and fit. They really work hard and offer great advice to the rest of us that are struggling every day with our workouts and eating. If you need a group to help you, GO HERE Then scroll to the bottom and click on Play the Game. It is free! You can actually win prizes and cash everyday! There are so many support groups on there, you will be able to find lots of people with your same interests. I lurked on the boards for a week before I found the one I liked and felt comfortable with! You will too!

I also belong to Adam Waters Shreddersphere 1.0. I love the people involved in this project! They are becoming real friends! I usually can't wait to get on my blog and see what comments/advice/words of wisdom they have left for me!

As you can tell...the theme of this blog entry today is accountability and support. None of us can thrive and continue our body "makeovers" without help from real live people! We all crave and NEED this type of support. It feels so good knowing that I'm not the only one in the world that has my particular problem! There are actually people that can relate when I say, "I hate Plyo!" So...if you need a "buddy" just let me know! I'd be happy to help you thru your "project". :)

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Day 17 P90X

Today was a fun day! I just had fun being me, working out, and doing my job! I had my first office meeting with the group of Realtors I work with. It was a little nerve wracking...but it went well.

I did my Shoulders/Bi/Tri's today. This is my absolute favorite P90X workout...probably because it doesn't absolutely wipe me out! Don't get me wrong...I work hard, but I am used to this type of weight routine and I "get it". I don't get Plyo! LOL!!! Don't get me started.

I am eating better than I have in the past two weeks. I dropped my calories just a tad--I really felt like I was just eating too much! My body seems to be responding to the calorie cut. We'll see what happens when I start Phase 2. I may have to up them again.

This little chubette is going to sign off and go home! I can't wait to see my hubbie! We had a little tiff last night and it's make up time! Oh,yeah.....

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Day 16 P90X


This morning I was doing Plyo....my hubbie was getting dressed for work. He was kinda watching what I was doing. Usually he doesn't comment on my workouts, but this is new (P90X). He wanted to know if I do this EVERYDAY! I explained the P90X workouts to him and handed him my book. He was pretty impressed with what I'm doing. To tell the truth...I'M pretty impressed with myself, if I say so myself! I actually DID plyo today...instead of STRUGGLING to do plyo. There are still about 3 exercises that I cannot do. My little chubbette body won't cooperate yet, BUT IT WILL!!!!

I didn't realize how much tenacity and persistance I have in my little self. I owe some of that to my coach Jeff, Adam Waters and the Shredders, and my blog readers. Without ANY of you, I would still be lifting the "pink" weights! LOL!!

The weather is drizzly and cold here today. I actually had snowflakes falling this morning. It was so beautiful, and people don't think it snows in Arizona! I'm wishing I was home with my hubbie cuddled up on the couch in front of the fire, with a pot of chili on the stove--I'm thinkin' cornbread, too! Wanna come over??

Today's affirmations:
I meet all challenges thrown my way
I do not eat junk
I am burning fat by the minute!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Day 15 P90X



Today is measurement day. I'm not happy and it's my own fault. I did not eat as clean as I should have this week. I have drawn up some great menus for this week and have them posted on my fridge and a copy in my purse. I'm getting back to basics and the techniques that I "preach". I got out my journal to write down everything I eat, record my workouts, and write my affirmations. I kinda got away from that in the last two weeks. I think that's why they have been so trying.

This is week THREE of my P90X. I am logging all my reps and I have steadily increased weights or reps on all exercises! Very proud of myself! I am still very excited about my program. I can't wait to finish!

Tomorrow is PLYO--the bane of my existence! But...you know what?! I'm even getting better at that! Woohoo! I am an Amazon! LOL!!! Wonder Woman is gonna have some competition. My energy has been incredible. I even did 20 min of turbo jam this morning after my Chest/Back.

How are my Clothing Challengers doing???? Let's plan on doing a 1/2 way pic next week..how about on Saturday??

My body fat is: 36% same as last week, but that's okay...at least I didn't go up!

Bust: 43
Waist: 38
Low Ab: 41
Hips 44
Thighs 23

Not much change there, but I'm okay with that. The changes will come, I just need to focus and stick with my goals and workouts.

Today's Affirmations:

I am a lean mean fat burning machine
I am a happy camper
I have tons of energy!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Day12 P90X

I was reading some of my "fitness friends" blogs this morning. Two things really hit home:

1. Stop Whining and Just Do it!
2. How blessed I am by my Father in Heaven--even though we are going through storms in our lives, he is always there for us--if we will allow him in!!

I did Legs/Back this morning. I tell ya! This workout kicks my butt!! It's a toughie. I am a little stiff this morning. My body is starting to feel like it has been run thru a wringer. This P90X stuff is hard, but I know it will be worth it in the end. My mental outlook is so much clearer when I work out everyday. My energy is pretty good, too, but when it hits 9:00 I am in bed and asleep the second my head hits the pillow. I am sleeping thru the nite--which had been a problem! I was waking up in the middle of the night and not going back to sleep. I was exhausted! Working out the way I am is definitely helping my sleep! Another good reason to workout! LOL!!

I am having such a great time doing this blog. I have "met" some really nice people and no one is judgmental or mean spirited. I was afraid to put myself out there initially, but people that care about their health and their bodies are so easy to talk to and are so generous with help and advice. They know what a hard row to hoe we all have.

I visit quite a few blogs and I try to leave as many comments as I can. You never know when your comment may just "make" someone's day. Maybe they needed your little tidbit of advice to get thru their day. I appreciate every comment people take their time to make. Thank you so much.

Today's Affirmations:

I love myself as I am, regardless of my weight
I choose to be slender and healthy
Everyday I get better control of my body

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Day 11 P90X

I have decided that I hate Yoga. I did 1/2 an hour of the Yoga X and called it quits. It bores me out of my mind. So I did Turbo Jam instead. I know this is not part of my program, but 90 min of Yoga is a bit much! I might do the last 30 min of the DVD tonight, because I really like that part.

I was feeling pretty good after my workout..Went in to shower and get dressed. I put on a skirt that I wear just about every week and it is TIGHT!!! WTF!! how'd that happen???? Some of the girls on my P90X board said that they all gained a little weight at the beginning. I understand that, but INCHES???? I'm not going to worry about it. I am only into my 2nd week, I have a long way to go. I'm not going to judge until 90 days are up.

I'm hungry today also. That's new. I'm usually pretty okay with what I eat. Need to get myself to fitday.com and see what I've had calorically today. Gotta feed the beast! LOL!!

Shout out to my Clothing Challengers! How's everyone doing??? I saw that Jamie is down a little bit! Yay, girl! Rob...how's it going for you? Suzette? Nadine??

Today's Affirmations:

I am able to maintain my ideal weight
I can lose body fat
I will lose some body fat each day

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Day 10 P90X

Debbie Siebers - "Stuck in a rut? Why not try being a role model for someone else? Sometimes putting yourself into this position is just what you need to kick-start your own motivation. It is amazing how much you affect everyone around you in such a positive way when you're making changes, especially to your health and the way you look. Taking the responsibility to help someone else—because you know you will—will also inspire you to do your best. The realization that you can motivate and inspire others is powerful medicine. Use it! You'll make the world around you a better place."

For me this has been great advice! I'm all about accountability, as this blog proves ( I can't believe I actually let people see me in this condition, in all my big bellied glory!) I think it would be hard to take fitness advice from somebody that looked like me back in January 2008. Since I became a coach last month, I have really turned it up a notch. I have lost 16% body fat since January, '08. I am down 1-2 dress sizes, depending on the dress.

I know that at the end of 2008, I will be much more fit than at the start. I have enough time to finish two more rounds of the "X" before the end of the year. I think that this accountability will keep me motivated. Knowing that people are reading my blog and hoping that I am inspiring them will be enough to keep me going to the end. I also have a Beach Body Coach--his name is Jeff. He emails me everyday, gives me great advice, and really makes me feel like he cares.

If you would like to be a role model for somebody else, please take a look at my links over on the right. Here's the one to get you started: Become a Coach

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Day 9 P90X

Well...it wasn't much better than last week...Plyo..the devil's work. I did the whole DVD, except for a couple of exercises that I just CAN'T do. I will get it. It just takes work.

I found the BEST recipe! Well, actually no recipe, it's something I had in a restaurant. Thought you might like to adapt it to fit your taste and cooking skills :) I'm just going to describe it, and then you take it from there.

1 cup of rice (brown, of course!) on your plate.
1 grilled chicken breast on top of rice
Green chilies on top of breast
2 slices of tomato on top of green chilies
1 slice of monterrey jack on top of it all.
Run it all under a broiler until cheese is bubbly and starting to brown.

YUM-O!!!

Hope all of your are having a nice healthy day! What did you do for yourself today?
Tell me about it....I want to hear!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Day 8 Power 90X


Today was Chest/Back day--classic push-pull exercises. Lots of pushups and pullups (which I cannot do!) I use a band and simulate a pullup. I am a tad sore, but feel so great that I am doing this!

I measured my body fat and I am down from 36.9 to 36%. Not bad! As long as I show a downward trend, I am happy. I don't see it in my pics, or feel it in my body yet, but I know it is working.

The clothing challenge got off to a great start. We will check in, in about 2 weeks for a progress report. Thank you Jamie and Rob for joining up with me! Also Suzette, my phantom challenger! LOL!! Hope you all have a happy, happy day!!!!

Today's Affirmations:

I am a strong woman (man)
I eat right for my body
I workout as planned each day

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Clothing Challenge











Okay! here we go! I have Jamie and Rob and Me in the middle, then there is Nadine. They have stepped up to the challenge! We are going to try to fit into our jeans by May 31st! I have one other challenger, she is involved with another challenge and really can't publish her pics yet. HOWEVER...I do have her starting pic and will publish them when she is ready.

I am doing a rest day today, thank goodness! This has been a very challenging week for me. I started a new eating plan, workout program, and a new job! I got a little behind, but trying to catch up now!