Philippians 3:12-14 (The Message Bible)

I'm not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don't get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I've got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I'm off and running, and I'm not turning back.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

I just don't get it..

Today at the gym (hooray, i was so glad to be back!) a conversation got started about the new, upcoming season of Biggest Loser. Someone metioned about the "older" people being on there..in their 60's I think. Anyway, we got to talking about ages and this one guy who is in my classes started guessing our ages. (Stupid!--Very, very stupid thing for a guy to do!)
Anyway, he started out with one of my friends, Rene, who is only a few years older than me--and he guessed her to be about 45! If I'm not mistaken, she is 34...so that is 11 years OLDER! Then he looked at me...I could see the wheels turning...so I said, "whoah---wait a minute. If you're guessing Rene is 45...then you better shoot WAYYYY low for me because you're gonna be in BIG trouble if you say something like that about my age!" So, he hesitates for a second and says, okay to be on the safe side, I guess you're about 35.
Say what?
Now listen here girls...there is nothing wrong with being (or looking) 35...but I JUST turned 30 and I was hoping to give off the impression that I'm in my late 20's maybe..but not in my mid 30's! I know I should just brush it off and let it go...but ever since I left the gym I've been analyzing myself. How I dress, how I do my hair, do I have noticable wrinkles?, etc....
Sometimes I tend to dress a little too young, I think. I mean I shop at the same stores as all my teenage neices and wear some of the exact same clothes...so surely I am not dressing "old."
Anyway, I know I'm making way too big of a deal of this...but I keep thinking about that show on TLC called "10 years younger" and I just wonder....what would they do to me to make me look 25 instead of 35???
hmmm....
I already whiten my teeth, got laser eye surgery, get highlights, work out, wear "young" clothes, listen to "hip" music....
Ohhhh....maybe it's because I drive a MINI VAN?
ha ha ha ...dang that van...if it weren't paid off I'd go trade it in for something young and sporty...but no amount of "young" is worth a big ole car payment again.
Okay...I'm off to make Frosty Cupcakes for the kids Christmas parties at school....ta ta!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

I knew it!

okay Kandy, Kate....if you haven't watched BL yet...close this screen down FAST!
But for those of you who have.....I just have to say YA-HOOO!!! I am so happy that M. won and that V. didn't win ANYTHING! It couldn't have turned out better. Well, okay, I guess I would have like it EVEN better if Heba hadn't won the at-home money and either one of the Amy's would have won it..but still...I'm thrilled with the outcome! And..how exciting, the next season is already about to start! (Jan. 6) I can't wait.
I also did the elliptal for 61 minutes while watching the show but I finally decided to get off because I was SO SICK of being on that thing and I wasn't putting hardly ANY effort into it at all. Plus, I already did a 30 minutes of Shoulders & Arms this morning and 30 minutes of Legs & Back as well as the whole Ab Ripper X video this morning.
In all today, I burned 814 calories. Not too bad for not getting to go to the gym.
Also,
I checked into buying some Zumba DVD's for at home. Turns out they're pretty expensive. Even from places like Amazon.com...still going for about $30 for one dvd. That's too pricey for me. Plus, I'm not even sure I'd like it. If its all the "old" songs that I've done a hundred times...then nah--no thanks. Not for $30 anyway. Maybe for like $8.
Anyhow, for now, I guess I'll just stick with going to Zumba at the gym. I even thought about becoming an instructor. As much as I love it...and love working out...it makes sense. But, I'm not quite confident in my coordination skills to do something like that, I don't think.
Anyway, everyone on BL looked awesome. I was most shocked with how Phil looked I think. He didn't even look like the same guy. Shellay also looked AWESOME!
What a blessing that show is to so many people! Everyone of them won really...they all won the opportunity to live their lives again--for real. No amount of money can give you that!

Tonight's the NIGHT!

Biggest Loser Finale! Can't wait to see MICHELE win (fingers crossed!)
Tune in tomorrow to hear what I thought!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Success is So Sweet!

Okay, I totally wanted to blog about this yesterday and had "rehearsed" what I was going to say all day...BUT...something came up last night (The Christmas Train--details on my other blog later) and I didn't get a chance. Anyway, it was a good day for me.
I went to the gym and did an hour of interval training, an hour of Zumba and then did a mile at 7.0 on the treadmill. When I took off my heart rate monitor and checked my calories, I was at 1034!!!!!! That alone made me so excited I wanted to head right back to the gym and do it again--but no can do--I had a hair appt. in an hour. Anyway, I rushed home, started the shower and then stepped on the scale. First it said 132 and I was SO EXCITED...then I (stupidly) got back on again and it said 133. Then again...133 and everytime after that...so I'm gonna say that I am at 133 right now but I'm on the heels of 132.
Now, I know...all this number stuff is dumb and that I shouldn't pay nearly this much attention to the numbers on the scale as how my body looks and feels...ya ya ya --but I have been trying to get to 130 for like YEARS it seems (although it's really only been about 8 months) and I am finally nearing that goal...so yes, I am obsessed with the numbers right now.
Okay before I end this post, I have to do my little dish on Biggest Loser. So who do ya'll want to get in the finale--Heba or Ed? If you're like me--WHO GIVES A CRAP? I mean...really....what's the difference? They both have plenty of weight to lose still...and they both want it like HECK...(although I think Heba has less willpower than Ed) but either of them could easily win it if given the chance...so I won't be voting cuz I don't care. All I really care about is that VICKY DOES NOT WIN. Of course, I would be ecstatic if Michelle wins...she CERTAINLY deserves it the most...(imo) but I will be happy if at least Icky Vicky doesn't win. I am trying to remind myself to pray for her becuase a person like that really needs Jesus.
Okay...I gotta get up from here and get busy with my day. It's gonna be BUSY and LONG.
Love you guys!
Work your butts off this weekend okay?! :o)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

134--hooray!

I oh-so-lightly stepped on the scale this afternoon. That's not my favorite time to weigh--when I'm dressed and have already eaten breakfast...but still...it's been a looooooooong time and I figured I'd better see where I stood. And to my delight---it said 134! YIPPEE! That means that I didn't gain ANY weight over Thanksgiving and have actually dropped a pound! Now if I can just scare those pesky last 4 away!

Also, about Biggest Loser last night....I am so sick of the drama it ain't even funny. Vicky...God help her. That's about all I can say. I was very disappointed with the makeovers. No one looked much better, although I did like Renee's hair a lot. That Christian guy, whoever the heck he is, would make ANYONE look fat standing next to him!
I'm anxious for next week's show...Please God let Michelle stay in the game!!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

God DOES work in mysterious ways...

Well, it's Sunday morning of my big FAMILY weekend. I've been surrounded by food for about 52 hours now and I've eaten hardly anything. Why?, you ask? I've been plauged with nausea since I woke up Friday morning. While most people would consider this a negative----I am actually giggling inside thinking "so God, is THIS your way of keeping me on track with my eating?" ha ha ha Whatever, I'll take it. It's been bad enough that when I'm not cooking or cleaning something, I'm laying in bed or on the couch...but not so bad that I've been bent over the toilet puking. I have sat-out from playing a few board games because of it where I'd normally be in the center of action...but with this many people around, I don't think anyone is really missing me. Let's see...we have mom dad me matt brook grant doug pudgy chantel paul teresa jessica kyen sidney kim craig anthony danielle melissa devin rita megan moses miles stephanie cody toni michael alexis---so that's 29 people total!!! 6 short of my 35 estimation--but of course, in my family, we never know for sure who all is coming until they do or don't show up.
Anyway, I just thought while I had a second, I'd let ya'll know that so far-so good on my eating. Guess I better get up from here and get my family ready for church. I don't know what the rest of the crew is going to do today, but I need to get out of this place for a few hours!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

804

...is the number of calories I burned this morning! Oh ya baby! Even if I don't make it to my goal weight by next Thursday (which I won't unless a miracle happens)--I know it's not from being lazy. I've been working my booty off during my workouts these past couple of weeks. I think the most calories I've ever burned in one work out was 937 and that was the day I did 3 straight hours of Zumba. Today I burned 804 in 2 hours...so I'd consider that quite an accomplishment. I don't know why my body is holding onto this extra weight but whatever. All I can do is my best. I'm sure if I got super-strict with my diet (calorie intake) I'd see some better results...but it's just not. gonna. happen. My ginormous family is coming into town starting tonight and we'll be eating non-stop. My only salvation is that I am going to try to surround myself with healthy choices so I (hopefully) don't succumb to the pressure and eat all the JUNK that everyone else will be eating. Nothing against anyone in my family, I love them all...but they are NOT healthy eaters. I mean...not even close. It's funny because when I know everyone is coming to town, my grocery cart looks entirely different than normal. I have all different varieties of soda, chips, cookies, unhealthy lunch meats, white bread....etc. But hey, that's what they like and it's cheap. I figure there is no sense in feeding them all my expensive healthy stuff when they'd rather have the junk anyway, right? Although I do feel bad for the couple of family members who look to me as an example (for healthy eating) and see my house full of all this stuff. Hopefully they'll watch what I actually EAT and not just what I set out for everyone else to eat.
Okay...off to clean house...got lots of sheets to wash before all my beds are occupied!
Oh and by the way..whatever that "bug" was I had on Tuesday is completely gone now (with the exception of the nasty cough) but other than that, I feel great! YAY! I SOOOOO do NOT have time to be sick! :o)

The BL trash talk

Okay how many of you were asking yourselves this on Tuesday night: "WHAT was AMY smoking?" Can you BeLiEvE she voted Coleen off instead of Vicky? I mean..I was just completely and utterly flabbergasted. The ONLY explantion I can come up with is that maybe she thought her 8 pound weight loss was fueled by the tension going on with Vicky and she wanted to see if it would work another week....!!?????? I dont know--but nix the hug I was wanting to jump through the screen and give Amy for last weeks elimination--now I want to give her a big slap and say WAKE UP!! Vicky is nothing but evil and doesn't care about anyone as much as herself (not even her kids or her husband!) Grrrrr.....
Anyway, I had to get my 2 cents in. I feel better now! :o)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Stickin it out...

Man, I feel awful today. I got a flu shot and a tetanus shot yesterday and I don't know if that is what is making me feel so crummy or what but I just feel miserable. I expected the aching and soreness in my shoulders (at the shot site's) but I feel like I suddenly have a head cold and my neck hurts and I feel drowsy and dizzy and just BLAH. On top of that, I have a cough deep in my chest that makes it hard for me to get a good full breath.
Despite how I felt, I pushed through and went to the gym today for my weight lifting class and my cardio class. I actually did fairly well throughout the classes considering my lack of energy but now that I'm done and I've showered, I feel completely exhausted. I want to do NOTHING. I know I'm not feeling great when I don't even want to do something fun! I just want to lay on the couch and not move.
So I'm wondering, is it bad or wrong to go workout so vigorously and intensly when your body is not in tip-top shape? Am I compromising my healing/wellness by pushing myself so hard? I don't know. I do know that even when I am sick and I work out..I'm still SO GLAD I did it and I usually feel better afterwards--if nothing else at least mentally because I know I got my work out in.
This is just a side note...but one of my friends from the gym ran a marathon Saturday. She's in great shape and is a "runner" by nature but during this particular marathon, a fellow runner collapsed mid way and died!!! It turned out to be a 21 year old guy who'd been training for this marathon for a full year and was about to enter the Navy. No one is quite sure exactly what happened just yet, except it is assumed that he must have had a heart attack. Renee, my friend, said she saw him laying on the ground and his legs were jerking but she didn't know what was going on so she just kept running. She came to find out later that he had died. What a tradgedy. What a freak incident. I mean, who expects a young, in shape guy to just keel over mid-marathon? Crazy.
Anyhow, I can't decide what to do with myself for the rest of the day. As I said, I don't WANT to do anything---but my house is in dire need of some cleaning--at the very least the dishes and laundry need to get done. Why is it so hard for me to relax and just rest? I feel guilty and I can't shake the notion that I'm "wasting time". grrr.....
Guess I'll go fold the laundry and then "allow" myself to rest for 15 minutes or so. If I feel better, I'll get up and do more. If I don't---I'll try to make myself stay on the couch for a while longer. We'll see....

Thursday, November 13, 2008

A first for me...

So today I went to the gym as usual and did my hour of "Pump" (weight lifting) and then did my Zumba (latin-dancing) class. But about 15 minutes before the Zumba class was over, I decided to walk out on it and go hop on the treadmill. The teacher of the class was OBVIOUSLY somewhere else mentally and she was totally messing up the whole class--missing steps and lacking any kind of attitude or zest for the class. It was really wearing on my energy...so I skipped out early. (even though I did do a solid 45 minutes of it).
Anyway, I got on the treadmill next to an accquaintance and we started chatting about Biggest Loser. As you all know, I can get really into talking about that show...AND...I just get really into talking. Period. When I talk and drive, I almost ALWAYS end up somewhere other than where I was going. I can't talk and do much of anything else--which is probably one reason I HATE talking on the phone. HATE!!! IT!!!!
If I talk while cooking, I ruin the food. If I talk while scrapbooking, I get NOTHING done. If someone tries to talk to me while I'm working out, I will either ignore you or whack at you and say SHUT UP!! because I am concentrating. So today when I got on the treadmill and started jogging and talking about Biggest Loser I was SHOCKED when I looked down and saw that I had been running for 25 minutes and had gone over 2 miles!!!!! That is a first for me. I (usually) hate running and especially hate running on treadmills. (which is why I got rid of my treadmill and got an ellipital machine instead)....but today....was a whole nother story. I LOVED IT! Even after that 25 minutes, I felt nothing. I wasn't tired, my legs didn't hurt, I wasn't breathing hard...it just felt comfortable--right---good~! I REALLLLLY wanted to keep going but I had to call it quits and get home so I could get Grant to school on time. Anyway, that was such a cool surprise--so I hope maybe next time I'm there, I can try that again! If that is what running is like for you girls who do it all the time...no wonder you love it! Apparently talking while running was the perfect distraction!! (although I will say when I upped my speed to 6.2, I was NOT talking anymore). :o)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Thanks Bob!

So on last night's BL show, Bob challenged his team to see who could run the farthest in 3 minutes. The winner got to have a banana fudge sundae with him. I knew there was a catch...just like they did. So anyway, it turns out it was the Jello Sugar-Free variety with cool whip on top. Well, I'm not a BIG pudding girl...but the thought of having something "naughty" and only spending 60-80 calories was very enticing for me. So, I went to Wal-Mart and got me some. I decided on the Dark Tuxedo Chocolate kind and I got the Lite Cool Whip.
Oh. My. Gosh!
I don't know if it was the build up of anticipation I had or the fact that I was SUPER hungry or what...but that was like HEAVEN in my mouth. Despite that I bought $128 worth of groceries, I came right in (before unloading the groceries!!) and opened one up, sprayed on my cool whip (which by the way only has 15 cal. / 2 tbsp.) and enjoyed every second of it. Thankfully Grant didn't notice the pudding all over my chin and nose from me trying to stick my tongue in the container to get every last lick!! ha ha
It's a bummer that this pudding is so expensive though. It was $2.78 for a 6-pack and then 1.98 for the Cool Whip. I figure that comes out to about 50-75 cents per serving depending on how much cool whip you use. I only used about 1 tbsp. on mine--but will probably put more next time. Anyway, just wanted to give my "2 thumbs up" on this little delicacy found in the refridgerated isle!!

Veering off course....

Gahhhh.....why is food so DANG YUMMY? I've got the working out thing down pat...2 hours a day for the past 2 1/2 weeks (minus Sunday's) but the eating part is totally sabotaging my goal.It seems like every day starts out the same--healthy breakfast, workout, good lunch, snack and them BAM! someone wants to go out for dinner or my mom brings over cupcakes or I bake a pound cake or the halloween candy grabs me by the neck and stuffs chocolate down my throat! I mean, what am I supposed to do? I can't be good ALL the time. :o)I went back through the early days of this blog and looked over what I was eating way back when---when I was ACTUALLY losing weight and WOW! I forgot how good I was then! One day I wrote "I ate perfectly all day except for 2 little doritos at lunch"! Man...where did that willpower go?
Okay and now to switch subjects and talk about something else...THE BIGGEST LOSER!WHAT is UP with that show? It's like they 've taken my absolutely favorite thing ever (working out and eating healthy) and mixed it with my absolutely LEAST favorite thing ever (junior-high drama). Gross! I am so disgusted with Vicki (and Brady) that I seriously have un-Godly feelings toward them! I have never disliked anyone on TV so much. I was SO FRIGGIN FRUSTRATED last night with all their snickering and hateful comments towards Phil that I could NOT sit still on the couch. I got up, took off all my clothes, put on my tennis shoes and did the elliptical machine for the remainder of the show in my bra and panties--on level TWELVE! I've never done level 12 on my ellipitcal before...but that is how much "ARUGHHHH!" I had inside. I had to do something to get it out! Boy is my butt sore today~! (which is a wonderful thing!)Anyway, I KNOW Kate and Kandy will be thinking the same thing as we all share a DISGUST for the blue team. But one thing I have to mention is WAY TO GO AMY!!!!!!! I was SO SO SO Proud of her for voting off Brady last night! I just wanted to jump in the screen and hug her (and pop Vicky in the nose).Another thing: I SO TOTALLY would have won that 1,000 step challenge if I had been on there. I'm a step-0-maniac at the gym. Plus, nothing in the WORLD would have stopped me if it meant keeping a blue team member off. But I do give PROPS to Stacy! What a hard-worker!~ I wanted to see her beat Ed SOOOO BAD!Okay, I've gotta quit rambling on and get the kids ready for school. Just wanted to take a second and spill my thoughts.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

I'm proud of me!

Although the scale hasn't showed any more weight loss for me...still at 135...I am proud to say that I worked out for a minimum of 1 1/2 hours EVERY day last week (with the exception of Saturday and Sunday--but I did clean the whole house over the weekend.) So far this week, I've kept up with my goals and have worked out every day for nearly 2 hours! Usually I'm bad about either taking Wednesday's or Friday's off....but I can't afford to do that anymore. It's crunch time (literally!!). Thanksgiving is only 3 weeks away! Even if I don't reach my 130 goal, I will be proud and satisfied if I can keep up with my workouts and (mostly) healthy eating (dang halloweeen candy!!). I'm going to Reeeeeealy try to get a work out in for the next 3 Saturday's to help boost my results. It's hard to think of working out EVERY Saturday...but if I tell myself it's only for the next THREE Saturday's--well then that just seems more attainable.
So, how are y'all doing? Hope you're not succumbing to all the pumpkiny-cinnamony goodness this season offers...??!? I'm doing my best to stay away from the desserts...of course, the 5 gallon bucket of halloween candy in my pantry is driving me nuts. Luckily, I've just about eaten all the good stuff up (read: chocolate) and now all that's left is suckers, gum and skittles...ha ha ha ha ha
Oh and I thought of something TOTALLY corny on the way home from the gym yesterday..and while I know it is totally dorky...there is some truth to it:
Snickers. Why do you think they call them that? Because the more SNICKERS you eat...the more SNICKERS you get!! (from other people watching your BUTT grow with every bite!)
ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

It figures...I lose weight and it comes from my fingers instead of my butt!


Now that the weather has gotten colder and my hands are cold all the time, my wedding ring is just WAY too big. It actually falls off if I turn my hand down and shake it gently! So....off went the big diamond and on went the plain, solid gold band we bought almost 11 years ago (because I actually THOUGHT that is what I wanted as my wedding band!!! Crazy!) What's encouraging about this is that that band has always been small and even back then (11 years ago when I was skinny) it was very uncomfortable to wear because it was so snug. But yesterday when I slipped off my diamond ring and slipped it on...it just slid right on! It's never been this loose on my finger. Hooray. Just a small reminder that I AM shrinking my body, even if it IS from my fingers!! ha ha Of course, I will either get my real ring sized or buy a spacer thingy very soon so I can wear it again...but I just thought I'd share this small peice of "victory" with y'all.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Back at it

So...yes...Kate and Kandy...I promise, I am still working at my Thanksgiving Goal! As a matter of fact, the scale said 135.0 today! Hooray! That's 2 pounds down..just 5 more to go! I had gotten a little lazy for a while there...but I am back on track in a big way. I have a new-found inspiration in my life! My big brother (and when I say big I mean BIG) is on his way to a new life by losing weight and I am SO excited for him. He's only 40 and was up around 350 lbs. Because of all the extra weight...he'd pretty much given up on having any kind of life. He stays home from all the family activities now because he "can't walk that far, can't stand for that long, can't sit in normal chairs". In just the last couple of months, he has started exercising some (actually physical therapy because he has a bad back from all this extra weight) and has started watching what he eats. He is actually subsituting Weight Watchers shakes for Breakfast and Lunch and he's lost about 30 pounds so far! It's just the beginning of his journey, but I can see the spark in his eye. I know he's serious about it this time. He's also started watching The Biggest Loser this season (after mine and my mom's obsessive begging) and I know that is inspiring him as well. (who wouldn't be inspired by that show!?)
Anyhow, he came for a little visit this past weekend and we talked and I realized that this is something we can do together! Of course, I don't have nearly as far to go as he does...but really it's never ending for me either. I will always be working to stay healthy. As he left Sunday I said, "well, come Thanksgiving we're gonna both be looking thinner!"
So, that being said, I have decided to get back to P90X yet again. And not only the work outs...I'm mostly talking about the nutrition part. I started yesterday and had a very sucessful day. I did Chest & Back and Ab Ripper X and ate absolutely healthy ALL day!
Today already I've done an hour of "Pump" at the gym (weights) and then a 45 min. step aerobics class (burned 593 cal. total for both classes). I've been eating good and I feel great! I'm looking forward to accomplishing this goal and seeing my brother get his life back!
Thanks for all your encouragement all the time! You girls are the best!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Goal-Minded

Okay, so Kate pinned me down today and we decided to set a goal together. We are both GOING TO weigh 130 on Thanksgiving this year!! Since we're both sitting at the same weight right now (137) and there are 7 weeks until Thanksgiving...we have a very attainable journey and goal before us. I'm looking forward to achieving this goal (finally) and proving to myself once and for all that I am worth all this hard work and that I CAN get back to my pre-wedding weight. Plus, with another 7 pounds down, I will finally be WAY too small for all my clothes and will have a good excuse to go SHOPPING! Hooray! ha ha
(sorry Kate....but there is a good chance you'll have to do the same. I know that thought just totally depresses you! :o)

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Okay...Feeling better about this whole work-out thing

I remember this t-shirt I saw a while back on an old guy at the gym. It said "This working out thing isn't working out for me!"
That is how I've been feeling for a while now....
BUT....
I made myself do Chest & Back last night along with Ab Ripper X and then today...I got up and went to one of the "sister" gyms of my gym. I had been telling myself all this time (while my gym is closed for renevations) that it was too far to travel and that I could just stay home and do P90X..BUT...I went today and I LOVED IT! I will DEFINITELY be incorporating that into my regular work outs again. At LEAST on Tuesdays & Thursdays and maybe Saturdays. I will still do my P90X weight-training work outs at home on the other days too.
And of course...gotta keep eating healthy if I want the pounds to stay off and keep coming off.

I have just definitely realized that group fitness is my forte. Without it, I have a HARD time keeping myself motivated...but with it..well, there's just no stopping me. I'm so pumped about it right now, I want to go EVERY day...but I know that is not realistic..plus, I probably won't be able to move tomorrow anyway after the 2 hours I did today that totally kicked my butt.

By the way...one last thing:
If you get a chance and can remember...pick up some HONEY CRISP apples in the produce section of your grocery store. They only sell them in October but they are the BEST apples EVER! I promise you...they are worth the extra $. If you don't trust me, buy just one and try it.

Friday, October 3, 2008

update

I am SO NOT into this anymore....

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Days 15-35

Well....as you can see, I've been "away" for a while. So much has happened in the past 20 days, but since this blog focuses on my weight and health...I will just leave all the details for my other blog and tell YOU guys that over the past three weeks, I have packed back on a few pounds. I weighed in at 140 on Sunday of this week. Very depressing to see that number, but I'm not entirely surprised either. It's been a stressful time and to be completely honest...working out and worrying about nutrition has been the LEAST of my worries. It just didn't rank up there in priority...but I am glad to say that life is returning to "normal" again finally and I started P90X again yesterday. I am feeling especially encouraged after watching Biggest Loser tonight! How inspiring those people are!
Anyway, on our way home from San Antonio on Sept. 15th, I typed this post. Thought I'd go ahead and post it since I took the time to type it!

Vacation = calories
I tried, I really did. I actually didn’t “give in” and do something intentionally “bad” until this morning at breakfast right before we headed home. I caved and had a waffle at the hotel’s continental breakfast. I did use sugar free syrup though! It wasn’t even very good. Bummer! Most meals, I tried to order the healthiest options I could. At the Rain Forest Café, I ordered a bowl of veggie soup. At Sea World, I got baked chicken, fries and strawberries. At our Dinner with Shamu I had salad, baked chicken, brown rice, sautéed veggies and a tiny sliver of each dessert. The next day I got a turkey veggie wrap for lunch and ordered tortilla soup for dinner at Dave & Busters. I had raisin bran for breakfast one day, oatmeal the next day and the waffle today. I snacked on low fat yogurt cups and pistachios. I even got up yesterday morning before we headed to Sea World and worked out in the fitness room at the hotel. I was so proud of myself! I did 25 min on the elliptical machine and then a few shoulder, tricep and bicep work outs with the weights in there. It was actually really nice because I had the whole room to myself and it was totally state-of-the-art NICE equipment. I even got to catch a whole episode of Joel Osteen while I was on the elliptical.
Anyway, tomorrow will be back to normal eating and work outs—and hopefully back down to my 135 weight! (I’m sure I gained a few pounds this weekend!)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

R2-Day 14

I'm awarding myself the Outstanding Achievement Award for today! I have accomplished SO much in the 14 hours that I have been awake--I'm sure I must have set some sort of record! ha ha
I got up at 6, pulled the sheets off my bed and stuck them in the washer. Came to my desk and did about 30 minutes worth of work for the dr. office before I headed to the kitchen to make our breakfast (egg white scramble, turkey bacon, WW toast) and Matt and Brooklyn's lunches. Next it was back to the office for another half hour to complete the file I had started earlier. Next I took Brooklyn to school and came home and then started on the 2nd file I had to do for the Dr. Office. Amazingly, Grant kept busy beside me the whole time coloring so I got #2 done. Then it was up for a bit to clean up the kitchen, make the bed and have lunch (mexi-salad and a left-over peice of pear cake!) Then gave Grant a quick bath and dropped him off at school. Got back home, scooped dog poop, cleaned up all million of the toys in the backyard and got out the pushmower. Push-mowed the front and back and side yards (had to dump the grass catch 8 times!!) Then I hopped on the riding mower and mowed the rest of the acreage. It was then 3:oo and time to go get the kids from school. Stopped off at the library and rented Mistaken Identity to read on our trip on Thursday and headed home to do a little more mowing and then inside to do another file for the Dr. office. I completed 3 files today for the Dr. office ...which is 3 days worth of work!! Yay! Now I am ALL caught up! After that, Matt got home from work and we did Cardio X before I ran off to the shower. Then it was time to cook dinner (baked tilapia, brown rice, veggies and salad). Cleaned up kitchen and then came in here to order another tub of the P90X Recovery Drink. I don't drink it but Matt does. Anyway...and now here I am! Whew! And crazy as it is, I actually don't feel tired at ALL! Next up is homework time with Brooklyn and then off to bed I shall go--tired or not. I am going to try to go into town tomorrow and do all our last minute running before we leave for vacation on Thursday. Hope ya'll are having a good week!
ONLY ONE MORE WEEK UNTIL BIGGEST LOSER STARTS AGAIN!!! TUE, SEPT 16!! YAY!

Monday, September 8, 2008

R2-Day 12 & 13

Okay yesterday was day 12. Other than the fact that I jumped down and did a couple of rounds of push ups and most of Ab Ripper X before we headed off to the lake, I didn't get any exercise. I also didn't eat very well. I took healthy snacks, ordered a fruit & yogurt salad at McDonald's when everyone else was getting nuggets and fries and drank only water and 1 cherry coke zero (when everyone else was drinking HIGH calorie drinks). But for dinner I went over to my SIL's house and she had prepared Frito Chili pie for everyone. I tried to get only a little bit of fritos and a LOT of lettuce...but still, I'm pretty sure I over did it. Then after that we all went to Marble Slab. Me, being the good girl that I am, didn't order ANYthing...but then I ended up sharing Matt's with him....so that was not good either. I felt like a pig all day though and I tried to keep my swimsuit coverup on as much as possible since I just felt plump. Yuk!

Today--Day 13. Had a headache all day--that has been escalating with every passing moment. Despite the ache, I did shoulders and arms and Ab Ripper X just now and as soon as I get done typing this post, I am going to bed. It's been a CRAZY-BUSY day. I did like 8 loads of laundry, 2 big loads of dishes, washed my van, vacummed and CLEANed it all out, sold my treadmill on Craig's list, cooked a huge dinner....etc....I am so tired right now that I actually just fell asleep while typing this! Yeek! I think I'm gonna end for now and hit the sack. Be back bright and early at the crack of dawn to get my work done for the dr. office that I didn't get finished with today. G'night y'all!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

R2-Day 11

Oh! My! Gosh!
Today I had the FUNNEST day of exercise I have EVER had!! One of the "local" (took me 45 min. to get there) YMCA's had a Zumbathon. It was $10 per person and the money was going to benefit The Little Lighthouse, a non-profit preschool for children with disabilities. It was 1 1/2 hours of SOLID (no breaks) hard-core Zumba! There were about 200 women all together in a huge gym all dancing our booties off to songs like "Low" "Pour Some Sugar on Me" and "I love Rock-n-Roll". It was a BLAST! Since I didn't know a SOUL there...I danced my little heart out and really got into it. There weren't any mirrors so I have no idea how ridiculous I looked...but I didn't care. My kicks were sky-high, my squats were Waaaaaay low and my shimmy was groovin! I knew I was burning some major calories but I never imagined I'd burn 859!!! Yep! That's what my HRM said when I checked it afterwards!
Brooklyn actually went with me and thought she'd take a stab at Zumba...but it was way too complicated for her. These instructors were the best of the best. There was some serious choreography involved and a lot of hip thrusting, booty-bouncing and ta-ta shakin' going on. She opted to just sit on the bleachers and draw. Thankfully (I had suspected that it might be too hard for her) I had brought her a little bag full of paper, crayons, pens, stickers and one of her American Girl magazines). It kept her busy for the full 2 hours. Since we both paid $10, we both got to put our names in the bucket for the door prizes and wouldn'tcha know it...she won one of the first prizes--a $10 gift certicate to Panera Bread!! I actually won a 3 month membership to the YMCA...but I opted to give it to someone else since there is no way I am going to drive 45 minutes to go work out somewhere. I also got a really cute Zumba embroidered towel and a cute Zumba bracelet. There wasn't an inch on my entire body that wasn't SOAKED in sweat by the time it was over. Even my hair was dripping. I literally looked like I had just stepped out of the pool with my clothes on! I LOVE that feeling!
Anyway, eating today was NOT good...but hey...it couldn't have been helped.
I met a friend for lunch at Red Robin. I ordered the turkey crossant sandwhich and then traded out my fries for a salad. I only ate half and then took the other half home. (which I ate at about 4 pm.)
Then tonight I took the kids to a birthday party where they were serving pizza. At about 7:30 pm I ended up having 2 small slices of pizza with a large salad and then I had a piece of birthday cake. YUM! It was so sinful..but so delicious.
Tomorrow won't probably be much better either. We are going down to the city (2 hours away) to go to the lake with my neice Rachael on her new boat. I'm sure we'll just be eating whatever.....
I am going to pack healthy snacks for us and I will bring us each 1 sandwich from home...but other than that, we'll just have to take what we get.
It may not be the best for my diet...but this is life. This is what it's all about and I don't regret a minute of it! I'll just make the healthiest choices I can and get in exercise when I can. Like Tony would say...Do your best and forget the rest! Hope you're all having a good weekend!!

Friday, September 5, 2008

R2-Day 10

I woke up with my motivation tank on E. I tried REEEEEEEEaly hard to get there...but just couldn't muster up any enthusiasm about exercise today. After a busy morning and with only a few minutes to spare, I MADE myself get on the elliptical. My intentions were to do what I'd done the day before (20 minutes doing 1 min. intervals) but it was the most miserable thing. I was HATING every minute of it and I was thinking thoughts like "I DESPISE exercise. I resent it...It's taking me away from my life. I'm so busy either 1)exercising 2)preparing food 3)thinking about exercising or preparing food or 4) showering from exercising that I don't have time for anything else." I decided that I was just self-destructing with all those negative thoughts...so I got off and did Ab Ripper and called it a day.
Eating was not much better either.
I had Kashi Go Lean cereal (major fiber and protien) with a banana and skim milk for breakfast.
I went out to lunch with my buddy Teya and had a small bowl of tortilla soup with 1/2 a chicken panini sandwich and 1 bread stick.
For a snack I had 1 small apple with 1 tbsp. peanut butter
For dinner we grilled LEAN top sirloin steaks, had a small baked potato with NO butter, 1 mini-ear of corn and a salad.
For dessert we had a (big ) bowl of light banana pudding (made with sugar free pudding, skim milk, light cool whip, reduced fat vanilla wafers and bananas)
I felt like a bloated pig when I went to bed and I HATED it. Here's hoping tomorrow is WAY better!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

R2-Day 9

Okay, I'm trying to find something GOOD to say about this day.....
Not that it was a "bad" day or anything...but as far as my eating and exercise go...not the best.
I started it out good by having an egg-white scramble for breakfast with 2 light WW toasts and 1 turkey bacon (250 cal). For some quick exercise before I took a shower, I did 20 minutes on the elliptical. I did 1 minute going so hard and fast I was breathless and my HR was up around 170 and then 1 minute of "recovery" where I was still working hard but not so hard I couldn't breathe and on and on. So in all, I did 10 minutes of the HARD stuff and 10 minutes of the less hard stuff. According to my HR monitor, I burned 153 calories. Then at lunchtime I had a hair appointment and had to just grab something quickly, so I grabbed a Mojo mountain mix trail bar (180 cal--protien bar) and a small banana and a water. When I got home from that at 3:30, I was pretty hungry so I had a bowl of my weight watchers soup (42 cal)
For appetizer (while I was getting dinner ready) I made a small bowl of guacamole and we split that.
For dinner, Matt and I had a bowl of the WW soup (2 cups--84 cal). Each of us also had 2 Rosemary Kashi Go Lean crackers with a peice of turkey and pepperjack cheese on top.
Then here is where the Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad part comes in. After all that we were still hungry. I knew my mom had this wonderful strawberry cream cake at her house and I was wanting a piece SO Bad....but instead, I tried to satisfy my craving with a sugar free fudgsicle (60 cal)....Blah! Then I tried a 100 cal pack of chips-ahoy crips---Blah! Then off to my moms I went for a slice of cake! Yep, after all that I had a slice of cake. If it's any consolation, I didn't eat ANY of the icing. I scraped it all off and just ate the cake with the fresh strawberries in the middle. YUM! Believe me when I say..I needed this cake. I was having a tough night with 2 screamng kids and a grouchy husband and I needed an escape. Yes, I'm aware that a work out would have been a MUCH better choice...but for a quick (and delicious) fix the cake did it! :o)
Hey, I can't be good all the time! :o)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

R2-Day 8

What a wet Wednesday! It's been raining since I woke up this morning and all I've felt like doing is sleeping! Ugh! I hate those kinds of days. I mean..I love the rain and the sound of it tip-tapping on the roof is so peaceful...but I hate the way I feel---drowsy and very low-energy. Anyway, you know me. How I feel does NOT dictate what I do...so...on went the sports bra and tennis shoes and I knocked out 58 minutes of Kenpo X. (bye, bye 316 calories!) I just sat down to have my lunch (eeek! how'd it get to be 2:15 pm already?) and now I'm gonna spend the next 45 minutes doing work for the dr. office. Then it'll be off to get kids from school, home to shower and then off to eat........................MEXICAN for dinner again!! AUGHHHH!!!!
What can I say? The whole (extended) fam is going...and I don't want to be a party pooper and say "no thanks, I'll just stay home and have my diet soup instead." All I can think of is to try to eat some healthy snacks before I go and then maybe I won't do badly while we're there!
So far today, I've done great. I had a bowl of cereal with banana and skim milk again for breakfast (approx. 400 cal) and then I had a bowl of my soup just now (84 cal.). I'm gulping down water at every chance I get....hoping that will help keep my tummy full.
Anyway...I hope you all will try that recipe I posted for the soup. It really is delicious!

BONUS:
So...Matt got home from work and said "AWW man..you already worked out? I was going to do it with you tonight." so I replied, "well babe--put on your tennis shoes and I'll just work out again!" So...in addition to Kenpo X earlier..I also just did Chest & Back (bye, bye another 244 calories!) YIPPEE! Now I won't feel SO bad about the Mexican food for dinner!

Losing weight just got easier!

Thanks to my buddy Joyce for supplying me this recipe...I think I may have a fighting chance to drop this last 10 pounds! For those of you who have done Weight Watchers...I'm sure you've seen this one before...but for those of you (like me) who haven't...it might just be our saving grace!
This wonderful tasting soup only has 42 calories per 1-cup servng and has NO fat and has 2 grams of fiber. It just doesn't get much healthier than this girls!

I made it this morning and it has been simmering in my kitchen all day...and now I am finally sitting down to have a bowl and YUMMO!

Weight Watchers Garden Vegetable Soup (o points!)
2/3 c. sliced carrot
1/2 c. diced onion
2 garlic cloves
3 c. fat-free broth (beef, chicken or vegetable)
1 1/2 c. diced green cabbage
1/2 c. green beans
1 T. tomato paste
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1/4. tsp. salt
1/2 c. diced zucchini

I doubled it since I wanted to be able to eat this for lunch every day this week!

Saute the carrot, onion and garlic over lower heat for about 5 minutes. (I used a teensy drip of EVOO for this). Add broth, cabbage, beans, tomato paste, basil, oregano and salt. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer, covered for about 15 minutes or until beans are tender. Stir in zucchini and heat 3-4 minutes. Serve hot.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

I feel good-na na na na na na na. I knew that I would...(R2-Day 7)

Man it feels good to be working out again and eating right. Not just physically..but also mentally. I know that I am taking good care of my body and that is just so motivating!
Today I ate a small bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats cereal with a banana and skim milk for breakfast.
For lunch I had a small bowl of salad (just lettuce)
For snack I had one (homemade) banana nut muffin
For dinner I had 1 small serving of turkey spagetti, salad and cauliflower.
For snack/dessert I had a small (8 oz) protien shake/smoothie
I also did Legs & Back with Ab Ripper X this afternoon. I'd really like to get in a good 20-30 min. on the elliptical tonight...but we'll see. I know this is dumb...but I took a shower earlier and did my hair and make up which is a big process and I HATE to throw it all away for a few minutes on the elliptical. (I'd need a shower again!) How do you guys handle that? Do you take a shower after you work out every time or do you just freshen up somehow?

BTW...did you see a trend in my eating habits today? I limited myself to a SMALL serving of everything today! It was tough because I wasn't necessarily full or even satisfied when I got done..but every time I waited a few minutes and before I knew it I was just fine and didn't need anything else. Now if only I can keep it up!

So that's why they did it!

Remember back in the olden days..women used to wear hankerchief's on their heads??? Well, I just always figured it was a kind of fashion statement. You know...like the beehive hair do or something. Well, I've recently discovered that wearing a hankerchief on your head is a WONDERFUL way to keep the sweat out of your eyes! Who'da thunk it?
It all makes perfect sense now...since those women back then had to do a lot of hard work and there wasn't air conditioning like there is today!
Anyway, I've been wearing one here latey and I LOVE it. No, it's not the cutest thing in the world...but hey...no more burning, stinging eyes! Gotta love that!!

Lose the Last 10 Pounds!

Thanks to Kate over at http://www.missgotwings.blogspot.com/ I read a great article today on http://www.msn.com/ called Lose the Last 10 Pounds! Although there wasn't anything amazingly profound in there that I hadn't heard before...there were a lot of great pointers that made me feel encouraged again that I CAN do this! I know reading a whole article takes time...so I thought I'd just post a few of the points they made that I thought were the most helpful:

You've cleaned up your diet, sweated off countless calories, and watched pounds melt away. But now the scale has come to a screeching halt. What gives? It's an unfortunate law of weight loss: The last 10 pounds are harder to shed than the first 30. That's because the slimmer you become, the fewer calories you burn just going about your day. For every pound you lose, your metabolism slows by up to 20 calories a day. But we do have some good news: Easy tweaks to the good habits you've already established can push you past your plateau and help you reach your final weight loss goal.

1. Cardio melts calories, but to keep seeing results, ramp up your intensity, too. "Interval training can trigger a boost in metabolism so you burn more fat during low- and moderate-intensity activity, and even at rest." Alternate between a moderate effort that makes you slightly breathless and a vigorous pace that makes speaking more than a couple of words difficult. In a 30-minute interval workout, you'll burn 20 percent more calories than if you maintained a steady pace—and you'll keep burning more fat afterward.

2. It's one of the dirtiest tricks your body can play: The more you exercise, the less you're inclined to stand, walk around, twiddle your thumbs, and generally burn calories during the 23 hours you're not working out. Standing for an hour more a day will burn 100 more calories than if you were sitting

3. Get a more time-efficient workout and burn a third more calories by doing strength and cardio in one shot. Cardio blasts calories immediately, while strength-training increases metabolism over time, so combining the two gives you the ultimate bang for your buck. At home, do one minute of jumping jacks or easy rope jumping between every strength exercise.

4. Eating less meat is a proven way to lighten up on the scale.

5. An apple a day could keep the pounds away. Diners who had an apple 15 minutes before an all-you-can-eat pasta lunch ate 187 fewer calories than those who skipped the snack. At 65 calories per cup, the apple fills you up.

6. Dieters who jotted down what they ate lost twice as much weight as those who didn't keep a record.

Monday, September 1, 2008

R2-Day 4, 5 & 6

Saturday, Sunday and Monday (today). Woops! Didn't mean to forget to blog for the past few days...but just haven't had time to sit down at the computer!
Saturday Matt and I spent almost the entire day outside putting the metal on the walls of his shop building. Then I got out the push mower and did the front and back yard--so that was my exercise for that day.
Sunday we taught the 3 year old class at church and then came home and grilled turkey burgers. Then it was outside again for a quick dip in the pool before we had to come in and start getting ready for a labor day cook out at some of our friends' house. So...didn't get any specific exercise that day. Bummer!!
Monday--today--Labor Day I got up and cleaned the whole house including shampooing all the carpet. Then I threw on my swim suit and went out to help Matt some more. But, it turned out he didn't really need me so instead I cleaned out our gutters! ha ha...but really...I did. Lately I've been noticing that when it rains, the water just pours out of the gutters and doesn't come out the down-spouts...so I figured they were clogged. And I was right...they were full of gunk. Anyway after that I got in the pool with the kids for a bit and then came in and showered and then cooked turkey spagetti for dinner. Brooklyn had a big project to do for her homework and by the time we got done with that, it was already 8:30 pm. Then I got the kids in the bathroom and did their nails. I've never seen Grant's fingernails so long! YICK!! Also, Brooklyn's nails needed to be cleaned off and re-painted so we did that. Now, finally, it's 10 pm and I just got them to bed. I decided its too late to do a P90X work out video now, so instead I just did 20 staggered push ups and half of Ab Ripper. It's not much...but at least I did SOMEthing, right? :o)
Tomorrow will be back to normal and will be a lot easier for me to get my work outs done. I think if I am being realistic....there is NO way I am going to reach my goal of getting to 130 by next Friday (the 12th). I am actually stuck at 136 right now and can't seem to get the scale to budge. To lose 6 pounds by then, I'd have to lose half a pound EVERY day. That's next to impossible...unless I starve myself. Hmmm......I wonder if I could do that? :o)
Okay..well, I think I'll end this for now and maybe go blog-surfing for a bit before I conk out. g'night ya'll!

Friday, August 29, 2008

I'm no stranger to the pain....

I have had this song "I'm no stranger to the rain--so is it any wonder lightning strikes me?" stuck in my head for the past 3 days. Do ya'll know that one? Well, when I hear it in my head, I hear, "I'm no stranger to the pain". Gee Whiz...I don't exercise for 5 days and then all of a sudden I start back and WHAM! the soreness that I felt in the very, very beginning is BACK! My whole body aches. First it was my upper body from doing Chest & Back on Wednesday...then I did Plyo yesterday and my legs are killing me...now today...Shoulders and Arms and already I can feel my biceps and triceps aching. I guess I can look at the positive--if it's hurting, I must be working hard and doing something right! YOUCH!

R2-Day 3

Well, I've decided to do the P90X Doubles version this round instead of the classic. I've come to the conclusion that I am building more muscle mass than I really want and not burning enough fat. With the "doubles" version, I'll be adding in a lot more cardio and I am going to try to do more reps with a lower weight during the weight training. Previously, I was using 10's, 15's and some 20's for the upper body work...but this time I am going to try to limit myself to mostly 10's for arms and legs and 15's only for the back exercises. If I move a little faster than the people on the video, I should be able to get a few extra reps in on each set. That's my goal anyway.
That being said, I was a little disappointed when I turned to the "doubles" schedule in the back of the guide and saw that the first month of "doubles" is identical to the first month of "classic." Oh well, I'm sure the people at Beach Body know what they're doing. I figure if I have extra energy, I'll just jump on the elliptical machine that I just HAD to have and burn some extra calories that way.
So...today I'm very proud of how I've eaten. I had 1 1/2 c. of raisin bran with skim milk for breakfast.
A few hours later I had 2 tbsp. of organic, 100% natural peanut butter. YUM!
For lunch, just now, I had a cereal bowl size salad with carrots, peppers, tomatos, cucumber, cauliflower, egg and grilled chicken with 2 tbsp. Light Ranch; 5 low-fat Ritz crackers and a small serving of fresh green beans.
I did Shoulders and Arms this morning along with Ab Ripper X and LOVED every minute of it. Love the shoulders, biceps, triceps!
Now I'm all showered and sitting down to do my work (for the dr. office). Tonight we are going to a family fun night at church and I'm looking forward to just chillin with my peeps. The only negative: the food. It's gonna be pizza, chips, cokes and desserts for all! AUGH! I made a HUGE salad to bring with me though (and a pan of low-fat brownies) so at least I'll have something healthy to eat! Now if I can just keep my fingers from wandering....:o)
How are all the rest of you doing? Kandy, Candy, Kate, Tori??? I wanna hear from you every day (if possible) so we can keep encouraging each other!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

R2-Day 2

Well, for the most part, today was a sucessful day. I ate healthy for breakfast and lunch. Then my neice (who is just 5 years younger than me) and I laid out by the pool for an hour or so before I came in and did Plyo X (and burned 317 cal). Apparently in the past month, I've completely lost my tan becuase I got BURNT today! It's all good though...I'd rather be red than white. Eventually it'll turn brown. (I know, that's bad for my skin...:o()
Anyway, I knew I needed to get Plyo in early because we had plans to go out for Mexican for dinner tonight and that's always a tough one. I have no problem ordering something healthy--it's the chips and salsa that "kill" me. I think I did reasonably okay tonight though. I ordered a small bowl of tortilla soup as my entree...but I did probably half of a basket of chips with salsa. Eeek! At least I didn't eat 2 baskets full--which is what I used to do! Also, no dessert for me--just a stick of gum. Now its time for bed.....ahhhh! My favorite time of the day!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Well, there ya have it!

Spoken by my husband on the phone 2 minutes ago...."You just eat too much."
He's right though. I do. I eat good foods...healthy foods...but a LOT of food! I can EASILY eat as much as he does at a meal, sometimes more. I also work out more, which is probably why I weigh less. Anyway, I really do think this is my "golden key". The thing that is going to make me or break me. I have to learn to start eating smaller servings. Just because it's healthy-doesn't mean I can have bottomless portions--even of salad!
--{big sigh}--
This is gonna be tough.....
but at least I'm facing the truth and not playing dumb anymore.
But how are you supposed to know how much is enough? I don't stuff myself when I eat...I just eat till I'm full. Apparently I should eat till I'm almost full and give my stomach an opportunity to shrink or something.
I am so NOT looking forward to this....

**My new SHORT TERM goal is to be at 130 by the time I leave for vacation in 2 weeks. That means 5 pounds in 15 days! YEEK! That's gonna require some VERY strict eating habits and NO cheat days...but I know I can do it! Kandy, Candy and Kate---hold me to it girls!

R2-Day 1

Week 1, Day 1-Round 2.
I wasn't going to post daily this time like I did last time...BUT...I've discovered that doing it REALLY helps keep me on track---so here I am again. I don't blame you if you don't read it though..I know it's mostly boring stuff. Anyway, I realized that 90 days from today is Thanksgiving Day...which means that if I stick with this and really DO do it EVERY single DAY for the next 90 days...that I'll be done ON Thanksgiving day!! I know it is unrealistic to do P90X every single day because I am going on vacation in 2 weeks and the likelihood that I'll do an actual work out is just slim to zero...but I will commit to getting in some kind of exercise EVERY day for the next 90 days. Even if that means that at 11 o'clock at night when I'm dog tired and all I want to do is drop into bed--if I haven't worked out, then I will get up and do SOMEthing. Maybe just 30 push ups and some crunches...maybe 20 minutes on the ellipitical..whatever. I am going to aim for P90X as many days as I can though.
So, I started today off well.
So far, I've had 1 1/2 c. of raisin bran with skim milk for breakfast.
Chicken Salad (from nutrition guide Phase 1) with Kashi crackers for lunch w/ 2 strawberris and a few champagne grapes
and for dinner we are having the Cerveza Grilled Chicken (from the nutrition guide).
I just did Chest & Back and Ab Ripper X and now I'm off to lay out in the sun for a few minutes before it's time to go pick the kiddos up from school.
Ahhhhh....life is good!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Before & After Pictures-P90X-Round One

Okay, so...I figured it up and it ended up taking quite a bit more than 90 days for us to complete this program. We started on April 28, 2008 and ended on August 21, 2008. I ONLY counted the days we actually did the work outs...which is why it took longer.
As for the pictures and our results...I am disappointed. I mean, we definitely made some progress...but nothing like we had anticipated. However, we also did not do the program nearly as strictly as we had planned either.
In all...Matt lost 26 pounds. He started at 200 lbs. and is now at 174. I lost 12 pounds. I started at 147 and am currently at 135.
We can NOT find our "before" measurements...but I am going to take our "after" measurements tonight.
I also do NOT like what we chose to wear for these pics. That bikini is not very flattering and those shorts are way too long and frumpy for Matt. Next time we will wear something a little better. BTW...here's a hint to you girls who have a hard time bathing suit shopping: Even though a larger panel on the bottom covers more...you really should look for something that is in the V shape and not the boy-short look unless you are super dooper tiny and shapely. The V shape gives you a waist and legs...but the flat panel across your butt and tummy just makes you look wide and shapeless. I figured that out AFTER I bought this ridiculously expensive suit...but from now on, the rest will be the kind with skinny strings or ties at the sides (hips).
BTW: In the title of this post I said "Round One" because we are starting the program again today!!! (together!!) HOORAY! I am really ready to do it again and be looking even better by Thanksgiving!! 125...here I come!!! Matt's not wanting to lose any more weight but his hopes are that by the end of the program this time, he'll be a lot more cut and defined in his abs, back and arms.


Oh and one final disclaimer: We both look awful in these pictures! The "before" pictures wer right after we had gotten out of the pool and we were all wet. The "after" pictures were taken after our work out (my 3rd one of the day) and we were all sweaty and gross. ICK! Next time I will definitely fix my hair and do my make up AT LEAST for the "after" pictures! ha ha

Front View

Here we are from the front. I think you can really tell a difference in our faces.







Side View

Here we are from the side.

Back View

Here we are from the back.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Day 90

It Is Finished!
I thought it would never get here...but it has finally arrived! I did my LAST P90X workout (for this round of P90X) this afternoon! I chose to finish off with Core Synergestics. I love that work out!
Tonight, hopefully, I will take my final measurements, do my "after" pictures and get my FINAL weight.
Check back soon for the results and MAYBE, if I'm really super brave (and the changes are noticable), I might post my before and after pics. Eeeek!

BONUS ROUND:
Matt came hom from work and (get this!!) wanted to do a work out!!! Ha ha...that IS just like him. He decided he wanted to start going to the gym on the VERY DAY our gym membership expired and now, on my 90th--LAST--day of P90X, he wants to start doing the work outs again! Hmm.....what's up with that? ha ha
Anyway, no way was I going to let him get a work out in without me...so together we did Chest, Shoulders & Triceps AND Ab Ripper!!
Then we did our after pictures!
I have to say..........I am disappointed. The changes aren't that noticable in the pictures (although I think they are better in real life). I mean--you can tell a little bit...but not NEARLY as much as we were expecting. Anyway, I'll probably post them for you to all see tomorrow--and then you can tell me what you think!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Day 89

Whew! I am blogging early today because I hope to not come back to my computer for the rest of the day! I just finished Legs & Back and Ab Ripper X and an extra little 13 minutes on the elliptical (as a cardio warm up). According to my HRM, I burned 377 cal. on the DVD work outs. As for the elliptical..that thing is crazy. It said I burned 243 calories in that 13 minutes I was on there. Ya Right! I wish! I used to think that was true and accurate...but now that I have the HRM, I pretty much know that is impossible. Yes, I was working hard and doing intervals and using the steepest incline I could handle...but still...at that rate, I would have burned 1000 cal. in an hour. Oh if only it were true! I figure it was more like 100 cal. really.
Anyway, I've done pretty good on my eating so far today. For breakfast, 2 egg whites with FF mozerella cheese, 1 WW toast and 8 oz. skim milk and 2 slices of apple. For mid morning snack/lunch: 1 c. Raisin bran w/ skim milk. So far..that's all I've had today, but I think I will mix up a glass of the P90X recovery drink and call it good for now. I'm ready to get in the shower! Feeling really shakey and dizzy today...could hardly keep my balance during the leg moves.
I think I am going to make my new weight "goal" to weigh what it says on my drivers licence! 125. I am at 136 right now..so 11 pounds isn't too crazy. Who knows when I might get there...but hey, I HAVE to have a goal to aim for or I lose my drive. I guess if I ever do get "skinny" enough, then I'll have to start making goals for muscle definition...but right now, I'd still like to loose all the extra flab.
And just for the record (because it's been bugging me)...yesterday I said my thighs were "solid muscle". I don't really mean that. They still have their fair share of flab...they are just very musclar for the average woman, I think. Don't want anyone to think I think I've "arrived"(at perfection)!!
Oh and YIPPEEE!!!!! TOMORROW IS THE BIG DAY!!! DAY 90! DAY NINETY! I can hardly believe it!! TIME FOR "AFTER" PHOTOS!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Day 88

So...unintentionally, I skipped a few days. I don't know if I am EVER gonna get this 90 days done! ha ha
I didn't get in any kind of work out on Sunday...but with church that morning and then the ice cream social that night, I just couldn't seem to fit it in. Then on Monday I spent literally ALL day cleaning house, washing laundry, the sheets on all the beds....by the time I was done with dinner dishes, I was just ready to sit down finally.
Today I almost missed my work out again...but I MADE myself do it before I cooked dinner so I could get it out of the way. I did Cardio X. I pushed hard and my HRM was beeping at me that my HR was too high...but still, I only burned 217 calories!! UGH!
Anyway, after dinner (turkey spagetti with whole wheat noodles and light ceasar salad pizza - YUM!) I hopped in the shower and then Mom and I made a quick run into town. We split up and she went to Bed, Bath & Beyond while I went in Old Navy and tried to stock up on some jeans/winter clothes for the kids while they are having their "Stuff and Save" sale (20% off). I ended up getting Brooklyn 2 pairs of jeans, 1 pair of yoga pants and a shirt, Grant 2 long-sleeved polo shirts and Matt 2 t-shirts all for $60. Not too shabby! I was bummed that I didn't get anything for ME...but buying clothes for myself right now is EXTREMELY FRUSTRATING! I am too small for a size 8 (which is what everything I own is) but yet a size 6 doesn't seem to fit right either. I think its my thighs actually. They are big. Solid muscle...but big. Most of the pants I try on fit me fine in the waist and the butt but then they get skin tight on my thighs. Ugh! I don't know what to do about that. Do I work my legs MORE and try to lean up? Or do I work them less and try to de-bulk?
If anyone has a suggestion for me on this, I would GREATLY appreciate it. As it stands right now, I really don't have a single pair of pants that I feel like fit me well. My 8's are all quite baggy in the bum...
(oh what a wonderful problem to have though!!!)

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Day 87

As usual on Saturdays (here lately) I slept in today (until 8:30 am!) and it felt Grrrrreat! Then it was up to cook a big breakfast (as usual for Saturdays). I made egg whites with ham, tomato, pepper and onion mixed in, french toast (whole wheat, of course!) and turkey bacon. It was YUM!!!
After that I did Shoulders & Arms and Ab Ripper. I LOVE that work out!!! It's probably one of my very favorite ones. I doubt its a very big calorie burner (I didn't wear my HRM) but still...it feels SO good to get such a pump going on in my biceps and triceps!
After a shower, me and my mom headed to town to do a little shopping. Actually...she wanted to go to JCP but I just wanted to (Finally) use my $50 gift card to Whole Foods. I can't believe how much I LOVED that store!! I don't care if it is expensive...I have to make a point to go there at least once every couple of months to splurge on some specialty items. I got veggie chips and fruit chips that are AMAZING! Also, the produce is picture perfect! Every single thing I bought was incredible (and I tasted almost every single thing on my way home! HA HA) I even got to "make" my own peanut butter!! You actually put the nuts in a grinder and push the button and out comes your peanut butter! I did "honey roasted peanuts" and I guarantee you--that is the best peanut butter I have EVER tasted!!
Anyway, I did AWFUL on my eating tonight. After sampling everything from the store, then we went to El Chico and I got Chicken Tortilla Soup....got very full. Then after that, I came home and ate a cookie from the WF store! Yikes! I am so stuffed right now and I'm fixing to go to bed. Bad, Bad!!
At least tomorrow is a new day--and an opportunity for me to do better. Although, I should mention that it is going to be quite a challenge because tomorrow night is the Ice Cream Social at our church and Matt and I are signed up to scoop ice cream for about 2 hours!! How am I going to resist? :o)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Day 86

Today was Plyo. Not my fav...but a good workout nonetheless. I got it done early so I could get my shower and get busy doing my "real" work during the afternoon (while both kids are at school). Did really good with my eating until after dinner when I ate 1 1/2 peices of banana nut bread. Eeeek!! I felt so bloated and gross afterwards. Grrr...why do I do that kind of stuff?

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Day 85

Well, I had a GREAT work out today. I started with 20 minutes interval training on the elliptical machine. Then I did Chest & Back and then Ab Ripper. It was a HARD hour and 45 minutes of working out, but in the end, I felt TERRIFIC!
Everything was going great (eating) until tonight! We went to Mazzios for dinner and I had 3 peices of the Lucky 7 pizza (@ 160 cal. each) and a bowl of salad. THEN on top of THAT...we went to Braums afterwards for dessert and I got a Jr. (kids) cone of their low-fat cappichino chunky chocolate frozen yogurt! YUM!
I feel like I wasted all the good I did on exercise by eating all that....but I guess it's better than if I hadn't exercised at all and STILL had eaten it all.
Anyway, today was a $1,000 day in WOWY and I fully expect to find out tomorrow that I won!

Just a thought...

I wonder how much more weight we could lift if someone fooled us? I'd love to get my hands on a set of 25 pound dumbbells that are labeled "15 pounds"!!!
I know that I would probably push myself harder if I thought I was struggling with 15 pounders. One thing is for sure..whatever weight the girls in the videos are using---you better believe I am using AT LEAST that heavy or heavier. No way am I going to let THEM outdo ME! ha ha (gosh, when did I become so competative??)
For hubby, I'd like to order a set of 35 pounders---labeled 25 lbs. I bet he'd do it without any problem at all..even though if you asked him right now..he'd say "that's too much weight."
I think we all underestimate our abilities....
Of course, if you're not wanting to build muscle mass...then this would NOT be a plus for you!
Maybe 10 pounders labeled "15 lbs" would be the better "joke" for those trying to lean out instead of build up.
Anyway...just a thought....

Banana Nut Bread

I can't remember if I posted this before or not...but I don't think so. This is one of my favorite recipes because I am always having bananas turn brown and I almost always have all the other ingredients on hand--so I can make it very quickly and easily. Plus, it is pretty low-cal and low-fat, I think. I just made some last night and had a peice about 15 minutes ago. YUMMY!

Banana Nut Bread
1/2 c. light butter or margarine
1/4. c. brown sugar
1 egg
3 ripe bananas
1/4 c. light sour cream (or plain low-fat yogurt)
1 1/2 c. wheat flour (or you can use white..but I use wheat)
1 tsp. baking soda (must have this!)
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 c. chopped walnuts (or however many you have...whatever kind you have)
1 tbsp. Powdered Fructose--optional. The recipe doesn't actually call for this...but since I happen to have it on hand and I wanted my bread to be a teensy bit sweeter---I add it in.

Directions:
Mix first 5 ingredients in a bowl, then add dry ingredients. Lastly mix in nuts. Spray loaf pan with Pam and put in batter. I like to sprinkle a little cinnamon/sugar mixture on the very top--just lightly--to give it sort of a sweet crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Then remove, cover with foil and bake another 15-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
I also like to keep mine in the fridge...as I think it tastes better cold.
Lastly, you don't have to use "light" products...I just like to do anything I can to take out some of the fat and calories.

Enjoy!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Day 83 and 84

I am so ready to get this "90 days" over with. It feels like it is never going to come to a close.
Anyway, yesterday (Day 83) I put on my work out clothes at 8 pm. I had great intentions, even logged onto WOWY and put the DVD in the player and it was sitting there just waiting for me to push play. However, I got busy on the phone with my SIL planning and booking our vacation for next month and the next thing I knew, it was after 9 pm!! I told her to call me when they needed me but that I was going to work out. I got 11 minutes done before I had to quit for a few minutes. Then another 10 minutes done before the next interruption and then finally another 11 minutes before I finally just said Forget It and turned it off. I decided to just put it up (Kenpo) and just do Ab Ripper instead. Well, I got 9 minutes of that out of the way before I had to stop that one and get back on the computer...so I just put it all away for the night. I ended up burning 202 calories total. (blah!)
Today, (day 84), was a busy day. The kids had gymnastics this morning, then I had to run some errands and then we went to their school to "meet the teachers". After that it was home where the kids swam while I push mowed the back and front yard. Then in for a shower, cooked dinner, washed dishes, got kids ready for their first day of school tomorrow, read them stories, tucked them in and now here I am--in my bed at 9:48! WOW! That is SUPER DOOPER early for me! I am not one bit tired...but I am glad to be finally sitting down and not up on my feet. Bummer that I didn't get a P90X work out in today...but I know I burned a good # of calories while mowing.
Tomorrow with the kids back in school, I think it will be easier to get my work outs in and get into a real routine. Yay! I love my routines!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Day 82

Monday = Cleaning day at the Jones house. And man did it need a good cleaning!! With all this sand and now the damp weather, there is grass and sand and dirt everywhere. Ick! I canNOT stand to walk on my tile floor and have stuff sticking to the bottoms of my feet! Thank God for the Swiffer vaccuum. I use that thing daily out here!
Anyway, after a good cleaning, I changed into my work out clothes and knocked out Back & Legs. Burned 293 calories on that one. All those pull ups and chin ups really got my heart rate up high. My little alarm on my HRM was going off every time.
Anyway, it was a great day and I'm feeling like I am really ready for this to be over so I can start again...Fresh. Back to Phase 1 eating plan (when I lost all my weight!) If I can do it again and lose another 12 pounds, I'll be back to my high school weight! Yay! I know that's a big goal...probably a little unrealistic..but not unattainable. (right Kandy!? Look at you!!)
Ps. Candy, how do you feel that I described the P90X program on my last post? Would you say anything different?

P90X: Gets 2 Thumbs Up!

Hey Deb--and anyone else interested in whether or not I would recommend P90X,
Here are some of my final thoughts on the program.

You WILL get results. There's no "if's" about it. As long as you follow the exercise plan and eat as outlined in the nutritional guide...I would be confident in saying you will absolutely get tremendous results.

Here's the "catch": It takes time. Lots of time. Time to look at the meal plans, time to shop for the foods, time to COOK all the recipes. The work outs are lengthy (most are an hour and 15 min).

I would say if you have small children and a super busy life...you are going to struggle with the food side of this program. Chances are, unless your kids are EASY-eaters...they are going to hate most of the stuff you are eating..which means you'll be #1: either cooking 2 things for every meal or #2: Fighting with your kids at every meal and practically shoving food down their throat.

Also, if you have a spouse who is willing to do it with you...that is a significant advantage. I have done it both ways. For the first about 50 days...Matt was TOTALLY on board and we were a team. If one of us was having a tough day, the other one could help pull them through. At around the day 50 point, Matt worked a bunch of overtime for about 2 weeks and missed all the work outs. For some reason, he pretty much gave up on the work outs from then on and suddenly it became MUCH harder for me to get motivated. I found myself skipping a day or two at a time almost every week.

Also, this is not a program for people who are just easy-going, mediocre people. This is for people who are DRIVEN. Who know what they want and are going to do what it takes to get it. I mean--you have to REALLY want it. It's HARD core. It's relentless. Even on days when you're so sore you can hardly walk...you have to put on your gym clothes and Bring It. It is for people who are already physically fit and are just looking to take their fitness and bodies to the next level. You need to be in good shape before even attempting this program, or you'll likely fail. Just to give you an example, on the Chest, Shoulders and Triceps work out...you pretty much do an entire HOUR of push ups. You'd never guess how many kinds of push ups there are!! When I started out, I could easily drop down and do 20 boy push ups without a break. Now I could probably do 30-40.

Here are some of the AWESOME pluses about this program: You can do it at home and it requires VERY little space!! No fancy or expensive equipment needed! No fancy, choreographed moves to learn--it's all BASIC and a lot of body resistance. You can do it at any time of the day--when it's convenient for you (unlike a class at the gym). There is a wonderful online support system at www.beachbody.com that will give you lots of recipe/cooking ideas and support. You don't have to go out and buy cute gym clothes--since no one will be seeing you! You get unbelievable results in a SHORT amount of time.

In all, I would say P90X is the absolute BEST fitness/nutrition program I have ever encountered. It will be my way of life from now on. There is no guesswork anymore. No--"I wonder if I am getting enough cardio in?" or "I wonder if I am doing enough weights--or the right weights?" No--"I wish I knew what kinds of food to eat and how much of it."
It's all spelled out for you--plain and simple. You just have to make up your mind that you are going to do it. Period. If a recipe calls for something you've never heard of..you just go to the store, ask where it is and buy it. If you can follow instructions, you can make these recipes and you CAN eat the food. Just remind yourself: Food is fuel. Food is not entertainment. Food is not your friend. Food is not the love of your life. Food is just something you give your body so it can function. And with the right food--your body will function better than you can imagine!

90 days is going to come and go before you realize it anyway. Thanksgiving is only a little over 90 days away! Christmas is just around the corner. As we all know, these things creep up and are here before we realize it every year...just think...this year...when Thanksgiving gets here--you could have a totally new body!!

As for my results:
At this point (and I am 9 days from being done)..I have lost 12 pounds. Matt has lost 26. We both are MUCH more toned and lean than we were. His top half (shoulders, chest, back) have grown significantly. When we started out, he could do about 10 chin ups. The other day he hopped up there and did 36!!!
We haven't done our measurements yet or our after pictures...but check back next week to see the final results!
I think we could have had double these results if we had stuck to the plan 100%. I would say I stuck to it about 80% and Matt did it about 60% of the time. He lost more weight because he DRASTICALLY changed his eating habits. If he had continued on with the work outs though, I think his muscles would be significantly more "cut".
We DEFINITELY plan on starting this program again very soon!!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Day 81

Well, despite a major lack of energy, I pushed myself to do Cardio X and Ab Ripper this afternoon. And, as usual, I felt WAY better afterwards...much more energized. Just wish it wasn't so hard to get going sometimes.

Anyhow, eating today wasn't terrific...but for a Saturday, not too bad either. I made a big, yummy breakfast this morning and then we grilled steak & shrimp for lunch/dinner. It was a fun day and I just hope that I will be as dedicated tomorrow! Hope ya'lls Saturday was great!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Gettin' Skippy

okay, okay, I am having a couple more skip days. I SOOOO didn't want to do this...but the reality is--something else was more important. Yesterday it was my pictures...and today it was my family. Since I was having pictures taken yesterday, I did get some exercise in. I worked on what Tony likes to call the "glamour muscles". (biceps, abs, butt, hamstrings) It was all gonna be showin in the pics...so I had to get a little pump going. Plus, my abs look so much better after Ab Ripper--so I did most of that--minus the killer mason twists.
Anyhow, I starved myself yesterday--literally. All I had all day was a bowl of raisin bran at 8 am. Then, finally, after the photoshoot, I went to Applebees with my girlfriends and shared some chips & queso. Amazingly, by that point (8 pm) I wasn't even hungry anymore. Guess I had gotten past the hungry point. Anyway, today, I really don't have a good excuse. I worked (for dr. office) all morning long and then jumped up from my desk and did a marathon Wal-Mart trip. THREE hours at the grocery store!!!! Incredibly, I only spent $166! We were practically out of everything, so I expected a big bill. Sad when you think $166 sounds low! ha ha
Okay, so tomorrow will be back on track again. We rented a movie for tonight called "Never Back Down" and I am really looking forward to watching it. Ciao!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Day 80

Wow, I can't believe I'm typing Day 80!! 10 more days!! Wow~!
Had another great day today! Did Back & Biceps and Ab Ripper this afternoon. Didn't eat super-dooper healthy. Well, actually I did great except for dinner. I had a bowl of cereal for dinner (at 4:30 pm) and then another bowl around 9:45 pm. Not great, I know...but I was CRAVING raisin bran like BADDD!!!
Tomorrow is the big day...my pictures. I am feeling great about everything though. My body is in the best shape it's ever been, I am as tan as I can get (without going to a tanning bed), my toenails look fabulous, my hair is high-lighted, my outfits are picked out and ready...the only thing left to conquer is the facial expression! AUGH! I am NO GOOD at serious faces. I can do 2 faces. Big smile and Big Kiss face. That's about it. My serious faces look like I'm either constipated or depressed! ha ha. I'm going to try to study some Victoria Secret ads during the next 24 hours and get some ideas. Wish me luck!!!.........

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Day 79

Well, it took every ounce of determination I could muster up, but I got my butt in gear and did Plyo tonight. Man, I really dread that work out. All day I've been thinking "ughhh...plyo tonight". Then after dinner and relaxing for a bit, the LAST thing on EARTH I wanted to do was go put on my work out clothes and jump around for a full hour...but I just CAN'T not do it anymore. I AM going to finish and I AM going to finish STRONG!
I ate very well today and I am proud of that. I resisted the urge to splurge on anything unhealthy (other than a couple of Doritos at lunch). For dinner tonight I made the oven-baked crunchy chicken recipe from the nutrition guide with some fresh green beans and carrots and natural-organic applesauce. Then we each had a peice of my banana-nut bread. It is the best stuff. I wish I had a calorie count for this recipe. I know it can't be very bad though. The whole thing only has 1/4 c. of brown sugar in it. It also has 3 ripe bananas, wheat flour, walnuts, light sour cream (or plain non-fat yogurt), 1 egg, baking soda and I think that's all. It's a GREAT way to get rid of your brown bananas and have a special treat too!
I did wear my HRM tonight and calculated my calories for Plyo. I came up with 370. Not too bad. Also earlier today I hand-washed my van outside in the 105 degree heat and then cleaned out the whole insides of it too. I was sweating like a hog...so maybe that burned a few calories too!?!
I have my pictures on Thursday (my *special* ones) and I am hoping to look my best.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Day 78 - The final stretch

Okay, I have 12 more days left in this program and I plan to finish with a bang. That means that on Saturday, August 16, I will be DONE with P90X (the first round anyway).
I got a surprising phone call today--apparently the gym that I work out at 2-3 times a week and have been going to for over 4 years now has decided to remodel (which is very needed) but...that means that they are shutting down for the next 6 months!! To be fair, I guess I shouldn't say they are shutting down because technically they are still open if you want to use the treadmills or elliptical machines ---but as far as I am concerned, they might as well be closed. They have cancelled all group fitness (my classes), shut down the weight room as well as the childcare center. So, basically, I am paying for nothing for the next six months. They are allowing us to use their 3 other sister gyms in the area...but that is out of the question for me seeing as how I already drive 25 minutes to get to this gym and the other 3 are at LEAST an additional 10-20 minutes away.
So what does that mean?
That means that my elliptical machine at home will be getting lots more use---AND---that it will be time to start Round 2 of P90X again sooner than I thought!!
Tonight I did Chest, Shoulders & Triceps and Ab Ripper X. I am going to push myself to not take a single day off for the remaining 12 days--and to also eat as clean as possible.
I am excited about finishing...and excited to see what Round 2 of the X will bring!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Day 77

Wow, what a day! I knew it was going to be busy, but geez! I left the house at 9 am and didn't get home until 6 pm! First stop was the gym for my core/cardio class and then a little weight training in the weight room. I took a shower and got all "ready" at the gym so we could go right on over to the mall and have lunch and then have the kids pictures taken. The kids did really well with their pictures and the lady ended up snapping SO many shots, that I had a horrible time choosing. I actually ended up buying one of their framed, matted Trilogy things. (3 different pictures of the kids in one big frame). It was a lot($)..but I hardly EVER do that so I justified it. Plus, these are some of the best pictures my kids have ever taken so I couldn't resist. Anyway, for lunch yesterday, we went to Chick-Fil-A (Thanks Rach for the giftcard!). I ordered my usual--The Chargrilled Chicken Salad. I decided to just attempt eating it without any dressing--just a little black pepper on top and surprisingly...it was good! I mean, I didn't miss the dressing at ALL. Plus I was SO proud of myself afterwards! ha ha Sadly, I bit a chunk out of my tongue while I was eating my salad and now I have a very swollen, sore mouth. Like seriously, I had to go home and take some Ibuprofen and have a *drink* to take the pain away. It felt like I had an earache, sore throat and major headache--all from a bitten tongue.
For dinner, I made Matt and I up the chicken salad recipe from Phase 1 and we ate that with some Kashi whole grain crackers and a protein shake.
Not my best day of exercising ever...but not the worst either. I did burn almost 500 cal. at the gym this morning.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Day 76

The road to obesity is paved with good intentions!

I had ALL intentions of doing my work out today. It wasn't until 10:45 pm that I realized--it just ain't gonna happen.
I never quit going from the moment I woke up at 6 am till the minute I dropped into bed at 11 pm. It started out with working for the dr. office, then the kids had gymnastics at 10 then we went with some friends for lunch at Subway. Once we got back home, we put on our swimsuits and the kids played in the sprinkler while I push-mowed the front yard and then got on the riding mower to finish up the rest of our land. Then I hopped in the pool to cool off and then went inside to shower (and bathe both kids) before I started cooking dinner. My mom and aunt came over to eat with us so I needed to tidy up the house a bit too. (crazy how messy it can get just since I cleaned on Monday!) After dinner and doing the dishes, I took Grant and our old dog, Sam, for a walk. When we got back home, Grant went to bed while I did laundry and ironed the kids clothes. (I'm taking them to get their pictures taken tomorrow.) At last, at 10:59, I crawled into my bed. Ahhhhh....................
No P90X---but really...where could I have fit it in? At this point, I am honestly doing the best I can to juggle everything.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Day 75

Well, my posts on this blog are getting shorter and shorter. Not only have I not been listing out all my foods...(don't know why) but I also haven't been doing my P90X work outs either!
I don't know what's going on other than to say Life Happens. I am still eating healthy and exercising...just not P90X style.
Today I got up and went to the gym for my work out. I did a 45 minute pump/core class and then I did 25 minutes interval training on the elliptical machine. I burned a total of 617 calories in that 70 minutes. Not bad. I did take the kids to McDonald's for lunch and TRIED to order myself a side salad--but they were out. Then I asked for a fruit and yogurt parfait and they were out of those too...so I settled for a water and the left over half of a protein bar that was in my purse. Then on the way home, I ate a bag of Bear Naked fruit & nut granola (170 cal) and it was SOO yummy!
For dinner, we took the kids to Mazzios for their buffet. I did fairly well by only eating 2 slices of their Lucky 7 pizza (160 cal. each) and a big salad with LIGHT ranch dressing and only tiny bit of it. But then later when we got home, I ate a yogurt cup with another one of the granola packets mixed in (300 cal. total) and then I felt REALLY guilty about that! Oh well....
Like I said.....Life Happens. I am not quitting p90X by ANY means...but I can't let it take over my whole life either.
Candy is always good about reminding me of this...this isn't just a "90 day thing" like some people like to think. This is my new life style---Forever. In 15 days when I am "officially" done with this program....nothing will change. I will continue on just exactly as I am right now. The only thing that will happen is that I will get back into my bikini and take my "after" pictures so I can compare and if I'm REALLY brave..I'll post them for you to see. Hey...anything would be better than the before pictures!! Ha ha! When I saw those, I KNEW I HAD to do something about my body!

Aw Shucks!

I've heard....that corn is the worst veggie for you.....Does anyone know if this is true? Do ya'll eat it?

Monday, July 28, 2008

Day 73 and 74

Day 73:
Saturday we got up and picked up the house a bit because my neice, Chantel, was coming to visit that night. Then we had a nice lunch and then Matt and I did Chest & Back and I did Ab Ripper X. After that it was time for a quick dip in the pool and then we put some chicken on the grill for dinner.

Day 74:
Monday's are whole-house cleaning days for us...so we stayed busy today. Then after that, we threw on our swim suits and while the kids swam, I scooped dog poop and mowed/vacummed the back yard. I say vacummed because there were a million little peices of white foam ALL over our back yard from where Sadie chewed up Grant's life jacket. If you mow with the grass catch on, it picks up every single bit of that (and cuts the grass!) so when I finally got done, the yard looked great. Never mind the fact that I am NUTS for mowing the lawn at 3:00 in the afternoon when the heat index is probably like 110. By the time I got done, I could hardly see or walk straight. The sweat (and left-over hair spray) was running into my eyes like little streams and I was so OVERLY hot. My face was as red as the tomatos in my garden. I hopped in the pool though in the nick of time and got cooled off. Since me and hubby went out on a date last night, we didn't get to our P90X work out---BUT---I think I probably burned a decent amount of calories push-mowing the yard...so I'm not too worried.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Day 72 I guess...

Errr......I HATE to count today as a "real" numbered day since I didn't get a work out in...but instead I am going to count today as my "rest" day and work out on Sunday instead. I didn't intentionally not work out today...but honestly right now is my first opportunity to work out and it's 15 till 11:00...so I think I'm gonna skip it. I'm reading more and more how important getting in at least 7 hours of sleep is so important, and more preferrably 8. I am really bad about that. I usually average 6 hours...on a good night.
Anyway, today was our "Friday Field Trip" day for our summer schedule thing and the kids picked bowling for their activity. They had so much fun, as usual. I sat this one out because our bowling alley's around here are SO expensive. It's like $2.50 for shoe rental and then like $3.50 per game (per person). BUT.....somehow today, I got out of there for only $4.32!! Hooray!
Anyway, I am not going to list out all my foods, but I think I did fairly well today considering we were out running around for most of the day. I did splurge and buy a bag of Hot Tamales out of the vending machine at the Bowling Alley. I only had half...(110 cal). They were SO good!