Thursday, March 31, 2011

P90X Week 1 review

I really should have posted this on Saturday......

This is not my first attempt at P90X. I've made it through the first round four times. Every time before, I went with the classic program. This time, I've decided to take the lean route. The lean program is more focused on cardio than on strength training. Don't mistake me by thinking that means it's all cardio and no weight lifting. That's not the case at all.

So here's what my schedule looks like for weeks 1-3:
Tuesday - Core Synergisitcs
Wednesday - Cardio X
Thursday - Ab Ripper X, Shoulders & Arms
Friday - Yoga X
Saturday - Ab Ripper X, Legs & Back
Sunday - Kenpo X
Monday - Rest or Stretch X

For every workout I complete, I'm putting a shiny gold star sticker on my workout schedule calendar, which is on the fridge door. If I get all 6 stars for the week, my husband has to think of a creative, non-food reward for me. I think it's a pretty good deal. =)

Week 1 got 3 out of 6 stars (or 4 out of 7 if you count the rest day... haha). My husband was out of town for the weekend, so I sort of lost motivation when I got to the Yoga dvd. It's 90 minutes long, so it's my least favorite dvd. I did get lots of other exercise over the weekend, though (rearranging furniture, walking around in Ikea, etc.).

I also attempted to start tracking my food intake more carefully. I post my meal plan for the day, along with the WW Points calculations on the Getting In Shape board on The Knot. It's what helped me stick with regular meal planning when I was getting ready for my wedding, so I figured it would be a good place to continue that. The girls on there are very supportive and motivating!

In other news, it has occurred to me that I may have a slight addiction to ice cream. I know that if I want the best results possible, I should try to eat a cleaner diet. As someone said, "Abs are made in the kitchen!" I'm working at getting better at planning healthier, more balanced meals for us. I think my problem lies in my sweet tooth. Hmm... more thoughts on that later, I guess.

Anyway, even with only doing half the workouts for the week and only attempting to track my meals, I actually had a pretty good week on the scale. I'm down 2.2 lbs from last week! That puts me at a little less than 5 lbs to go to my previous lowest weight! Woo hoo!

On to week 2!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

enough is enough!

I've decided!

So, I've been frustrated with the fact that I've plateaued since Weight Watchers switched to their new PointsPlus plan in November. Slowly since then, I had kind of given up on my weight loss. I just thought, "This is as good as it will get for me."

Well, Monday I found myself driving home from school eating a Payday bar, where all of a sudden it hit me. WHAT WAS I DOING?!? A candy bar?? Sure, it was just a candy bar. But not to me. To me it was the culmination of a long-overdue smack in the face/kick in the butt.

I got home and weighed myself the next morning. 193.5.

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That's a 7-lb gain from where I was. That's 7 lbs in the wrong direction. Not good.

I want to nip this in the bud! I NEVER want to go back to the old habits, the old me. The old me was unhappy, self-conscious, and always brought down by comparing herself to others. The old me never felt worthy or good enough for anyone. By the grace of Jesus am I now a woman who is happy, confident, worthy, and good enough.

I'm pumped and motivated again!

Here are my NEW before pictures!
(my face is red in the first set because I just finished a workout... haha!)












(ugh.... that swimsuit back shot is NOT attractive!!!)


I'm trying to set up as many avenues for success as I can. I've written down some goals and a workout schedule for the next three months, which will be my 1-year anniversary (June 25).
I've also switched to WW etools for the next three months, so that's a big change for me - not having my meeting there to help me.

I've applied to be a contestant on Win, Lose, or Blog, which is a 7-week weight loss competition through blogging. They'll announce the contestants on March 28th, and their 4th season of this competition will start on April 1st. I hope I get chosen, but even if I don't, I'm in this till the end!




I just wanted to share a few inspiring quotes from one of my favorite shows - The Biggest Loser.

The first one comes from Courtney. I love her drive and her enthusiasm!


"What I want to say to all those average women of America is that I've lost almost 200 lbs and you can do this. You can lose this weight just like I have. Just one step, one day at a time, one choice at a time - and you will get there." - Courtney (Biggest Loser, season 11, week 11)


This next one comes from Olivia and her encouraging husband.


"You know sometimes you approach a wall and you know this is the point for me where I usually give up. You know, in the past when I've plateaued before, I've just kinda given up... it's the time where, 'This is as good as it gets for me.'" - Olivia (Biggest Loser, season 11, week 12)

"Well, I just know how strong you are... Be strong for you. Be strong! You are strong! When you see the wall, just look at that wall! You don't turn away from it! And keep going and you say, 'You are not going to win over me! I am going to win!' That is who you are! Because I know the end of the story, and I know that you make it. I know you better than anyone else." - Olivia's husband



Amen, right? Those words from Olivia's husband sound like they could have come from the mouth of Jesus. I hope you are encouraged by this as much as I am!

Thanks for reading!


Friday, March 18, 2011

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

My new anthem!

I just heard Mandisa's new single on the radio driving home tonight. It's called "Stronger". I'm downloading it on my iTunes as I type!


Image from here.

I just wanted to share the lyrics. This song is going to become my new workout music!! I love it!!! The words are so powerful... especially the chorus!

Hey, heard you were up all night
Thinking about how your world ain't right
And you wonder if things will ever get better
And you're asking why is it always raining on you
When all you want is just a little good news
Instead of standing there stuck out in the weather

Oh, don't hang your head
It's gonna end
God's right there
Even if it's hard to see Him
I promise you that He still cares

(Chorus)
When the waves are taking you under
Hold on just a little bit longer

He knows that this is gonna make you stronger, stronger

The pain ain't gonna last forever

And things can only get better

Believe me, this is gonna make you stronger

Gonna make you stronger, stronger, stronger

Believe me, this is gonna make you ...


Try and do the best you can
Hold on and let Him hold your hand
And go on and fall into the arms of Jesus
Oh, lift your head it's gonna end
God's right there
Even when you just can't feel Him
I promise you that He still cares

Chorus

'Cause if He started this work in your life
He will be faithful to complete it

If only you believe it
He knows how much it hurts
And I'm sure that He's gonna help you get through this

Chorus

I love it! I hope this blesses you and inspires you as much as it did me!

Monday, March 7, 2011

MIA

I'm so sorry I've been MIA for the past month. Something I can guarantee you - if I'm not blogging, I'm probably not working too hard on my fitness journey. I didn't necessarily fall off the proverbial wagon, but I haven't been putting the effort I need to in to get the results I desire.

My last Weight Watchers meeting was this week. I can't afford the monthly pass anymore, so I'm switching to just online etools. It will save us about $90 in the next three months. I promised those at my meeting that I'd come back for each milestone reward (every 25 lbs).

I'm tired of plateauing and bouncing around the same 3-5 lb bracket that I have been in the last 4 months. I've got 14.2 lbs left to my next milestone where I can check into my WW meeting again. I'm trying to focus on right now. What can I do right now to work towards a healthier lifestyle?

I'm turning back to some oldies, but goodies - things I know will work. This week, I'm following week 1 of this book:


It has some pretty fantastic recipes in it, and I'm usually too full to eat everything that it tells me to eat. I've generally had success when following this book.

I'd like to get back to P90X, but for this week, I'm going back to Jillian Michaels. I know I've mentioned her 30 Day Shred more than once.



I'm going to do Level 1 this week and see where I'm at after that.

So here's to rekindling motivation! Wish me luck and pray for me!