P90X Lean: Week 1!

My blog is seriously all over the place… scrapbooking, Marine fiancée, wedding planning, deployment, graphic design, cake decorating… and now P90X! Oh well, what can I say… I’m a girl with many interests.

And so it begins… P90X!

I first heard about P90X from my dear friend Megan and her boyfriend Chris. Meg mentioned it a few times, and then this past Valentine’s Day when Joshua and I had dinner with them… we both became more interested in it. Then I started seeing it or hearing about it everywhere… and so did Joshua! After a few of his Marine buddies told him how extremely hard it is, he and I both decided to do it together when he gets home from Afghanistan.

Well… I couldn’t wait. :-)

Like any (a) bride-to-be, (b) military gal awaiting her military man’s homecoming, or (c) everyday American aspiring to be more healthy and more fit… I have a lot of reasons to start this program. I want to surprise Joshua with it when he comes home. They say you should already be in really good shape when you start it, because it’s just that hard… but after a little research, I read that you can definitely start it at any weight or fitness level… you just might have to do the program twice to see maximum results. Which is perfect, because I’m doing the LEAN version now before Joshua gets back, and I’ll do the CLASSIC version with him once he’s home!

So… a little intro on what it is:

  • a 90-day program
  • 12 DVDs to workout with at home
  • 6 days a week w/ 1 day of rest
  • Classic, Lean, or Doubles versions
  • free weights, pull-up bar, & yoga mat needed
I will say straight off that it seems a little expensive up front. I think I paid around $160-170 with shipping, but they have a payment plan type thing so you don’t have to pay it all at once. Here is how I justify the expense— buying any other workout DVD from Target or wherever is around $10-20. P90X includes 12 hard core, INTENSE DVDs that are an hour plus long… so if I were to buy 12 DVDs individually, I’d be paying anywhere from $120-240. Not to mention, P90X also comes with a fitness guide, nutrition plan, and calendar. Not too shabby! 
The website does try to sell you on the recovery drinks, energy bars, supplements, etc. too, but I didn’t go for any of that. Honestly, it’s too expensive for me right now. Even I have my limits! So I’m just using what I have at home… I have some chocolate whey protein powder (I use the Biggest Loser protein powder, but you can get it anywhere). I also love-love-love Luna bars! Yum. 
If you can’t already tell, I love fitness products that are geared toward women. I’m such a girly girl. 
I started the program last Monday, June 14th. I finished my first week on Sunday… OHMYGOD IT WAS SO HARD!!!!!! I was sweating, aching, and sore all week! I could barely keep up the first two workouts, but by the third I was doing okay. I know it will get better as I get used to the workouts and learn the moves, but first go-round, it was so tough. I’m seriously proud of myself for finishing it… and I feel stronger and more determined this week already.
I used 5lb weights, and I started with a resistance band to do pull-downs instead of pull-ups… but then after a slight mishap with the band (I’ll save that story for another time), I returned it and bought an actual pull-up bar for week two. I prefer to do the workouts in the morning before work, but a few days I had to do them in the evening. Three days the workouts were an hour long, the other three days they were an hour and a half.
Things I love: 
  • each DVD is different
  • there are a lot of different moves so it never gets boring
  • I already feel stronger
Things I don’t love:
  • the workouts are relatively long
  • I don’t have a lot of space to do them
  • it was a lot of money to spend 
I know I can’t complain about this, but I also don’t love that I only lost 2 pounds the first week. I think I’m gaining muscle though because I do feel a bit thinner. Always a good sign. I also took my before photos like Tony Horton said to do, so hopefully I’ll have visual indication of how well I’m doing too. 
I LOVED the Kenpo workout, which was a lot of kickboxing. Core Synergistics was also very hard. And I started the Yoga workout a bit apprehensive, because my co-workers told me it’s the hardest workout and they can’t even do it. It’s an hour and a half long and definitely intense, but I loved it, too. I turned down the lights in my room so it felt more like a yoga classroom, and I think that helped. On Sunday, my “rest” day, I did choose to rest and not do the X Stretch DVD, which was an option. Oh, and as for the nutrition plan… I’m still reading the book, but I’m not following it exactly. I’m eating healthy on my own for now. That may change.
So that’s it for now. I’m on day 9 of 90 and loving every second of it! 

Breathing In & Out

First things first: after 18 days of pure torture, JOSHUA FINALLY WAS ABLE TO CALL HOME! It absolutely made my day/week/MONTH! It was nearing 3 weeks and I have been an absolute mess, but I finally got 8 minutes of heaven and it’s enough to know my beloved is both alive and well! And that’s using his words, too. He sounded wonderful, though he said he was extremely tired. He said, “I’m alive,” and I asked if he was hurt, and he said, “No, I’m not hurt baby.” Although I don’t think he’s allowed to tell me if he’s hurt, anyway. But YAY, I’m so happy I could burst! I didn’t get to ask him any of the questions in the little list book I keep for when he does call, nor did I get to tell him anything at all that I’ve been dying to talk to him about (wedding plans, getting my car fixed, Codey’s injury, etc). All I know is that he’s receiving my care packages (which ones, I do not know) and he received the boots at long last!

I can finally breathe, just a little bit.

He called while I was at work in my new office building, where the cubicles are all tiny and open and everyone can hear everything. I ran to an empty cube further away from the aisle and whispered the majority of our conversation, but it was a clear call (thank you, Satellite Phone Gods) and for the first time in many calls, he did not lose service!

I’m happy to say that I’ve been fairly productive thus far this week, and I’m moving forward and finally coming out of my deployment depression. Last evening after work, thanks to those of you that held me accountable, I went to the gym and tried the yoga class! I really was going to blow it off, because there are certain things I hate doing alone (Example: a new gym class. But like, the movies? I have no problem going to the theater alone. I’m so weird!). But I texted Felice prior to backing down, because I knew she’d tell me to go, and she did not let me down. In I went to the yoga room (after 30 minutes on the elliptical, oohrah!). I felt totally awkward and skeptical the whole time, thinking… “What the hell am I doing?” But then at the end, we were laying on our mats and doing a breathing exercise, and the instructor said, “Take a few moments to yourself…” and I thought, “What? A few moment to myself? Hmm. Okay!” And with the trickling water/wind chime music surrounding me, I felt so far away from everything happening at home and in Afghanistan. I felt peaceful, calm, and this assurance that everything would work out okay.

Needless to say, I’m going back to yoga!

Can I also just say that girls that do yoga have the hottest bodies? While I was waiting outside the classroom for the previous class to end, all these thin, shapely, toned women were standing waiting in their flip flops with yoga mats. I want a yoga body! I was seriously one of the biggest girls there… ugh. All the more motivation to go back though, yeah?

So of course after work today, I bought myself my very own yoga mat and mat bag. Shopaholic, remember? I was already headed to Target at 5pm to get the things Joshua asked for in his next package— more razors (the “good” razors), Febreeze, blueberry Special K bars, more socks— so I stopped by Marshalls and picked up a nice orange yoga mat for $12.99 for myself and a flower yoga mat for my momma. Then I went to Target and got a pretty yellow yoga mat bag for $19.99.

I can’t wait for my next class… I’ll have to check the gym schedule to see when it is. I didn’t know it was such a good workout… I am so incredibly sore today! My legs, my arms, my butt… it all hurts. Ow! I took today off but it’s back to the gym tomorrow. Must be a buff bride!

Living Out Loud

So. Eight hours of work, one peanut butter chocolate ice cream cone, a trip to the grocery store and weigh-in at a local WW meeting, Giada’s Cheesy Baked Tortellini, and three cups of royal icing LATER, and I’m finally able to sit at my laptop and just… chill.

Phew! What a day. Some days, I just *wish* for five minutes to be bored.

The breakdown:
Work— okay this week. Our corporate office is moving to a new location downtown, so we’ve been packing, archiving files, burning backup CDs, and organizing all week. I set an out-of-office reply to let everyone know that I wouldn’t be by my desk, but to call with emergencies. So far, there have been no emergencies in the world of food packaging design land. Oh, and we get to wear jeans to work this week… I love dress down days.

Ice Cream— was after lunch, when my awesome boss took my co-worker and I for a last treat before we move. It was delish.

Grocery Store— for the third time within the past week. I’m finally getting back into cooking and trying new recipes, but I’ve needed to stock up my kitchen a bit. Lots of FRESH foods lately, yum yum. The first trip was at Target when I was care package shopping for Joshua last weekend, the second was on my way home from visiting the girls when I saw a Trader Joe’s and flipped out (I shopped there when I lived in Boston and Cleveland!), and today’s trip was to get ingredients for two new recipes I’m trying this week.

WW— I have aspirations of being a kick-ass, buff bride… but I love food way too much. So I joined Weight Watchers today to help me along. I NEED to reach my goal weight for our wedding day… and preferably before Joshua returns from Afghanistan. My family and friends have done WW before and had success, and this time around I’m hoping I do, too! It’s part of the new me… eating smarter and working hard at the gym.

Tortellini— Mmm. Felice has made this dish for me twice. It’s soooo wonderful. I figured I’d make it tonight as a last hurrah before I begin counting my points and getting in shape. Very worth it!

Royal Icing— I have my Wilton cake class tomorrow night, and the lesson calls for one recipe of royal icing divided into five different colors. We’re learning to make new flowers tomorrow, rah!

Speaking of cakes…

The first is the birthday cake I made my dad on Easter. The second is my cake from last week’s class on fondant. That stuff is FUN to work with!

Jesus. It’s already 11pm and I haven’t even written about last weekend, Easter weekend, or the fun blog award I was given. I suppose that will all have to come tomorrow, eh? I haven’t slept in three weeks so I’m going to try to get to bed a bit early tonight. Apparently deployment also causes insomnia?

Sweet dreams, blog friends.