Friday, March 13, 2009

Day 30 progress pics

OK, so only some little improvements - but I'm going to remain positive - if I can make the same amount of gains and progress each 30 days then I think the changes will be more noticeable by the end of 90 days, and certainly 180 days .

We've already decided were not going to go back to the old exercise (or lack thereof) pland and poor nutrition so just imagine what you will look and feel like in a few more years! Keep it up and you'll be matching Tony's pull-up numbers.

So I'm still a 34" waist and trying to get to 32" comfortably (there are a few brands that I can squeeze into) Thinking I'd like to be in the 170's for weight, and need much bigger pecs and biceps. I have a cool tattoo designed for when I complete Ironman, but there is no way it would look right on twiggy arms!

and the burn goes deeper and deeper and...

Feet don't fail me now!

So I'm thinking that it's time to start transitioning out of kenpo and cardio workouts and substituting in my running and cycling. I'm going to keep doing the lifting and ARX, but in the last 3 days of doing spin class on Wed. 1ok on the treadmill on Thurs. Spin class again on Fri. I feel like I've seriously melted away a bunch of the jelly belly!! I might consider doing some core synergistics on the kenpo and cardio days in the morning or evening - I lkove that workout and wish it was included throughout the 90 day program.

Tonight is legs and back - and for the first time I am really fearing it - my legs are already hurtin'. Our spin class instructor is insane. She does like 3 or 4 classes a day and was recently featured in Twin Cities Magazine - she kind of puts Tony to shame - if she did a P90X type video I'd likely have done 1 of 2 things by now...quit and gone back to the cherry cokes and bags of m&m's....or I'd have a 6 pack already :)

It's supposed to get into the 40's finally and I can't wait to enjoy some outdoor running and cycling with my family and friends - yes that's right in Minnesota once it's above 40 you start bringing all the summer clothes out of the closet :)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Feels like forever...

So it feels like forever since I've posted anything - need to take pics and measurements tonight...a bit nervous as I don't feel like I've made the kind of progress that I had hoped for. I know Jessica is feeling the same way and I will not be surprised if she doesn't want to partake in the photos and measuring.

I enjoyed the Chest, Shoulder, Tricep workout - definitely gave me a great burn and even on my knees those 1 arm pushups were insane, by that time of the workout I was dead tired.

I have been spending most nights over at the neighbors helping (actually doing everything for him) with his bathroom remodel. It started by offering to help him tile, but quickly led to rewiring, replumbing, doing demo, and re-rocking walls...oh and I failed to mention that after the bathroom he wants help doing the kitchen floors in tile and new trim everywhere.....I just can't say no though, so it's my own fault!

Because of the late nights working on that project I have had a tough time. It's not fun working out at 11:00 at night and then having to get up at 6:00 the next day. I'm hoping that by the end of this weekend we will be mostly done and I can have my evenings back!

Keep Bringin It Everybody!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Day 25: Stretch day

So today is supposed to be a stretch day but I'm going to do cardio instead since I missed it on Monday. I did Kenpo last night, and honestly even though I try hard to turn those hips and get the abs engaged and get the legs up high...I just don't feel like I get a great workout. I know that there are probably a number of things that I could do to make the workout more intense, like weighted gloves or light dumbells....does anybody have suggestions? anyone else have the same issue?

The Girl Scouts are evil......a friend of ours dropped off the boxes that we had ordered......pre P90X, not that we would have said no....the Girl Scouts will hunt you down if you diss them. And rather mysteriously half of them vanished - I have been afraid to look up the calories.....

So, I decided to add a column in my training log....excel spreadsheet that I set up, to give myself an eating grade for each day. The last few days I've given myself a C and a D for cheating and giving in to either the sweet tooth, or too many carbs.

I'm going to make it my main goal to be able to report A's and B's going forward-

Does anyone want the rest of these thin mints????

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Day 23: Core Synergistics

This was alot of fun, certainly some challenging moves that will take some work at perfecting. Just for fun next time I'm going to use weights on the plank/reach high/low thing :)

Did the workout after cooling down from an earlier evening spin class. I spent some time today laying out my marathon training schedule and it looks like we will be finishing up the "X" a week before I start my training - so this will be good timing. I plan to do some of the "X" workouts to keep working on the abs and upper body, but will likely ditch yoga, cardio, kenpo, plyo and leg work. Core strength is certainly a key for running since over a 26 mile race you need the core strength literally just to keep everything from falling apart.

This is our first recovery week and I am praying for a great week, a few pounds of weight loss would be nice, along with a refreshed body and mind to start the next 30 days.

Kind of a funny thing, I was looking at my arms in the mirror and had to do a double take, because I saw that I actually have a tricep muscle! It's like it just showed up out of nowhere! Very cool - now if those abs would make the same dramatic appearance!!!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Day 21 - Alot of catch-up

So we finished week 3!

Jessica did 3 workouts today, I did 2 so we could get everything in - this is not the way to do P90X and we need to both do better at sticking to the schedule. For starters it will provide a better result, and secondly I think it's just less stressful and hectic - it's tough getting home from church knowing the rest of your sunday is packed full with working out in front of the TV.

Christian does make the time go by fast by entertaining us either by playing his guitar and singing made up songs, or by joining in on the workouts with his weights!

Our basement level is an array of weights, road bikes and the kids toys - sometimes lunges involve stepping over legos, racecars and traintracks.
So we are about 1/4 done and though no major physical differences we have both been doing more reps with more weight. So we feel like we are on the right track!
We will see how this first phase recovery week goes, any tips out there for our last week of Phase 1???