Round 2…interrupted

Monday was my first day back on P90X – felt great!  Tuesday was my second day back on P90X – felt sore.  Wednesday was supposed to be my third day back on P90X…

About 2 am Wednesday morning, Ken woke up with severe pain in his stomach that wouldn’t subside.  At 3:45 am we headed to the ER – got meds, got scanned, but got no answers.  We got home about 8:30 am and went back to bed.  Needless to say, I didn’t do my workout.

But at this moment, my body isn’t complaining about not working out.  As a matter of fact, it’s quite angry with me!  Now I remember why I invested so much in bottles of Aleve. Looks (or feels) like it’s time to make another investment.

Ken’s much better – just exhausted and sore.  Got plans to get his gallbladder checked out.  (He’s trying too hard to be just like his dad!)

Good news though, my foot hasn’t given me any problems – just my Achilles and calf are super tight, so I’ve got some work to do to get my flexibility back.

So, I’ll get back at it on Friday to get Round 2 back on track!

Need to get back on the wagon

If you haven’t noticed, I haven’t blogged in a while.  And the reason I haven’t blogged in a while is because I haven’t P90X’d in a while.  In one of my last blogs, I let you know that I hurt my foot in some way – strained something in the back of my left heel.  Since then, I’ve made several efforts to start back, but for some reason, this wasn’t something I could push through or stretch out.  But sitting out, waiting on it to heal itself and testing it little by little, makes it much harder to jump back on the wagon right where I got off.  The good news is that even though the workouts halted, I was able to stick with the eating plan (for the most part).  At least, I haven’t gained back what I had lost in the first phase.  And this is true to Ken too – he’s just been off the wagon longer than I have.

So, here’s our current status – since January 4, Ken’s down 35 lbs, and I’ve lost 18 lbs.

The other big distraction is that fact that we’ve bought and are remodeling a house.  That’s very exciting and time consuming.

This is where we’re looking to you for some help.  What can we do to re-motivate ourselves to get back on 100%?  It’s obvious we had what I call a “Christmas morning” reaction when we first got P90X (you know, where on Christmas morning, you want to spend ALL your time playing with your new presents).  But that has worn off, and I’m not sure how to get back at it.

So, any suggestions anyone has to get us motivated and back on the P90X wagon – I’m listening.

P90X + Fever = Out of commission

I was told by an athletic, workout guru friend that if you start getting sick, do a moderate workout and see how you feel.  If you feel better, then great, you shouldn’t feel bad anymore.  If you feel worse, then you probably shouldn’t work out anymore until you get over it.

So that’s the advice I followed.  The day we enjoyed our “reward”, my nose started feeling a little runny and itchy.  I knew the weather was getting warmer and pollen reeks havoc on my sinuses.  So, I started taking Claritin to knock out the allergies.  So, the next Monday, I continued with my workout schedule and did Core Synergistics (the closest to moderate as you’re going to get in P90X).  Wednesday morning, at 3:33 am, I woke up choking on the stuff that was draining out of my sinuses.  Had to go to CPR/BLS/AED training (a moderate workout) and felt horrible when I got home.

Since then, I’ve had a low grade fever and chasing mucus from my throat to my nose (it can’t decide where it wants to stop).

To get relief I have to medicate, if I medicate, I can’t go out in public – thus, I stay unmedicated so I can go to work.

So, if you’ve missed me, it’s because I’ve missed you and P90X.  But, I’m not going to try again until I fully recover and the fever is gone.  The good news is, following the P90X diet plan has kept me nourished and energized while I’ve felt bad (with a little help from Easter Reese Pieces Eggs – don’t hate!)

My Reward!

I’m sure all the BeachBody coaches and gurus are gonna wig out when they hear this, but we’re needing some motivation.

I got re-committed this week – working out (except the Yoga because of my bummed foot) and eating right (all with a good attitude even).  As for Ken, he fell off the workout wagon, but has still stuck to his guns with the diet.

So, tonight, to reward myself for working so hard and to convince myself to keep going… AND as part of the motivation to get Ken back on the workout schedule (the other part is that we’re going to do our midpoint pictures and measurements)… we are going to…

EAT CHEESE FRIES AT LONGHORN’S TONIGHT!

Yeah, you heard me – we’re going to eat and enjoy it – and we don’t care who knows it!

And it’s even more special because they are going to be free thanks to the Longhorn’s Western Hospitality Club that sent us a coupon for a free appetizer (and it expires today so we’ve got to use it!)

And don’t worry, I’ll eat them tonight, and I’ll do Kenpo tomorrow!

Can you tell I’m excited?!  BOOYAH!

Kinda Bummed

This week has been going pretty good so far but some things have me a little bummed out.

1.  I wore some cute (but unsupportive) shoes last weekend and I think it put a strain on my left heel.  If I flex my foot the right way, it will cause this horrible burning sensation on the outside of my heel.  And standing all day in a pharmacy doesn’t help the matter much either.  And I’m bummed, not just because it hurts sometimes, but because the thing that hurts it the worst is downward dog – and Thursday is my Yoga X day, so I’m bummed because I might not get to do yoga!

2.  Wednesday night, I did Chest, Shoulders, & Triceps.  On a good note, my push-ups are improving, though I’m still doing push-ups on my knees.  Two things about this worked bummed me out: first was the Side-tri-rise (where you lay on your side and push yourself up with the opposite hand).  I can’t figure out what muscles this exercise is supposed to work.  It has “tri” in the name so I thought it’d be triceps, but the only work I feel is in my chest muscles.   I try to position myself exactly like the people on the video but, I’m still confused.  Maybe, my muscles aren’t strong enough yet and that’s the only muscle that can do the work at the moment.  Secondly, the Slow Motion Throws (with weights, you raise your arms straight out in front of you, palms down, bend your elbows to bring the weights to your shoulders, now with palms up, and then reverse).  I’m admitting my arm weakness by saying that I’m only using 2.5 lbs.  And the part that’s got me bummed is the fact that my bicep tendons and my forearm muscles feel like they’re wiggling around and it causes that “icky” sensation.  I can turn my palms inward and that seems to go away, but I’m not sure if it’s working out the muscles in the same way, or if it’s the right muscles at all.

3. With all the sweating I do during these workouts, I obviously bathe before I go to work, which is in a pharmacy where we do our best to stay germ free with hand sanitizer.  And because of the cold weather, I like my showers pretty warm.  Sweat + hot shower + cold weather + hand sanitizer = super dry skin.

So, I draw two conclusions from this: 1) I need to find a friend who knows a thing or two about sports medicine, and 2) I need some serious moisturizing lotion!

Grocery List for P90X

Got some cool recipes from the P90X newsletter the other day.  Sorted through the recipes and picked out the ones that either Ken or I would eat (if I haven’t told you before, he’s pretty picky).  Made a grocery list from the recipes of things I didn’t have.

Saturday: made plans to go to Athens and eat and buy groceries at Wal-Mart.  After we ate, we decided to swing by Kroger to check out their deli meats and cheeses (since it was in the same shopping center as the place we ate).  We thought we’d pick up some of the specialty items that Wal-Mart most likely wouldn’t have as well (like Lavash wraps). Also, for the record, Kroger has WAY better fresh fruits and veggies than Wal-Mart does.  So, we shopped (with our mouths gaping open) and totally enjoyed our shopping experience at Kroger.  Though, I have to say, I’m very disappointed in them because: why in the world wouldn’t you have tofu* in Athens?!  Needless to say, we never made it to Wal-Mart!

*Tofu Disclaimer:  I’m a southern girl and tofu is disgusting, BUT one of the recipes was for a Caesar salad dressing and I’ve been craving one for a while.  SOOOOO…. I’m willing to try it.

Just one more thing, I’m beginning to wonder if the folks out on the West Coast understand what food choices are like down here in the South.  And this is my plea:  please consult some of your Southern counterparts to get some insight and suggestions on food options that are normal for this area!  No one around here knows what Spelt Tortillas are, or what Tzatziki is (or what’s in it).

But thanks to the recipes and Kroger, I get to try my first one out for breakfast this morning!

P90X: Cravings

I hate it when I’m hungry and I can decide what to eat.  What’s worse is, when I decide what I want to eat, it’s usually not on “the list”.  Thus, I still don’t know what to eat.  Here is my list of things I’ve been craving the past week.

A list of things not on “the list”

  • Longhorn’s cheese fries
  • Zaxby’s sauce
  • Hot wings
  • Almond Joys
  • Starbuck’s Carmel Macchiato
  • Doritos
  • Dairy Queen’s Blizzard (either chocolate chip cookie dough or Heath bar)
  • Popcorn
  • Croutons
  • French toast with maple syrup
  • Girl Scout Cookies!

My MIL is on a diet that told her eating bananas would cure the cravings for sweets.  Anyone got a cure for my cravings?  Other than giving in to them, that is!