My workouts...

So, I've been reading about all these other people's workouts lately...thought I'd blog about mine :)

The hubs & I have been doing the P90X workout. Today marks the beginning of week 3....which means that we are nearly done with Phase 1. (It's a 3 Phase workout, each phase consisting of 4 weeks.)

So far the week's workout schedule has been:
M: Chest & back circuit /Abs
T: Plyometrics
W: Shoulder & arms circuit / Abs
Th: Yoga
F: Legs & back / Abs
S: Kenpo (kickboxing meets yoga)
Sunday: OFF

I try to throw in at least a 3 mile run on most days (this past week I slacked off & only totaled 10 miles for the entire week...YIKES!). This week though, I'm totally going to kick my butt & get my 20 miles in.

My favorite workouts are the plyo's & shoulder/arms. Incorporating plyo's has totally amped up my runs. The arms workout has definitely made me feel like when I wave, it's only my hand waving...that I've lost that "extra flattering jiggle" that my upper arm likes to do.

I feel like we're a walking endorsement for P90X. Tony Horton, send us a check! (Matt has not had one conversation that didn't revolve around P90X...so in 90 days we may have lost alot of fat, and friends!)

Warrior 1, 2, & 3 with a side of Down Dog

I love yoga.

My husband does not.

So with P90X we're supposed to do 1 session / week of yoga. The dvd is actually 1 1/2 hours or so. Our first round of it was last Thursday - the hubs lasted all of 20 minutes. (Well technically, 10 minutes of properly executing the moves...the last 10 minutes involved him critiquing ME & then jumping in sporadically to do a 10 second hold of one stance...of course complaining the entire time). Needless to say, I wanted to punch him & in no way did I feel any sort of physical benefits that I normally feel from yoga.

With that said...when he realized yesterday was YOGA DAY (YAY!)...his first inclination was to skip. That's when my persuasive training skills came into play :) I convinced him to do Jillian Michaels' Yoga Meltdown. It's 30(ish) minutes of a fast paced yoga...broken down into 4 circuits. Love it.

Of course the 30 minutes were not able to pass without some sort of off the wall remark about how "stupid" yoga is...BUT he did make it through the ENTIRE workout. That's a milestone right there folks.

Now if only I could get him to go 100% organic....

oh my gosh...i think i forgot i had a blog...

kidding...

Seriously, blogging is probably the BEST outlet when you have SO much to say...& no one that will listen :) With that said ~ I think everyone I know (including myself) has set H/F goals for 2011! Which makes me so happy!

Concerning nutrition, here are my thoughts:
1. If you do Weight Watchers (which I do believe is a great jumping off tool, to start being aware of portions, food choices, and calories), please don't let your points come from only junk foods.
2. There are numerous online tools (FREE) to utilize, such as www.livestrong.com which actually has a vast database of recipes and nutrition information.
3. Journal, journal, journal! Keep track of what you're eating....you'll be surprised by what you consume throughout the day.
4. When eating out, plan ahead. Many restaurants make their nutrition information available on their website.
5. Moderation! Don't deprive your body of something your craving, but rather eat that chocolate chip cookie if that's what you're wanting...just kick it up a notch with your next workout.

If you're in the market for a nutrition plan, my nutrition professor, Cynthia Sass, from USF that was also my internship supervisor, just published a new book called 'Cinch!' It's jam packed with CLEAN recipes (all natural, organic when possible, no preservatives or any of the other 'yuck' that comes with mass produced food). Plus she presents an easy to follow eating plan that revolves around 5 key food groups per meal: produce, whole grain, plant based fat, animal based fat (or vegan option, and seasonings "SASS".

No diet is complete without exercise. At least in my humble opinion :) Please look into starting an exercise regimen if you've not already. One of my most FAVORITE trainers is Jillian Michaels & she's got a great library of workouts...from beginner to advanced. Time is the biggest hinderance for many, but it's really just a matter of making working out a priority. It's okay to be selfish when it comes to your health. Another great tool is www.itrain.com which has such a comprehensive library of several types of workouts. Other great tools include: FitTV, OnDemand with Fios, Biggest Loser branded workout dvd's....in fact, so many celebrities now have their own fitness dvd's I'm sure you'll find one that suits your fancy. (I know I've been eyeing to get Mike "The Situations" new workout dvd for my hubby!) Haha

Just get your cute tooshy moving!

If you're looking for inspiring stories check out www.keepingupwithkatie.com
Another fun blog is www.skinnyrunner.com - that girls cracks me up!

On that note, my husband has joined the bandwagon of working out (regularly) which I'm super excited about. He's back on his P90X kick (which, is another GREAT option for at home workouts!). So now, every evening I get to spend time with him while working out! A couple that sweats together, stays together :)
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