P&P Challenge Guidelines

:barbells: Training:

– Follow Beachbody’s P90X “Extreme Home Fitness” DVD series using the “Classic” program
– P90X training is six days a week with one day off for recovery.
– Approximate calorie burn per P90X workout is 500-600 calories.
– Perform an additional 30 minutes of cardio (my choice of HIIT or LISS) three days a week on Tue/Thur/Sun for an additional 200-300 calories burned per session.

:eat: Nutrition:
– Zig-zag calories: 1600-1700 calories on M/T/Th/F/Su and 1800-2000 calories on W/Sa for an average of 1721 calories per day.
– Six small meals a day. (Big surprise, I know.)
– Take only 2 free meals each week. May be used on Wednesday, Saturday, or Sunday in any combination.
– Calories must still be tracked for the free meals.
– Maintain macronutrient ratios at approximately 40-50% carb / 30-40% protein / 20% fat
– Absolutely NO trigger foods in the form of candy, cakes, pies, brownies, cookies, doughnuts, chips, salted nuts or boxed cereal (including Kashi GoLean and GoLean Crunch) permitted for the duration of the challenge, including free meals, unless they are healthy homemade versions with the proper macronutrient ratios.
– Raisins and unsalted nuts are permitted only as ingredients in recipes, not as standalone snack items.
– Substitutions of meals on the daily posted menu are permitted as long as the subbed meal is of equivalent quality and stats.
– Sugar-free Jello or popsicles are permitted as extra snack options if needed.
– Drink a minimum of 16 cups of water a day.
– Take one Calcium 500 + D, one multivitamin, and 1 T. flaxseed oil or flax seeds daily.
– Assess nutrition plan every 4 weeks and adjust calories as needed to achieve 0.5-1.0 lbs of fat loss a week.

:claplow: Goals:
– Target weight of 128-130 lbs in 9 weeks, or a scale weight loss of 7-9 lbs.
– Reduce body fat to 14-16%.
– Perform 8 full unassisted pull-ups.
– 60 consecutive perfect days (borrowed this one from Kyra :slappy:)

:wiz: Reporting and Misc.:
– Daily post will include workouts performed, calories eaten, macronutrient breakdown, and cups of water drunk.
– If all parts of the plan were followed the previous day, I will add another day to the total of consecutive “Perfect” days I have in my tally. Failing to follow the guidelines above will reset my total to zero.
– Measurements and photos will be taken on May 1, June 1, and July 1.
– Scale weight will only be taken once a week on Friday morning.
– No restarts although reasonable modifications for illness or injury are permitted.

Progress and Perfection Challenge

Kyra (Savyart) and I are starting up a small personal fitness challenge that will run from May 1 through July 1. With the changes in the official EAS/Body for Life challenge this year and its overall impersonal feel, I think the BFL challenge has lost its ability to motivate me now that I’ve been at this stuff for eleven months. I think there are many paths to fitness (obviously I have been hell-bent on trying out as many of the reasonable ones as I can), so I can’t wrap my brain around the whole cult mentality that so many people develop for their chosen programs. I’ve seen it with every program–BFL, Atkins, SGX, Beachbody, Weight Watchers–people find a plan that works for THEM personally, and they lose their ability to objectively view any other system but that one.

Doing a smaller personal challenge should help me stay on track with the nutrition part of my plan. I generally have no problems with the exercise, but as the months of near maintenance drag on, the temptations of the company candy stash become harder to resist. πŸ™‚

I’m typing up my game plan for this challenge–nutrition guidelines, workout plans, and goals today, and will start tomorrow. I’ll be shooting for ZERO “Awful Truths” through July 1. Every day I’ll be posting the number of “perfect” days I’ve had in a row, and each time an Awful Truth shows up, I reset to zero.

How is that for potential humiliation?

Clearly I want a nice high ending score on July 1.

Stats and progress pics will be posted on the first of each month, and adjustments to the original program’s calorie targets may be tweaked if the desired results aren’t being achieved.

I am not going to stress over the results in this challenge. The focus will be on the process itself–doing what I’m supposed to do every single day, including eating my cheat meals at their specified time slots and not shifting them around. I will even endeavor to stay off the scale for a week at a time. :eekb:

Never say I don’t sacrifice in the name of fitness.

If you want to join in the fun, we are logging our challenge posts over at the John Stone Fitness forum in the Progress and Perfection Challenge thread. Sign up for an account at JSF if you don’t already have one, and post your own plan with exercise and nutrition guidelines to get started. You don’t have to be cutting to sign up. Maintaining, bulking, training for a specific event–it’s all good as long as you have a specific plan to follow and the determination to make it through 9 weeks of progress and perfection.

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Nutrition: 2000 calorie high zig zag day w/Splurge Meal

1: 3/4 c. FF cottage cheese and banana
2: 3.5 oz. grilled pollock, 1 c. veggies in oyster sauce, 1/2 c. rice
3: Splurge meal at work (1 large bagel, 2 T. low sugar strawberry preserves, 1 T. margarine or cream cheese)
4: Strawberry protein shake
5: 3/4 c. FF cottage cheese and large navel orange
6: 1/3 c. (dry) oatmeal, 1/4 c. raisins, 3×1 omelette

Total (minus splurge meal): 1305 calories, 45.4% carb, 39.7% protein, 16.6% fat

Daily Supplements: multivitamin with iron, calcium 500 + D, 1 T. flaxseed oil
Water: 16 cups minimum

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Workout:
8:00 PM P90X Legs and Back/Ab Ripper X

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The Awful Truth:
1. Had just half a navel orange for meal 6 instead of planned CC and orange meal.
2. Did not do second half of Yoga X. Will make up on Sunday.

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Brownie Points:
1. Day 6 of Official Office Candy Boycott. (Am extending definition of Ò€œcandyÒ€ to include cookies, cakes, doughnuts, pies and brownies, even on free day.)
2. Drank 17 cups of water yesterday.
3. Vacuumed the apartment.

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Short-term Goals:
1. Finish design for P90X HanDbase module
2. Work on paper doll project.
3. Do thumbnails for 5-6 new prints.
4. Do the laundry.
5. Finish fairy girl print.

Buff(er) Fairy Girl

It’s funny how my perception of what is attractive in the female form has changed since I hopped on the fitness wagon. I drew a cute lil’ fairy girl last year for a company art challenge, but never quite finished her. I decided to polish the sketch and turn it into a finished print for OASIS this year, but when I looked at the drawing again, I couldn’t get over how scrawny the figure’s arms were!

Take a look:

Old version of Pigtail Fairy

Her arm is way too short, and it looks like a twig. :yuck:

Needless to say, I had to fix it. Here’s a rough of the new arms. I should have the final version finished in another day or two. Honestly, I must have had delusions of heroine chic when I drew the first version. πŸ™„

Old version of Pigtail Fairy

4-Variable IQ Test


Your brain: 20% interpersonal, 100% visual, 120% verbal, and 160% mathematical!
Congratulations on being 400% smart! Actually, on my test, everyone is. The above score breaks down what kind of thinking you most enjoy
doing. A score above 100% means you use that kind of thinking more than
average, and a score below 100% means you use it less. It says nothing
about how good you are at any one, just how interested you are in each, relatively. A substantial difference in scores between two people means, conclusively, that they are different kinds of thinkers.

Matching Summary: Each of us has different tastes. Still, I offer the following advice, which I think is obvious:

  1. Don’t date someone if your interpersonal percentages differ by more than 80%.
  2. Don’t be friends with someone if your verbal percentages differ by more than 100%.
  3. Don’t have sex with someone if their math percentage is over 200%.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 71% on visual
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You scored higher than 94% on verbal
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You scored higher than 83% on mathematical

Link: The 4-Variable IQ Test written by chriscoyne

Yoga = Hard

This morning I tackled half of the Yoga X workout. I didn’t fall over during any of the poses, but I can tell already that this is going to be my least favorite of the P90X series, simply because it takes FOREVER (90 minutes), and it’s incredibly slow moving. It’s an endless series of sun salutations to plank, upward dog, plank, push-up (yay!), downward dog, one leg raised to the sky, runner’s pose, warrior one, warrior two, and from there to a more specialized pose that changes after performing it once on each side. Repeat sun salutation through warrior poses and move on to next special twisty contortion.

It’s certainly hard for me to do since my flexibility is awful, but I kind of enjoy all of the stuff leading up to the last segment of each pose series. During that last bit, I just grit my teeth and hope I don’t keel over and squash one of my hovering cats. :tongue:

I will have to get up earlier to do this workout, too. It really does take forever. Other non-cardio workouts always feel like they zip by, but yoga apparently taps into the universal time stream and slows it down to a crawl. I only got through 45 minutes this morning, so I’m heading back to the apartment during lunch for some more spiritual pretzel time. I don’t know if this style qualifies as power yoga or not since I don’t have much experience with the different forms, but it does seem to be more strenuous than the Rodney Yee Yoga Conditioning for Athletes DVD I use periodically. That one holds the poses longer and doesn’t seem to require as much stamina or strength.

No updates yet on my (still) MIA Jungle Jam Bar. It is time to call up customer service directly for some one-on-one complaining. :mad2:

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Nutrition: 1700 calorie low zig zag day

1: 1/3 c. (dry) oatmeal, 1/4 c. raisins, 3×1 omelette
2: 3.5 oz. grilled pollock, 1 c. veggies in oyster sauce, 1/2 c. rice
3: Oatmeal raisin protein muffin
4: Peanut butter banana shake w/1 T. flaxseed oil
5: Oatmeal tuna salad with 1/2 banana
6: 3/4 c. FF cottage cheese and large navel orange

Total: 1656 calories, 43.3% carb, 35.4% protein, 23% fat

Daily Supplements: multivitamin with iron, calcium 500 + D, 1 T. flaxseed oil
Water: 16 cups minimum

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Workout:
8:00 AM P90X Yoga X – 1st half
12:00 PM P90X Yoga X – 2nd half
3:00 PM 1 mile walk (4 mph / 15 minutes)

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The Awful Truth:
1. Swapped out oatmeal tuna salad dinner with half of a spicy cool wrap without the tortilla and two chicken strips from Chik Fil A last night. Calories were still good to go. Glad I don’t like tortillas.

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Brownie Points:
1. Day 5 of Official Office Candy Boycott. Am extending definition of “candy” to include cookies, cakes, doughnuts, pies and brownies, even on free day. Will save up free meals for stuff I really want–like mint choco chip ice cream and Donato’s personal size pizza with pepperoni, pineapple, and jalepeno peppers.
2. Did some really weird bendy yoga moves this morning and didn’t fall on my head.
3. Chugged down 18 cups of water yesterday.

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Short-term Goals:
1. Finish design for P90X HanDbase module
2. Work on paper doll project.
3. Do thumbnails for 5-6 new prints.
4. Vacuum apartment.
5. Bag up clothes for Salvation Army donation.

Of Exercise and Rice

I thought the Legs and Back workout was slated for today, but fortunately it was Shoulders/Back/Abs instead, because to be perfectly frank, my back, chest, and abs are NOT ready for more pull-ups yet. I still try to do at least one as I go past the bar at home, but it is just not happening at the moment. I have Yoga X for 90 minutes tomorrow, and then the Legs/Back/Abs combo on Saturday.

Shoulders and Arms was a decent workout, though I am still trying to decide whether I want to use the bands or dumbbells with it. There are two sets of 15 (or maybe 12?) different exercises performed for 8-16 reps each. The exercises are performed in groups of three. You perform three exercises, then repeat the mini series again before moving on to the next group of three exercises. As usual, there is one demonstrator on screen showing you how to perform the exercise using resistance bands instead of dbells. Because I don’t have 7.5, 12.5, or 17.5 lb dbells right now, I’m playing with my resistance bands for certain exercises where 5, 10, and 15 lbs are too low, but the next increment up is too high.

I’m fighting the urge to do extra cardio right now as I am feeling some major creatine and carb bloat from my switch to 50/30/20 and the reintroduction of the GNC Creastack after almost 8 weeks on Swolegenix. Intellectually I know I am burning enough calories with just my P90X workouts to create a deficit as long as I stick to my planned meals, but Hooah Drill Sergeant Maggie keeps urging me to just do 20-30 minutes of treadmill time every evening just for insurance. The drive to do more cardio is a novel thing for me and is probably just a wacky side effect of bumping up my carb intake. No doubt it will go away in another week or two. πŸ˜‰ If not, I don’t think it would hurt to run or bike a bit three days a week on the cardio/stretch P90X days if I have excess energy.

Another option that’s open to me is to do the P90X phase 1 fat burner diet, which is somewhat low carb. Alternately, I could go back on SGX’s eating patterns for the next two weeks to jumpstart the fat loss a bit. I think in the end I will wind up mixing things up depending how I feel each day.

I’m faithfully logging my meals into my handy dandy PDA again using Diet and Exercise Assistant. I slacked off a bit with tracking in the past few months, but it’s becoming clear to me that I need a running log of my intake and output if I want to achieve the best results regardless of which plan I’m using.

I’m also experimenting with one Chinese meal each day–3-4 oz. grilled/sauteed lean meat, poultry or fish, 1/2 cup white rice (because I ran out of brown and have a huge 20 lb bag of white in the pantry), and 1 c. of veggies. I’ll be making a variety of stir-fries with these ingredients, substituting Splenda for sugar, cooking spray for peanut oil, and low sodium soy sauce for the regular soy. It is anathema to me to use the words “white rice” and “in moderation” in the same sentence, but I am going to give it a try for a few months. Yes, this Asian gal is going to attempt to eat (yummy, sticky, jasmine-infused) white rice in moderation while cutting. I find it a lot easier to resist true junk like candy and cookies when I can actually have what my Taiwanese tummy truly craves–RICE. I actually get the same blissful zing from a bowl of rice and some savory stir-fry that Western foodies get from pizza, chocolate, and ice cream.

Weird, eh?

My cats got through their ordeal at the vet without any lingering psychological trauma. Slinky even got back into his carrier voluntarily this morning and took a nap while I was doing abs. I was a bit surprised to learn that Slinky was now up a pound to 13 pounds, and my baby boy Neville is a 14 pound bubba cat. Sheesh. No wonder I need to head to the bathroom every morning when he jumps on my lower abs! It’s like a 14 pound medicine ball hitting me in the bladder.

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Nutrition: 1700 calorie low zig zag day

1: Dex/whey/Creastack PWO shake; 3 T. raisins
2: 3×1 brocc/zucchini omelette and large navel orange
3: 3.5 oz. grilled pollock, 1 c. veggies in oyster sauce, 1/2 c. rice
4: Myoplex Lite Bar – Peanut Caramel Crisp
5: Oatmeal tuna salad with 1/2 banana
6: 3/4 c. FF cottage cheese and large navel orange

Total: 1614 calories, 53.5% carb, 33.4% protein, 17.2% fat

Daily Supplements: multivitamin with iron, calcium 500 + D

Water: 16 cups minimum

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Workout:
7:45 AM P90X Shoulders and Arms w/ Ab Ripper X :biggrin:
3:00 PM 1 mile walk (4 mph / 15 minutes)

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The Awful Truth:
1. Erm…finished off the last of the Great Grains cereal. No more Great Grains. No more Kashi. No more grainy stuff that comes in a BOX. Only tubes of oats from now on, dang it!

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Brownie Points:
1. Got to the vet 10 minutes early! (This is a minor miracle for me. I am habitually 30 minutes late everywhere because I have a faulty subconscious belief that I have the ability to bend time.)
2. Made some really yummy stir-fried veggies in oyster sauce from the leftover veggie platter from work dinner last night.
3. Haven’t had any Red Vines, Hershey’s Miniatures, or cookies from work this week. Will not have any junk this weekend either. Am tired of recovering from free day bloat. Blah.

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Short-term Goals:
1. Create HanDbase Palm module to track P90X workouts. Yes, I am that nerdy.
2. Deposit FSA check.
3. Work on paper doll project.
4. Do thumbnails for 5-6 new prints.
5. Clean the kitchen.

Plyo Ouch! A First Impression Review of P90X

Something they don’t tell you about pull-ups is that they work your core and the thin layer of muscles over your lower rib cage as well as your arms, shoulders, chest and back. I woke up this morning after my first P90X workout with the distinct feeling that someone had gripped the skin and muscles on my shoulders and yanked UP really hard, because everything between my lower abs and traps is going through DOMS now.

Another fun thing I learned was that doing 60 minutes of plyometrics while in this state of “Don’t touch me or I will smack you so hard you’ll be able to see first hand if your rump is getting bigger” soreness is not exactly a jolly experience either. Imagine feeling a jolt of DOMS in your entire torso every time you land a jump…over and over and over again. Yeesh. I’m glad I’m not a busty gal; plyo must KILL when you have that much adipose tissue, saline, or silicone grafted to your chest. Ladies, do NOT attempt plyo without a really good sports bra. πŸ˜‰

Plyo, like the chest and back workout, is 60 minutes long. The workout is broken up into 4 or 5 sections consisting of 2 sets x 4 different exercises each. You get a 30 second break between each section which never seems long enough. I like it because I can feel it building more explosive power in my legs, and it is one kickass cardio workout to boot. At this point in my training, I don’t think I really need to build more mass in my lower body, just lean out and maintain what I have, so plyo and the leg workout tomorrow should be sufficient to do that.

And best of all, there’s no running involved. :biggrin:

So my assessment of P90X so far: It is an advanced level bootcamp style workout series that is extremely challenging even if you are already fit. I think based on the success stories and photos on the site and the type of exercises involved that men will build more upper body mass than women (surprise surprise) because they can actually perform more reps of push-ups and pull-ups, but the high average calorie burn per workout (600 calories) when combined with the very moderate calorie restriction recommended with the program (1800 calories/day for a woman of my height and weight) WILL lean both men and women out during the course of the 90 day program.

This program will get you lean, ripped, and compact, but arguably not lean, ripped, and BIG, especially your legs. There are no major leg mass building exercises like heavy squats or presses, so if you are hoping to balance out some chicken legs, I’d recommend sticking with the iron. I also think that chest development might be a bit weak in this program relative to traditional weight training. If I were a fella trying to work on my chest, I’d probably supplement the workouts with some good old-fashioned bench presses and flyes once my strength progressed beyond body weight exercises. If you are a woman with dreams of becoming a fitness model or figure competitor, I don’t think this will get you there either. You would still need to refine with gym workouts and exercises, but you will sure surprise a lot of folks with how many “hard” exercises like pull-ups you can perform. :whistle:

The variety of workouts is excellent. It’s an expensive program at $119, but you get 12 different workouts that mix resistance/strength, cardio, endurance, and flexibility training into a nice, organized program for you. There are also two well-written guides included–one for the workouts and one covering the nutrition plan you can use with the program for maximum results. Equipment is pretty basic as well: yoga mat, resistance bands/tubes, pull-up bar, and dumbbells. You can get away with just the mat and bands if do the modified exercises for bands instead of the pull-ups and dumbbell moves in the workouts. They also recommend a heart rate monitor, but I’m way too cheap to bother with that. I use the free internal Gasp-o-meter to gauge how hard I’m working.

The emphasis on arm/upper body work, power and bodyweight-based lower body work, non-running cardio, pull-up training, and yoga/stretching is a perfect fit for my current training goals of

-Dropping body fat
-Improving flexibility
-Maintaining muscle mass in legs without adding more
-Increasing upper body muscle mass
-Doing 10 unassisted pull-ups
-Working on functional aspects of fitness instead of just the aesthetics

If you are thinking about picking up P90X, check out the web site first, take the fitness assessment test, and think about your goals and current fitness level before you order, because make no mistake, this program will work you hard. It would be kind of wasteful to spend $149 bucks and a ton of sweat and effort on it if it won’t further your specific individual fitness goals.

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Nutrition: 1700 calorie low zig zag day

1: 3×1 spinach and pepper omelette and large navel orange
2: Proatmeal PWO combo (1/2 c. (dry) oatmeal, 1/2 serving fruit and 3/4 scoop Myopro whey)
3: 3.5 oz. grilled pollock, 1 c. sauteed broccoli, 1/2 c. rice
4: Peanut butter banana protein shake
5: Oatmeal tuna salad with 1/2 banana
6: 3/4 c. FF cottage cheese and large navel orange

Total: 1632 calories, 50.9% carb, 35.5% protein, 14.7% fat

Daily Supplements: multivitamin with iron, calcium 500 + D

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Workout:
7:45 AM P90X Plyometrics
3:00 PM 1 mile walk (4 mph / 15 minutes)

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The Awful Truth:
1. Extra 1/2 c. of Great Grains cereal around 10 pm.

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Brownie Points:
1. Really, really sore from chest/back/abs workout yesterday. :ouch:
2. Adjusted personal finances to pay off last credit card by June 30 (one month earlier than expected). :prop:
3. Cleaned the bathroom this morning.

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Short-term Goals:
1. Take both cats to vet at 2:00 pm today for annual exam and shots.
2. Deposit FSA check.
3. Work on paper doll project.
4. Do thumbnails for 5-6 new prints.
5. Clean the kitchen.
6. Set up dual monitors with desktop system.
7. Test scanner set up.

Ignominious Birth of a Pull-Up Princess

After the Accidental Kitty Clawing of yesterday afternoon, I chose to postpone the P90X Chest and Back workout until this morning as I wanted to let my hand knit together and scab over a bit before putting it through what amounts to 60 minutes of wound-opening push-ups and pull-ups.

This morning I woke up automatically at 6:18 am due to my early bed time at 11:30 and my body’s internal clock which insists that 6.5 hours is all it needs to function. I putzed around with MS Money 2004 and got my bills and daily finances in order, then rolled out of bed to tackle the dreaded first official P90X workout. The previous ones don’t count as they were just for practice and gauging my fitness level. πŸ˜‰

All I can say after 80 minutes of pull-ups, push-ups, and ab exercises is…ARGLE!

I’m tired! I don’t think my heartrate and breathing ever really came down to normal during that session. It definitely counts as Calisthenics-vigorous/hard in Fitday, Caloriesperhour.com, Diet and Exercise Assistant, Diet Power, or whatever software you use to track exercise.

That PWO shake never tasted so good, hehe.

Two thumbs up for P90X so far. My ass was officially whupped as hard as it used to be in Army PT. I did at least as many push-ups as the guys in the video (I am, after all, ex-Army), but pull-ups are no joke. I tried to do as many as I could without help, then tapped down lightly on a folding chair for the rest of the interval. Heh…there were a lot of “2 full/10 assisted” notations on my tracking sheet. Well, c’est la vie. This is day 1. I promise you day 90 will have a LOT more “full” pull-ups tallied up.

I’m now a workout behind schedule, though, so I’ll be bumping the rest of my workouts down one day and working out on Sunday instead of taking a rest day. Next Monday I will go right back into Chest/Back/Abs again to get back on track. I considered catching up by doing Plyo tonight, but my downstairs neighbor might come up and threaten me with death if I insist on jumping around my living room for 60 minutes at 10 pm.

Other happy news: I visited my parents this weekend and discovered that Daddums had several pairs of hex dbells in the garage that he wasn’t using anymore since he works out at Bally. I now have 4 resistance bands and dbell pairs at 5, 10, 15, and 20 lbs to use for the program. W00t.

Second bit of happy news: My inconvenient chick cycle is still screwed up from switching to Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo back in February. I’ve been dead on with my Aviane doses ever since, but this month I more or less missed the whole weeklong shebang, which of course is a bit distressing since I:

a) am not doing crazy amounts of extra cardio and
b) am not at a super-low body fat

Those are the two things that usually cause me to skip. So off I went last night to CVS for a preggo test kit.

Thankfully, I had a nice, clear negative. Whew. :claplow: Popping out a pair of academically-brilliant, musically-talented, and physically-fit mini-me’s is NOT in my long-term budget or life plan until at least 2010. (Of course this means that my hanging scale weight and overall puffiness are all MY fault, not some quirk of preggo hormones, hah! πŸ˜‰ )

Stupid chick biology. You know, if all males were required to get fixed as soon as they hit puberty and only have themselves unfixed when they are ready to have kids, a whole lot of stress and expense could be spared on the part of women and parents of teenaged girls everywhere.

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Nutrition: 1700 calorie low zig zag day

1: Dex/whey/Creastack PWO shake
2: 3/4 c. FF cottage cheese, 1/2 large sesame bagel and large navel orange
3: 3×1 spinach omelette and large navel orange
4: Chocolate protein shake
5: 3.5 oz. grilled pollock, 1 c. sauteed broccoli, 1/2 c. rice
6: Oatmeal tuna salad and 1/2 banana

Total: 1693 calories, 47.3% carb, 37.1% protein, 17.0% fat

Daily Supplements: multivitamin with iron, calcium 500 + D
Water for yesterday: 13 cups

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Workout:
7:45 AM P90X Chest and Back & Ab Ripper X
3:00 PM 1 mile walk (4 mph / 15 minutes)

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The Awful Truth:
1. Pack of sour gummi worms and 1/2 c. cereal instead of meal 6.
2. Bailed out of chest and back workout due to scratched up hand.

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Brownie Points:
1. Was only over maintenance by 199 calories yesterday despite gummi worms and missed workout.
2. Got to bed by 11:30 pm.
3. Transferred “before” pictures to PDA as horrible reminder to self to stop screwing around with diet.
4. Did as many push-ups as the P90X men on the DVD this morning. Need to work on pull-ups, though.

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Short-term Goals:
1. Print out new 50/30/20 recipes.
2. Deposit FSA check.
3. Work on paper doll project.
4. Do thumbnails for 5-6 new prints.
5. Clean the bathroom and kitchen.
6. Reorganize living room more efficiently as workout area. 😳