Not So Bendy

I put together the Door Gym, slung it over my doorway this morning, and hopped up to see how many pull-ups I could do when fresh and well-rested.

Two and a half. :whistle:

Well, better than nothing I guess. The P90X program should raise that number up significantly over the next three months as I drop excess body fat and get more practice with the movement.

I then popped in the Yoga X DVD and attempted to keep up with the insane, painful contortions of the bendy people on the TV screen for 35 minutes. This aspect of my personal fitness requires even more work than my pull-up ability if this morning’s performance was indicative of my current level of flexibility. :tongue:

Dietwise, I’ve also pretty much set a basic meal pattern for myself. You probably wouldn’t think so from the huge list of recipes I’ve posted on my site, but I’m actually one of those boring people who can eat the same thing every single day and not go out of my mind from the monotony. Back in my non-fitness oriented days, I had 2 eggs and a bowl of raisin bran with milk every day for breakfast, white rice and stir fry for lunch, more white rice and stir fry for dinner, and I was perfectly content.

The key is that I have to LIKE what I’m having every day. If I do, I never get tired of it.

So here’s my basic meal plan at 50/30/20.

  • Meal 1 (8:00 AM) : Proatmeal PWO combo (1/2 c. (dry) oatmeal, 1/2 serving fruit, 1/2 t. honey and 3/4 scoop Myopro whey) OR PWO shake (1/4 c. dextrose with 1 scoop Myopro whey and 1 t. GNC Creastack)
  • Meal 2 (10:30 AM): 3 egg white x 1 whole egg omelette, 1 c. spinach, 4 oz. sweet potato (baked into chips), 1/2 serving fruit
  • Meal 3 (12:30 PM): 3 oz. lean chicken or beef (or 4 oz. fish), 1 c. steamed or sauteed veggies, 1/2 c. rice, and 1/2 serving fruit
  • Meal 4 (3:00 PM): Peanut butter banana yogurt shake
  • Meal 5 (5:30 PM): Thai chicken salad w/1.75 oz. (dry) WW spaghetti or 1 serving fruit
  • Meal 6 (8:00 PM): 3/4 c. FF cottage cheese and 1 serving fruit

Total calories come in at 1600-1725 calories depending on whether I use more starchy carbs or go with fruit. Higher calorie zigzag days will include two extra servings of fruit, an extra cup of rice (yay!), or a randomly determined splurge carb item around 200 calories. The P90X nutrition plan puts me at nutrition level 1, or around 1800 calories a day on average, so I’m on target for that.

My menus will look a LOT like the above with only a few variations as determined by whatever fruits and veggies are cheapest that week.

Nutrition: 1600-1700 calorie low zig zag day

1: Proatmeal PWO comboรขโ‚ฌโ€œ1/2 c. (dry) oatmeal, 1/2 banana, 1/2 t. honey and 3/4 scoop Myopro whey
2: 3 oz. chicken breast, 1 c. steamed zucchini/squash, 6 oz. sweet potato
3: 1.5 c. plain FF yogurt, 1/4 scoop strawberry whey, 1/2 banana
4: 3×1 omelette, 2 c. spinach, 1 large navel orange
5: Thai chicken pasta salad
6: 3/4 c. FF cottage cheese and large navel orange

Nutrition Stats:
1628 Calories
202.1 g carb (49.7%)
158.3 g prot (39.9%)
24.1 g fat (13.3%)

Daily Supplements: multivitamin with iron, calcium 500 + D
Water for yesterday: 16 cups

7:45 AM Yoga X DVD (35 minutes)
8:00 PM Other half of Yoga X DVD (45 minutes)

The Awful Truth:
1. 1 Hershey miniature bar
2. 1 T. unsalted peanuts

Brownie Points:
1. Reorganized living room as workout area.
2. Did a lot of cooking and salad making. ๐Ÿ™‚
3. Followed schedule almost perfectly yesterday.
4. Did not have ANY of the take out chicken wings ordered for dinner at work last night.
5. Added around two dozen new smilies to the blog’s comment and posting forms.
Short-term Goals:
1. Print out new 50/30/20 recipes.
2. Go to the bank.
3. Work on paper doll project.
4. Do thumbnails for 5-6 new prints.
5. Clean the bathroom and kitchen.
6. Vacuum.
7. Clean ceiling fan blades. How does cat hair get UP there? ๐Ÿ™„
8. Submit paperwork for dental reimbursement from FSA.

8 thoughts on “Not So Bendy

  1. The four elements that make a physically fit body are strength, endurance, balance, and FLEXIBILITY. You have one last mountain to climb.

    On the topic of “juice” and how it destroys your body, I offer the names of two baseball players: Mark McGwire and Nomar Garciparra.

  2. :prop: 2.5 pullups, huh? that’s actually not bad at all… there’s this cool ass product that you use on your shoes that repels water, etc. if you spray some on a towel, and wipe your fan blades with them (just a little bit) after it’s dusted, you’ll be amazed how much less crud will accumilate to them. as for the cat hair on there, man, i found spaghetti sauce stains on mine… i have NO clue how they got there!

  3. I’m not sure “half” a pull-up counts. But two is really good – most women can’t do any, Maggie, FWIW. (Although you do have a man brain.)

    It’s kind of depressing, because when I was about 10 or 11 years old I once did 23, and before I started lifting weights (and gaining muscle) I could bang out 12, and now I can do 9 if I don’t have my shoes on, 8 if I do. But it’s nothing I’ve really ever tried to make progress on, either. Maybe I should work on it.

    (I also was able to pee eight feet when I was a kid – now I’m lucky if I can do three.)

    I’m really sore today – I changed my grip width on the bench press for yesterday’s workout and my shoulders and chest hurt really, really bad.

  4. La Rue – Yup…the flexibility is probably the hardest thing for me at the moment, but I’m going to push it a lot harder in the next few months.

    Jason – Great tip about the water repellant. I’m going to give that a try the next time I go to the store. The kitty fuzz is all over the fan blades and the A/C air filter cover. :were:

    Lingster – I used to drop right out of a flex-arm hang as a kid doing the Presidential Fitness Test. 0 seconds. I consider 2.5 pull-ups the penultimate physical achievement of my adulthood. ๐Ÿ˜Ž My chest and back are finally NOT sore from Tuesday’s workout, just in time for me to go in and do it again. ๐Ÿ™„

  5. My cat thinks the most entertaining thing in the world is to run as fast as he can down the main hallway of my apartment, and then leap onto the long, 12′ entryway carpet and slide along on it, rolling it up into a mass of bunches. It began to get on my nerves, having to constantly correct this in the morning, so yesterday I used double-sided tape to fix it in place. He’s pissed.

    But you’re right, the fur gets everywhere. My old house had a forced air heating system, and every winter when the heat came on for the first time, you could see dust and fur spew forth from the vents. I’d buy the best air filters for the furnace and have to change them every two months during the cold season. But now I’m renting again and my current apartment has a boiler and old water radiators, so it’s much easier to avoid the sneaky fur problem. (Unfortunately it also has 14′ ceilings, so my heating bill is a freakin’ bear.)

  6. Cats are still silly buggers underneath the thin veneer of dignity they wear as adults. When I acquire my own home, I am going to look into becoming a Crazy Cat Lady in earnest. No worries, though…my limit is 4 cats. Those demented animal hoarders are SCARY. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

  7. I went out on a date once – ONCE – with an unemployed concert viola player who kept ten cats in a small Manhattan apartment that she shared with her mother and sister and their obscure orchestra instruments. And if you thought that SENTENCE seemed long, you should have been along on the DATE.

  8. Cool Site. I was on google doing a search and found ur site.
    Great to see that you are doing Power 90X. I am on my 8th day of just the regular Power 90 and am very excited from the results thus far. Thanks for the info on your meals. You gave me some good ideas as I can get bored from the monotony of the same serving. Thanks and I will try to frequent ur site. :claplow:

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