Today is the day where we get to compare before and afters. Yes I know there is no after of this particular quest, well not yet anyway. So what are we comparing? We are comparing P90X with current day….
Fair warning to all who look you ARE NOT about to see a photoshopped model….you are about to see the real me….typically with no make-up…..
So how I’m gonna break these down is you will see three pics. One is when I started P90X (I believe that was 2012), when I finished-ish, and finally now.
So the positives are:
#1) I got a proper set of workout clothes.
#2) My hair grows at an abnormal rate.
#3)……I don’t think I got any bigger than when I started…..
This is gonna be difficult….158 days to go!
Ok well almost naked. These posts always seem to get the most attention, and so I feel extra pressure to be witty and what not.
In case you’re just tuning in, C and I are on a quest to long term wellness. And we feel the first step is to do P90X Doubles. What prompted such a change you might ask yourself? Was it the scary texts from Dr. M? No, well not really, although I want my husband to have high cholesterol as much as the next gal (in other words I don’t want him to have high cholesterol).
It’s just not as funny if you have to explain it….
We I am doing this cause I want to be able to throw my body around “like a ragdoll” as C says. If you haven’t you should definitely check out the videos I posted yesterday. No seriously they are of two pole dancers…yeah see now you want to go look, go ahead, I’ll wait for ya. C just wants to get bigger…
So without further ado, here are the photos. I know I’m a long way from the dancers, BUT this is where I am not and that’s what we’re dealing with. Hey do you think it matters that those dancers are like 5’2” and I’m 5’10”……NAH surely not!
Sooooooo there ya go. I know I know BUT things will get better…I hope.
Ok so I know that she is like 5’2 with 7 feet worth of Daddy issues BUT my gosh is that child in control of her body!
Lee: Hey Col, will you watch this for a sec….puhleeeeeeaze
Col: What is it?
Lee: It’s a pole dancer. I want to be able to do this.
Col: Pole dance?…uh…no. We pay Amy a lot of money so you don’t have to go work out those issues with a pole!
Lee: Just watch.
Col: Shit! She’s really good.
Lee: My point….made! How do I get to be able to do that?
Col: It’ll take longer than 90 days.
I could say p’wned here but I shall not. After discussing the length of time and method and what muscles this girl is wielding we decided the inevitable. We are both becoming pole dancers!
JK…but seriouisly….no really jk….but really we are beginning a new journey in our lives.
See about 2 weeks later we had an annual check-up and the texts with my Dr went like this:
Dr. M: Your cholesterol was up, which shocked me, but I’m worried that Colin’s was even higher than last years.
Dr. M: You need to cut back on all that Southern Cooking!
Lee: I’m sorry Dr. M your—bre—-ing—p. Ca—b—ck—lat—click. Well technically there was no click as this was a text convo BUT you get the point.
So in our my attempt to enable me to be able to do things with my body liken unto a ragdoll, and in an effort to keep my husband alive we are committing to the following:
90 days of P90X Doubles, then 60 days of me doing Insanity and possibly Colin doing Beast. Then, finally if I stick it out for 150 days, Colin said I could take a pole dancing class!
You know what this means, more ½ naked photos. Check it out, tomorrow is the first set, AND I even bought special fitness clothes to model in—no more bra and undies!
Got your attention didn’t I?!
Do you count your calories?
I never did, well not until yesterday. Yesterday I began to count my calories and let me tell you that 1,952 calories is a LOT of food. On P90X you were told how many servings of each food group you could eat. And then they told you how to figure out what exactly constituted a serving. With Insanity you get meal options along with their calorie count, this way you just add up all the calories as you go and plug in “extras” as they call them as you need them.
Well at the end of the day yesterday I don’t know if I was hungry or just bored or just craving something sweet but I ended up eating about 100 calories MORE than I was supposed to…..I know I know if you don’t stick to the plan. BUT after my rice bowl I had a bowl of Fiber One. And by bowl I mean I had 2/3 cup of cereal and 1/4 cup of almond milk.
I think I was just bored.
I took pictures yesterday and I’m sad to say that I think I am back where I was when I started P90X. I really need to start being more consistent. After Insanity (if I live through it) I’m thinking I want to do Crossfit. What are your thoughts?
Since yesterday was our first day, it meant that we got to take the Fit Test. The Fit Test is an actual workout day. It isn’t like P90X where they give you a fit test to see if you are fit enough to actually do the program. Oh no sweetheart, this was more like a group of Navy Seals got in a room and put together a list of 8 exercise moves and laughingly said, “Let’s see how many of these you can do in, ooooohhhh a minute. Yeah we’ll give you a minute–GO!”
My Results of the Hell That is the Fit Test:
Switch Kicks: 67
Power Jacks: 30
Power Knees: 78
Power Jumps: 14
(I would like to point out that I was obviously getting more and more tired…obviously)
Globe Jumps: 5
Suicide Jumps: 5
Push-Up Jacks: 8 (but I really think more like 5)
Low Plank Oblique: 21
What does all this mean? Well it means that on the 17th of October I have to beat those numbers….and that I might die during this program–no lie! (Shay you made the right choice!)
How many can you do? I found this online. If you try it let me know your numbers (but only if they are less than mine…j/k…..but seriously, no really j/k)!
Ok now for pictures….I hate this part, but it keeps me honest. So we’ll do pics every time we do a fit test. I can also give you guys basic measurements losses and weight losses. So here is the starting point:
165 lbs (I miss Chicago–I was at like 145 from walking all the damn time)
23.5″ thighs (gotta love those Rowe genes–thanks momma)
14.5″ & 15″ calves
11.5″ biceps (don’t laugh! I don’t have muscles…)
Pictures (you’ll have to go back to P90X day one and compare for yourself….)
So there it is lads and lasses. My once again pudgy little arse on the internet. 60 days bustin it…then what. I don’t want to start over again….I’m not a runner (no offense Kate you are an amazing runner!). Wish me luck with Day 2!!
Have you done Insanity? How did you get through it? How do you “Dig Deep” on your difficult workouts?
That’s right boys and girls you heard correctly! Today is day one of Insanity at the Cumbie house!
I don’t want to hear any wise cracks of “Only Day 1! Lee you have had insanity in your house from the beginning!” or “Why did you just now start marking the insanity that is you?” Why is is only ME that is insane? Why isn’t Colin insane?!! If you people only knew what that man did behind closed doors you would have told me that “Day 1” started almost 5 years ago! Yep it’s hard to believe that Colin and I have been together for almost 5 years!
Ok back to my announcement: Insanity
Insanity is a bit different from P90X. For starters Shaun T is scary. Tony Horton is not.
Insanity is only 60 days where P90 is…..well it’s 90 days…..duh
Insanity (so far) has a better meal plan than P90
BUT both P90 and Insanity are very serious about clean eating and coming off of “normal” eating….well it makes the first week tough.
This morning we ate a MASSIVE (2/3 cup) of oatmeal. NOT instant, with a scoop of protein powder (vanilla), blueberries, and walnuts (gag me!). I didn’t take a picture cause it was so good (but really I forgot). It honestly was pretty tasty.
On Insanity I have to consume 1952 calories and Colin is at like 2525 (somewhere around there). We will be burning at leas 700 calories a day, which leaves us with 1252 and 1825 respectively to function.
So at 10 I started eating my “snack” 1 Banana (I can’t say banana without thinking about Despicable Me’s mini short) with all-natural nut butter–we chose almond butter, and a yogurt bowl. 1 Cup of yogurt + 1 Apple + 2T walnuts + 1t honey. Have I told you how much I REALLY don’t care for nuts? Too bad, I guess.
Here is a picture of my Yogurt Bowl…
Tonight we’re eating….more food. So much food! Also tonight we get to take pictures….(“Love those” nobody said ever!) and do our Fit Test! Will post results manana (that Spanish for Tomorrow)!
Look at all the learning you kiddos get on this blog…..when I write it…..
Who else is doing Insanity? Both the workout and just an insane lifestyle??? I wanna know!
I’ve not been around the past couple of days. Mostly cause I haven’t generated any new recipes to give you guys and because I’ve felt a little discouraged.
90 days is long time. I didn’t realize it until last Friday. This week of working out has been particularly difficult for me. Today marks day 75 and the other day I looked at my husband and said, “I’m so ready to just be done.” That’s how I feel–done. I’ve gotten amazing results, haven’t lost a single pound though!, and I’ve gained some ab definition and a very small bicep–well I guess 2 very small biceps.
For the last 30 days Colin and I have really decided to push harder than we have the past 60 and really take ourselves to our, new found breaking point. So every workout we go to the max and we love that, but for some reason my motivation has become zilch. A few weeks ago Colin and I were uber pumped about working out and we were so excited about what we were going to do on day 91. We thought about tackling P90X2 (we already have the videos and nutrition plans–thanks again John!) but it looks like it’s gonna cost us another 350 to get all the stuff to be able to do P90X2–medicine balls are freaking expensive!!
Enjoy this break in my complaining but looking at this picture:
BUT instead of starting another program, I think we’re gonna keep doing P90X for an additional 2 weeks after our 90 day stop time. I have a family reunion on the 1st Saturday of May, and lets just say that I am desperately trying to “out run” certain genetic traits that tend to happen to us Rowe women…three words “cottage cheese thighs”…*shudders*.
***SPOILER ALERT*** THIS GETS PERSONAL…YEAH THAT KIND
I don’t know how many of you have embarked on an extreme workout program and how you handled the physical demands. But it seems in all the promo videos they forget to tell you that while “committing” to P90 you are also committing to 90 days of total exhaustion and…well celibacy! I think that deserves a warning of some kind. Especially to still freshly married couple….2 years is still newly married! My poor husband…heck poor me too! The other night we decided that we were going to go to bed early and at least get in three good kisses before we passed out. Well we got into bed and he kissed me and then starting rubbing my hand and my arm. We kissed the second time and it wasn’t too exciting. He whispers in his over exaggerated southern accent, “Dar-lin’, you sme-iall like fine dimands.” I said, “Diamonds don’t smell.” And then I remember waking up–the next morning!! So much for 3 kisses!! So after the family reunion I think we’re gonna take 2 weeks to “not be exhausted,” then jump on another program. Maybe Turbo Fire or Insanity–but that guy scares me….no lie!
What do you do when you’re exhausted…for real exhausted? What are some programs that you have done and loved? What do you do when you feel demotivated?
Those two don’t let a moment pass where they might get attention…
As long as I can remember I have not been negatively effected by Daylight Savings Time. I would either go to bed early on Saturday or stay up so late it didn’t matter. BUT this year DST is the devil! I have not been able to reset my clock for some reason.
On Sunday the dogs woke up at 8.30, typically 7.30, this would normally be about the time they wake up to go out. But there is NOTHING “normal” about DST, and so it makes it in actuality a pretty late start to their day. I think this was mistake number 1 for me. I didn’t get up. I let Col let them out and I went back to sleep. I should have gotten up and started our day.
Mistake number 2 came later that day in that I didn’t go to bed at the new 9.30pm. I know we’re old we go to bed before 10pm, BUT in our defense we are up at 5.30am! So Sunday night I didn’t go to bed until late…I blame this on Missy Abner. I was finishing book 1 of Hunger Games…so I was up till 12.30 reading the final 4 chapters. Yes there is a movie coming out, but I actually still love to read.
Monday my alarm didn’t go off, so I shot up at 7.30 am and got dressed in super speed for work. We worked out last night after work, and then I was in bed by 9! I was going to read book 2–Catching Fire–for 30 min and then go to sleep (it takes me FOREVER to shut off my mind enough to actually sleep)! Well Col came in and turned off the light and I asked what time it was, IT WAS 10.30!!! Mistake #3–listening to Missy about these books!!
The alarm, I guess goes off at 5.30 this am (I don’t remember) I turned it off (don’t remember that either!) and slept until 6.45! WHY CAN’T I GET UP!!! 6.45 is too late for us to work out, P90X takes an hour and I have to be at work at 8. This means I get to work out when I get off tonight.
That in and of itself would be fine, no problem IF I didn’t have to go to my second job at Anthro tonight. I get off at 9pm, I’ll get home by 9.30pm and then I’ll get finished working out by 10.45 and go to bed. Do I try to get up at 5.30 on Wednesday to work out? or do I push Wednesday’s work out too?
D**** you DST!!! D**** you!!! Why can’t we just do away with DST? Why do we still need it? I think the next President should run on the platform of: Get out of debt and eliminate DST! I’d vote for that guy!