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A Fresh Start

That’s what I am embarking on!  I am determined to get healthy and do it the right way.  I am restarting P90X tonight.  I woke up this morning and had a delicious blueberry/strawberry/banana protein shake, took all my meds, and then Dan and I headed off to Costco and Sprouts to get all the food we will need for the week on our P90X diet.  I also tried out a simply yet yummy recipe for lunch today and got to use one of our veggies from the co-op!  Yay!  I made a chilled cucumber salad, minus the onions and I think I liked it better than with onions.  I also used dill instead of celery seed.  Overall it was light, refreshing, and delicious!

Back on the Saddle

Marinading in FreshnessThe Final ProductI’m no quitter.  It just took me a bit longer to get back in the swing of things but I do say I am back!  I did my first P90X workout since August 6th and it really did feel good.  No miserable, sick, nausea feeling as when I first started… but it certainly wasn’t easy.  I actually did a workout I haven’t had to do yet; Chest & Back + Ab Ripper X.  A lot of push-ups and pull-ups and then of course the horrible ab exercises.  The only exercises I actually had to skip were the Dive Bomber Push=Ups.  If you did P90X, you might know why.  Ugh.

Anyways, made a delicious dinner tonight.  Salmon fillet loaded on top with chopped spinach, grape tomatoes, crumbled feta cheese, garlic, kosher salt, and pepper.  I baked it in the oven and then plated it with steamed asparagus.  Yum-O as Rachel Ray would say!  Was totally healthy and totally delicious.  I could only get through half my plate so I saved the rest for tomorrow’s lunch.

Other than P90X, I spent the day doing absolutely nothing but being lazy and watching Blu-Ray DVD’s.  I woke up and watched the Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and then Ghost Town, and now I am finishing up Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian before our Sunday night HBO shows come on at 9!  Can’t wait for True Blood!

Tomorrow starts my first morning of waking up at 4am so that I can do my P90X workout routine before work.  We’ll see how this goes!  Dan is just super busy working on school work, school work, school work!  He’s really liking his Microbiology teacher and class.  He knows the Anatomy & Physiology 2 is going to be super tough this semester so he’s just focusing on giving himself lots of time for studying and school work.  Right now the only thing he thinks he is going to struggle with is his online algebra class.  Only because there is no instructor.  But he’s determined that he’ll just go to school for tutoring and I’m determined that if it takes it, we will get him a private tutor!

And on we go!

P90X Update

I have officially been off of P90X since August 6th.  I know it’s bad.  I missed Kenpo that Friday and then the next 2 weeks because of camping.  I had planned on starting again on Sunday but am finding it soooo hard to find the will to do it.  With my new schedule change at work, I’m waking up at 5am and working 10 hours and not getting home until about 6:30.  It makes for an extremely long day for me.  By the time I get home at night and get dinner situated, it’s 8pm.  I like to be relaxing by then!

I’m going to try really hard to go home tonight and just DO it.  Then I wanted to try possibly waking up at 4:30am on the days I work to get my workout out of the way and that way not have any excuses the rest of the day!

I’m down 12 pounds.  No wait, that doesn’t sound right, 12 POUNDS!!!!!  That’s better.  That is the most weight I have ever lost at one time in my life.  In fact, this is the first time in my life I have ever gone on a diet program.  I’ve only ever gone to the gym every once in a while before but never seen any kind of results.  It was mostly to make me mentally feel better about myself.  I’m so proud of myself now and my progress but for some reason it just hasn’t been enough to keep me going.  Dan is back on P90X as of Sunday and doing (of course) wonderfully.  He looks phenomenal!  Best that I have seen him look in 7 years of knowing him, and he says it’s the best he has ever looked PERIOD.  I’m so glad despite his unmotivated wife, that he is still doing it.  He also had taken off from the 7th until this Sunday, but atleast he’s already back in the game!

I still want to lose another 20 pounds by December.  I am determined to get rid of my extra weight by Dan and I’s 1 year anniversary!  My goal is to be about 130 pounds.  Guess this is reason enough for me to go home and do my P90X workout!  I will update on this later.

Christmas in July

Cookies by MarthaDan and I had the same idea!  To celebrate the end of our summer course and of course both of our “A’s” we decided to get each other gifts.  We decided this separately of course.  Dan knows I’ve been really looking in to baking lately and looking forward to my new hobbies and so he bought me this delicious book of cookie recipes by good ol’ Martha Stewart.  I cannot wait to crack it open and get busy!

Zombie T-Shirt

I bought Dan this t-shirt that he had found online last week but was sad that they were “out”.  So, on Monday of this week I put my co-workers to work on a mission to find this damn shirt.  And we did.  (Thanks Drea!)  And it came today, yay!  It says: “In case of zombie apocalypse, choose your weapon”

So, there’s our little “Christmas in July” for ya.  We will further celebrate tonight with BUFFALO WILD WINGS.  Although, in all honestly we celebrate something every Thursday at BWW.  It’s our tradition.  I get the naked tenders.  Mmmm.  See, I’m still true to the diet!

P.S. I am now officially down 9.5 lbs. and Dan is now down 15+ lbs.  :D

FYI: Why So Many Posts?

Well, for those that don’t know… writing is my passion.  I love love love writing.  That’s why you will probably never get an email from me that is less than, oh… a page?!?!  So anyways, with my class being over and me not taking any classes this semester, I decided I didn’t just want to sit idly and let *work* be my entire life.  I decided I was going to do 2 things that I love and 1 thing that I want to love for the semester.

Write: I love to write.  When I was young for some reason I wanted any life but the one I had so I would write stories, novels even, about different people, families, lives and I loved it.  People who read my stories also liked them and all my life since then every English teacher I ever had continuously instilled that confidence into my writing abilities.  So, I loved writing, stories, letters, and now I love writing blogs.  It’s a great way to put my thoughts and energy into something constructive even if I’m the only one who actually reads my site.  It is also helping me rediscover my writing abilities.  I haven’t taken an actual English class in over a year, the last one I took was American Lit.  So, I want to brush up on my writing.  Plus, it keeps my brain from turning to mush while I’m not in school.  So, you’ll be seeing this site being updated pretty often from here on out, or atleast that’s my plan!

Read: I love to read.  I use to be able to pretty much down atleast 2 books per week.  (I admittedly read each Harry Potter book that came out in a day.)  Well, the last few years I haven’t gotten hardly any reading done other than for school.  I read the Harry Potter books when they came out, 3 of the 4 Twilight novels (*gags*), and a few little best seller novels in between that I would pick up at Target while shopping.  So, I want to start reading more again.  And I have a few books in mind but am always open to other suggestions!  Got any?  Please though, no self help religious books.  I’m not that desperate.

Craft:  I want to start crafting.  Something I have never been into, mainly because I was constantly around crafts my entire life.  My mom is an amazingly crafty person and was and still is always working on some project.  I don’t know why I never took an interest as a kid.  Well, I want to start.  I have a few ideas already.  I’m making a great present for my mother-in-law’s birthday in 2 weeks!  I can’t wait to have it all put together.  Anyways, and once P90X is over I would like to try my hand at baking.  I found this GREAT website (bakerella.blogspot.com) that has totally and completely inspired me!  There are so many recipes I want to try.  But I’ve decided only 1 every 2 weeks so I don’t ruin my new nicely chiseled “figure”.  Plus, I think 2 weeks is enough time in between to have the last bakery item all gobbled up!

So, that explains the abundance of blogs!

Yummy Delicious Treats

So, on our quest to better better health and a better lifestyle through P90X, we found out that you just can’t survive without a little something sweet!  Life’s just too short to not enjoy one of life’s greatest joys: sweets!

So, we’ve found several ways of enjoying our favorite treats, the low fat way!  It all started when we found Dreyer’s FAT FREE Yogurt Blends at the grocery store.  From there, the possibilities have been endless.  Some of the ways we have made have enjoyed this yogurt has been with fresh blueberries and strawberries over the top, a nice rootbeer float with no sugar/caffeine, and baking apples or peaches in the oven sprinkled with a little cinnamon and then served over the top.  We have been thoroughly enjoying this!

Check ’em out:

All Over the Place

Just some random thoughts:

This is our first weekend the entire summer with nothing to do and it feels amazing.  We are of course going to Grandma Jo’s to help her do some grocery shopping, etc.  We have felt so bad that we haven’t been able to spend hardly any time with her this summer.  And, she doesn’t quite understand always… but we do our best and it’s all that we can do.  So, tomorrow it is off to Cost Co’s and Albert’s Son’s to wade through all the old farts in that retirement haven.

I counted and I take FOUR freeways to get to work everyday.  Crazy.  I’m so tired of the drive.  I hope we move in the next year… it is wearing on me.  I wish the lightrail didn’t add 3 hours to my day or I’d still be taking it.  But it got pretty old leaving my house at 6:15am every day and not getting home til 6:15pm.  Then having to go to school at 7pm.

Dan and I are both anxiously waiting for our teachers to post our grades.  Why can’t they ever post them on time?  Suppose to be up by 9pm tonight.  It’s 30 minutes after.  Ugh.

We just finished our workout together.  I like when we get to do our workouts together.  Especially Kenpo X.  So much fun and we get really into it.  We just kick some major ass.  Cardio X and Kenpo X are my favorite workouts.  So fast and intense.  I’m looking forward to doing Turbo Jams after P90X in September because it’s a whole lot of that kind of stuff.  So, I’m down 10 pounds now.

It’s open enrollment at my work and so they were having this “Biometric Testing” at work.  They pricked my finger to draw blood and then tested my cholesterols.  It surprisingly HURT!  My bad cholesterol was low and so was my good.  So, I need to keep exercising, losing weight, eating high fiber foods, oils (fish, olive oil, canola oil, peanut butter, etc.) to get my good cholesterol higher.  They also took my body fat % and BMI and I was happy that my body fat was close to what Dan and I measure with out calipers.  So, I know we’re accurate.  The machine they used probably wasn’t accurate because those electronic things never are.  But it was still a good gauge so I know that me and Dan are on the right track and weren’t completely off.

I’m looking forward to the Senate resuming from their August break to see what is going on with this damn healthcare stuff.  Still waiting for all the “change”.  And that’s not a slight at Obama, for the record I proudly voted for him and still believe him.  I’m just a little frustrated with not a whole lot happening.  But I still support him.  But I’m also not afraid to say that I am a little disappointed right now.

Hmm… enough random thoughts from me.

P90X: Day 33

Well, it’s taken a LOT of courage on my part to share these but I feel like if I don’t then nobody will get to see how much progress we have made or how much P90X really and truly works.  I was thinking that I was going to barely work up the courage to share these pics at the END of the 90 days, but Dan and I are so happy and proud of our results after only 30 days that we feel like we should be sharing them with others!

Pics after the jump! (You can click on a picture twice to see it full size if you really want to…)

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Lazy Saturday

Last night Dan and I saw Bruno with his friend, Jesse and my brother, Justin.  I actually really liked it.  I won’t go into it in too much detail, but I left the theatre feeling really sad.  There were so many homophobes in the audience, it really made me wonder why they went to see it in the first place.  Hadn’t they seen the previews?  Anyways, it was an interesting social statement/experiment and just really made me ashamed to be sitting in the audience with some of the people that were around us.  Disgusting people.  Bruno was hilarious, though!  Of course, Dan and I also loved Borat… so we’re fans of Sascha Baron Cohen.

Today I plan on doing nothing but catching up on homework and doing our yoga.  We skipped last night to go to the movies so we are having to make up our yoga today.  We’ll just have to do a 7 day workout week next week because of it, oh well.  It is suppose to be 113 degrees outside today so I really don’t intend on doing anything or going anywhere.  Dan had a Red Bull last night which kinda did a number on his body so he wasn’t able to go to bed until really late so he will be sleeping in today.  I’m taking a break, or rather… avoiding my homework at the moment to write this blog!

Oh I finally finished reading the 3rd Twilight book today.  only took me about 8 or 9 months since I almost quit halfway through because I can’t STAND the author.  She is very juvenile and it really makes her books hard to read.  But, I decided to press on because I do want to know what happens.  Plus, I’m no quitter!  My good friend at work will be so proud of me for finishing it.  Now to start the 4th…

I plan on making Marianne’s famous vegetable soup today which is a favorite in our family.  I bought all the ingredients this week and have been looking forward to it.  Who knows, I may end up bringing it camping next month.  Which, I am very excited for!  I’m looking forward to going to Colorado for a week to camp and just enjoying good company with Dan, Tom, Jason & Julie.  And of course all of our pups!

Harry Potter comes out next week and I cannot hardly wait.  Unfortunately, I have to wait until Friday.  I have work until Thursday, and Dan has a test Thursday night so we have decided to see the first showing on Friday morning.  I can’t wait.  I wish I had time to go back and re-read the book, but alas… I don’t.

And finally, once the sun goes down tonight I intend on making a run up to Target for some new bathing suit bottoms, some sunglasses, and SUN BLOCK.  We are going tubing down the Salt River tomorrow with Jason, Julie, Nutty, his girl, Jack, Justin, and some of Jason’s family.  It should be a great time.  Although I am a little leery about going out in the sun for 8 hours in 113 degree weather.  I plan on packing on the sun block, wearing a hat, and quite possibly FULLY CLOTHED.  I cannot have what happened to me last year when we went to the river and I literally fried and was in pain for weeks.