Starting Over vs. Starting Back Up

Scenario:  Happily going through your workout routine.  Loving every minute of it without a care in the world.  Then BLAM - curveball from life and now you haven't worked out in too long and can't figure out what to do next.


Have you been there?  I certainly  have and I'm there again right now.  My move is way more of a disruption then I predicted it would be, ugh.  I have been busy until late in the evening every day, which means I'm not getting up early to workout.  I am trying to bust my butt to get the new place unpacked so this week is the last week of this mess.  I have mentioned this before - I don't do well in life when I'm not exercising.  It makes eating right a MUCH bigger struggle then it normally is for me.  I am doing a lot of moving - cleaning, moving boxes, lifting things, unpacking, ect.  I haven't sat down much at all.  But that kind of movement is different than an hour of Combat, know what I'm saying?  Long story short - I'm at the point where it's been a week since my last workout because I have only taken one day off work this whole time, so it's been late hours packing and unpacking and moving.

Here is a handy checklist I have created for anyone else who is wondering when it is worth it to start a program over versus just picking up where you left off:

1. Has it been more than two weeks since your last official workout?
2. Was your break due to injury?
3. Have you been inactive during the break (meaning little to no physical activity outside of normal everyday tasks)?
4. Are you in month 1 of your program?
5. Do you feel that your fitness has decreased at all?

If you answered more yeses then nos....you have two options - start over (which if you are in the first few weeks of a program is easy to do without losing much) or repeat a lower intensity week (go back to month one, weeks 1 or 2 and repeat that.  see how you feel and go forward from there).  And if you answered yes to question 2, you should automatically start over.  Why?  Because you start to lose fitness within one to two weeks of stopping exercise. Yes, 7 days off of exercise will literally set you back in physical ability.  So this means that if you have been inactive or doing mostly nothing you are actually getting a little weaker/slower then you were before.  With the 60-90 day programs (all of them..not just Beachbody), the intensity tends to build gradually over the weeks.  When you take time off and lose fitness, your body recognizes that change, but your brain doesn't.  Your brain is going to want to go balls to the wall and kick butt...but your body is not ready for that like it would have been with no break.  So you may end up injuring yourself, which does no good to anybody.

Obviously this checklist is short and there are other things that come into play - your beginning fitness being the main one.  If you are already someone who has lost a ton of weight and are in great shape - you may just need the one drop back week to get back into the swing of things before going back into the program.  If your program is Combat or TurboFire or P90x, you can probably get away with just a few shorter workouts, because the intensity of the workouts is very similar. Something like INSANITY - I would start that month over at a minimum.  If you are injury prone, definitely be careful.  I have horrific knees, so if I were doing INSANITY right now, I would most likely start over so I can build up again.  Combat I'm less concerned because the program is inherently low impact.

So what am I going to do?  I am going to start over with Combat.  By the time I get to a point where my living room is free and clear (and so it's clear - I'm going from a whole basement to workout in to a living room of a 1 bedroom apartment...so that's why it's taking so long) it will most likely be this weekend - almost 2 weeks of not doing a workout.  I am going to try to get to the apartment gym...but with work and moving stuff left...it's unlikely.  So I would like to do at least the first week of Combat over with the shorter workouts.  Well I was only finishing up week 2 anyway...so if I'm going to do week 1 over, I might as well just do the whole thing.  And I'm totally good with that.  I like the fresh start idea a lot, it's something that I thrive on.


Links and Moving Update

Hey ya'll!

Finally through the packing and into the unpacking phase of moving.  How we got so much stuff....I can't figure out.  I have been throwing a lot of stuff away though....new start clean start kind of thing.  That's why posting is a little slow lately...I just haven't been really doing much except trying to stay on track, exercise when I can (and where...box jumping is today's activity, lol), and trying to get this new apartment livable.

So today, I thought I'd share some of my favorite fitness/health links.  Please share some of your favorites in the comments too, I'm always looking for more good resources.

Michi's Ladder - very good resource if you are trying to start eating clean.  It works pretty easy.  Figure out what tier your foods are in and try to swap out a tier 1 or 2 item for your tier 3-5 items.  It's not a diet - it is a clean up your eating plan.

Daily Hiit - used to be BodyRock.  I started with this and UFC Trainer on XBOX in January 2011 at 300 lbs.  No, I couldn't do everything and yes, there are probably better workouts to start off with that would have given me faster results because I was so big and out of shape there was so much I couldn't do.  But I was SO pumped up and motivated after finding out about BodyRock and so wanting to start that I just jumped in and did what I could do.  This is what happens when you just wake up and decide to go forth and do something on a whim.  Anyway, long story short - I owe a lot to this program because it got me moving and starting the weight loss process.  A lot of the early posts on this blog are breakouts of my BodyRock workouts.

Fleur Meets Fitness - This blog has served as many a motivating moment for me.  Fleur is a Australian girl who lost a ton of weight in a very short amount of time.  It's motivating for me because it's a story of what you can do if you really put your money where your mouth is.  You can do pretty much whatever you want to do if you decide it's your #1 priority.

Truly.Into.Fitness - I just like reading about the lives of people that change their weight.  And apparently aren't from the US, lol!  Jess is French Canadian and is living the dream - lost the weight and became a personal trainer.  Motivation in leaps and bounds.

Team Beachbody - Great resource if you are doing a Beachbody program for sure.  Also if you just want recipes and a fitness community.  I use the message boards a lot, especially to research a program.  I spent a TON of time on the message board before deciding finally to take the Ultimate Reset and I still check the forum a lot.
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Don't forget this month's deals:

1. P90x and Ultimate Reset deals end on March 31st.  Don't miss these awesome deals if you want these programs!
2. Shakeology greenberry and chocolate (non-vegan version) go up in price by $10 a month as of April 1st. Order on HD this month to lock in the price for life.
3. Challenge pack or Shakeology HD orders this month get a free Shakeology shaker cup!  :)



Snow Day Announcements

Being from Michigan I still get a kick out of the fact that this little bit of snow means the entire WORLD in the DMV area shuts down!

So I'm going to take this day to catch up on some work that I am behind on from being so busy this week, do a little laundry, do a little packing, and do a little work on my Beachbody business.

Also I wanted to let you guys know that if you sign up for a challenge pack this month, you get (1) this discount on the Shakeology for life (2) a bonus Shakeology shaker cup (3) and me as your coach for one on one support via text/email/Facebook/Instagram - all of these, none of these, whatever you are looking for.  Why a challenge pack?  Because you get the meal plan, the Shakeology, the workout program, and the one on one support for one discounted price.  It's a good deal and one of my favorite discounts that Beachbody does.  Pile on the current discounts on P90x and the Ultimate Reset this month (both end on the 31st)...and you can really save some money going forward on your healthy journey.  Questions?  Email me at healthyengineer@gmail.com.  I want to help at least 5 people...hopefully more...with their health journey this month.  Do you need a little help and support?  Let's team up together and work on our goals!

Time for a Change

Okay, so if you read my blog regularly or follow me on instagram (@healthyengineer) you know that I haven't really been all that excited about my P90x journey so far.  I LOVE the workouts...but I am not getting the results I should be getting 30 days in.  Maybe I'm not lifting heavy enough.  I don't honestly know.  I have really no clue since I have seen people shrink with this program. The only thing I do know is that me +P90x right now aren't working out so fantastically.  


For a while I was determined to push through it.  I thought that since I made this commitment that I would be a failure if I quit the program.  I thought that I wouldn't be giving it the good old college try and it would be unfair to not give it the full 90 days.  But then I started realizing that honestly - who gives a damn.  Really.  My goal here isn't to best any program but to get in the best shape and health I can get in.  And if a program isn't giving me what I need, then I need to stop and re-assess.  

I realized that it was this thinking - that I'm quitting or I'm failing - that has been something I have struggled with for YEARS with weight loss.  I have the wrong mentality.  It's not quitting, it's fixing or re-adjusting, or just doing something new because I want to do something new.  This isn't a 90 day mission to lose weight, it's a rest of my life mission to be better for myself.  So that means that if it's broke I need to fix it.  Because if I don't fix it, this P90x feeling, then will I be able to give my all for the next 60 days?  Did I miss an opportunity?  Exactly.  

So with all that said - it's time for a change.  I scoured the internet and found a basis for a new program - a INSANITY ChaLEAN Extreme TurboFire hybrid.  What?  Yes.  I have owned ChaLEAN Extreme for years and never actually done the program because I never had the weights for it.  Then once I did I was just kind meh on the program.  Recently I've seen some amazing results from my teammates that have been awesome and have me re-thinking it.  What I didn't realize was that those workouts are shorter - most under 45 minutes, which is also a plus because I would get to sleep in just a little more than I do now.  I already adore INSANITY and TurboFire as you know, so I feel like this is an opportunity to add in the weights but still get the cardio I think I need right now.  I never thought of combining these programs like this at all.  

So the plan is to take this schedule and stick it on the wall and start this tomorrow.  I'm going to do this like P90x - give it 30 days and see.  I believe that I will know relatively quickly - I did with every program so far - if it's going to be right for me or not.  I'm excited for this but a little nervous since it's got some hard hard cardio days.  I will keep a log here of course and let you guys know how I like it!!

Operation Size 16 Video Edition

Posted a little video on my thoughts on my challenge.  My focus areas for the week are discussed in the video this week instead of me writing them out :)

Also please let me know if there are topics you would prefer I vlog about instead of blog about!  Or blog about instead of vlog about.  I'm still figuring out what I want to do, but I do like the weekly video check in right now. 



Leave me a comment here or on my video on you tube with your answers to my questions about workouts too, I would love to hear from you!!!

Operation Size 16 Update!

It's been 7ish days so here is my photo update!


Left on both photos is the older picture if you can't tell....

I'm actually pretty shocked.  My weight has gone up, I feel like I haven't lost a thing, I feel BIGGER.  So this is also a "this is why we take photos" post too I guess.  I was actually sitting here before doing the side by sides thinking that it was time to re-vamp my whole P90x effort or possibly stop P90x and start doing a mostly cardio focus again because it was doing nothing at all for my body and I wasted a whole 3 weeks before figuring that out.  I guess it is doing something, I just couldn't tell.

I will be shooting a video tonight about the challenge and some of these P90x feelings tonight.  I have been very busy thinking about what I should do/if I should do/what is RIGHT for me a lot...I'm sure I'll figure it out soon.


Life Happens

Doesn't it?  The first 5 days of February have been pretty annoying, not going to lie.  I have that feeling that everything I do is wrong, have you had that?  It probably is a combination of hormones and work and life.  I am feeling very stuck lately and while I can give myself a challenge in weight loss to get moving, I'm not sure I know what to do for other things to jump start them.

Part of this is the fact that it's that special time of the month (sorry boys) and I have massive cravings.  I am trying to get through it.  I made healthy nachos for the super bowl and that was a good substitute for junk.  Just took a layer of real fresh tortilla chips and pilled on refried beans, ranchero beans (some random organic can I found at whole foods, lol), fiesta cheese, and a TON of onions and red/yellow/green peppers.  A ton.  Popped it in the oven for about 20 minutes and then put salsa on top. Boom.  Done.  But I still want to eat EVERYTHING. I hate my new prescription...this didn't happen on the old one.  Alas it is what it is and I'm trying to work through it.  I did have chocolate yesterday...and I really didn't feel better.  I still felt cravings and I felt bad for eating when I KNEW it was just the hormones, not an actual want.  I am doing better today and continually reminding myself throughout the day that yesterday was yesterday and it won't ruin me.  I am a firm believer in the fact that ONE day won't kill you...it's just one day.  But it's what happens after that one day that determines your success.  So I'm focusing on the fact that I know in my heart that one chocolate bar, no matter how large it is, won't make me a size 26 again.  I also missed my workout yesterday after sleeping in after the Super Bowl and I know that really mentally messed with me.  I don't miss workouts often...literally 2x in the last 6 months.  And the reason I don't is because I feel so restless.  I don't even like rest days...I just have gotten into a move it all the time mode lol.  Today I attacked P90x Legs and Back with vigor!

The other thing is that I am really really focusing on my career and my future lately.  I am focusing on finding training and learning opportunities to make me a better engineer and a better project manager.  I have not been doing as well at that as I should over the last few years...which I have been disappointed in myself with.  I have been focusing on the work - which I should of course - but I also need to focus on how to make myself smarter so I can do the work better.  I'm adding that as a goal this week to my weekly goal writing session - I literally JUST decided that.  That will be my jump start.  I need to stay on top of what is new in the project management industry...that will help me not only at work, but in my LIFE lol.  If that doesn't get me unstuck I really don't know what will.  I already am reverse engineering that goal...this makes me excited.

In general though - I do just need to start doing the woosah a bit more.  The last 2 months I have been go go go.  Life changed a LOT in November when the man finished his job assignment in Tennessee and I don't think I've really had the break I need to deal with that.  Deal with it sounds wrong...more like process it.  Yes, that's it.  I need to process how my life changed while he was gone and how it's different now that he's back.  I was so busy soldiering on through the summer/fall while he was gone...I don't think I have changed gears back into a more relaxed life.  It's time to start really doing that and start mentally getting out of get through it mode and get into the living life mode.



Operation Size 16: The Beginnings

Morning everyone :)

Woke up bright and early this morning to get the stats and pictures done before my workout.  It was cardio day, which is one of the shorter days, so I had a little extra time :)

First up the pictures.  So the jeans go on and zip up.  But as you can see- they are not ready for prime time yet.  Too much muffin in the pan for me and I have too much junk in the trunk for these to leave my house...



And here are the stats:

Weight: 236.8
R arm: 15.5
Chest: 40.75
Waist: 33.75
Belly: 45.5
Hips: 52.5
R thigh: 30

This is my starting point this month...I am so excited to see how these numbers change.  That leads into the challenge this week, which is to PUSH.  One of the things that is very different with P90x than I am used to with cardio only challenges or a classic weight lifting program (where you are in a gym in a rep based program instead of a time based lifting situation) is that I have had a harder time figuring out how to push and get results.  I think I am starting to figure that out because I'm pretty sore today from yesterday's chest and back + ab ripper x workout.  And I need to continue it and really push.  It was easier to figure out the push level for chest and back because it's push ups and pull ups mostly.  It will be harder for shoulders and arms tomorrow but I am determined to figure it out.  It also means for cardio, sometimes not listening to Tony's cues (this means you Kenpo X) and going at a speed and pace that gets me that hot sweaty mess look that I want.  If the goal is to move the dial, then the plan has to be intense enough to get the results I need.  So let's go!  

What is your area to PUSH in this week?  Leave it in the comments :)

February Challenge

It's time for a new challenge for me!  You guys know how I am - I like challenges and I like to make up imaginary deadlines for said challenge.  This month I thought it was time to bring back the monthly challenge instead of the program challenge only.  What is the challenge?  Watch the video and see :)



I am a dork and I'm nervous you all will think I am super crazy so please be nice :)  Apparently according to one of my besties who previewed this for me - it's exactly how I am in real life...oye, lol!  I will do more videos over the next month on this challenge and other things!  

I will post my pictures and measurements and weight tomorrow on the 1st.  If you are joining me please let me know!  I will use #operationsize16 on Instagram and Twitter on my related posts.  I will post a focus area for each week of the challenge with specific goals for what areas I need to hit that week.  That will also go up tomorrow.  I'm excited, I love a good PUSH goal for a month in order to get me motivated. 

I think that's it for setting up the challenge.  Talk to you all soon!

Oh Kenpo X

The description of Kenpo X by Beachbody is this:

"Kenpo X was created to give P90x users a high-intensity cardiovascular workout packed with lots of punching and kicking combinations to improve balance, endurance, flexibility, and coordination.  During this workout you'll learn some of the most effective ways to defend yourself, while at the same time getting your body in peak condition."

The description of Kenpo X by Kim after doing it twice is this:

"Um....hun?"

Okay.  I LOVE P90x so far.  I really do.  All the workouts are so different and focus on different areas of the body that I can already tell it will be one of my favorite workout systems.  But Kenpo X?

I don't hate it...I just don't get it for it's placement in the program.  It may be the fact that I started this pretty much right after finishing INSANITY, but this workout is not high intensity.  My heart rate only jacks up during the breaks when you do all the jogging and jumps.  And then it's back down, quickly.  Again, I know my cardiovascular strength is pretty good after insanity, but I read about people burning crazy calories and feeling wiped out and I just can't figure out how to get myself there.  I can totally see this as a fantastic beginner workout, I think it would have kicked my butt at 300 lbs.  But for an extreme workout program like P90x, I find it lacking.   Most of the workout is just too low impact and stationary for it to really get me going.  I barely break a sweat and can keep my sweats on...which is weird.  For most of my other cardio workouts I'm out of the sweatshirt by the end of the warm up and mostly down to a sports bra by the cool down.  This one, nope, I just am not ever uncomfortable.

Since the next day is rest and stretch and there are only two cardio days to begin with - it just is starting to feel like a waste of a cardio day.  I was so tempted to reach for INSANITY or Turbo Fire this morning...I doubt next week I will be able to resist.  I really want my cardio days to kick my butt so I don't know if this is really getting me max results that I want from P90x.

Anybody else struggle to get a good cardio burn from Kenpo X?  What do you do - grin and bear it for the duration of the program or sub?  I'm learning towards making that a day I dig out a different cardio DVD and play around with that right now.

Focus, Determination, DRIVE

Today was day 10 for P90x for me.  I splurged a little this morning as I've been kind of on a little retail therapy kick this weekend and bought myself a little something special - a set of sportblocks!


I love them.  Like seriously love them.  My old weights were a messy jumble and they didn't actually weigh what they said they weighed and I couldn't change them fast enough.  Now I just set these and go go go!  I didn't buy the stand, just the weights because the stupid stand was almost the same price as the weights.  I sit these on my old transfirmer and that is a flat enough surface.  The stand would be awesome - taller and at an angle...but not worth the cash for me today.  Anyway, these weights are amazing and I can tell I'm getting a better workout because I'm using the appropriate weight.

Today's workout also made me think a lot about my progress so far.  I have done really well over the last 5 months.  So well it's hard for me to even really wrap my brain around...it's why I take so many progress pictures, it helps me see what I can't believe yet.



So now, I'm in this incredible mental place.  I'm now at the point where I really want to start focusing on pushing myself to get to the maintenance phase.  I'm not that close to it - I have at least another 40 lbs to lose.  But I think that I'm at a point where I am seeing the body changes more than just a shrinking body.  I am starting to see some definition in my arms when I flex and very slight lines on my stomach. When I lift weights during P90x I can see the muscles now.  I am starting to realize that my body is going through a major change that I can control.  That's why I decided to plunk down the money for the sportblocks today.  It's why I am about to do some major diet adjustments and start focusing on my diet more during the work day (meaning drinking my water, even if it means a million pee breaks) and staying away from the candy jar (Tabby will have to help me here!).  At home I am going to stay dedicated to my workouts and my clean eating and I am going to steadily tweak my diet for better satiety and make more dishes at home.  

Essentially, the last couple of days I have really realized not that I can do this.  But that I AM doing this.  I AM making my body healthy, strong, and well.  I am driven to be the women I have dreamed of being....the only factor is time.

Tenacious Health Challenge Group

As we get deeper into 2013 I already have had some friends drop off the healthy living resolutions they set for themselves and some others struggling to figure out what to do next.  So with that in mind, I am setting up a Tenacious Health Challenge Group that will start February 18th!

Why Tenacious Health??  Because tenacious means persistent, stubborn, and tough.  My Beachbody coaching team is called Team Tenacity so I wanted to play on words so here we are.  Point is that we are going to KICK butt together and get healthy.

Why Now?  Now because it's a good time to get committed.  Starting a  program mid February takes you through to the spring time when the weather is nicer and it's easier to be healthy because the sun is out more, the fruits are out in abundance, and the weather is nicer.  This is to help you through the dog days of winter and push you to start working on your health and wellness during a time where it's easy to slip.  It's also a good time to think about not just the exercise programs, but the Ultimate Reset as well.  I did the Reset, then rolled into exercising and I think my results were better for it.

What is it? The challenge centers around Beachbody's challenge packs and 5 very committed challengers.  Any program you want + Shakeology + your commitment for the duration.  Challenge packs vary in price depending on what program you would like and can save you upwards of $70 on the program + shakeology.  There are ways to get discounts if you are interested in them so don't let cost be a deterrent.  We will also enter the Beachbody Challenge.  What is the Beachbody Challenge?  It's a contest that Beachbody runs that pays you for your awesome results for using their products.  I just entered my results from INSANITY and have my before pictures taken to submit after I finish P90x :)

Your coach?  Me :)  You get me as your coach for the whole of the program and beyond.  I'll be here to answer questions or go find an answer if I don't have it, to help the group stay focused, and to motivate when times are rough.  I will set up a place for us to communicate - email group or Facebook or Google Groups depending on what the people involved want and use for communication.  This isn't just about a one on one coaching situation, it's about a team moving forward and getting healthy together.  I'm a graduate of the Ultimate Reset and INSANITY programs and am currently working on P90x.  I have also used Turbo Fire, Turbo Jam, and Les Mills Pump, so I am familiar with a lot of the Beachbody programs and drink Shakeology pretty much every day, sometimes twice a day.  I drink my own kool aid because it tastes like weight loss, lol.

So if you are interested, please shoot me an email at healthyengineer@gmail.com and I can help you select a program or get signed up as a Coach if you are interested (this is the moolah saving option).  If you just want to check out what the challenge packs are in general look at my general site, my Ultimate Reset site, or my Shakeology site.

Hope you are interested in getting started on a healthier life this spring :)





P90x - Finishing Week 1

Today was the last workout of week 1 of P90x!  Day 7 of the week is rest or x stretch.  I may do the stretch tomorrow in the evening before bed or I might just go to sleep, lol.  I'm pretty tired this week from the workouts and from bad sleep. I woke up at some point last night when my husband woke up with a stuffy nose and dropped his glasses on the way back to bed and was up for a little while.  So I started my workout at almost 6 am...about 30 minutes late.  I considered waiting until after work to exercise, but I knew I was already tired and wouldn't get to sleep in much anyway so I just went for it.  It was hard, but I pushed play and pushed through.

So let me tell you about the workouts I have done the past few days.  I already talked about the first two here.

Shoulders and Arms - This workout is brutal.  In a good way.  It repeats a shoulders - biceps - triceps rotation for an hour.  Brutal.  One note for this workout for me was that I needed a wide range of weights.  My triceps are stronger than they were before INSANITY, but still relatively weak.  So I ended up using 8 lbs for some of the tricep workouts and up to 20 for some of the shoulder ones.  Very wide range.  My shoulders BURNED during this one because let's face it - most bicep and tricep exercises use the shoulders as well.

Yoga X - This is a 90 minute yoga class.  The first half is the classic yoga poses - lots of chatarunga and warrior poses.  These are the burner poses where you pour sweat holding positions.  Then the second half is the balance and ab section of the workout.  My balance is awful, just awful.  So it will be interesting to see how I progress over the next 12 weeks.  This workout is really long and wore me out.

Legs and Back - Or it's alias - pullups and lunges.  This workout didn't seem that hard while I was doing it, but I certainly felt it the next day.  One thing about this workout - you don't use weights for most of the exercises.  That's pretty cool - you get a crazy leg burn from mostly bodyweight moves.  I did this one yesterday and I will tell you that this morning when I woke up my butt was so so sore.  I point this out because I found that I had to modify a lot of the moves to accommodate my knee.  My knees aren't the greatest and had been feeling much better after all this weight loss but I still have bad days.  Unfortunately going into Leg Day it was clear I was having a bad day.  I didn't squat deep sometimes and modified some of the one leg exercises to put weight (some, not all) on the non working leg.  So even with these mods, my buns are burning...which is excellent to me.  I used the Equalizer again for the pull ups/chin ups and felt like I got a good back workout with that.  Honestly, I probably will stick with this until I am in a place where I can actually do a pull up.  I get a better workout than I do with bands for my back because I do have to pull up my body.  I am still using a bent knee position - so it's not my whole body weight but I have noticed that as I straighten my legs it gets harder so that's how I'll advance the move.  Here is a video on pull up variations on the Equalizer if you are interested just to see how it looks.  Note - I only am doing this modification because I already had an Equalizer.  I did not buy one just for P90x.  If I didn't already own one I would go with the bands.

Kenpo X - Today's workout.  Now I will be honest - right now this is my least favorite of the P90x workouts.  I don't hate it at all, so don't mistake my least favorite statement = hate.  It is just a weird workout to me.  The actual Kenpo parts are fairly low intensity for me for cardio.  My heart rate maxed out around 140 but was mostly around 120-130 the whole time.  The "breaks" which are the high cardio intervals from my body's measurement are jog/jumping jack/x jump time.  I didn't mind the lighter workout today because of the buns being fried and the poor sleep I mentioned earlier.  But I was surprised it was so light because the folks on the DVD were drenched, lol.  Maybe I'm just getting super fit, hahaha!

In general I am really digging P90x after one week.  I definitely like the variety of workouts over the course of a week - cardio, yoga, weights, and whatever kenpo is supposed to be.  I feel my body sore in all the right places.  I still think I'm going to be tired of Ab Ripper X in about another week or two...you do it 3 times a week.  But other than that - no complaints :)

Okay this is extra long so I'll leave it here today.  Questions on P90x?  Leave me a note :)

P90x Time!!!

So I'm now 2 days into P90x and wow is it different from INSANITY lol.  I have done two workouts:

Chest and Back + Ab Ripper - which could be renamed pushups and pull ups and ab exercises I can't really do yet.  It was a GREAT workout and kicked my butt...well my arms really.  I don't have a pull up bar and I can't do pull ups anyway.  My door jam thing for my bands went MIA since the summer.  So I used my Leibert Equalizer and pulled up on that.  Gotta make it work however I can.  I feel it in my upper body so I know it was good.  This workout is pretty awesome.  The Ab Ripper workout is intense.  Many of the exercises I just can't do yet so I modified as appropriate.  Total workout time is about 65 minutes.

Plyometrics - which is AWESOME.  After doing a full round of INSANITY, this was a great change up.  Yes you jump and yes you jump a lot.  But because of the format of the workout it just feels so different.  I still got a crazy awesome workout, there are a lot of squats in this bad boy.  But it was so so good.  I felt this in my hips and buns today.

Tomorrow on deck is shoulders & arms + ab ripper.  I find it interesting how often ab ripper is done during the workout.  I wonder how quickly I will either (1) get tired of it or (2) get used to it.  I'm excited for arms though!!  I am desperate for my arms to tone up, I have quite flabby arms.

Equipment wise, I didn't buy anything new for this.  I have a lot of misc weights and bands in the house...and other equipment really...so I figure I will work with what I have until it's just too light and not workable anymore.  I would love the power blocks or selectechs or something like that but it's just not in the budget right now.  Perhaps later this year.  It would be nice to have them to be able to switch weights easily and to not have so much random equipment lying around.

Before starting P90x I took new pics and wrote my info down so I can submit it for the Beachbody Challenge :)  I love love that I get a shot at winning some cash just for exercising...that makes me happy.  Added perk to something I do for myself.  I will post pics every 30 days from p90x to hopefully see some PROGRESS!!!!!

In other news, I got my new webcam today!!  I am so excited you guys.  I am going to do some vlogs about P90x and health and fitness topics.  Is there anything that you would like to see/hear?  Leave a comment and I'll add it to the list :)

Heading home

Currently lounging at the airport waiting for my flight home. Can't wait, I miss my husband. When he was working in TN I loved traveling, it was a nice break from an empty house. Now that he is back, I am more ready to get home for sure.

Had a good week of travel I think. Unfortunately my stomach wasn't enjoying the trip the first few days. I did manage to stay consistent with exercise and got lots of sleep. I wish I felt better, but alas, what can you do.

In exercise news - only a week until p90x starts!!! I'm so excited!! So ready to get back on a schedule. I'm glad I waited. Between not feeling good and the schedule it would have been really hard to get started. Sometimes things happen for a good reason.

I'm pretty tired, going to sign off. Ready to board this flight so I can go straight to sleep :)

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November is Here!

Ok, it's a week old.  This week has been so crazy that I just realized I hadn't posted about starting INSANITY yet!  Or my weigh in from Monday.  Or anything else I'm supposed to do.  I have been 100% on track...just really all over the place.  My sister

So I'm a few days in - and of course I'm loving it so far.  This kind of workout - athletic drills sweat dripping so much that I can't see, ect is one I really enjoy sometimes.  Especially in the mornings.  Sometimes with Turbo Fire my brain is not really awake at 5:30 am and I would get so confused about the choreography even though I knew it.  Which makes very little sense because at heart I have all the rhythm.  But anyway, this is easier - do this one move until I say do this other move.  Ok.  I can do that.  And I can push hard because I don't think, I just do.  I just finished week 1 today.  Followed the schedule as is, no adjustments, no additions.  Have that bad boy posted on my wall and I check off the box when I'm done.

Insanity is so weird.  Like how jumping jacks in the warm up are crazy hard but the cross jacks later are easy (easy in comparison to how the jumping jacks feel, not easy in comparison to laying on my floor like I do after the workout).  They are effectively the same motion, with a very very small difference.  I sometimes wonder if I just really need the long warmup/stretch before I can really do that move effectively?  Or has my soul been worn down so much that hard doesn't exist?  I don't know...but I will keep working at it.  For now I do what I can do for that warm up interval and if I really can't do any more I do the modified ones with as much jump as I can.  In general if I need a break, which I do sometimes, I first try to downgrade the move (so maybe a power jump becomes a squat for a break until I catch my breath and get back into jumping).  Next step is to gulp some water and walk around my basement until I can get back into it.  Some moves don't really have a good downgraded move, but most do.  I just try to move as much as I can in general.  I also saw improvements in my fit test!  I will have to do another post with my changes from the summer :)

Diet wise, still doing the same thing.  I have had meat - when the man was in town we went out and had meat.  I still don't cook it at home, but I do occasionally indulge when on the town.  I haven't noticed any stomach issues, even with the first meal.  But I still think I enjoy vegetarian meals 95% of the time.

Weight - I know you have been waiting :)  My signal here is so busted, so I can't add the pic (will add later) but I am 245.4 as of Monday :)  Very happy with this of course.  Of bigger news, pretty much all of my clothes are too big, a lot of my XL tops that I was working to get back into are starting to be too big.  My pants are all falling off except the 18W and some of the smaller cut 20s.  In general, I need about $200 to go shopping and buy all new pants, a few new tops, and a sweater or two.  Oh I'm good with a sale, I can make $200 go very very far :)  I'm also apparently only 9 or so lbs away from just being obese (as opposed to severely obese) on the body mass index.  I know this index is not exactly the best for everyone and I tend to carry mad amounts of muscle so I don't always look as big as my weight would indicate.  But it is nice to know that I'm not gonna be severe anymore, ha!

Signing off for now.  I hope you all went out and voted today :)  It's a big responsibility to elect the leaders of our country, so research your candidates and your referendums/amendments/proposals and let your voice be heard :)

Also a reminder - instagram.com/healthyengineer for daily pics and lots of details on upcoming challenges.  I'm putting together a fighter fit challenge for January 2013.  Main program is Les Mills Combat, but any program is welcome!  The goal is to plan now for a commitment in January so you are already good to go, resolution already started.  And if you want to join me through the holidays on any program, please shoot me an email at healthyengineer@ gmail.com (new email!) and let's discuss.  Have questions?  that works too :) I really want to help people get through the holidays losing weight and maintaining health - so let's goooooooo!



Operation Fit through the Holidays

It's been SUCH  a busy week for me.  My parents and sister were in town this week to move my sister to her new place!  It is kind of awesome to have some family in the same area now.  We have been hanging out and doing lots of moving stuff - unpacking and shopping and all that jazz.  Also watching my Lions and Tigers let me down :( Tonight hopefully will be a better night for my Tigers!  So I haven't been blogging as much.  But I have been instagramming (find me at healthyengineer) :)  I kept up with my workouts and stuck to eating by making good options when out and offering to cook for everyone at my place to make sure there was healthier options.  My folks are fast food kind of people so I tried to get them out of that a little.

Now with that said - I really REALLY want to do some good here people.  I am so excited about this challenge group I want to put together!  I will be doing INSANITY, but I want to open this up to anybody doing any program.  I want to form a great community of people so we can support each other from now until 2013 and beyond!  The holidays are hard.  Schedules get busy with parties and family visits which make it harder to keep up with the exercise schedule.  There are lots of once a year dishes and celebrations that are cause to splurge in the diet area. A lot of people gain weight or maintain.  That has been me in the past and I am determined to change the trend and lose weight this year.  If you are interested in changing your past and moving into the new healthier you, join Operation Fit through the Holidays!  We will keep with our exercise, keep with our shakeology, and keep with focusing on what is important this time of year - family, friends, and celebration.  We will help each other navigate the schedule pitfalls and pick each other up when things get hard.  I have a few prizes for those of you who join (shakeology blender cups, new black fitbook, and I'm thinking up a few more things :)) to keep everyone motivated.  We will also all enter the Beachbody Challenge at theBecause we all love prizes, right?

I'm pretty passionate about this because community is really big to me.  It's how I've lost weight and it's how I stay on track to keep it off.  It's how you can learn new things about not just weight and wellness, but almost every aspect of yourself.  I hope you will join me and we can make this thing as big as we can :)

The easiest way to get started is to get a challenge pack for the program of your choice.  It's a bit of a cost savings for the program + shakeology on top of free shipping, which is why I recommend it.  See all of the challenge pack options on my site (beachbodycoach.com/kimberlybrooks) If you are interested in just a program or just shakeology, that works too :)  If cost is an issue for you, shoot me an email (healthyengineer @ outlook.com) and I can let you know how to get some discounts.  If you want to find out more about coaching, also shoot me an email and I can tell you about our amazing team - Team Tenacity.

Let's do this ya'll :)