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So this morning…5.30 this morning we drug our bodies out of bed and did Kenpo X.  If you’ve never seen or have never done Kenpo X, think Tae Bo, but so much more.  I used to take a kick boxing class when I started college.  When I signed up for it my Aunt  (everybody should follow this link to her FB page and post loving things! Then I can tell her I made her famous!! lol) giggled.  I was pumped and ready to kick some…ace?…and be totally transformed into a smokin hot Italian weapon of mass destruction….well I didn’t become the Italian version of Columbiana, BUT I did learn some very basic fighting stances AND even better, I almost had to call my Aunt to come to school to help me get into my car to drive home.  For the first couple of weeks walking was hard but I lost a few inches and gained an…ACE!

Fast forward many years and now here we are leap year 2012 doing Kenpo at 5.30 in the AM…Kenpo IS NOT an early morning work out!  Tony is WAY too excited, and he’s asking WAY TOO much of me and my body is begging loudly to return to the once horizontal position.  The only advantage to working out in the AM is that it makes it SO much easier to let my mind wonder and think about everything else I have to do that day, week, month…That’s as quiet as my mind gets.

My husband after the workout was wondering around sans shirt and I noticed a dramatic difference!  He didn’t believe me so we pulled up the disastrous before photos and compared.  If you want true motivation—take a look at where you were 48 days ago!

What does ANY of this have to do with food?!  Glad you asked!  Lately we have gotten into a P90X  rut.  We eat steamed veggies, pasta and for him a slab of salmon.  Boca burgers are quickly losing their charm and tofu is a pain in the ….ACE to press, marinate and then cook.  PLUS I can down an entire block of tofu before my veggies are done!  Oh Sam’s Club why don’t you carry tofu in bulk?

I went to my trusty P90X recipe woman and scoured her ‘peas but didn’t find anything that the hubs would sink his teeth into…I tried to sell him on her mushroom pizza and he gave me a look then said, “Mushrooms ARE NOT pizza!”  I want to say, “They are if you aren’t eating carbs!”  Plus they look so freaking delish!  So after scouring the world wide inter-web I remembered my nutritional guide so we’re doing things full blown P90X style!

On the agenda is:

Italian Meatloaf—why do men LOVE meatloaf?  What is it about a loaf of meat that gets their motors running?  PS I’m half way considering subbing tempeh for the ground turkey…any suggestions on cooking tempeh anybody?

Shrimp Pompodor—my man will eat anything that consists of noodles and meat!  We might choose to use chicken instead as it is cheaper!

Pear Granola Muffins—this is all me.  I want something I can heat up and put honey on and dream of cream cheese frosting…

Oatmeal Pancakes—I got this one off a forum…I think it will be a great way for him to start the day.  He has to work and I’m volunteering!  If you are coming to Wine Women and Shoes in Tulsa–I’ll be there!

Tacos—before p90X this was our #1 go to meal!  We loved it.  We miss it and now since we can eat more than one carb we are eating tacos again dang it!

Lo-mien—I’m gonna try to find a lo mien recipe out there, I love stir fry and really anything Asian, I blame Chicago and having SO MANY great Asian restaurants in walking distance.

Well it sounds like I’m gonna be a busy little bee this weekend!  Can’t wait to share successes and pictures!  What is your go to meal?  What is your one indulgence?  What’s your favorite thing to cook?  Have a kick ACE P90X recipe?  Please share with me!

“Rest Week” Re-Defined!

So we are about ready to start Phase 2 of P90X!  Colin carried on while I was sick and so I just joined him when I was well enough.  I think what this will mean is that I will get to enjoy an extra week of working out at the end when he is nice and finished.

So the first 3 weeks Beach Body kicks your tail and then on the 4th week you get a “rest” week in that the entire week focuses a lot on your core…not really much of a rest but any beats having to do Plyometrics!  I have to say that the more I do P90X the more I am astonished by how my body has been able to carry on it’s day to day functions without simply collapsing on the floor!

Plyo will turn your legs into rubber, and even more importantly make you wonder how you’re legs have been able to carry you around all this time.  Just try and squat after a Plyo session!  Better yet try and move without touching every piece of furniture in your home!  Or here is a good one, going to the bathroom takes on a WHOLE new perspective!

What Plyo does for your Leg Self-Esteem, Core Synergistics does for your, well Core Self Esteem!  Watch the Super Bowl was fun last night.  Especially the part where you actually move!  Yea I don’t know if anybody has done “Banana Rolls” but OH MY GOSH!!!  My abs STILL hurt and it’s oh…3 days since I’ve done Synergistics!

I do LOVE Kenpo though, mainly because it passes super quickly AND I once took a Kickboxing class.  But it did nothing to help ease the pain of my abs.  I have found 3 swimsuits that I desperately want, and of course they are all from Anthro!, and as I’m running my body through the ringer I picture them in my head.  I put my before P90X body in them and gross myself out, then when it’s time to “Get My Mind Right!” I picture my after P90X body in them and “Do My Best and Forget the Rest!”

Best news EVER though is that on Friday I get to introduce 2 whole servings of Carbs to my diet!!! YAY!  I will say that Colin and I have decided to modify the diet.  Basically what we are doing is eating off the list and within the “limits” set forth for each phase, BUT we aren’t really eating every 2 hours…it’s just so much food and neither of us has been able to figure out how to plan out how to eat all that food throughout the day.

Colin in my opinion is showing some weight loss, I on the other hand am not!  We grabbed sushi—yes it’s the ONLY meat that I do actually eat—then went to Bed Bath & Beyond.  We don’t have a scale in our home so when we went to BB&B and saw the scales Colin wanted to weigh in.  So the scales showed that he had lost almost 10lbs—and this is within 30 minutes of eating!  So enthused and inspired I decided to weigh, well I stepped on 3 different scales and each one successively weighed me in at increasing weights!  I went from losing 0 pounds to GAINING around 5lbs!!!  I think the scales were defective!

That’s all for now folks!  Have you done P90X?  Did you finish?  Do you want to try it?  Ever tried a weight loss program?  Were you successful?  How long did it take for you to see results?

One Week Down…12 More to Go

One week down, 12 more to go!!  It sounds like a lot but I think we’ve done pretty well this first week of P90X.  We have learned a lot and pushed our bodies, and just as our muscles are starting to stop hurting we start week 2 tomorrow.  Let me run through the numbers if anybody has found this blog and is keeping track.

Food:  We bought a carton of skim milk and went through it in less than a week, so I think we’re gonna have to buy two cartons at a time.  We use it in our protein shakes and so we’re going through 2 cups (one for each of us) at a time, or sometimes more if we are trying to burn a dairy box.  We did have to pick up an extra bag of frozen mixed veggies from Sam’s and my one box of bocca burgers only lasted a week.  I’ve never cooked tofu and frankly I don’t know that I want to start learning.  I will say that we’re going to start investigating more menu options from this lady as I’m already bored.

Equipment:  Colin had to borrow a set of 10lb weights and he has a set of 20lbs.  Some of the arm exercises he realized that he needed to go down in weight.  My 5lb weights are perfect and our chin-up bars are well….who doesn’t love a chin-up bar?!  We did not initially buy a yoga block but since we’re not coming straight off the Cirque du Soleil we need the extra help.  Touching the floor and the entire bottom of my foot is something I did when I was a cheerleader….back in 2003!

P90X: So far Mr. Tony Horton has been great.  I love his energy and he really keeps it all interesting.  I will say that Plyometrics is from the devil himself, but at the same time I am looking forward to week 12 when I can kick its ass!  Even though the Yoga is very difficult I know that I will get where I need to be to be able to do it well.  Kenpo is for sure probably one of my favorites!  My only problem is I’m not very coordinated and so it’s also the one that I had to pause so I could get into my groove and not let him distract me…  I also had to say what I was doing loud enough that I could override him but still be able to hear when it was time for the next sequence.  “Jab, Cross, Hook, Uppercut…(pause, listen still going)Jab Cross—“  My poor neighbor, sorry Whitney for the 5 am Tae-Bo like session.

LOVE working out with Colin, he is a great support both mentally AND in actually supporting me on certain exercises.  I also love that I’ve gotten 4 additional people doing the program with us!  One of them I work with so it’s nice to not be the only one moving like a granny!

I’m struggling with the food bit, as I think my body is starting to scream at me the stuff that it misses, aka sugar!  I did lose it the other day and while I was at my Aunts I broke down and ate a skinny cow ice cream sandwich.  I was trying to justify it to Colin last night, “The ice cream was one dairy serving and the cookie was my carb serving!”  Colin said, “It’s not about the fall, it’s about getting back up!”  Thanks boo.

That’s all I got for today, questions, comments, problems post below and I will respond!  Until next time:

Get Your Mind Right and Bring IT!