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PostHeaderIcon My P90X Journey: Day 39

I CANNOT BELIEVE I MADE IT THIS FAR!!!! Seriously, it has been such a ride. I never thought that I would be able to work out on a daily basis, much less look forward to it on some days. This past week or so has been a real challenge to my will power as I have been sick. I felt so much guilt at missing a work out that I pushed myself and managed to complete most of them successfully. I only bowed out of one yoga as it is so tough and hanging your head down when congested is killer. But, alas I am on the other side of illness now and regaining my energy. I am also thrilled at my progress.

Progress wise I have lost just under 5 pounds and about an inch everywhere. I am also stronger and more flexible than I can remember being in years (at least post babies). My clothing is fitting better and I am slowly starting to fit into my smaller sizes. I have yet to get down a size, but that comes with time. In addition to my physical progress I have learned a lot about myself and what may work well for others.

First, I learned that exercise is best scheduled daily. When you try to fit it in a few times a week you can easily put it off. If you know you need to fit it in daily you are more likely to adapt it into your routine. Exercise does not have to be a class or video, it can be a jog or walk through the park, yoga, bike riding, etc. Just stay fit!

Second, if you are a “forget to eat” person, which many busy Moms are, then it is best to get the eating, snack included, into your schedule. I am so routine oriented that my body is now trained to get hungry at scheduled times.

Third, it’s okay to cheat but be reasonable. I try to maintain my healthy diet at all times. When we go to a party or out to eat, I enjoy myself but try to not go overboard. This means forget the appetizer and the sweet cocktails and if dessert is in the picture, split it.

Fourth, even when you slip it’s important to jump right back on the wagon…like right back! One bad meal or bad day does not erase all of your hard work. Don’t wait until tomorrow, get back on the wagon right away. No big deal.

PostHeaderIcon My P90X Journey: Day 10

Today was tough. I was dragging my heels all day. By the time I worked out my stomach hurt and I was hungry. I pushed through. Oh man. Intense.

I can’t wait until it comes naturally. Will it?

PostHeaderIcon My P90X Journey: day 9

Day 9 is coming to a close. I have now worked out hard for 9 days straight. Unbelievable. I never would have imagined that I could, and I constantly worry that I won’t have the strength to push myself on. I do see the end game and I want to win.

I can see how athletes get into a zone. You kind of separate mind and body while working hard. Interesting. I could get used to this.

PostHeaderIcon My P90X Journey: Day 5

Day 5 is upon me. I am minutes away from the leg and ab DVD scheduled for today. Yesterday was yoga and it was insane. The hardest yoga I have ever done. I only made it about an hour in to the hour and a half workout. However, today the muscles are feeling better as a result.

Speaking of result, the only one I really feel right now is energy. I feel great! It can also be attributed to the fact that I have been going to sleep earlier due to the fatigue from the workouts. Either way, it works. There is a mental result too. I am feeling positive and really focusing on the end goal.

Goals are important. Long term and short. Short term goals can be in the hardest moments of the workout. When you struggle, make a deal with yourself that if you push for one more minute you can take a break. Then add on a minute and so forth. As Tony Horton says, you can do anything for 30 seconds.

By the by, it is Friday and I will be enjoying some wine with a girlfriend. Therefore, I’m adding some intense cardio tomorrow. It’s give and take.

PostHeaderIcon My P90X Journey: Day 3

Ouch. Ouch and more ouch. Seriously. I have now completed three of the workouts on P90X. Today I did it during the kid’s nap. This was a struggle for me as I have gotten my body trained to eat lunch at that time. I am really married to their schedule! Since we have plans this evening, planning the workout into my daily routine was a must. It’s really all about planning and sacrifice. Actually, in my mind it is really more about a vision. My vision is me looking fabulous in shorts on my 37th birthday.  No real progress report thus far as I have tried to steer clear of the scale, but I ache and I know that skinny hurts. If you are thinking about this, here is a rundown of my daily diet. Keep in mind that I am a vegetarian (sometimes pescetarian).

Breakfast: Shake with nonfat Greek yogurt, banana and vegan protein

Lunch: Salad with homemade Greek dressing and feta cheese, 6 egg white omlette and 1 whole wheat bagel thin

Snack: Protein bar

Dinner: Fish or homemade black bean burgers (2-3), vegetable soup, whole wheat bagel thin

PostHeaderIcon My P90X journey: Day 2

I’m halfway through day 2 of my P90X journey. This means that I have completed one full day of eating according to the plan and one workout. I learned one valuable lesson in day one– eat more early on– which I incorporated into day two. This takes some planning, but not difficult.

Day two is going well. I’m achy, but not hungry. Best of all, I can imagine skinny again. In fact, I’m dreaming of slipping into a skimpy shirt and some tight jeans. Hmmm…

PostHeaderIcon That’s it, Time to take off the twin pounds

I’m 36, turning 37 this July. My twins are now two and I am ready to look how I looked pre-pregnancy three years ago. Actually, I’m ready to look better! I’ve been on an endless round of starting and stopping my transformation. No excuses anymore. Lots of people are tired and overworked, but they manage to stay in shape and look good. Back to my corporate way of thinking– work hard, play hard and look good doing it! So, P90X it is. Today is day 1. I will attempt even the shortest entry daily among my other drivel  and sometimes interesting entries.

I’ll tell you why P90X is my chosen path. A little over a week ago I had a cold. It was not that bad, but having dealt with ear infections with my boys I was run down without a chance to get better. My brothers were both here and sent me to bed to rest and re cooperate one afternoon. I turned on the tv and the first thing I saw was the P90X infomercial. This average looking guy was made into a kind of hot muscle man after living through the program. I was hooked. What you should know is that I already had the program at home. My husband acquired it a while back and never took advantage of it. Come on, twins are hard! I began to peruse the documents and read a bevy of websites with comments, before and after pictures and praises of the program. Regular Moms are doing it and proud of their results.

So, Day 1. I weighed and measured myself. I took some photos. I will eventually share said photos, but only once I’m pleased with some after photos. The program is 90 days and I’m hoping that toward the end of June I will be fitting into my size 6 clothes and feeling really good about wearing shorts. That’s my goal. At 166 lbs (today) that means that I need to lose approximately 30 lbs. The weight is less important than the inches. It’s about the look and fit. Weight is not the tell all. Day 1 is okay so far. I need to learn how to eat more of my calories early in the day. I worry too much about not having enough later on that I balance my day as calorie heavy in the afternoon and evening. I’ll do better tomorrow.

Now, off to the gym for my cardio, then to the market for some reinforcements and finally the P90X workouts scheduled for Day1. All that and take care of the kiddos. This is gonna be fun!