Monthly Archives: August 2010

Movin' and Groovin'

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It’s Thursday…that means I’ve made it another 3 days with P90X and haven’t quit yet! Yesterday my inner thighs and upper abs were so sore that I didn’t like having to stand or sit. My body griped every time. However, those are the two areas I need to tone the most, so I shouldn’t complain!

Yesterday’s workout was the Shoulders and Abs, thank goodness. If I had to do a leg workout yesterday I think I would have cried! Today’s is supposed to be yoga, so I still may cry. The last time I did yoga I quit about 35-40 minutes into it. I seriously need to work on building enough upper body strength that I’m able to do the plank, push up, vinjasa (sp?), upward dog, plank, push up, downward dog routine without doing a face plant!

Wish me luck tonight!

Back in the Saddle

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I was cleared to start my exercise program again yesterday. So, I jumped back into P90X with Core Synergistics. It was still hard, but I noticed that I modified some moves just because I was weak not because I was out of breath. It felt good to feel muscle tired as opposed to out of breath. I finished my workout last night about 9:10 and was in bed by 10:10. Needless to say, I slept like a baby! I don’t think I even dreamed.

Today’s workout is the cardio dvd, so I’m curious to see how that goes. I’m in a bit of a mood today. I just feel….blah. I’m pretty sure it’s my hormones getting out of whack (thanks PCOS) but I can’t shake the funk. That should be a song! So, today’s goal is to try to get myself in a better mood. Fake it ’til you feel it!

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

PS…I’m trying to get a flight scheduled to go see my parents (NC) in October. I’m setting a goal to be under 200 by then. I have about 20 lbs to go, but I think it’s doable. Even if I’m not under, if I’m just in the 2-0’s….201, 203, etc. that’s an accomplishment!

PPS…something to make me feel better!

200%

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My dilation yesterday went fairly well. When they woke me up in the operating room telling me to breathe I was having problems breathing again. However, I think part of it is because I freaked out because a tube was in my throat. I need to just calm down and try to focus, but it’s hard to focus when you have a tube shoved down your throat! Again, I didn’t have any pain afterward. I don’t know if I just have a high tolerance for pain or if my doctor is that good! I still have some swelling today but it’s not too bad. The doctor said they were able to open my throat up 200% more than it was. So, I’m extremely excited about that. I’m hoping this time lasts a lot longer than the last time. The only other odd thing were the little dots left behind on my right arm from the blood pressure cough. At least, we assume it was from the cuff because it isn’t on my other arm!

It looked like someone took a toothbrush, dipped it into red paint and splattered my hand and arm! The doctor said to lay off of exercise until Monday. So, I can sit out for a week and not feel guilty! LOL…it will just make it tough to get back to it on Monday.

Hope y’all are doing well!

Brand New Day!

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Yesterday was my 6th day of P90X. I was hopping around, kicking and punching like Jet Li to the Kenpo dvd. My dogs made sure I was ok by licking my face when I was doing my cool down. They’re so sweet! Needless to say, I probably looked like I was about to kill over because I sure felt like it. As I’ve mentioned before, I have tracheal stenosis which makes working out extra tough. Think about working out with a mask over your face that only allows in the amount of air you can suck in through a large drinking straw. Yeah…not fun!

Tomorrow is my dilation day. In other words, I get to go “under the knife” and have my throat stretched back out. Last time they weren’t able to get me to 100%, but I still felt fantastic! I’m hoping since my stenosis isn’t as bad this time as it was the first time that they’ll be open to open it up a little bit more. So, tomorrow will be a brand new day where I’ll be able to enjoy fresh, plentiful air!

However, I’m still extremely nervous. While I didn’t have any pain last time, I’m not sure that the outcome will be the same this time. I’m hoping so, but you never know. I’ll be at the hospital tomorrow at 6:30 and the surgery will begin at 8. Now, if I can just make myself sleep tonight things should be good!

P90X = Lost Mind?

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Ok, so I’ve been floundering a bit lately. I’ve gone to the gym once maybe twice a week since getting back from PA. I just feel like I don’t have a goal to work toward. So, I decided to close my eyes and jump. I know I’m not in the elite fitness category most people are when starting P90X, but I think it’ll still be a good workout. Why did I choose this one?

1) It sets three goals: 30 days, 60 days, then 90 days

2) I feel like I have a purpose now. I just have to make it to day 90.

3) The workouts are all different. Variety is the spice of life.

Monday was my first day. I started with Core Synergistics. OMG…the only thing I kept thinking was what did I get myself in to. It kicked my butt from here to Sunday. I had to make a lot…A LOT…of modifications and at the end I had mixed feelings. I felt like a failure because it showed me just how out of shape I truly am, but I was proud of myself for not stopping and giving up when it got tough. This was the point where I had to mentally slap myself and say “Get a grip. You knew you weren’t in top shape and wouldn’t be able to do all of the moves in the beginning.”  As I’ve told my husband, it’s only uphill from here.

Yesterday was Cardio. It kicked my butt too, but I feel like I was able to do more of the moves on that one. I had a little difficulty with the punches. Jab, Crossover, hook, uppercut. They moved so fast my arms couldn’t differentiate between the different punch types so I gave up. I just started jabbing and figured something was better than nothing! My dogs were there to help me as well. When I was on the floor for the superman/banana they were jumping all over and around me. I was telling my dear hubby yesterday that I feel I do ok with superman (lay on your stomach and hold up your arms and legs) but I can’t do banana (on your back with your arms and legs raised). My banana is overly ripe! lol. My core muscles just aren’t quite strong enough yet to allow me to lift my arms and legs without lifting my back from the floor. Mike then proceeded to say something but stopped himself. He had a mischievous grin on his face so I forced him to say what was on his mind. “It looks more like a belly flop than superman!” Then he cringed and waited for the verbal lashing. I just laughed and said “yeah, I could see that.” So, now I hear “Belly flop…banana…belly flop…banana” and it makes me smile!

I took before pictures of me with nothing but a sports bra and spandex capris. EEEKKK…yeah, I will NOT be posting those until I have the beautiful after pictures to go with them. That may be a while.

I hope y’all are having good luck in your exercise adventures!

Hello? Anybody Home?

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Ok, so I’ve been out of pocket for a while. I had to fly up to Philly for a week to train some people in our office up there. Needless to say, I didn’t eat well and I didn’t exercise. Nope…not once. My husband went with me, so on Monday we were able to walk around downtown and enjoy the sites a bit, but once the boss and everyone got up there we all went to dinner and didn’t get back until late.

I weighed myself on Saturday and I weighed in at 218.1, which is exactly what I weighed last Friday. So, yes, I had to pay Michelle last Friday but not this week. I was flabbergasted that I hadn’t gained anything but NOT upset! I also didn’t count any calories, so I’m not really able to update my bodybugg and get an accurate reading. I will do my best to get it up to date.

I’m back at work this week and am able to get to the gym without any problems (hopefully). We’re watching my brother-in-law’s dog for the next two weeks. All 150 lbs of St. Bernard! Did I mention I’m allergic to dogs?! One of my pups seems to enjoy having her around, even though Kelly won’t play with Ruby. However, Ellie wants nothing to do with the behemoth!

Here’s hoping your week goes well!