Archive for April, 2010

P90X Fitness Test and Nutrition Plan Preparation

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Ok, fit test under my belt. For those not in “the know,” the P90X fitness test is a test to determine your level of physical fitness and to see if P90X is appropriate for you. The program requires some baseline level of fitness in order to maximize results. From what I’ve read, if you have more than 20 (give or take) pounds to lose, you may want to try a different weight loss program first, before taking on P90X.

I am right on the borderline as far as weight goes. I would love to lose 20 (hell, 30?) pounds, but I was determined to start P90X asap (barring the results of the fit test). The fit test is a series of exercises that tests your strength, stamina, and cardio and specifies minimum levels for P90X. Somehow, I passed with flying colors! Bring it on!! The test includes curls, squats, jumping jacks, pull ups (um, no thank you), flexibility test, standing jump test, stomach exercises, etc. Yeah, I broke a sweat, but I easily passed.

I also took my before pictures (will post later).

Also, we went grocery shopping to get all the healthy food I’m going to need for the nutrition plan (spent over $200…yipes!). A strange note – I bought like 2 dozen eggs – apparently this is a really protein-intense program! I really want to follow this to a tee. I have NEVER stuck with a diet before. I’ve always been athletic (high school/college althete), and have been active ever since. I’m not as active now as I’d like to be, but that’s about to change in a hurry. I will be so proud of myself if I can actually stick with this for the entire 90 days.

P90X Day 0 – Measurements and Fit Test Results

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Ok, here are my Day 0 measurements:

Weight: 151.2
Chest: 38″
Waist: 32.25″
Hips: 38.25″
Right Thigh: 22″
Left Thigh: 21″
Right Arm: 12.5″
Left Arm: 12.5″

Day 0 Fitness Test Results:
Resting Heart Rate: Ooops, didn’t take that ūüôĀ
Pull-ups: 0 (didn’t have a pull-up bar, but pretty sure I couldn’t do any anyway); P90X min: 1
Vertical Leap: 7″; P90X min: 3″
Push-Ups: 12 regular + 15 on knees; P90X min: 3 regular or 15 from knees
Toe Touch: +3″ (3″ past my toes): P90X min: -6″ (6″ away from reaching your toes)
Wall Squat: 1min 56sec; P90X min: 1 minute
Bicep Curls: 21 w/ 10 lbs; P90X min: 10 w/ 8 lbs
In & Outs: 30; P90X min: 25
Heart Rate Maximizer: Immediately after: 150, 1 minute after: didn’t record (had distraction), 2 minutes after: 84, 3 minutes after: 82, 4 minutes after: 80; P90X min: Able to finish 2 minutes of jumping jacks (last 30 seconds as fast as you can).

I know this would all be easier to read if it were in a table, and I do plan to do that. When I do, I’ll replace this mess with the pretty table!! ūüôā

P90X – The Start of a New Era

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

It’s been a while since I have posted anything (Jesse has been great at chronicling our house progress with amazing detail)! I’m inspired to write now, though! I am starting a new workout program called P90X (for Power 90 eXtreme), and thought I would share my experiences as I go along. I first learned about P90X a couple of years ago when my dad mentioned this informercial he had seen on TV for an INSANE workout, and he explained the concept of muscle confusion to me. It sounded really great, but I didn’t have confidence that I could actually do it. A couple of months ago, I saw the infomercial myself, and wow. Ridiculous. BUT, something struck a chord in me, and I couldn’t get it out of my head. I started googling about it and asking people about it (read here: driving Jesse insane with my inability to make a decision). I saw all sorts of before and after pictures and videos, read blogs, learned about the nutrition plan, etc. After a month and half of going back and forth about it, I broke down and bought the DVDs, a chin-up bar, and some weights – HERE WE GO!!!

A lot of the blogs that I read were so helpful and inspirational, that I thought I would do my part and document my journey with the hopes of helping at least one other person have the confidence to do this workout!!

I will post my day 1 pictures (be nice people…this is hard to do), as well as 30, 60, and 90 day photos. I’ll also provide my measurements and weight (also very emotionally difficult to divulge).

If people are interested, I can post my meals also. I have found this very helpful when other people do it – gives me ideas!!

Most of all, I just want to chronicle my hardships and victories – this program is very difficult, and it’s easy to talk yourself out of doing a workout or into eating something you shouldn’t – I want to share all of these difficulties and prove that I can overcome them and so can you!

Keep checking back!

Stain and Finish the Guest Room

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

We finally had a nice weekend where we would actually be home so we planned to finish our work on the guest room floor. After running out to get some supplies early Saturday morning, Tina and I began applying the whitewash stain to the floor. The stain went on easily, and the low-VOC formula was quite pleasant to work with:

While we were giving that time to dry, we turned our attention to the yard, which had largely been ignored since we bought the house. ¬†There were tons of leaves to be raked and lots of things in the gardens to be trimmed. ¬†After a couple of hours, the floor was ready for the first coat of polyurethane. ¬†I dragged myself back inside to prepare for the first coat of finish. ¬†The first thing I did was to change in to some clean clothes. ¬†Then, I gave the room a thorough vacuuming. ¬†After I was certain that I’d sucked up every last animal hair and bit of dust, I began applying the finish. ¬†This is also a low-VOC product and it wasn’t bad to work in the room at all. ¬†There was none of the eye-burning, dizzying off-gassing that we experienced with the polymerized tung oil that we applied to the hickory. ¬†I removed a few stray dog hairs that appeared as I worked may way across the room, but otherwise, the first coat went on without a problem. ¬†When I was done, I closed the door and gently pressed a towel up against the bottom to prevent any contaminants from entering the room that way. ¬†When we checked on the floor a few hours later (you can re-coat in 2-3 hours), we were very pleased with what we saw. ¬†The first coat was streaky and uneven, just as we expected, but where the finish had started to build, it looked fantastic:

After a nice long walk this morning with Lilly, I headed back into the room to prepare for the second coat. ¬†I went over the whole floor with a 3M maroon pad to ensure cleanliness and good adhesion. ¬†While I was doing that, I noticed many more embedded contaminants than I had seen while I was applying the finish. ¬†I’m sure they made their way in through the heating system (even though it was turned off) and settled in to the floor as it was drying. ¬†I did my best to remove as many as I could without damaging the floor. ¬†After the light buffing, I vacuumed and wiped the floor with a damp rag. ¬†For the second coat, I applied the finish to two boards at a time, and then vacuumed the next few again before applying the finish to them. ¬†I was hoping this would reduce the amount of pet hair that was somehow finding its way in to the room. ¬†That technique seemed to work pretty well, so I repeated the obsessive vacuuming when I applied the third coat a few hours later. ¬†This is how it looked when it was finished:

Now we just have to wait 7 days for the floor to fully cure and we can get to work on replacing the baseboard trim. We’re really happy with how this came out!