Saturday, January 19, 2013

The end of week 1 and more happy news!

Today completes my first week of P90X and what a week it was!  Between the workouts, working overtime and staying late on call, going in to work at 4:45 in the morning, a transitioning doggy to our  new place it was a whirlwind of a week. I did not do my leg workout yesterday because I had to make an urgent trip to the eye doctor after work and I found out I have dry spots on my eyes, an allergic reaction of some sort in there along with bumps formed on the underside of my eyelids adding additional irritation.  I'm on two different eye drops for the time being and banished to glasses-wearing for the next 5 days at minimum.  There's nothing I hate more than jumping around and working out in glasses but what has to be done is done.  It was my every intention of doing it but it just didn't happen and while it wasn't what I'd planned I am getting better at going with the flow.  It's not that I just didn't want to do it.  Things come up and I'll have to remember this as I go through these 90 days and beyond into my 30 week training plan.  I was told by my running guru, Kyle's sister Carrie (hi Carrie!) that she didn't like "training plans" and that they made you feel guilty if you missed a day or something like this happened and the workout just didn't get done.  I think I can justify with myself as long as I put in a good effort every single day that if something like this happens I can't let myself feel too bad about not getting what I wanted done.  Good thing is that I've stayed under my calorie goals every day and that also is a bit more comforting.

I started this morning with some Kenpo X bright and early knowing we were going to Louisville today for Kyle's quarter meeting/late holiday party and we'd be eating out.  (Hello from Louisville, by the way!)  We just arrived and he's at one of his two meetings for the afternoon.

The first piece of good news I'd like to deliver is that I'm officially down 6.6 pounds since January 1st!  I know they won't keep falling off me like this after my body starts adjusting to this new lifestyle but I'll take what I can get and it's definitely a step in the direction I want to go.

The second is that I will be an aunt again sometime tomorrow!  My sister is being induced in the morning and I'll be an aunt for the 5th time in the last 25 months.  How exciting it is for Kyle and I to get to watch all these little guys (and girls) grow up.  We are blessed.

I've got this lovely long weekend just starting up and only have to work Tuesday before my normal Wednesday off.  I have my graduate school interview on Wednesday afternoon at Wright State University so if around 2:45pm you'd all like to send your good vibes my way I'd appreciate it!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, January 14, 2013

P90X day 1. O.M.G.

I did P90X about 2 years ago for about 50ish days.  I definitely noticed a difference and it was tough.  Add 20ish pounds to that tough and lack of working out for the last several months and it. was. awful.

Last time I did the "lean" version and this time I'm opting for the "classic" schedule so I didn't start with the core synergistics DVD like last time.  That also happened to be my favorite one of the bunch and I'm sad that I don't see much of that at all in this schedule.  Today was chest & back with ab ripper X.  I don't have a pull up bar at home or any kind of hook to do the pull up portions so I simulated the type of pull up they were doing holding weights and doing the same hand positioning they were doing.  The other issue was Penny going between my arms and body during push ups - tons of fun.  I did it anyways.  

Ab ripper X was a whole different story.  I was defeated completely by these moves.  Extra abdominal tissue from the last time I did this I'm sure didn't help.  It was torture and I can't wait for it to get easier, which means I must keep doing it.  I must also keep telling my brain I must keep doing it :)

I also had my first "weigh in" this weekend.... drumroll please....

I'm down 4.4 pounds!  Woo hoo!

I think that's about all for now - gotta get the sweat out of my eyes.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Post-Move insanity.

Hello all you out there!

Well, the move is done.  All the boxes are nearly unpacked (mine are, Kyle's aren't.  He had to work today so I guess I can forgive him for now).  We need to grocery shop in a bad way and I unfortunately have to go back to work tomorrow.  I'm on call from tomorrow until Monday morning so hopefully there's not too much action this weekend and we can get everything finished and pictures hung on the walls and really make this gorgeous place feel like home.  We moved in to the beautiful Palmera Apartments (to take a peak of what our place is like, visit their website! and it really suits our style.

Anyways, since the last you've heard from me it's been obviously crazy with the move but there was lots in between. Firstly, my first lunches back at work, where I opted for salads most days and pork loin with broccoli the others that I've been there so far.  Also, NO POP.  I have officially been pop-free for 10 days.  I really didn't realize how hard that would be for me since I tend to drink iced tea most of the time.  I do find myself ordering water more and more often anywhere I am.  I've also been out and about a lot. I went up to the Columbus Bridal show to spend time with my next bride (this makes wedding number 11 that I've been apart of!) and the other bridesmaids.  It was a surprise but very fun.  Let us talk about one thing though: CAKE TASTINGS.  Ugh.  There was cake EVERYWHERE.  I did try a few samples but didn't go crazy.  I was pretty proud of myself for turning them down.  We also have been eating out quite a bit with the move and me being gone that day so I don't want to say the resolution of not eating fast food as much is out the window it was just circumstantial that we were moving and were down to the bare bones in the cupboards and fridge.

Monday starts the next part of this challenge and that is getting the exercise started.  My round of P90X begins then and I'm pretty excited for it.  I don't know how well Penny the pup will react to my jumping around like a crazy person but it will be entertaining.  I've already been out and about today a few times with Penny checking out the walking trails they have through the complex.  There is a 1/2 mile trail just outside our building which is nice.  I'm sure it will be better once the last of this ice and snow clears out of here.  It's supposed to be warm but rainy all weekend.  I'm paranoid with the wet, dirty dog feet on my nice new hardwood floors and carpets so I'm keeping a towel handy for wiping down paws.

I again want to thank you all for the encouraging words and kindness you've shown me as I start this journey.  Really, as each day passes I know that this is something I will work at every day for my entire life.  I do have to make concious choices of what I am putting in my mouth.  I started tracking my food back on the 1st using MyFitnessPal on my phone and have it set for a 1 pound weight loss each week and it gives me an amount of calories I can eat for the day.  Let me tell you, I know what I've been eating lately and how many calories are going in - I cannot IMAGINE how many calories I was really putting in me when I wasn't thinking or caring about it.  I am putting in everything now and going "holy moly, I only have (x) amount left for today and it's only lunch!" And this is me eating health(ier)!  I still have a long way to go in really eating well. Right now counting calories is a big part.  Further down the line I really may be able to think more about the "clean eating" but for now it's really about watching my portions and the numbers that go in.

I've got family coming over to check out my new digs, so I'm off for now.  I'll keep you updated once P90X kicks in :)

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

2013 has finally arrived!  Kyle and I went to dinner with my sister Laurel and nephew Levi last night then went to UDF for some ice cream (frozen yogurt for me!).  We came home after dinner and hung out - me playing online poker and Kyle on his iPad.  We sure are party animals.

I got to sleep in and spent most of the day packing and sorting through drawers and previously unpacked boxes of photo books and such from the last time we moved.  A week from now we'll be in our new apartment which I am pretty excited about.  We are headed to a new, modern apartment complex with other people there closer to our age.  I feel like we stick out like a sore thumb where we are now as I believe we are the youngest people besides the children who live here.  Our dog exceeds the weight limit for us on the third floor so we move to the first floor here or out completely, so we're moving out.  I'll also have a nice garage to keep my car ice-free - a plus with the winter we've been having already!  The only good thing (that I have a love/hate relationship with) are the mandatory three flights of stairs we've been hiking up and down every time we come and go.  Good for the training and weight loss, but sometimes it's what keeps me from getting up and going out at all.  Sad, but true.

I started tracking my food today.  I wrote down what I ate and then logged it all into's app on my phone.  It has my current weight plugged in with an end goal and set at weight loss at one pound a week.  It then gives a total calorie number for the day with total amount of protein, fat, and carbs for the day as well.  Everything I've eaten today was already loaded in by other users and I verified the numbers that were pre-loaded with the packages from which I cooked.  This will hopefully make things easy.  Some part of this has to be easy, right?

I didn't get the chance to do "formal" exercise today but I was busy sorting through things, moving boxes around, taking loads of trash down and Penny out to potty during the day.  All that matters at the end of the day I was up and moving for most of it.  I even made two full meals today which I cannot honestly remember the last time I did.  Eggs for breakfast and a turkey loin with green beans and quinoa and brown rice.

Tomorrow is another day and I know that this is going to be a day by day journey.  I did make one decision and that was last week when I cancelled my gym membership and opted for a Massage Envy membership instead.  Why?  Well, for starters I don't use my gym membership.  I thought it was a great idea because it had an indoor pool and classes but I've never done either.  That and I also have a free gym at the apartment so if I was going to use a gym - why drive?  Or pay for it?  I'd rather use that money to help me de-stress and feel better while I train.

I also put some of my Christmas gift cards to use by ordering some cute work out clothes while the sales were still going on.  I put my new address on some things and this old address on others depending on the expected delivery date so I hope everything gets to me one way or the other.

Well, here's to day two!