June 16, 2010

working on my fitness: P90X update


Before I even start yes the whole !#@% means to add your favorite cuss word there. It's fun isn't it? Yep, I'm still at that point, maybe toward the end I can make it into a smiley face or maybe even I :big puffy heart: Tony. For now my favorite !#@% word will have to do. Said as P90FUDGINGX. As of this moment, I don't have a ton of progress to report about P90X but I promised that I would do periodic updates, so here goes. When and if you get sick of these updates just let me know.

It was officially two weeks yesterday that I started the program. I feel great. The first week was rough. I was sore, I was tired and I just wasn't sure if I could do this. They always say in the videos "Do your best and forget the rest". This really does make you feel better when you have little confidence in your fitness abilities. Fast forward to last week the workouts have not gotten any easier but I feel like I'm finally getting my sea legs up to speed. I still get lost with certain moves and I still have a few issues finishing all the reps, especially in the lunge department but the bottom line is, I'm seeing improvements in my hand eye coordination throughout the day as well as improvement in my posture. Could it really be that my chubby neck was all due to me hunching over? I hope that wasn't all of it. I hope that the few pounds I have lost so far are also a result of that. I'm standing taller and feeling better about me so that's a win/win in my opinion.

My jeans are already fitting differently which a few of you warned me would happen quickly. To most of my friends back home that haven't seen me in a while they might not notice but Mike has already commented that he noticed my jeans aren't fitting as well as they used to. {They aren't as tight in the butt or thighs}. I couldn't be more over the moon about this. I'm also excited to noticed that my lovely back fat seems to be slipping a way. Oh it's still hanging out, but there is much less of it - can we say HELL YES!

A few people have told me the diet was hard but I'm actually enjoying it. I'm shocked how much I get to eat. I feel like I'm eating more now than I ever did in the past and maybe that was part of my weight loss hang up. Ok that and cheeseburgers and fries, and sweets. I snuck in a piece of candy today (lifesaver) and after I ate it I felt gross. It's only been 2 weeks can my body actually be making a change now from only 2 weeks of good, healthy eating? I'm also happy that the most sinful thing I've actually been craving is fruit. I'm only allowed one serving of fruit a day. That is usually sucked up by the first meal of the day (protein shake with banana). There are worse things I could be dying to eat and I really think that the protein shakes and bars have curbed that desire for chocolate. I survived my first battle with PMS and passed with flying colors, but I think the bars had some serious play in that battle vs. my actual willpower.




This literally makes me almost pants every time I see it!!
Oh Chris how I miss you so. 
No worries Adam you're still my all time favorite!
"Lay off me I'm starving!!!!"

I am going on vacation for the July 4th week. I'm looking forward to my week at home with family and friends. It will be an off week for me from P90X. I hated to do this right before the start of my 2nd phase of P90X but I feel like I will be active enough during that week to not do serious damage to my progress. Mike and I plan to site see, do a lot of walking with June and not be stationary for long while we are there. I won't be doing the P90X workout at my father's house where we will be staying, but I plan to do my best eating and only indulging a few times while I'm there. Oddly enough the stuff I'm craving the most is actually on my p90x diet. Seafood is huge on the top of my list of must haves when I get home as well as a huge juicy prime rib from my favorite place to dine. Other than that I'm not craving anything other than good times with my friends. I thought for sure when I started this diet I'd die without pasta. I tried to do South Beach years ago and failed miserably. I did a total Linda Blair at least twice a week and I didn't even make it through the whole first 2 weeks. I miss my noodles but not as much as I thought I would. *Fingers crossed* I can stick with it.

I've noticed small leaps in my muscle definition and I'm already starting to feel better in my current wardrobe. Not 100% awesome but much better than I did before. Seeing results starting to happen so quickly is what is rewarding. I'm not starving, I'm working out and becoming stronger and it feels great.

I doubt I will ever learn to love the Ab Ripper X workout that thing kills me everyday that I have to do it but when the results become more evident I'll be over the moon. The Yoga workout is still my favorite a long with the arm, back and shoulder workouts. I always thought I had really wimpy arms and no strength this has shown me otherwise.

So there you have it. Tuesday was the beginning of Week 3 for me, I can't believe it's gone by this fast already. I've noticed that the biggest health benefit I gained immediately was a great nights rest. I haven't slept this great in a long time. All my stress from the day melts away the minute I put in the DVD to workout. By the time I get to bed I know that I have everything figured out for the next day, my food, my clothes, etc. I'm able to lay my head down and sleep like a baby and I love it! {I'm also exhausted sometimes so yeah after a good workout that helps too}.

My first goal that I had set for myself in starting this program was to feel confident in a tank top by the end of the summer {I hate my upper arms}, if all goes well I will make that goal no problem. My other goal was to start pulling out old jeans from storage bins in my closet to wear. I have never been one to hold on to old clothing but most of these jeans are from my mid 20's, most are still in perfect if not new with tag on condition and I plan to rock them all. I also plan to reward myself with a job well done with new shirts and other treats but for now the reward of loving my arms in a tank top is #1 for me. And yes coughmeredithcough, soon I will think about a swimsuit and officially treat myself to a new one when I get to that point!

If you're still with me - thank you for reading. I will try not to let this become a P90X blah-fest but since most of you asked, I thought I would keep you posted.

Thanks for the support! And lots and lots of love to Shandal aka my coach. Thank you for your patience and for helping me in this journey girl!

Sidenote: Last night Mike and I had dinner with his younger brother {JO} and girlfriend {B} (Mike is one of 4 boys and 2 girls in his family) and B said she could already tell I was losing weight. This made me feel amazing! It's only been two full weeks and 1 day into week three, so that's saying something.

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28 comments:

jessalyn said...

yay! good for you lady! keep up the great work! all you p90xers are very inspirational...the diet is the part that scares me the most, i love me some junk food, but you make it sound easy peasy!

shana said...

Good for you. I'm so impressed. I'm having a hell of a time with my diet. Every time I get on a roll something happens...in this case, I got sick...and I end up eating tons of crap and undoing all the good I did. I might have to try this P90X thing.

Oh, also...we need before and after photos...I know it's early...I'm just saying.

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

If I'm brave enough you will see my before and 30 day photos when 30 days comes. :)

Trust me Jess and Shana if you're doing this program you really don't want to cheat at the diet it's truly a life change. I have noticed though if I have a cheat meal or a weekend of drinks (Saturday night) my Sunday workout is harder. I'm not as alert or something. You'll want to eat better because you won't want to hinder your progress.

I'm down 5 lbs in 2 weeks I'd say that's pretty impressive. It's not a cake walk but it's been well worth it so far :)

Sole Matters said...

thats awesome!!! keep up the good work!!

Leslie @ A Blonde Ambition said...

GREAT job Kelly! You make me motivated to hit the gym with these posts!

McGriddle Pants said...

WOO HOO! Congrats!!! And keep it up!!

Carolyn @ life, love and puppy prints said...

I love all this P90X talk! I want to try it really badly... but between the cost, the time and the scare factor, I haven't yet! Keep on posting... maybe you'll motivate me to try it out! :)

meredith said...

first off, HUGE HUGE kudos to you for sticking with it!! i love that in two weeks, you can already see some of your hard work paying off!! i think blogging about it is really helpful to because it allows you to 1. not only see your progress, but 2. keeps you accountable! you've got tons of people rooting you on from afar. keep it up!! i can't wait to read more updates and hear more about your progress.

you definitely DO need to hold your head up high and feel proud of your accomplishments. that p90x ain't no joke!!!!

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Minky {Moo} said...

How cute are you!? I love your blog design/colors. Love it. I am askeered of P90X so I think you are a brave, brave gal! I'm poking around in your blog today...

SurferWife said...

How awesome that you already see results! That is the single most encouraging thing that makes you want to continue!

fojoy said...

I might have to look into this P90X thing... I have been working out pretty hard-core (for me anyway) for the last month and have seen zero results.
Its frustrating - but you are great motivation!
Keep up the good work!

Kristen said...

Way to go! More confidence is a great goal. Keep up the good work!

Jules said...

Thank GOD you wrote this. I'm in Week One and think I might die......

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

Well done Jules!!! Week one is the hardest, then again it's still hard into week two but you start to see improvements and realize you can do push ups and it's like WOW I rock!

Thank you all for your support!!!

Annie @ The House That Jade Built said...

Nice job Kelly! My husband and I just started "rest" week - number 4 Sunday! It's really not restful at all! It's been kicking my butt, but it's good. I'm down 5 pounds and 5 1/2 inches so hang in there! Also, have you looked into Shakeology? My husband and I LOVE it - which is weird b/c I never dreamed I'd like a meal replacement shake, but it's fantastic :) Best of luck for the rest of the workout!

kallaydoscope.com said...

Way to go!!! I always notice when I start eating healthy that I eat a ton more food that I thought I was going to be able to. It's pretty ironic how you don't feel hungry when you're technically dieting. It's a good feeling though. Plus, when you do crave something, it's hard to eat it because you think about all the exercise you just did and talk yourself out of it.

I'm so proud of you for doing this. I remember our email fest back in the winter time. You're a rock star! I'm thinking about doing this to get the baby weight off, so watching you go through it first with great results is awesome motivation!

Good luck and keep going lady!! You can do it!

Mike said...

I've not minded the new and different meals. Although I'm sure the bakery section at walmart has taken a huge loss in sales.

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

I think you're absolutely right babe. I do miss the EVERYTHING bread with a passion!

Annie that rocks that you and Jade are doing the program. Next week is my "rest week" but I'm happy to be doing something different. I'm getting a bit sick of Tony's in between funnies I need new jokes ;) I really want to try the shakeology - I've heard great things from Shandal about it!!!

Kallay I do remember the email sessions - we need more of those! I think this would be a great thing for you to get ride of baby weight when the time comes. Or even some of the other great programs Beachbody.com offers.

Kate@And Then I Was a Mom said...

Well, I for one am very impressed. Good goin', lady.

Off to check my own posture. Finally, something to blame for the wobbliness of my upper arms!

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

Hmm...I say NAY to a diet that limits fruit. I'm glad you are feeling better for it, though! My boot camp is kicking my butt as well.

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

Sara it's sad that fruit is the ONE thing I'm craving and sometimes I give into that urge I figure an apple craving is WAY better than a brownie craving. In my next phase I get more fruit :)

Kate - I hate my upper arms and I like the way you think. Let's stand tall together!

Shandal said...

Oh girl you're making me so proud! You're doing soo good! I'm so excited for you that your jeans are looser and you're seeing some progress! Keep it up, you really are doing great! *High Five* :)

hotpants™ said...

I love that skit.

Mr Monkey said...

Wow - keep it up & good luck
Mr Monkey

Hutch said...

Yay! I told you it would happen pretty quickly :) Tank Tops was one of my goals too in the area of arms and belly (my arms have never been toned, even as a dancer, and my short waist makes for a pudgy looking pooch in wife beaters no matter how much I rock the skinnies) I put on a wifebeater tank for my hike 2 weeks ago and it wasn't unflattering! If I can do it, you totally can!

Kat said...

I just got my pull up bar in the mail today & am starting P90X tonight. Can you tell what kind of protein bars you're using? I hate to spend so much on the P90X brand. Thanks & continued success! (btw- my before pics were shocking, too. I really had no idea how big I was!)

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

Kat I hope you come back to view this - I didn't find an email for you on your blog or profile.

Congrats on starting p90x!

The X brand of protein bars are outrageous in price! I have been switching between Zone Bars and Pure Protein Bars. The Pure Protein bars are way more dense and chewy and I don't like that - I've found if you put them in the fridge to chill them it's much easier to deal with. I'm a texture person. And I really only like the peanut butter chocolate ones.

The Zone Bars are awesome - the remind me of a Nestle Crunch bar. They have rice or something like that in them so you get the chewy and the crispy. This makes for a much easier eat in my opinion. They have all different great flavors.

My best suggestion - go to the store (Walmart etc) and get a few different ones. They usually sell them in singles and try them.

Make sure you get ones that are high in protein and not a ton of carbs. Compare them and even go on the P90x website to see if they give nutritional info and see if they compare to those.

SAVE MONEY - that's my motto! :)

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