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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Rest day/Stretch X

So, I think today I might go for a little fun run. Fun runs to me are with my ipod, jammin' in my head to my favorite songs, and no more than 3 miles. Speed is never incorporated either (since it IS a rest day..)Once I'm done with that, I'll do StretchX. It's 70 degrees here in Charleston today (!) so I MUST take advantage of that!

One thing that I gotta say is that my mentality when it comes to a fitness program is, "go hard, or go home." Maybe it was the Marines that did it to me, or that I'm Hispanic, or maybe a combination of the 2. Or none of the above! Who knows. What I do know, that after having 2 kids is that it's nice not to worry about workouts, and just eat whatever you want. I did that for a long time, and I got to a really weird place in my life. When I saw the infomercial for P90X, I knew it would be perfect for me. If it made me sweat, great. If it made me want to take a nap afterwards, awesome. If I made a puddle on the floor with sweat-I can totally deal with that, and actually want it. If it even makes me puke from time to time, even better! I wanted a strict regimen to follow that would kick my ass on a continual basis. I am seriously doing as much as I can, leaving it all my mat during my workouts, and it is paying off. My resting heart rate has dropped back into the low 70's, (I have a feeling it will get much lower though), and I've lost 20 lbs. My old clothes are even getting loose. On comparison to my olden days of just leisurely strolling through the gym and doing half ass weight machines and an elliptical...well there really is no comparison. If you're going to workout, wherever or however you're going to workout-WORK OUT! Don't just stop when you start getting out of breath, or you start sweating too much (is there even such a thing??), GIVE IT YOUR ALL. Do your research on your workouts. PLAN. Plan your eating and your workouts. But hey, if your happy where you're at-there's no one but YOU that can change your ways. It's not about vanity muscles, it's about health. Even "skinny" people are grossly unhealthy inside. Think about this-1 pound of muscle burns 35 calories a day AT REST, while 1 pound of fat only burns 1 calorie. That's one, one, stinking calorie. That, my friend, SUCKS.


Jen said...

EXACTLY!!! I never work out half-heartedly. I push as hard as I can...and then...I push MORE! I seriously think I'm on the weird side when it comes to this kind of stuff...I think I get a little bit of an adrenaline rush out of pain---not the bleeding kind...but the shredding muscles kind. I can tell you and I are a lot alike. I loved P90X just for the "Bring It" message--because I'm ALL about that! I'm enjoying your blog so far...:o)

Demi Eliese said...

I am the same way-i love all the comforts and DISCOMFORTS of working out..all the burning..yummy! haha.