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P90X Journey: Day 30

In P90X Journey on 17 November 2010 at 10:16 am

16 Nov 10

This Morning…… I hit snooze so many times that I think it may not work properly tomorrow. I just could not get out of bed as early as I would have liked. WOW!!!! Okay, so I finally got moving. I am going to do doubles just to put in some work in the 30 days leading up to my birthday cruise. I figure if I do the P90X Doubles then it should put things into overdrive. Lord only knows if this will actually work, but it can’t hurt. I only want to lose 10 lbs this month. Then I will be under my goal of 220 by the time I step foot on the cruise.

This morning I did Cardio X. I must admit that I wasnt doing it full-out. I was light-headed and dizzy & hungry. My stomach started to hurt and I had to stop one exercise before the cool down, but I made it. I have to figure out how to get enough energy in my system at night to last me through morning workouts. Will have to research, because I didn’t like that feeling at all. I drank a lot of water and hope to get through at least a pitcher by tonight.  Right now it is saying that I have 798 steps. I swear I stepped more than that…but again… it’s this janky pedometer. I was going to take the stairs this morning but a co-worker left her badge at home so I had to escort her via elevator because she wasnt going to take the stairs. lol. Shame.

Today really is like starting all over since I was sick last week. I have to get my mind back in the right spot and my body to get back healthy. Because it is still recovering from the infection. It sucks…. but I will get better. Okay… time for lunch.

WORKOUT

So, I came home and I dove right into the Chest, Back and Triceps DVD. I used my Iron Gym pull-up bar for push-ups like they say that you can…..man I felt that burn in my groin…lol. I tried to do it like a regular straight leg push up and my stomach clenched so hard I almost peed on myself so I went back to my knees. I have to use a pillow on my knees because of how hard my floor is and my floating patella still scare me. I have a fear I will be working out and my knee cap is gonna snap to the side like it use to back in high school. This morning my shoulders and back are BURNING!! DO you hear me?! BURNING!!!! I was proud of myself.

It was pretty rough getting back into the groove of things after having been sick for a week. Especially since this was my second workout of the day. I could have easily thrown in the towel and said I already worked out for the day and been cool with that. But I know better. I have all of these holiday meals and vacations dead smack in the middle of this Phase of 30 days and I have to put in the extra work just to pray that I stay even.  I can’t let anything stop me from getting below 220lbs. By the time I step on a plane on Dec 11th headed to Miami, I want the scale to say 219.9999999 lbs. I may not get on the plane if I don’t make that goal. I am dead ass serious! This is more than vanity to me, this is my life…the habits that I want to take with me from this day forward. I can’t go into my 30th birthday with a set-back. I have to go into it with a small victory that drives me & motivates me to keep moving forward. I already told my homegirl that I have to get up and hit the gym every day on the cruise. I have to. Sounds weird to say, but I can’t let my celebration set me back either. It will be less stressful than P90X but it will be SOMETHING!!! Then our walking around the different ports every day will help too. I just have to set up a plan and keep it moving. I also have to watch what I eat while on the ship. I can have a blast, but know what I am getting myself into & make wise decisions.

When Ab Ripper came on I sped through those exercises without the DVD…I had to go my pace without getting psyched out. But in the end I had to stop. I started to feel what I call the “drunken burp” where you feel like you have to burp but if you do something else might come up behind it. I felt real light-headed and nauseous so I had to call it quits to exercises before the end; the leg climber and the Mason twist. I had to know my limits. And I had reached them. I am typing this and forgot to bring my workout stats with me… but I will probably post them tomorrow so you can see what I did and/or how I did. Thanks for reading.

Daily Stats

Drank a Pitcher of  Water? 3/4 of a Brita water pitcher

Close to the Diet today? ummm… does the Chick-fil-a sandwich count

Completed Yoga in 1 day? N/A

Completed Ab Ripper X? Did all but the Leg climb & Mason Twist

Pedometer Steps: 5858/10,000

Worked out this Morning? YES!!! 1/3 for this wk

Treadmill or Walk/run: x/3wk

Took the stairs at work? NOPE

Sincerely,

~*My Mother’s Daughter*~

P90X Journey: Day 29

In P90X Journey on 16 November 2010 at 10:02 am

So, after a week of sickness I have to get back in the frame of mind that got me through an entire month of P90X in the first place.

Yesterday (Sunday, Day 28) I took some pics and compared them to my starting pics and my side view shows the most improvements. My stomach wasnt sticking out as far….or at least that is what I thought. I showed them to a few friends and I guess by their response they could tell that I had been working out. I still wont post the pics because I still look similar to them. Call it vanity, but I will probably post the pics once the program is over or I am far along in the program that I dont look like the bigger end of the scale…lol.

I mean, I am proud of the work that I have done and the body that is shaping, but the body is still shaping. What I am not proud of is the trail that got me to need to have before and after pics. SO yeh…. I will VOW to post all pics as soon as I reach 180lbs. Deal? Deal? I will do that because I will be closer to my goal weight. And I know that it will take more than the 90 Days of P90X to get to 180lbs, but I am okay with that. I have seen changes:

Day 1: 232lbs

Day 28: 224lbs

Day1: 43in waist

Day 28: 40in waist

Day 1: 47 in hips

Day 28: 45.5in hips

My Goal for the next 30 days is to REALISTICALLY get down to 214lbs. I honestly want to get down to 200lbs in these next 30 days, but I already know that Thanksgiving & my cruise fall dead smack in the middle of that fantasy ride. So, if I can loose another 8-10lbs I will be on the ball! I also want to stick closer to the diet than I did this first month. I also know that I still hate Yoga but I will do it the way that I am supposed to do it these next 30 days as well as Ab Ripper X. I also noticed that I need to stick with my pedometer too ( got a new one but I keep resetting it with my fat roll..lol). I also need to try to workout in the morning at LEAST 3x a week. I also want to go to the gym or outside and hit the treadmill for at least an hour for at LEAST 3x a week. I mean, I am still paying for a gym membership… I might as well use it. I also need to take the stairs at work EVERY DAY!!! No excuses, I need to take those stairs.  So, now that I have it in my head what I want to achieve this month, I really need to stick to it. I think that I can accomplish my realistic goal and possibly my idealistic goal if I stick to these minor changes.

I will keep a tab on each blog this month to see if I stick to it. It will look like this:

Drank a Pitcher of  Water?

Close to the Diet today?

Completed Yoga in 1 day?

Completed Ab Ripper X?

Pedometer Steps: x/10,000

Worked out this Morning? X/3wk

Treadmill or Walk/run: x/3wk

Took the stairs at work?

So starting today, yes… I took the stairs this morning when I came into work. And I am wearing my Pedometer but it is giving me trouble. But I will get this next month on and Poppin’! Okay… enough of my foreword. I am sleepy and wanting to go home and crash. I will probably take a nap and then workout. I have to get back into the swing of things after being off last week. I’m ready to move ahead and keep losing weight. 8lbs is 8lbs that I no longer have and I vow to never pick back up. Let’s go!

WORKOUT

Ummmm the workout? It didnt happen. I was so tired when I got home that I was in bed by 9:30. I just couldn’t do it, I need 8 hours of sleep when doing these workouts. I also realized that I always hate Mondays and never have enough energy…ever!!!! So, I decided that Mondays would be my rest day for the next 30 days. It made perfect sense to me.

I also went to the grocery store and bought food for the next week for me to cook. I only went over my budget by $1.07. I was actually proud of myself. I am going to do healthy burritos. I also thin that I had 5330 steps yesterday. I think I had more but this pedometer has sensitive reset buttons, so that is just a ball park estimate. Okay….to bed!

Sincerely,

~*My Mother’s Daughter*~

P90X Journey: Day 19

In P90X Journey on 6 November 2010 at 11:57 am

THIS AINT YA MAMA’S WORKOUT!!!!!

Okay… My Day 19 was DONE by 7:04 am EST! Yes, I got up this morning and decided that I was going to workout at 6am and be finished for the day. I know I have been doing doubles lately, but if I only do P90X for the day, that is still apart of the program. I noticed that If I worked out to another program in the morning and then got too busy in the evening, I could run the risk of missing a workout day. I also wanted to see if results would change if I worked P90X in the morning…if possible.  So, I put my money where my mouth was and I got up and did Legs & Back this morning. I didnt do Ab Ripper X because it was time for me to get ready for work, but the hardest part was out of the way. Now I can have a nice relaxed day….go see For Colored Girls after work…and come home and nap if I want. Then when I wake up…I can do another workout or finish with only Ab Ripper X. I like the feel of that.

I am proud that I made it this far. I cant remember the last time I worked out this many consecutive days. Day 30 is almost here and I can taste it! Sorry for the fat girl analogy. I ate a bowl of cereal for breakfast, a few pieces of candy and Pistacios for a snack….but I have no clue what I want for lunch. I am thinking of a HUGE ass salad that will give me the -itis in mid day!!!!

Well… not much else to talk about. I feel fine, proud of myself, feeling beautiful and fit…..so….here are my results!

Legs & Back:

Balance Lunges: 15 (lt), 15 (t)

Calf Raise Squats: 25 (ft), 25 (rt) w/o weights

Reverse Grip Chin-ups: 12 (w/ bar & chair; 20% weight on legs)

Super Skater: 25 each

Wall Squat: The full time

Wide Front Pull-ups: 12 ( w/ bar and chair)

Step Back Lunge: 14 each side ( no weights)

Alternating Side Lunges: 11 each side (no weights)

Closed Grip Overhead Pull-ups: 20 (Heavy Resistance Bands)

Single Leg Wall Squat: 1 minute ( did regular squats)

Dead Lift Squat: 20 (rt) 15(lt)

Switch Grip Pull-ups: 20 (Heavy Resistance bands, standing)

3 Way Lunges: 5 rounds each side

Sneaky Lunges: 20 ( became light-headed)

Reverse Grip Chin-ups: 20 (Heavy Resistance Bands, standing)

Chair Salutations: full time

Toe-Roll Iso Lunge: 20 each side

Wide Front Pull-ups: 20 (Heavy Resistance Bands, standing)

Groucho Walk: Full time

Calf Raises: Full time

Closed Grip Overhead Pull-ups: 20 (Heavy Resistance Bands, standing)

80-20 Siebers Speed Squats: 30 all /each (knees starting to click …think cartiledge)

Switch Grip: 20 ( 10 each direction)

I didnt workout any more when I got home and it felt goo to just relax. Working out in the morning does have its benefits!

Sincerely,

~*My Mother’s Daughter*~

P90X Journey: Day 18

In P90X Journey on 5 November 2010 at 12:08 pm

 

4 Nov 10

Yes, I know….DAY 18!!!!!!!!!!

Who knew that I could make it this far? I know for damn sure that I didn’t think that I could make it for 18 days straight. I honestly think that I am in for a treat since I am sticking to this. I really don’t think that I have that much of a noticeable physical change…well outter change. Like, yeh O lost some inches but it depends on how I stand, when I measure and yadda yadda yadda. My weight has gone down from 232 to 227.5 and that is good. But I honestly think that I still look the same. I know that I have 12 more days before I take my next pics, but a lot can and cannot happen in 12 days. I am just afraid that I will have done all of this hard work just to get the pics and look the same. Am I expecting to be a size 6 in a month? No, but I am looking for my stomach not to stick out as much as it did before I started.

I wish the internal changes could show. Like, how I actually like working out now, or how I understand the importance of stretching and ab control and am working to be better at it. How jumping jacks with these huge ass breasts don’t give me a black eye and a heart attack like they use to. Or how I consider each workout my own personal challenge that I can accomplish, and when it is complete, I am very proud of myself. This is what I wished showed in my before and After pics.

Well, I didn’t wake up and workout like I thought that I would. I went to bed TOO late after the movie screening and exercise that I really needed to stay my butt in bed for the entire day. I brought my lunch of chicken and broccoli to work…and yummm! I walked to get lunch with my co-worker and it was torture to stand in the buffet doorway and smell all of the wonderful foods that I use to partake in oh so long ago. It was amazing, though, to see the different combinations of food on people’s plates. The slimmer people were piling the salad and vegetables high and cutting the fish filets in half ( I have always wondered who in the hell does that!). While the more Boss Hog crowd was slamming three scoops of Mac & Cheese into containers that were big enough to feed those children on late night TV. I never once saw the Boss Hog crowd find their way to the vegetable table unless to drip dressing over a few chicken wings, and though exaggerated…..its not by much. I had survived the temptation ( with the help of leaving my debit card in the office) and I ate my healthy lunch and drank my water. Around the afternoon I started craving a soda….I fought the urge so hard that it wasnt even funny. My body wanted that beverage BAD!!!! But I wasnt ready to put on empty calories. So I went and got a snickers…..lol.But, I came home, watched When in Rome with one of my personal assistants/mentee and then I dreaded working out. I mean…it hit me that today was Yoga day! Yes, a damn Yoga day!!! I was procrastinating so much that I even played the disc on fast forward for her with my own fat girl commentary as if I were at the Hamburger Olympics! It was soooo hard for me to get up to take her home because I knew I had to workout when I returned.

Once back in the house, I knew that this was going to be the hardest 1.5 hours in my life. I mean really…. did Yoga really have to be this long?  It really was the 1.5 hour time frame that was throwing me off. In the car I had joked that I would turn the radio on in order to make it through….well…thats what I did. I turned on my favorite radio stations, WKYS 93.9 and I jammed out to Daija Perez with my back to the TV as he called out the poses. I was even tempted to tape the TV screen to cover the timer but just didnt look in that direction. There were times when I would glance at the screen but would block the timer corner with my hand just so I could see what move was next. It was not as bad as usual. Knowing the time ACTUALLY messes up my mental capacity to tell myself I can get through it. I have no clue why…. but it does. I made it through the first hour and then…by honest accident….I saw that I only had 34 minutes left. It was then that I was proud of myself.  It really did help to do downward dog to Keri Hilson’s Breaking Point or Warrior Pose to Jazmine Sullivan’s Count to 10. But nothing beats doing Tree to Michael Jackson’s Liberian Girl!!!!!! I was trying to stay still but my neck had to move in a snake-like fashion to feel the groove…and I still kept my balance! lol.  I learned that maybe I am missing out on the quietness of traditional Yoga, but maybe traditional Yoga isn’t for everyone. Maybe people need Country Yoga with Taylor Swift sending subliminal messages to Kanye in the background through twanged out mantras (Yummmmmmm). Or Rap Yoga with Gucci man teaching the class telling everyone to find their inner Buuuuuuuuur! I would prefer R&B/Neo-Soul Yoga…it connects well with my inner balance. Maybe I need to do it to instrumentals to take away the words and focus on the point of traditional Yoga….but this is what works for me to get the exercise done. And it was successful! I made it through the ENTIRE P90X Yoga X video for the first time EVER!!! The only time I stopped was on moves that I could not do; crane and side hold thingy with only one arm and one leg touching the floor.

So, it can be done. I will keep experimenting with this….especially since next week is my first recovery week and I saw Yoga twice….lol. But it felt good to accomplish something that I once hated tremendously and now I just dislike. lol.

SIncerely,

~*My Mother’s Daughter*~

P90X Journey: Day 17

In P90X Journey on 4 November 2010 at 10:11 am

 

How do I tell you that I am in beautiful pain? Other than the way that I just did? lol. My upper body hurts so dang much from Monday’s battle with Chest & Back that it hurts to type this. I mean, how is it that my friggin armpits hurt? Seriously? People do this willingly?

I laid in bed this morning sleeping so soundly. I went to bed at 10pm and it felt amazing to get in 7 hours of sleep. My alarm clock went off at 5:40 and I kept hitting snooze until around 6:20am. I finally got up but then I walked into the living room and popped open my laptop and commenced to Facebooking and Tagging. 20 minutes later I decided that I should workout. lol. I laced up my shoes and I worked out to Hip-Hop Abs: Ab Sculpt: My inner thighs are burning, and my knees are starting to get mad at me.  I guess because even when I was active, floating patella aren’t the coolest thing in the world to have….but I’ve got them! But now that my muscles aer finding their proper place in life they are forcing my posture to pay attention. My knees, on the other hand are like blind and deaf ADD students being yelled at and pointed to. I really liked the hip flexor workout section because I think that it really made my hip problems wake up but in a proper way. I figure if I can strengthen my hip flexors and get some blood flowing in there then the pain may subside.

Well for lunch I am having some chicken with some sweet peas. I drank Tea once I got in the office;green tea with pomagrante…yummmmy. I also had a bowl of HBO w/ Almond Cereal this morning. Tonight I may eat chicken and sweet potatoes……wait.. I have the Russ Parr movie screening. I will have to workout when I get back in the house if I don’t get there early enough to workout before 6pm. We’ll see.

Workout

 Well… I got off work and I rushed home so that I could get dressed and head back out to the Lincoln Theater for the private screening of Russ Parr’s new movie, “35 & Ticking”. I sat down and ate a small portion of chicken breast and a whole plate of broccoli before I ran out of the house. I did this because Ben’s CHili Bowl is right next door and that was a set-up waiting to happen…lol. Once there in the theater I was down in the VIP section with 2 of my friends and just watching all of the stars swing through. The movie was hilarious! Afterwards there was an After party across the street. I took a pic with Clifton Powell and then I told my friend that I was read to head home because I needed to get my other workout in for the day. YES, you heard correctly. I turned down a social event to go home and workout.  Making sure that my fitness schedule didn’t get messed up was more important to me that hugging Nicole Ari Parker… who is gorgeous! Or kidnapping Darius McCrary in Ben’s Alley and having my way with him. Yes……P90X is crack and can rewire your brain. Sad, yet great….right?

Well, I got home and I worked it out until about Midnight and below are my results. I didn’t do Ab Ripper X because I got light-headed at the end of the Shoulders & Back exercise and had to sit down and eat a few baby carrots and drink water. So I just went straight to bed after that. I am learning to listen to the body. Here ya go!

The numbers in the brackets are the 2nd Round of reps.

  • Shoulder Press: 15 each [13] left elbow hurts and shakes but worked through it and stretched it out
  • In-out Bicep curls: 16 [16]
  • Tricep Kickbacks: 20 [22]
  • Swimmer’s Press: 16 [10] arched back…need to stand up straight.
  • Supination Curl: 15 sets [18 sets]
  • Chair Dips: 25 w/ a stop at 15 [30 w/a stop at 20]
  • Upright row: 20 [22]
  • Static Arm Curls: 12 [12]
  • Twist Kickback: 11 [12]
  • Seated Shoulder Fly: 16 [18 reps]
  • Crouching Cohen Curls: 16 [16 w/ pain in coxis. Spine stretched/dropped OUCH]
  • Lying Down Tricep extensions: 14 [14 OUCH!]

I’m still Bringing IT!!!! I hope that you are too. I have to make it to 30 days because I am turning 30 in December and I want to make a physical and public statement that I will NEVER be above 200 pounds every again!!!! Its time to reverse the curse. And I may not be under 200 by my birthday as I walk the beaches of Grand Cayman….but I know that I will still be on the right path.

My birthday cruise falls directly in the middle of my 90 Days…..and so does Thanksgiving and Christmas. But I will not let them sabotage me… I have several Tupperware dishes and that is how I will use them. I never know what to eat the days following those dinners anyway.. I’m a single woman so I don’t cook, I always go to someone else’s house for the holidays…lol. I am already mapping out my fitness routine while on the ship. I have to. And walking all day will help too. Fun times ahead people. I am taking it one day at a time. I may not be where I want to be but I am no longer where I use to be. When I purchased this program I weighed 232.5 and a few days later the program showed up and I began. Being 3 days away from completing my 3rd week of P90x I have been 227.5 for the past two days and have lost 2 inches in my waist. THIS is a sign of progress… THIS is me sticking to my word; fulfilling what I promised myself! And each day is hard. But Today is not just another day, it is proof that I have victory over Yesterday! Be blessed!

Sincerely,

~*My Mother’s Daughter*~

P90X Journey: Day 16

In P90X Journey on 2 November 2010 at 9:44 pm

 

I VOTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There…. end of blog. Today that is all that matters. lol

Okay, Well I got up this morning and I worked out for 30 minutes to Sean T’s Hip Hop Abs: Fat Burning Cardio. It felt good to get up and have the energy and the stamina to work through it. I was proud of myself. I did every step. I could remember when I use to have to take breaks in the middle of this workout, or when I needed an inhaler. I can hold my head high knowing that I need neither to finally make it through this workout.

I even had enough time to eat my Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds & soy milk. That is my fav cereal and I cant remember the last time I actually sat down at my house and ate breakfast. I actually enjoyed it, relaxed and watched television. I dont think that I have EVER done that on a weekday.  So I got dressed and I headed to the polls. It was very empty when I got there, but I didnt mind, I voted and left out and headed to work and actually got there early.

For lunch I had a cheeseburger with fries and an extremely large cup of  lemonade, but I did frink water throughout the day. The lunch was free so I didnt mind that much. I just know that I have to put in work. Unfortunately my underwear feels tighter today. I know that is TMI, but I have no clue why my boyshorts are cutting off my circulation in my hip/groin socket. Bananas, right? I mean… it is painful. It is enough to make a woman want to free-labia it ( free ballin was genetically not an option). I guess I could have said Captain Commandora. lol. Maybe my thigh muscles are getting bigger or my butt is lifting into place. WHo knows! I just had to share that.

I also have to share why I am writing this blog. I am writing so that when I get to the other side of this journey I can remember. I can have evidence of my struggle. I dont want to be a fitness buff who makes everyone who has yet to accomplish what it is that I worked so hard to get feel as if it was a walk in the park. I want to hold myself accountable. I want to make sure that I never forget where I have been and how it felt to be here. I love me, but my current physical form is NOT me… it is where I happen to be right now. And I am okay with that…for now. Hence why I am working it out so hard.

I was going to walk right into the house and start Plyometric (spell check) but then my TV was on the movie JACK and I had to sit and watch because I had never seen it before.So, it goes off in like 5 minutes and then I will begin to workout. I’ll tell you all about it. I have never done Plyometrics before……I am actually scared. Feeling the pain of the Chest & Back workout yesterday but again… proud that I finished! Okay…. time to put on the shoes. BRING IT TIME!

Workout

WTF is PLYOMETRICS and who pissed off the Roman Gods?!!!! I was all happy that I could keep up with the warm ups. But not too long there after did I contemplate switching back to Cardio X. I should have known something was up with the one-legged P90X graduate showed up. Yep, made me feel like crap when he was hopping around all perfect and I was about to pass the hell out. I understand equal rights,but they just mind fucked my emotional status.  I’m too fat to out hop a one-legged guy! How do you come back from not being able to out hop Tink Tink?!

My legs were fine for the first couple of squats, and then  my knee caps started popping and I knew that i was headed down hill from there. The ski moves I was cool with until they added the 180 turns. I couldn’t squat on those so I just stayed up and did 180 and I found that to be just as challenging, noted by the sweat in my eyes. I also couldn’t do the rock star. My weight is currently too heavy for me to have faith in lifting both knees up like that. I know because I tried it and the way I landed felt like one of my knees were going to give out on me. Scared the living daylights out of me. So two-legged jumps are currently out of the question. Also, I felt weird with the squat jumping jacks. My legs were clapping to a hip hop beat that was being formulated by the gaps in slaps. I mean, they were slapping so hard I felt like tipping my own crotch! Seriously, you would have thought that a ghetto stripper was in my house mocking me. Having made my point… I’ll move on.

All and all this was challenging and I did the modified version. I’m sitting on my couch after just getting out of the shower and I am still wiping sweat.  My only problem with P90X and I have been meaning to write this for a while, is that they assume I know what the fuck they are talking about. Meaning, if this is my first time turning on a disc, yelling out MILITARY MARCHES and then beginning the clock and movement is retarded. I shouldnt have to constantly pause my DVD because they failed to show me what the move is. I also have this problem with the modified person, they never show what they are doing until halfway through the countdown or at the very end. If you are going to have a modified person, show the modified move before hand so that we can be in sync with the movement. Its like they forgot about us when it comes to this. I actually get pissed off every time they start a new move and I have to miss a rep or two to catch on to what the hell they are doing. But this could be me and the fact that I ate broccoli for dinner and my bodily functions are executing treason and I have to sit amongst it. TMI? Welcome to my UNCENSORED blog.

I noticed a lot about my body today. When I tighten my abs, I cant breath. I walk around with my shoulders up by my ears and I seldom notice until my neck and shoulders start to hurt. I get cramps in the arch of my foot every time I jump and I have no clue how to fix this. My legs being uneven ( for whatever reason) is really effecting a lot of my performance, causing me to do a lot of modified versions, and my sciatica is a gift from satan’s spawn. But I will prevail. This is just my current feedback. Soon I will have more and better complaints as I progress to my fitness goal. I want to be able to jog the MS Walk/Run full 3 miles in March,I want to be able to walk into Rave, LVLX, or Shoe City and buy clothing without people wondering if I am on crack or pray that I am purchasing it as a gift for someone worthy of not making the seams commit suicide. I want to start my own dance crew and be able to choreograph some awesome routines like I use to a few years ago. I know that I can do these things….and I will. I am learning to be patient.

In closing, I know you are wondering about my steps ( I doubt it but the sentence set-up sounded literary)….my pedometer is on crack and I need to buy another one. I also get happy when I step on the scale at night after I’ve eaten all day and it weighs less than the day before. Yesterday my scale said 228.5 in the morning on an empty scale, and tonight it said 227.5. I’m excited just to see my scale say that number. Now… if by Friday it can say 225.5……I’ll stop call Nicki Minaj a Bitch….on twitter.Ok…timeforbed.I have to get up in the morning.

Sincerely,

~*My Mother’s Daughter*~

P90X Journey: Day 15

In P90X Journey on 2 November 2010 at 9:58 am

 

I know that I said that I would workout this morning when I woke up…. and I said this at 2am in the blog when I had to wake up at 6am….and yeh….it didnt happen. But, staying true to my word, I worked out for 2 hours when I got home.

I woke up this morning and rushed to work without breakfast. I almost stopped and made some eggs and then decided against it due to time. BAD MOVE! Because when I got to work I was stuck in my office all day because I didn’t have my building badge and needed an escort. I also sucked butt and ate free mini snickers all day. I also think that I had a few Reese’s cups. It was there. Towards the end of the day my body was craving more sugar and so I got an orange ade-ish soda from the vending machine. Again, I prefaced with the fact that I sucked, so dont judge me. lol.  But good thing is that I did take my lunch, so I had my two small fajitas and that was it for lunch.

When I got off work I went to the grocery store and got a few more staples to assist me in making my meals. I had a drumstick off of my roasted chicken for dinner. It wasnt big at all, but it was enough to keep me from passing out. I was proud that I stopped eating because I felt myself about to over indulge and I stopped. Go Me!

Tonight I decided that I would switch to the Classic routines, just for a switch in order to my brain. I also wanted to do 2 hours of workouts a day to speed up my results. if I can lose 2 inches in 2 weeks with only 1 hour, I wanted that to only get better. I also wanted my fitness to improve. So I did the Chest and Back tonight with the Ab Ripper X . That totaled to an hour and sixteen minutes. Then I took a ten minute break and found a P90X support group on Sparkpeople.com and then I continued with Sean T’s Hip Hop Abs: Fat Burning Cardio. WOW!!! I remember when I first bought this thing, I had to stay low with Tanya because I was so out of shape. I would use an inhaler in the middle of workouts, constant breaks….but not tonight!!!! I was doing the high impact exercise format and loving every bit of it.

The only downfall is the fact that my Right hip socket and lower back side hurt. It flares up in stretches, bending flat back at the waist, and kicking/jumping….so basically when I move…lol. It doesn’t hurt so much when I have finished stretching but the initial stretch does hurt the most as well as jumping.But it is not unbearable, I figure if I can get my abs tighter it can help support those muscles that I have been using improperly for the past 15 years.  I also got side cramps during Hip Hop Abs because I had drunk water after the P90X workout…oh boy did that hurt! Sitting here writing this my back and shoulder blades are twitching with mini spasms. I was proud of the push-ups…even though I did them on my knees… I did them. I will build up to a full push-up. Tony Horton said, “Rome wasnt born in a day, so neither will your body”. I like that. It is a process that I am finding ways to stay engaged.And even though I am wheezing because of this phelm that I keep attempting to cough from my lungs ( sorry for the TMI) I keep it moving….. I felt unstoppable. I made up my mind and I did it!!!

My P90X workout went as follows: (All Push-ups were on knees & pull-ups done with Heavy Band)

Standard Push-ups:  15 (BURN)

Wide Front Pull-up:  24

Military Push-ups:  16 (BURN and at a faster speed)

Reverse Grip Chin-ups:  24

Wide Fly Push-ups:  15 (Stopped at 10 with a burn))

Closed Grip Overhead Pull-ups: 30 (seated)

Decline Push-ups: 15 (on knees)

Heavy Pants: 20 ( With Medium bands and a loop)

Diamond Push-ups: 13 ( Goal was 15 but left wrist on palm side began to hurt)

Lawnmower: 20 each side ( medium bands)

Dive Bomber Push-ups: 6 (confused on form….)

Back Flys:  20 ( medium Band)

Standard Push-ups Rnd 2:  25 (Shakey arms)

Wide Front Pull-up Rnd 2:  24

Military Push-ups Rnd 2:  20 ( first pause at 12 with both a burn and a shake)

Reverse Grip Chin-ups Rnd 2: 30

Wide Fly Push-ups Rnd 2: 20 ( BURN!)

Closed Grip Overhead Pull-ups Rnd 2: 30 ( in lunge forward )

Decline Push-ups Rnd 2: 15 (on knees)

Heavy Pants Rnd 2: 20 ( With Medium bands and a loop)

Diamond Push-ups: 16 ( Didnt go all the way down & left wrist on palm side began to hurt)

Lawnmower Rnd: 20 each side ( medium bands)

Dive Bomber Push-ups Rnd 2: 8 ( switched feet because knee locked and scared me. Pushing back hurt right hip)

Back Flys Rnd 2:  20 ( medium Band)

Ab Ripper X: I did 25 of each set with minor problems, but I am getting too sleepy to type. lol. I have it written down for me. But at least I finished them all. I will get up in the morning and do Hip Hop Abs before I head out to vote and then off to work. I am proud of myself!!! I hope that you are getting use to changing yourself as well. God bless!

Sincerely,

~*My Mother’s Daughter*~

P90X Journey: Days 12, 13, and 14

In P90X Journey on 1 November 2010 at 1:24 am

First and foremost… FUCK WORDPRESS.COM!!!

I wrote a full blog and before I could hit save draft…which I thought that it automatically did anyway…it erased what I wrote and then posted and error message about putting in trash. I don’t even know where the trash button is. So, you don’t get the deep and emotional version.. you will get the “Fuck this Bullshit,. I’m not purging again,bitches” version.

Day 12: 29 Oct 10

Asshole pissed me off the night before, so I needed a ME day…yes, a Me day. I refused to workout so I sat on the couch and I rebraided my hair and decided to moisturize instead of being out in that mess called Howard Homecoming…the locals are a trip. I decided to think deeply into what went wrong with this relationship. I also decided that I was no longer going to be embarrassed by having had a failed relationship. Yes, people…I was happy, he flaked and couldn’t be a man and holdup his end of the bargain even though I was open in my communication and offered him several times. I am okay with that. I am not ashamed nor will I ever be again. I am human, and shit like him happens. But it took the ME day to realize this. So nothing got done.

 

Day 13: 30 Oct 10

 

I woke up to asshole asking for one last change to make it up to me. He offered Dinner and a movie and I said, sure. Who am I to deny one last try. But as soon as I realized that he wasnt specific with his plans I knew that this was just another attempt at him trying to play me because he already received the message from me that I couldn’t do this with him any more. I decided that i had taken enough time to sulk and think about my part in this situation. I am only allowed 1 day to sulk, 2 if it hurts, and then I have to keep it moving.  I couldn’t let someone who was out partying with his brother and cousins amongst the hoochies in town for HU’s homecoming who happened to not give a shit about me as a human, and damn sure not as a person who he was dating to detour me from my goals.Ihad to reign in my emotions…I had to bring it back in.

I got up and I decided that I was going to make up the missed exercises. I finished the remaining hour that was supposed to have been finished on Day 11. Yes, I sucked it up and I completed it. And then I kept the party going. Jesus & Water/wine style, by doing Leg & Back disc. I didn’t do the Ab Ripper….just didn’t have the energy. I had only eaten 3 eggs for breakfast, and 2 boca burgers on whole grain bread with mustard. I did all of the reps for the Legs & Back routine…and I would post them, but I am too pissed that my last blog write-up was deleted (hits save draft). But I felt so much better when I finished. I could have a moment… I could recollect myself and come back to my goal. I didn’t stay gone for that long. I could have bullshitted an entire blog about what I did do when I didn’t. I could have used my not feeling well ( think it’s a mix of asshole and a cold) as a reason of why I skipped a few days, and the list goes on. But I didnt….I finished. Even if I wasnt blogging, I DID IT FOR ME!!! Finally!!! I am not trying to get fit for anyone else but myself. I am not trying to impress anyone, I am not trying to compare myself to any one…okay I am soooo lying. I don’t want to be the big bitch on the beach next to my friend who is going on my B-day cruise with me…but under it all, I want to do this for me and feel good about myself. And I am proud of that.

I am also proud of how my friend and I walked in boots w/ heels, up hills on HU campus and back down Georgia Avenue, all the way down U Street and ended up at Busboys and Poets for a late dinner. I ate a burger w/ avocado, lettuce, tomato & mozzarella with sweet potato fries. Yes, I had two alcoholic drinks, but I also had only drank water the ENTIRE day. I don’t even have any flavored drinks in my house besides vanilla soy milk and I am even out of that. SO I think that I earned these indulging calories. I was proud that my cardio help up on the walk. My lungs didn’t portray me. My legs didnt call me bitch and go their separate ways. I could tell that I am improving fitness wise.

Day 14: 31 Oct 10

I went to church for the 8 am service and I had a ball! I received some word that made me think and it also made me question. I mean,it isnt church if I dont question something. The guest Pastor Michael Green said, “The purpose of a glass is not to be filled, but rather to be the best glass that it was made to be and being filled is inevitable.” I know that this may be far-fetched…but my purpose is not to be skinny, to be thin bitch trendy…my purpose is to be focused on my purpose and to be healthy and inevitably the slimmer me will follow. I kind of like having that pressure taken off of me. The next step will be for me to find out what my purpose is and then I can go from there. lol. But at least I got a source of wisdom.

I also left and went to brunch at Busboys and Poets ( SHUT UP!!! IT IS MY HOME AWAY FROM HOME!!!) with a friend from church. And between the blasting  THRILLER music and dancing zombies between the tables, I had a blast. I actually behaved food wise. I think….lol. I had the french toast, eggs, bacon and bowl of fruit.  Oh yeh, and a mimosa. lol. That was all I ate/drank the entire day. I came home thinking that I was going to take an hour nap and it turned into a 6 hour adventure…lol. I then got up and I finished Kenpo X which was supposed to be for Day 13. TODAY…it was supposed to be my rest day. But It was me who decided to rest on Friday… I had to make up the day lost. No excuses!!! No pain, no Losss! (Thanks Mentor…lol) SO once I finished Kenpo I did 35 minutes of the Stretch X before I began to get lightheaded….remember I havent eaten since brunch. But I think that I did well. OUtside of my right hip sciatica acting up…. I feel good. I kicked at my imaginary asshole and any other assholes who think that they can try me. I yelled that I am worthy of love and being love. I was worthy of health and fitness and my making up these routines was me telling the universe to go fuck itself with a small penis with erectile dysfunction! My knees are popping on squats but I keep it moving. I kept it moving when my hip was hurting. I didnt even give myself time to think whether it was pain or just a moment of challenge. But I kept it moving!!! I had to stop though on the spine roll because there was a clicking sound when I rolled up on my tail bone….and I dont think that hurt feeling was worth the stretch.I know I will stop before I injure myself…but today just wasnt that day. I made it up to myself!! I made myself get up and work out! ANd I did it! I DID IT!!!

I also decided to get up and cook fajitas for lunch tomorrow. Not that much steak, but tons of onions, green and yellow/red bell peppers, and tortillas. They are small tortillas and so I wont be eating that much…and I am proud of that. Now I just have to make sure that I can figure out what my snacks will be tomorrow. But I am sure I will figure it out. Ialso have decided to do Doubles this week. NOT P90X’s Double…but my version of double. For Example, I may do Hip Hop Abs in the morning and then come home and workout to P90X in the evening. I just want to speed up the results. I have lost 2 inches in my waist in 2 weeks ( 43 to 41 inches) and I have lost an inch & a half in my hips ( 47 to 45.5). I have stopped looking at the scale because it isnt saying what I want it to say, but the loss of inches is making me smile on the inside. I will see myself through this. 76 more days ( check the math) left and I will have completed my longest stint of my life with a fitness program!!!! And even though this version doesnt seem as deep as my other version. I hope that you got something out of it. It is not easy. It is not a walk in the park with roses. This is tear dropping, sweat creating, wall and excuse busting routines that you have to have a mindset to complete. I am proud that I even chose this program. Well….I’ll go to bed now… I have to wake up in a few hours.

P.S. Please leave a message. Your email will NOT be posted with your comment. And people who read and dont leave comments are internet Niggas! Yes, I said it. voyeurs!!! I write because I need to get it out….but even if you hit the “LIKE” button,or the Twitter Button…the Facebook button.. SOMETHING!!! We have to get out of this anti-social social medium. Just speak. You speaking motivates me. Thanks.

Sincerely,

~*My Mother’s Daughter*~

P90X Journey: Day 10

In P90X Journey on 27 October 2010 at 9:21 pm

 

27 Oct 10

Wow, I wish the amount of words could describe what it is that I am feeling right now. I am all kinds of wonderful and horrible bundles of mess wrapped up into one. This whole fitness situation has made me an emotional wreck and I honestly don’t know if I like it. Every day I fight the urge to quit because the bigger picture if better looking than this current caption. But when I tell y’all that this is hard….this is hard. I would rather do the workout that to walk through the day after feeling the way that I feel right now. Maybe I do need to wake up and workout in the morning to get the endorphins to run through my body and pep me up. I shouldnt feel borderline psychotic or manic-depressive, right? ARGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *Bangs forehead on desk and exhales*

Usually, I am a very private person, who keeps to herself when not in the spotlight performing, and many people have no clue what is really going on with me. The two people who do know the most about me happen to be married to each other and know that I am capable of setting their house on fire while they sleep…..hence why I chose them to keep my secrets safe…lol. But, ever since I started this fitness process I told myself that I would be open and honest about my experience….well I didn’t know that I was going to start dating in the middle of this either. I found it very difficult to even attempt to shut off the honesty of my workouts without shutting off the honesty of my dating situation, and the same holds true with being open…they go hand in hand. Therefore, this situation has turned me in to a basket case. I can’t keep my true emotions from this guy, and usually I am poker face when it comes to telling a guy how I really feel….but for some reason I can’t do that this time around…and I don’t like it.

I mean… I am bugging out when it comes to phone calls, when will he call and trying not to eat away my anxiety and instead looking forward to the next workout that can help me, literally, work through those issues that are holding my sanity hostage. I am unfamiliar with this kind of expression and I like the old me better… I was non-certifiable then. AGain, I think that working out in the morning may truly help me feel better throughout the say. I will have to try that soon.

My steps for yesterday totaled to 21,646 !!!!! My goal was 30,000 but that will do. I just know that I not have to walk 38,354 today to make up for the shortage… it is not a game people. So, let me get back to my emotionally crazy day and I’ll fill you in on my workout later. Today is Shoulders …I think.

THE WORKOUT

Well…..I just finished working out and it feels so refreshing for me to workout at a decent hour. I wot keep you long with anything else besides the stats. I just have to tell you that I love the Shoulders Workout… I don’t know why…but I do. And as long as I like it I will stick with it. I was also all happy about something but someone is not pulling through in the manner that I would like….so my emotional high is plummeting to the ground and fast. I guess this is one of those things that I just need to give over to God and stop trying so damn hard. Thankfully Martin Lawrence’s First Amendment is about to come on and maybe it will make me laugh & I will work out my emotions in my dreams. Here are my workout stats:

 All of these were done with my black HEAVY resistance band 

  • Shoulder Press: 10 [9]
  • In-out Bicep curls: 8 [10]
  • Tricep Kickbacks: 8 [16]
  • Swimmer’s Press: 16 [12]
  • Supination Curl: 12 sets [12 sets]
  • Chair Dips: 20 [16]
  • Upright row: 16 [18]
  • Static Arm Curls: 8 [8]
  • Twist Kickback: 10 [10]
  • Seated Shoulder Fly: 8 [8 reps]
  • Crouching Cohen Curls: 15 [16 with a vicious ass BURN]
  • Lying Down Tricep extensions: 14 [10 OUCH!]

Then there was the EXTRA workout session

  • Straight Arm Shoulder Fly: 16[8]
  • Congdon Curl: 10 [10 reps]
  • Side Tri Rise: 15 (left)/ 15 (right) [16 (left)(stopped at 12)/20 (right) SPEED IS KEY!]

With the scent of my roomie’s popcorn floating through the air….Ab Ripper X segment snuck its way on to the screen. . This workout went like this:

  • In & Outs: 25
  • Bicycles: 25  (w/ one break after 19, BURN!!!)
  • Reverse Bicycles: 25 ( w/ 2 breaks after 23 and 21…done on elbows
  • Crunchy Frog: 25 (w/ 1 break after 17. Legs dont straighten all the way out but still feel the BURN!!!)
  • Wide Leg: 25
  • Fifer Scissors: 25 ( w/ one break after 16 but done like bicycles)
  • Hip Rock & Raises: 25 ( w/one stop after 14)
  • Pulse Ups: 25 ( w/ 1 break after 15 w/ bent knees)
  • V-up/Roll up: 25 (w/ 2 stops at 10 & 20 done only as roll-ups)
  • Oblique V-ups: I think… okay I did these wrong and didn’t go back to correct myself but did 25 of my version…lol 
  • Leg Climb: 15 each 
  • Mason twist: 25 each side ( feet touching the floor completely)

AND DONE!!!!

Sincerely,

~*My Mother’s Daughter*~

P90X Journey: Day 9

In P90X Journey on 27 October 2010 at 10:24 am

 

26 Oct 10

I had every intention of working out this morning, but after last night I was just too exhausted. My co-worker told me that I would get more benefit out of working out in the morning….and I want to switch to mornings, but that will be a huge challenge for me and my late-night lifestyle. ARGH!!!! Changes…. I’m working out…isnt that enough?!

So I got up this morning and came straight to work. I will workout when I go home before I head out to PF Change w/ my mentor. The thing is, I know that I will need to view the menu online before I head over there so I can make a wise decision before I even walk into the building. Make sure that my portions are cut in half before I even eat and ask for a doggy bag. I cannot mess up! My friends and I are always out eating somewhere…it is how we bond.lol. but I will workout, that is not in question.

Unfortunately, this morning I went to Au Bon Pan just to speak to the staff there like I use to do all of the time before I started P90X, and then I got in my feelings. I told one of the staff members that I was doing P90X and he somewhat chuckled and said in his African accent, ” You? nooooo that is a hard exercise program. Are you just watching it?” I told him that I was offended. Damn did he think I was that fat , or was it because I was a woman who wasnt suppose to be able to do the routines, or was it just that I wasnt thought to be strong enough to do the program? Either way… I was offended and I let him know it. I almost tapped into my inner Naija!

I think that tonight is scheduled to be Cardio X. This week I will finish the lean program and next week I plan to switch over to Classic and do that for two weeks….then I want to switch over to doubles. I wanted to build up to doubles, and I don’t think that my switching around routines will hurt me all that much….expecially if I start after a rest day. I want to get results and make sure that everything stays fresh in my mind. I just know that the doubles are going to kill me.

It is 11:32 ESt and my Pedometer reads:8,626. I want to be well over 20 thousand steps by the time that I get home and I want to see if I can be past 30 thousand steps by the end of the day. And these are steps OUTSIDE of my P90X workout sessions…thsi is in addition to those. I thought it couldn’t hurt to move outside of the routines as well. Help speed up the process. I may actually start fitting in another day of cardio and going to the gym to run for 30 minutes to an hour just so I can burn more calories and pick up my endurance…as well as use some of the thigh resistance machines. Today I am tired, but I will have to push myself to make it through this exercise. I may get to bed early tomorrow. Well…let you know how the workout goes tonight.

THE WORKOUT

So, after work I went home and I took a much need hour nap. I got it in my head that I needed to workout before I went out with my mentor, versus working out late at night again upon returning home. So I put on my workout shoes and I hit the living room floor running. I got struck by a touch of boredom during portions of the exercise which I had to correct my mindset and admit that it was just me wanting to sit down and watch the video rather than me being truly bored with it. I still can’t do the towel hop with both feet together because it hurts my shins. I also noticed that when I do a proper lunge, it stretches out the pinched nerve and lower back/hip area that usually gives me trouble. I ran through my house during the superman/bananas… I know, I know…. shoot me. At least I was moving… and I did everything else except the Dreya Rolls.

All in all I was happy that I worked out. I got it out of the way and I kept my word to myself for yet another day. Yesterday for lunch I had a small container from the buffet filled with strawberries, mushrooms, lettuce, olives, a hard-boiled egg, sunflower seeds, and tuna. I think that was a great light lunch filled with things I was supposed to have throughout the day. At P.F Chang’s I had the Hot & Sour Soup, Calamari (shut up I earned it), Sweet & Sour Chicken  (Shut up yet again) & the mini Red Velvet cake ( DANG DIDNT I SAY SHUT THE HELL UP! lol). But… I took home a doggy bag and I didn’t eat everything that was right in front of my face. I also only drank water through out the entire day yesterday. I can’t even tell you the last time I did that…and I wasnt disgusted by the absence of taste….lol.

Yesterday was a great day in the end…….I have a lot to still work through. Thanks for reading my journey. If you are thinking about doing P90X or have questions, or are on the program now…. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW!!! Don’t worry, your email will not show, so you can enter it. Thanks!

Sincerely,

~*My Mother’s Daughter*~

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