Day 37 of 100

Still going strong – on the fitness craze anyway!  I’ve decided to “not” count days toward my other goals right now, but to do another 100 days for those when this round completes.

I’m still trying to figure out what works best for me in the world of diets and exercise routines. I’m still doing my p90X/Insanity mashup.  My knees feel fine at 5 weeks in.  That wasn’t the case when I just did Insanity by itself a while back.

The number on the scale refuses to budge, but I know why.  I haven’t been eating as clean as a could be.  It’s a choice to pick up a Laffy Taffy (or 2 or 4) in the lobby during the workday.  It’s also a choice to pass up the bread and noodles in favor of an extra helping of vegetables.

This week I’m focusing my days on healthier eating choices.  The exercise is going really well.  I can almost get through and entire P90X or Insanity workout without taking more breaks than they do.  I can even do almost everything they do minus the chin-ups and pull-ups.  I’m using bands for most things or Nautilus equipment at the gym.

This time next year I plan to be on my taper for my first full marathon in 10 years.  😉


Day 32 of 100

Trying not to be discouraged.

I spent 2 hours at the doctor’s office today.  My foot has been achy for a couple weeks.  It’s happened before – GANGLION CYST.

UGH.  I know, right?  Now of all times.

I had one about 18 months ago that responded well to a cortisone shot.  I knew the signs when this one started to grow, but I just pushed through it. I kept up with the workouts and walking over the weekend.  I even ran 2.5 miles on Monday (yay me!)

But the pain.  OUCH!  It hurts to have a sock on my foot, let alone a shoe.  I work in an office, and it’s fall in the Great Lakes region, barefoot is so not an option.

A cortisone shot (oh blessed relief!) followed by numb toes this afternoon resulting in an achy heavy feeling leg today.

The good news – the doctor says I can keep working out, keep training through it – as long as I can handle the, er, discomfort.  The bad news = discomfort.

Let’s hope that a good night of rest will take care of things, and I can be back in action tomorrow!


Day 29 of 100

Tomorrow is officially one month into my 100 days.  Wow.  A whole month already?  In a lot of ways I feel like I just started!  Here’s how things are stacking up:

Fitness/Weight Loss:  The scale stopped going down this week.  Boo!  Overall I’ve lost 5 lbs.   I’m a little sad that the number isn’t bigger, but I’m heading in the right direction.  I hope to be 15 lbs down by day 60. 😉

The best outcome is building a solid new habit.  Every day, including today (Saturday),  I’m up and out of bed by 4:45 a.m. and working out by 5:15 a.m.  I’m still doing a mish-mash of p90X and Insanity in the mornings.

I start a lunchtime jogging plan on Monday.  This will be IN ADDITION to the 5 am p90X/Insanity thing I have going on.  This plan will take me through to the end of the year, which I’m actually very excited about.  It’s all about finding what combination keeps my interest.  Not to get too far ahead of myself, but in January I plan to start training for running events.  Target = Half and Full marathon in2015!

My stamina when working out is improving, and my appetite is changing for the better.  Yay!   I still get really tired, which I hope will change soon.

Writing/Music:  Not as successful here.  I’ve been doing bits and pieces in fits and starts, here and there.  I have tons of ideas for how to structure my time better.  But, so far anyway, nothing I do is all that productive.  My goal this week is to change that!  I have definite goals in mind for both my writing and my music.  I just need to figure out what works best and make it a habit.

All in all, not bad for one month in.  The first priority was the health and fitness and I am on my way.  Thanks to everyone who is supporting me through this!

Day 27 of 100

Fast approaching the one month mark!  Yay!  I didn’t even notice that I passed the 25% mark.

I am so tired.  My knees are starting to bitch a bit.  I did Plyometrics on Tuesday.  I skipped the jumps as I know better from doing Insanity before.  Still my knees are unhappy.  It’s not painful, and stairs don’t bother me.  So, it’s not like an injury.

My bones and tendons are not used to this kind of abuse, and my old body parts don’t remember being nimble and limber!

I’d like to have more lbs down to show for all this soreness and exhaustion.  I have to keep reminding myself that I’m not as young as I used to be, and 40 lbs is going to take some time to lose.  I didn’t gain it in a few weeks, so I can’t expect to drop it in a few weeks.

One nice thing is that I’ve been able to wear my rings again.  It’s been a year since I’ve been able to comfortably wear wedding rings and my other jewelry.  Yay me!

Tomorrow is Yoga X.  I may skip the Tony Horton version and do a different yoga workout.  I like the sequence of the Yoga X, just not all the chitchat.

For now, it’s going to be an early night.  My body is just tired.

Day 23 of 100

Saturday marked 3 weeks into my challenge.  I’m proud to say I’ve kept up on the physical side (diet and exercise) YAY, but not so much on the creative side (writing and music) BOO!

I’m sore in all the right places and I can feel my arms and shoulders getting stronger, which is good news for my yoga practice.  My back is sore if I let my posture slouch.  Hmm, isn’t that interesting!  And, the scale seems to be inching down – another good sign.  Best sign of all, I seem to be craving different (more nutritious) food.

I’ve heard that it takes 21 days (or 3 weeks) of repetition to build a new habit.  Methinks I’ve developed a new habit.

Now, the writing and music need to become daily habits just like the exercise and healthy eating has.  Need to revisit the schedule and see what else can go….  Facebook?  Pinterest?  eBay/Amazon shopping?  ha ha ha.  There’s time.   I just need to make it a priority!  In 3 more weeks (or 21 more days), writing and music will be two more new habits!

“Desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices determine our actions.”
Dallin H. Oaks

Days 19-20 of 100

I skipped 5 days of p90x,  so I had to look up and see what day it was.  Shoulders and Arms day.  I was feeling cardio, so I popped in one of the Insanity workouts first and then jumped right into Shoulders and Arms.  I’m definitely starting to feel it, even skipping a few days of workouts.

Either that or it’s all the ugly nasty 30-year old wallpaper I stripped off the bedroom and bathroom over the past two days…

But, I digress.  The scale was even friendly to me, another 1.5 lbs down.  Yay me!   I know it was a day early to weigh in.  Tomorrow is 3 weeks.   I was concerned that I undid the small bit I already accomplished.

So, I’m looking at the numbers (yeah, I’m um, “detail oriented” as they say) and I’m 20% into my 100 days and I haven’t conquered as much as I had hoped to at this point, so I’m thinking I need to step things up a notch (or two or three) LOL.  Still I’ve done more in these past 20 days than I have in the past 20 weeks, so that’s all that counts!

Tomorrow’s workout is Yoga X on the p90X schedule.  (love love love yoga! – Tony Horton, not so much).  I’ll probably do a little more Insantity, and maybe a nice long walk with the pups.  It’s supposed to be a great day.

Oh, and bonus!  My fitbit finally works again!

Day 17-18 of 100

Goals are dreams with deadlines.

I just saw that quote on Facebook, posted by Fitness Magazine.

And I needed to see that quote more than you would know today.  I woke up Sunday with the start of what has turned into a rather nasty head cold.  So, I did half my workout on Sunday, absolutely nothing yesterday but walk the dogs.

Today I am contemplating whether six boxes of Kleenex will be enough to make it through the day.  While jumping around doing aerobics and weights is not likely, I am able to write and play piano.  Each day of practice moves me closer to my goals.

Dreams with Deadlines.  Like it.

Day 16 of 100

Day 16 arrived with a massive sinus/migraine headache.  Lovely.

I took the three rovers for a long walk (2 miles) and they acted like complete morons twice in four encounters with other dogs.  I swear, they act like they’ve never ever seen another dog before!  Where’s Ceasar Milan when you need him?

Today’s plan was to focus on my other goals for the 100 day challenge.  So I hauled out all my bags o’ stuff that contain my piano music, half-written short romance stories, gardening magazines, craft catalogs, fitness and yoga magazines, yada yada yada.   What a pile!  For three hours I sorted.  I organized. I prioritized.

So here’s the formal goal list, in no particular order of priority:

  • train for and run a marathon fall 2015
  • finish two full-length romance novels by March 2015
  • master New Age piano playing by summer
  • develop a consistent yoga practice, enough to consider yoga teacher training next fall

It looks like a short list, but it’s really a long list.  Each one of these items is huge!  Notice that crafting and gardening didn’t make the cut.  For the next week or so, I’m going to do a little bit on each every day.   Maybe I’ll use crafting and gardening as reward for accomplishments along the way.   😉

Too bad I also have a day job and a household to run.  Ha!  Speaking of, it’s time to fix dinner.


Day 15 of 100

So here I am at Day 15.  I’ve officially lost 2 lbs in these last two weeks.  I’m sad that it’s not more lbs down, but at least it’s not up, right?

My Fitbit isn’t syncing.  And, I’m REALLY annoyed about it.  The dongle stopped communicating, which I’ve learned is a common problem. The Fitbit itself is still recording and I have a request into Fitbit customer service.  Let’s hope we get a resolution before I lose data.

Today is day 5 of P90X:  Legs, Back and Ab Ripper X.  This will be my first time adding Ab Ribber X this round.  Good thing it’s Saturday so I have enough time!   I like the routines (despite Tony Horton’s jibber jabber) but I find that this is just not enough cardio for me.

I start a “back to the road” type of running program on 15th, which should help.  In the meantime, I’ll toss in some Insanity that doesn’t kill my knees.

My ultimate fitness goal is to run one more full marathon in my life.  Target:  Fall 2015.

I have other goals for this 100 days of concentration.  Tomorrow I’ll focus more on them.  😉