Wednesday, February 2, 2011

An arm workout with a little Plyo X


So, today we were blessed with the mother of all gifts, not only 16" of snow, but a SNOW DAY! It was amazing. We snuggled in and waited until the snow stopped this afternoon to start digging out. Having not made that investment in a snow blower yet (ughhhh), both of us grabbed our shovels and headed out. Or at least attempted to. We were stopped at our front door, by this:

So we shoveled out our walk, and started on the driveway, when our neighbor uttered the most magical of words, "Would you guys like to borrow our snow blower?" The sky opened, rays of sunshine rained down, the birds were singing, in short, our neighbor should be knighted or sainted or whatever for sharing it with us. Life. Saver. So Rex took on the machine and I kept shoveling away. About an hour and a half later, we were dug out. Talk about an arm workout. Here are a few more pics that don't even do it justice, seriously awe inspiring. I feel like a little kid given the best Christmas gift ever.

The Front Walk

Buried Car

Some Handsome Guy Who Stopped to Shovel ;)

More Snow

So then, since I've made this commitment to P90X, I went ahead with my Plyometrics workout for the night. I was really dragging by the end, but it was so worth it. I feel great. Now if only they'd give me another snow day tomorrow...

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Week One


It's almost in the books, just have to finish Kenpo X tonight and I'll have completed my first week. All in all, I think it went great. Have I been sore? Oh yeah. Have I been able to do all of the exercises? Definitely not. Have I pushed through and given it my all? Yep. Do I hate doing ab work? Most definitely.

What I really like about this program is that I don't have to think up the workouts. I like just having to follow along and not plan it out before I get started. My elliptical and weight routines that I'd cobbled together were getting a bit dull and it's nice to have a new set of things to work on. A set that forces me to workout the muscles I don't always love to work on, because let's be honest, if someone isn't telling me I have to do these lunges and squats, and work my abs, I'm most likely to skip 'em.

Hopping on the elliptical and rocking out to my tunes? Love it. Working my arms? Love it. Forcing myself to do leg work? Not so good at making myself do it. Working out my abs? Pretty much non-existent. When I first started working out with Erin two years ago I really, really didn't like working on my arms. I'd much prefer to work my legs because they were the stronger of the two. But as time has gone on, I'd much rather kill my arms than focus on doing any leg workouts besides running, ellipticaling or cross country skiing. This program is making me work them again outside of what I've been used to, and I love it. Sure I'm sore, but it's a good sore. The same is going for my abs. They've long been my weak point in my workouts. They were my least favorite thing to work when I'd train with Erin, and the same holds true when Tony is kicking my booty. I feel like I'm just flopping around attempting to do all the crazy ab moves he wants me to do, but I'm not as sore after each time now. So I've got to think that I'm making at least a bit of progress. And who knows, maybe in time I'll love working them too? For now I'm just going to enjoy the ride, feel the burn, and hang in there for another week.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Let's get it started Tony Horton!


So. I took my "before" pictures today, or more accurately, I conned Rex into taking them. Let me tell you guys, seeing bathing suit pics in the dead of winter that aren't looking so hot, not awesome. However my photographer was more than willing to take them and compliment me, which never gets old, so it wasn't all out terrible. I'm debating if I'm going to post them or not. I know most of you have seen me in a bathing suit at some point in my life, but I'm not sure if I want to post them for the whole world to see if they stumble across this little blog of mine. We'll see what the 30 day pics look like and maybe they'll go up then.

You may be wondering what I'm "starting" or those of you with some detective skills may have figured out that it's P90X. I figure by putting it out there, hopefully, it'll make me a little more accountable for myself. My program will be a little offset with the addition of our dodgeball league in the mix, therefore my "rest" day won't be the same each week. And if I feel like taking a day to go cross country skiing or another athletic activity, I'm going to go for it, and just pick back up the next day. I need that flexibility.

My lovely little journey was supposed to start last week, before it got sidelined by a major cold bug (thanks kiddos at school!). So, in respect to that, if there comes a day/week where I feel something coming on, I will take the rest I need, and repeat a week if I have to. Again, flexibility is key. I hope it'll give me the same results, but I guess I won't know until I try. So, here's to a healthy, hardworking 90 days. I can't wait to see where it takes me! :)