Exercise! And P90X.

by Christine on April 11th, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Exercise

Okay, so I am the first to admit it: I’ve been a total slacker when it comes to my exercise. Since my half-marathon in December I kind of called it quits on the exercise and got lazier than heck.

I still am not exercising as much as I should, but with the weather getting nicer, I’m already doing a lot more activity.  This weekend I did a P90X video with my hubby. This morning I actually dragged my sorry butt out of bed and went jogging.  If the weather holds up (aka: it doesn’t rain) I’ll go rollerblading at lunchtime.

It’s me! Working out in my living room. Ha ha, too bad the picture is of me holding “baby weights.” I need to increase my weights, badly!

Hubby has lost a lot of inches since starting p90X! It’s done wonders for him. He’s frustrated that the scale hasn’t moved, but it must all be turning to muscle; I can definitely see a change in his physique. Go honey go!

For those unfamiliar with P90X, it’s a workout video that takes 90 days to complete.  The workout emphasizes plyometrics, which I have always said is the best for fat-blasting and cardiovascular health (read that old post here). It also incorporates strength training and stretching (yoga) and core workouts (situps).  (read my old legs strength training routine here)  I’m going to be hurting tomorrow after the arm workout yesterday. I can’t wait! DOMS is something I love and seek out!

I have a vacation coming up really soon, and it’s important to me that I pack my gym clothes and I use the fitness facility at least twice while I’m gone. Oh, I’ll get lots of exercise in without the gym: swimming, walking, hiking, etc., but I want to ensure that I really get the powerful workout that I need.

It’s springtime, y’all! It’s time to step it up and get some workouts in!

In other news, I finally took a little time this weekend to relax and get some work done around the house. The lawn desperately needs to be attended to, but I broke down and hired lawn care people to do a one-time cleaning while we’re on vacation. Friday I came home after work and read a while and fell asleep early. Saturday I went shopping for some vacation essentials (aka: a bathing suit) and then scrubbed my porch floor…I mean, down on my hands and knees scrubbing! I spent the rest of Saturday playing board games with friends. Sunday was my big cleaning day.  I mucked out the garage and threw a bunch of crap away. I threw a bunch of stuff away in my kitchen too. I sorted out my bills, did 6 loads of laundry, cleaned my coat closet (threw a bunch of stuff away then too), and other spring cleaning. It felt great to throw away a lot of stuff!

I also went through some of my clothing bins and pulled out some cute clothes in larger sizes to give away to a few friends of mine. It was surprisingly difficult to do that. Even though I’m wearing a size 2/4 these days, it is hard for me to part with my Size 12 and Size 14s. I was stuck in those sizes for so long that I worry I will return to those sizes again someday.  Now keep in mind that I have TEN tubs of clothing that is too big for me. I NEED to get rid of some of these clothes! It feels good to get rid of a few things, but I’m filled with anxiety over it, too.

Does anyone else have a hard time getting rid of their “big” clothes?

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  • http://profiles.google.com/jessicajrobertson Jess

    Oooooooooh. vacation! Where are you going? Anywhere that requires a bathing suit when you’re a size 2/4 has to be good!!!
    Doesn’t sound like a relaxing weekend to me, but glad you managed to cross all that work off your long list of things that needed to be done.
    As for giving clothes away, as soon as I’m 2 sizes down, I give away the clothes… when i was a 16 I felt comfortable giving away the 20’s…. 14 the 18’s etc…. I am an 8 and just gave away the 12s. so basically any size i absolutely can no longer wear without looking like a clown goes.
    there was some anxiety initially because i’ve done that before and ended up gaining all the weight back plus lots more and needed to buy new clothes again. Somehow I feel confident that with the band and my excellent team of medical professionals on my side I’m not going to have a repeat of that experience and so I give them away. I do give most of them away to people in the local lap band programme because I know what it’s like to have to buy new clothes every step of the way!

  • Karenogle133

    I had a hard time getting rid of my big clothes. I still have some clothes in the closet that are too big. I’m slowly passing them around to my daughters. But the fear is always there that I will need the again someday. I have difficulty believing that my success is permanent. I’m new to maintenance and I know the odds are against me. I’m trying to stack the deck in my favor but there are just no guarantees, are there.? :)

  • http://MRsFatass.com MrsFatass

    Your big clothes are my new small clothes! Ha! I’m pretty darned close to a 14, and a 12 is my goal size. At least for now it is. I haven’t had a hard time getting rid of big clothes, but I have a hard time buying new ones. I promised myself this spring I’m not buying anything else in a 16. Which is why I’ve got my tail at the gym every day – momma needs some new sundresses!

  • http://profiles.google.com/michaelsbadger Michael Badger

    “It’s springtime, y’all! It’s time to step it up and get some workouts in!”

    Reading this I want to shout while charging at something because it feels like a battle cry to me! I am ready to turn it up another notch this spring and get more active than just the gym!

  • Ann

    Sounds like a busy weekend. I have no trouble getting rid of my clothes, but I still struggle with what size I am now and what size I’ll be someday when I’m at goal. It’s just weird.