Thursday, April 30, 2009
We got our "new" treadmill today. As I said in my last post, we're babysitting a treadmill for a friend. She has no space for it and no one was using it at her parents' house. She kind of indicated that she probably won't end up wanting it back, so yay! new treadmill! I don't know how much I'll use it while I'm doing P90X, but I will for sure after. I might also make a new rule...I can only watch Grey's Anatomy (on DVD) from the treadmill, not the couch! (We'll see how that goes!)
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I did the workout before we went out for supper with friends tonight. And I was pretty good at supper...I had meat and veggies (skipped the potatoes), and only a few bites of a friend's cake.
Here's what I ate today:
- Breakfast: 2 pieces of low cal. toast with honey
- Snack: cinnamon raisin bagel with marg. (cheated a little here, but someone brought them to work for us), protein shake with soy milk
- Lunch: 1 c. vegetable soup, spinach salad with strawberries, mandarin oranges and poppy seed dressing (1T), small piece of cheese
- Snack: 2 oz. soy nuts, couple of bites of cottage cheese (I keep trying to like this stuff, but I'm not so sure it's working)
- Supper: Approx. 3 oz of pork tenderloin and 3 oz of lamb, broccoli, tomato, turnip, and a few bites of cake
I rearranged our exercise room this evening because friends of ours are letting us babysit their treadmill, so I needed to make room. I LOVE having a dedicated exercise room! Here are some pictures:
Note the cat on the bottom left.
And the pull up bar:
I've even been given the ok to paint the room however I like, and my BF suggested that I do a mural of some sort. I think that would be so fun, so I've got some thinking to do!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
- Breakfast: WW english muffin, 1 egg, 1 slice turkey bacon, sliced cheese
- Snack: Protein shake with chocolate soy milk
- Lunch: Yellow veggie soup with a scoop of protein powder, spinach salad with strawberries, mandarin oranges and poppy seed dressing. 12 mini rice cakes
- Snack: Small piece of cheese, protein bar, protein shake
- Supper: Lean, grilled chicken burger with WW bun, fat free mayo, lettuce, tomato and cheese.
Monday, April 27, 2009
I skipped my P90X workout yesteday because I played soccer for close to 2 hours. I spent some time debating whether I should do the legs and back workout earlier in the day, but I'm glad I didn't. I think my legs would have been really sore. It was our first time outside this season and the weather was fantastic! It felt so good to be playing soccer outside after being couped up in the gym all winter!
Today I did Legs, Back and Ab Ripper...not in that order. I did ARX first, then the rest after that. There's nothing really exciting to report about the workout. Burned 483 cals.
I've been following the nutrition plan for a few days now and things are going really well. It's not nearly as difficult to follow as I had originally expected, but it is really hard to only have one carb a day. It takes some planning, that's for sure. So far so good though! I'm doing the Fat Shredder plan because I have a fair bit of weight that I'd like to lose (about 20-30lbs). A few years ago I weighed around 127lbs and I'd really like to get back to that weight. But for now, if I can get to 135-140, I would be really happy! I have muscley (is that a word?) legs, so I usually look smaller than I weigh.
Here's what I ate today:
- Breakfast: 2 eggs, 2 slices of turkey bacon, 1c skim milk
- Snack: plain, fat free yogart with blueberries
- Lunch: Spinach salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegrette, 2 veggie dogs with WW buns, ketchup and mustard
- Snack: 12 mini rice cakes, protein bar
- Supper: Chicken breast, spinach salad with goat cheese and raspberry vinegrette, mushrooms and yellow peppers
- Snack: Low fat pudding
- Protein: 6/7 (6 out of 7 recommended servings)
- Dairy: 3/3
- Fruits: 1/1
- Veggies: 4/4
- Fats: 1/1
- Carbs: 2/1
- Snacks: 3/3
- Condiments: 3/2
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Today was yoga, but I didn't get to it until this evening. It was gorgeous out today (about 25C), so I spent a lot of time outside, not wanting to be couped up inside for 1 1/2 hr doing yoga! So I sat in the sun for a bit, cleaned my car, shoveled some snow and did some gardening....yep, you read right, I shoveled some snow! We still have a snow drift from where the plow guy piled it this winter. So, while wearing shorts, a tank top and flip flops, I shoveled snow onto the driveway so it would melt faster. The rest of the yard is clear of snow, except for this one pile. I hate looking at it and wanted it gone, but it's going to be there for a few more days at least.
Anyway, I did yoga later on this evening. I love that I'm half-way through the program, but I'm finding it's coming at a price. When I first started, I liked the yoga workout. I would happily go through the workout, doing my poses, and then BAM...yoga belly 7. I would keep forgetting that yoga belly 7 (which is worse than Ab Ripper X in my opinion), was at the end of the yoga workout. But NOW, I know what's coming at the end and I'm having a harder time enjoying the workout because I know there's torture at the end. Not my idea of a good way to finish up a yoga workout!
Here's what I ate today:
- Breakfast: Omelet made with 6 egg whites, 2 slices of turkey bacon, mushrooms, yellow peppers and cheese. Large milk
- Snack: Frozen fruit bar
- Lunch/Supper: Chicken breast wrap with honey mustard, lettuce, tomato, cheese
- Snacks: Protein shake with soy milk, workout drink, protein shake with water, fruit (mandarin oranges and peaches), can of V8 juice, a couple of handfuls of popcorn with melted butter.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Yesterday was my second day of following the nutrition plan and it went really well. I ate 2030 cals out of a recommended 2008. I think I had one too many fruits, and I was slightly under on my veggies and protein (by one per category). I'm using the P90X XtremeFit Tracker to keep track of my workouts and nutrition and it recommends that I have 2008 cals/day and only have 6 proteins. But according to the P90X nutrition guide, it suggests that I have 2400 cals and have 7 proteins. I think the Fit tracker is considering my weight and other stats, so I should probably go by that one since it seems more tailored to me.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Today was my first day of really trying to go by the nutrition guide. For the next several weeks, I'm following Phase 1: Fat Shredder (because that's what I need to do!) So here are the results:
Protein: 5/7 (5 servings out of a recommended 7)
Dairy: 1/3 (ran out of milk)
Consumed 2640 cals
Recommended Intake: 2008 cals
As you can see, I'm not quite on the mark. It's really hard to get in the right amount of proteins and only eat one carb. I need to get groceries though so hopefully I'll do better next time.
- Breakfast: Corn Bran Squares cereal with skim milk
- Snack: nuts
- Lunch: sandwich with lettuce, tomato, turkey breast, mayo. Spinach salad with mandarin oranges and strawberries, and a tiny bit of poppy seed dressing (dipped my fork in it every once in a while, didn't pour it on salad)
- Snack: 1 cup blueberries, protein bar, protein shake with water
- Supper: Shrimp and veggie stir fry with fish sauce, hoisin sauce and garlic
Sorry there is so much about what I ate. I'll try and consolidate it a bit next time...or you can just skip over it. I won't be offended!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I did my measurements today and was disappointed to see that there still is no change. I know I'm getting stronger and I'm seeing some toning, but I would have liked to see more of a change. I know it's my own fault because I haven't been eating really well lately. I am starting to see that the nutrition plan is quite important. I had hoped that I wouldn't have to worry too much about what I eat (within reason of course. I was still trying to eat healthy), but I guess that's not the case. So I'm going to start making more of an effort to follow the P90X meal plan. I might not cook all the meals, but I'll try to get the right amounts of proteins, carbs, etc.
My body fat caliper finally came in the mail today. I've been tracking my body fat % on XtremeFit Tracker and I've been using the US Navy equation, based on my measurements. The results I got with the caliper were pretty comparable so I think I'll continue to do it both ways.
- Breakfast: 2 pieces of WW toast with almond butter
- Snack: 1/2 cup of nuts (almonds, walnuts, peanuts and soy nuts)
- Lunch: had a meeting and lunch was provided. We had mini subs from Quizno's and I probably had the equivilant of a 9 inch sub with meat and mustard for condiment. 2 cookies and apple juice
- Snack: Blueberries with fat free cool whip
- Supper: Chicken breast, red peppers, mushrooms and wild rice.
Hmmm, guess it wasn't a quick post afterall!
I did Ab Ripper first, as usual. I think if I had left it to the end, I probably would have skipped it. I know I've said this a lot, but I love doing ARX before the rest of the workout. It's such a nice feeling at the end of the longer workout, to know that I've already done it.
I felt a little sluggish during the whole workout last night. Maybe it was because I had a headache (which went away by the way!), or maybe it was because I didn't drink my "Endurance" drink to keep me going. I did the whole thing, but I just didn't feel into it.
As I said, my headache went away from working out. I had it most of the afternoon and evening and had taken meds for it, but that didn't work. Maybe working out got my blood flowing and that why it went away. Anyway, I'm glad it did and it's good to know for next time!
Before I wrap it up, I just wanted to say that I ordered P90X Plus and Chalean Extreme today from the beachbody.com website. Since I'm halfway through P90X, I thought I should plan ahead and be ready for when I'm done. I still haven't decided exactly what I'll do for the summer because I'll be playing soccer 2-3 times a week. I might just decide to go for runs or bike on my off days. I'll probably also do some weight lifting so I don't lose what muscle I've built so far. I don't know if I want to fully commit to a program over the summer because I'd like to be able to do it straight like the schedule suggests. I still have some time to decide I guess!
- Breakfast: Corn Bran Squares cereal and skim milk
- Snack: Coffee
- Lunch: Part of a turkey breast and ham sub from Subway, a few chocolates
- Supper: Salmon with roasted red pepper and pecan sauce, roasted potatoes, veggies, and half a piece of chocolate cake.
- Snack: protein shake with skim milk
Sunday, April 19, 2009
I went home to Moncton this past weekend to visit my parents, so I had to change my routine a bit. I didn't want to have to lug weights home, so Friday night I did Stretch, Saturday I did Yoga and Sunday I did Kenpo. Tomorrow I will do Legs, Back and Abs, then go straight into week 7 without a rest day.
On Friday night, I had company doing Stretch. My father's girlfriend did the video with me while my father watched. I feel so good after doing the Stretch workout, that I wonder why I don't do it more often. Usually I opt for a rest day instead.
I had an audience for some of the Yoga video the next day, but since it's so long, I guess they got bored! They were quite surprised at how difficult the yoga is. Most people seem to think that yoga is all about stretching and meditating, but it's so much more. I was working so hard I had sweat dripping off my nose during Half Moon pose...man it's hard!
I did Kenpo this morning at my mother's house and she joined along for the first little bit. She put in a good effort!
It is really hard to eat well when everyone wants to prepare you a good meal, so I wasn't able to eat very healthy this weekend. Plus, I went to my best friend's baby shower today and there was all kinds of finger food. Tomorrow I'll get back at it!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
This weekend I'm going to visit my parents in Moncton, so I'm going to modify my workout routine at bit. I won't get a chance to workout tomorrow because after work, I've got to drive almost 2 hours, and will be fed a meal once I get there. Saturday I plan on doing yoga and Sunday I'll do kenpo. That way I don't have to lug any weights home with me. I'm not going to take a rest day at the end of this week because I took yesterday off sick and tomorrow I won't be working out either.
Have a good weekend everyone!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
- Breakfast: 2 pieces multi grain toast with cinnamon
- Snack: Corn bran squares, coffee
- Lunch: Caribbean chicken soup (curiously, I didn't find any chicken), roll
- Snack: mini Dairy Milk bar
- Supper: Quiznos carbonara sub
- Snack: protein shake
Monday, April 13, 2009
Yesterday I decided to take a rest day instead of stretch. I find most of my rest/stretch days so far have ended up being rest days. Since that's allowed, I don't feel guilty at all!
Today was Core Synergistics. I am getting better at this workout. I remember the first time I did this, on day 1 of P90X, I thought it would kill me. I've especially had a hard time with "plank to chaturanga run" and "walking push-ups". I'm happy to report that I was able to do all 60 sec. of each of these moves today!
- Breakfast: 2 pieces multigrain toast with honey, protein shake with blueberries, milk and water
- Snack: protein bar
- Supper: 2 tuna melts (multigrain bread, fat free mayo, tuna, cheese), small glass diet coke
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Today was also the first day that I used my new heart rate monitor. I'm still unsure if I'm setting my limits right, but I decided to set my lower limit at 133bpm (the lower limit for a moderate workout) and the upper limit at 170bpm (the upper limit for an intense workout). I spent most of the time in the 160's to 170's. If I noticed I was going over 170, I would pause and get it down a little bit, which is what Tony says to do.
From what I've read, staying in the low to moderate workout levels is better for weight loss, but this was pretty near impossible. So I just focused on trying to keep my heart rate below 175ish.
I ended up burning over 500 kcals during the kenpo workout. Afterwards, I went for a walk with my friend since it was so nice out today, so today I burned a total of 930 kcals!! This is really good because I had pizza for supper! I really haven't been doing very well with my nutrition lately.
- Breakfast: 2 pieces multigrain toast with almond butter, juice
- Supper: 1 piece of pizza, garlic fingers with donair sauce, small glass of diet coke
- Snack: chocolate bunny, blueberries
Friday, April 10, 2009
As I've been in the habit of doing lately, I did Ab Ripper X first. The workout went just as well as last time. During Legs and Back though, I felt a little sluggish (this was before the chocolate).
- Breakfast: 3 egg omelet (using only 1 yolk) with cheese and mushroom
- Snack: chocolate bunny
- Lunch: Caesar salad, coleslaw
- Snack: more chocolate bunny
- Supper: small bowl of maple curry chicken (there was a lot leftover!)
I really lacked in proteins today. Must do better tomorrow.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
- Breakfast: Harvest Crunch cereal with skim milk
- Snack: Fat free yogart, cheese
- Lunch: Rice, Greek salad, and a little bit of chicken, pork and donair meat (equal to about 1 serving of meat)
- Snack: Protein bar
- Supper: 2 hot dogs with ww buns, frozen fruit bar
On another note, I downloaded a program called Xtreme Fit Tracker that Mike mentioned on his blog. Here's the link to the program. It's specifically for the P90X program and you can track your workouts, measurements and nutrition. So far I like it!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Every Wednesday, we go out for supper with friends at 6pm. Yoga almost always falls on a Wednesday as well, and it's really hard to a) do yoga after a meal, and b) fit the 1 1/2 hr long workout in when I get home after 8pm. So I decided to not do anything today and do yoga tomorrow. That way I've shifted my workouts so that I shouldn't have yoga on Wed.'s anymore. I figure it's ok that I took a day off since I've only missed 4 workout days in the past 5-6 weeks.
On my way home from work today, I stopped in at Sears and got myself a heart rate monitor (Polar F4). I played around with it this evening, but don't quite have the hang of it yet and the manual isn't that great. I'll try and figure it out this weekend.
I do have one question though that maybe people can answer for me. When you're setting your lower and upper limits for bpm, should the range be the lowest and highest you want to acheive during exercise? Or should the lowest be just above your resting HR, and highest be the absolute max? The monitor beeps when you're out of your limit (which can be turned off), so it's a little annoying when it beeps when it's lower than the range set. Any suggestions?
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Next was Chest, Shoulders and Triceps, which I hadn't done yet in this program. All I can say is holy push-ups! My arms are like jelly. I had to do all my push-ups on my knees and by the end of the workout, I almost collapsed because my arms were shaking so badly. Besides the push-ups, there are lots of other moves using weights. I'm definitely going to be sore tomorrow!
Meals for today:
- Breakfast: 2 pieces multigrain toast with honey, skim milk
- Snack: Banana, 2 rice cakes
- Lunch: Leftover maple curry chicken, apple
- Snack: Protein bar
- Supper: Turkey club bagel sandwich from Great Canadian Bagel
- Snack: Protein shake with water
Monday, April 6, 2009
It's getting a bit hard to write interesting things about a workout that I've written about several times already. Cardio was cardio today. Thank goodness I added a funny picture!
- Breakfast: Corn bran squares cereal and skim milk
- Snack: Mango green tea, nutrigrain bar, banana
- Lunch: Leftover spagetti
- Snack: Protein bar, post workout protein shake with water
- Supper: Chicken breast, couscous, peas and corn
- Snack: Strawberry frozen fruit bar
Sunday, April 5, 2009
My meals for today:
- Breakfast: Country Harvest cereal and skim milk
- Snack: Banana
- Snack: Endurance drink during workout, protein powder with milk, post workout
- Supper: Maple curry chicken penne, 2 rolls, white wine, fruit and whipped cream on pastry (I know, bad!)
Saturday, April 4, 2009
I think I'll take a rest day today instead of stretch because I'm playing soccer tonight and I'm just plain pooped from mopping the floors.
I've finished Phase 1 of P90X and here are some results:
Weight: I've fluctuated quite a bit over the last month or so and in the end, I've only lost 2 pounds. I didn't really expect to lose much after only the first month, and probably part of it is from building muscle. I also haven't really been following the nutrition plan, just trying to eat healthy, but that's probably part of the reason why I haven't lost much.
Measurements: Not a huge change in my measurements yet either. Since day one, I've lost 2.5 inches in my waist and an inch in my hip/thigh area. I also seem to have lost 1/2 an inch in my left thigh, but none in my right! Everything else is pretty much the same.
Overall: I'm still feeling great and even though there isn't a lot of difference in my measurements, I am starting to see some more muscle tone. I took my 30 day pictures, but unfortunately you can't really see it! But I can tell, and that's progress. I'm not quite ready to post my pictures yet...not until I start to see some major differences.
So tomorrow I start Phase 2. I'm a little disappointed that it's almost exactly the same as Phase 1, the only difference being that I do Chest, shoulders and triceps instead of Shoulders and arms.
So to finish, here's what I ate today:
- Breakfast: 2 soft-boiled eggs, 2 pieces WW toast with natural peanut butter, milk
- Supper: 1/2 of a WW tortilla with veggies, chicken, salsa and feta...the two hairs were just a bonus...thanks Smitty's restaurant! And because I was still hungry, I had leftover shrimp and veggie stir-fry.
- Snacks: Protein bar, chocolate milk, small bag of mini eggs
Friday, April 3, 2009
Yoga went well today. I was actually able to do the "upward dogs" the whole way through instead of "cobra" (on my knees). I realized I wasn't doing upward dog properly before, so maybe that's why I had trouble with it. But I like to think that I've progressed, so we'll go with that! The next step will be to do all the push-ups in between!
Each time I do this workout, I like it more and more. I know a lot of people hate the yoga workout, but having done yoga before, I really like it. I still think it's a bit long, but I don't find it as long as I used to.
I've been thinking lately that I might like to order P90X+, but I'm not sure if I should wait until I've finished P90X. I think maybe I better wait and not jump into it too quickly. I don't want to get bored with things too fast, and since my plan is to do the classic P90X program next, maybe I'll wait to get the "plus" DVD's after that. Any suggestions from anyone?
Tomorrow is the last day of Phase 1...yahoo! I've made it 1/3 of the way through! I'll be taking my 30 day pictures tomorrow (which I may or may not show), and doing my measurements too. Stay tuned!
- Breakfast: 2 pieces of multi grain toast with almond butter, milk
- Snack: Nutrigrain bar, coffee
- Lunch: Shrimp and veggie stir-fry, applesauce with cinnamon, cheese
- Snack: Pre-workout enery bar (Myoplex lite)
- Supper: Spagetti with ground lamb and garlic bread
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Ok, I know this picture has nothing to do with cardio, but when I saw it, I had a little chuckle, so I thought I would share.
The cardio portion of my workout today went really well. I felt like I was working harder and the breaks between moves seemed to be shorter too?! I was sweating profusely by the end of the workout. The yoga portion of the workout, however, didn't go so well. For some reason, my legs felt like jelly and I couldn't hold any of the warrior poses for very long.
I've decided I'm going to start writing what I eat on my blog as well. Not that I think any of you are really interested in this information, but I figure it's just another way to keep me on track. If I show the world (because I know you're all reading this!) what I eat, I think I'll try harder to eat healthier. So here's what was on the menu for today:
- Breakfast: Oatmeal with flax seed, wheat germ, blueberries and honey added
- Snack: Nutrigrain bar and cheese
- Lunch: Salad with raspberry vinaigrette and a rice/ground beef/cheese concoction
- Snack: Myoflex bar (to prepare for my workout), and chocolate protein powder with milk after the workout
- Supper: Shrimp and veggie stir-fry
- Snack: Approx. 15-20 chocolate chips