Thursday, February 11, 2016

Phase B

Dear Reader,

I have survived phase A of my P90 program.  I am still not following the nutritional plan, but I have managed to lose 3/4" from my waist, which though small, is encouraging.  I have given up desserts for Lent, so that should help with my extra evening calorie fight.  I feel stronger, and my legs are more toned.  That's a good start.

Phase B is underway and it's challenging, but not impossible.  The first day, I felt like I was in pretty good shape, but the workouts still kicked my butt.  I have found that the mixed martial arts moves are still my favorite.  Once I get the hang of them, I really enjoy them and they're the moves I feel most confident doing.  My favorites from phase A are still in the mix, but stepped up a bit with added moves. 

There is a lot more jumping around in month two(plyometrics, I guess they're called) and a lot more planking moves.  So far I'm able to at least hold a plank and do a couple of half push-ups.  I am trying not to think of what I'll have to do in the phase C exercises.

I still like this program, although I am using my exercise inhaler for this second month.  For some reason, the sculpting video causes more breathing issues.  My muscles are all stiff and sore and my knees hurt a bit, but I still feel pretty good and if I can avoid injury and illness, I think I'll be able to keep with it to the end of the program.


Friday, January 15, 2016

P90 First Week Review

Dear Reader,

Although this blog has been horribly neglected, I would like to report that I am still in existence.  I have done some blogging on my author blog(mostly about writing, imagine that...). 

But here is the place I blog about exercise.  I am on week one of P90.  I admit that I am not following the nutritional plan, first of all because Shakeology is outrageously expensive, and also because there is too much chocolate around here from Christmas.  My willpower is rather low in January.  I have bought some healthier food and have kept breakfast and lunch lower in calories.  If I can kick the dessert habit I've picked up, I'll be good.  I am not going to do the 6 Day Shred, as I believe it to be a dangerous restriction of calories, especially whilst exercising.

The exercises for the first month of the program aren't too bad.  It's a bit challenging, but I am surviving it.  I printed out the program calendar from a third party website and didn't notice a misprint that had me doing a sculpting workout from the second month.  That one was hard, but I survived it too.  I do hope that by the end of month one, I'm better able to handle those "Sculpt B" moves because I really thought it was going to do me in. 

So far my asthma has not been an issue.  I suspect that I will need to use my exercise inhaler for month two.  The only result to report here on day five is that my posture is greatly improved.  I haven't slouched once since sitting down at the computer this morning.

My free coach is not working out so far.  I have sent her an email and gotten no reply.  Perhaps she is busy, or has no answers for my questions.  It is rather unfortunate that her specialty programs do not include P90.  I doubt she'll be of much help.

I'll finish up week one tomorrow.  So far, I like the exercise portion of the program.  I like the fast pace, how quickly we change moves, and how the host is upbeat in a non-annoying way.  I do modify some of the moves, and have a slow pace, but I expect it to improve.


Monday, September 07, 2015

Asthma 5K

Dear Reader,

While I somewhat enjoy exercise, and don't exactly despise it, I find motivation hard to come by as far as keeping at it.  The wii fit board told me I've lost weight since last summer, which is great, except that it was because I hadn't used wii fit since then.

I think I've been subconsciously viewing my asthma as some sort of terminal diagnosis.  Nevermind the fact that I have not yet had an asthmatic attack, the thought of having one while miles from my home is not fun.  This is something I'm working on.

I still don't ride my bicycle much, but I'm working on an easy 5K training plan(the "easy" part being that it's walking).  I'm not planning to enter any official races, but I think it will help with my confidence and changing the way I think of asthma.  I want to see it as a challenge instead of a hindrance.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Still Going

The post title says it all.  Life is throwing all sorts of stuff at me this year, but I'm still going.  I did finally cross the Brandywine in my ride to Rivendell.  The trip is much more exciting in the book and the movie.

My writing is sort of on hold.  I have a privately printed almost complete first draft to tear into.  I like seeing it in book form, and hate to start marking it up, but I really want to get back to the story.  I'll have to put the fantasy work on hold, but this is the first real story I had pour out of my brain and into any semblance of a book.  I need to finish this one.


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Riding for Real

Dear Reader,

Today I rode my real bicycle outdoors.  Only a half mile because I haven't ridden in awhile and honestly, the asthma scares me.  My doctor says I may have graduated to full blown asthma.  That doesn't make riding outside sound appealing. 

The ride went well enough, and I wasn't out of breath for too long.  Think I'll try again tomorrow.


Sunday, May 03, 2015

Black Riders

My first encounter with a Black Rider.  I was too tired to be much afraid, but the hobbits were sure freaked out.  Mile 31 and the Nazgul are already tailing us. 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Snow

Dear Reader,

The lovely Spring weather we've been having in Wisconsin(snow!) has slowed my journey somewhat, but I have made some small progress. 

I'm up to 19.5 miles now.  Rivendell is still a long way off, but I'll get there.
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