Okay, yesterday was Day 2 of P90X. "Plyometrics" was the workout, which basically means "hey remember how you had knee surgery last year? You're gonna have it again, I bet." I think there were 15 different kinds of squats we did. There may have been more, but the world went grey after a bit. :) The work out was only 58 minutes long, but that was a long ass 58 minutes. I've never sweated from my KNEES before. I had to hit pause at one point because my heart rate was getting a little too high and I bent over to grab my knees and breathe and my hands slid off. What?! A) gross and B) that's some workout if your freaking patellas are getting misty.
Here's a list of some of the squats we did (I can't remember all of them, but I think this is most of them.) This is not in order of how we did them, just how I remember them. We started off with some jogging in place, high knee marching, bouncing from side to side, and walking squats. Funny, he didn't consider those walking squats more than a warm up. Two steps forward, pivot, two back, pivot, one minute.
- Heisman See this? You hop side to side on each leg and freeze in that pose for a breath. 30 seconds.
- Leapfrog squats squat down, toes pointing out, knees tracking over toes. Get low. using your pelvis, hop forward twice, then hop back twice, hands out like you're going to catch a ball. 30 seconds
- Running 180 squats Ever see people start off on cross country? You squat down, one leg out front, the other in back, hands up at the ready. Now jump up, turn around, and have the other leg in the lead position. Jump up and repeat for original lead leg. 30 seconds.
- Mary something squats Okay, these were my faves. Get in Warrior 1 position but your back foot is flat, not on your toes. Leap and switch legs. (Look at something straight ahead to help you balance.) 30 seconds.
- Circle run Sounds easy, but it's not. Put a book or towel on the floor. (I have big tiles in my bathroom, so I just used one of them.) Run around it, still facing forward. IOW, your feet are moving around it, but your torso/head are stationary. Switch directions ever 20 seconds, do for 1 minute.
- Double Heisman Pretend there are two tires in between your left and right final poses. You hop on your feet twice, then freeze in the pose. (boom boom pose, boom boom pose) Another one I loved. 30 seconds.
- Hot foot Stand on one foot, hop in a cross pattern. 1 minute, 30 seconds each foot.
- Gap Leap LOVE THIS. Pretend you're leaping across a stream. I again used my tile as a guide and leaped 3 feet each time. Use your arms to help "get you over" and try to land as softly as possible on your toes, NOT your whole foot. 30 seconds.
- Monster Truck Tires 4 giant tires laid out left right left right in a row. (Make sense? Like you're hopping through them and they're stretched out in front of you?) Giant leaps into each, landing on your toes, then repeat going backwards. 30 seconds.
- Jump shot squat Squat down to "catch a pass" then leap up and shoot. 30 seconds for each lead foot. (You lead with your left foot and do the motion, then you lead with your right foot.)
- Catch and Pitch Ahahaha, I totally borked this one, could NOT get the other side. Squat down to catch the ball (both hands up just like a catcher) Step with your left foot and throw. Squat down and step back to repeat. 30 seconds. THEN (and here's where I gave up and marched in place) repeat with your right foot. Which means you're pitching with the other side. And my body couldn't figure it out. :D 30 seconds on this side, or drink water and laugh, like I did.
- Stiff march no impact, but don't let that fool you into thinking it was easy. Left foot out straight (knees locked) right arm stiff and straight up, left arm back. Switch to other leg, and swing arms appropriately. Arms must be stiff and locked, pointing up arm has to be straight up, leg has to be straight out, foot flexed. Not so easy, especially when it's for 1 minute.
This is only what I remember. I know there were a few more in there, too. I had to towel off my face and arms every few minutes. Jesus please us, this is a tough work out. Oh! I just remembered one, he called it the "mother of all the exercises," and he wasn't lying.
- jump squats Hold your hands out like they're on a table, elbows bent at 90 degrees. Jump up in the air and smack your hands with your knees. I KNOW. Don't cheat and drop your hands down to your knees, either. 30 seconds.
Now, keep in mind that we did all of these exercises, then we DID THEM AGAIN. All of them. Oh, and one of the demo guys doing the workout? He had a prosthetic leg. A ONE LEGGED MAN DID THESE. Anytime I said to myself "That's impossible," I looked at the dude with ONE LEG doing jumping squats, etc. I MEAN WHAT?! No excuses!!
Today is Chest and Arms and AB-Blow Out. It's going to have to wait until lunch time because I have an audition this morning and I don't want to hobble in, har.
There are some awesome recipes in the program, and everything is reasonable, minus the one million egg whites every morning. I need to look into buying just egg whites (the things n a carton?) because I can't stomach the waste of all of those yolks.
6 egg whites
3/4 C mushrooms, sliced
2 TBSP green onion, chopped
1/2 Roma tomato, chopped
1 1/2 oz. low fat cheddar cheese, shredded
Beat egg whites in a bowl, season with salt and pepper, easy on the salt. Coat a non-stick pan with cooking spray, add veggies and cook until tender. (I think I'd skip this step. I like a bite to my veggies.) Pour egg whites over all and cook until set on the bottom. Add cheese, fold over in half and cook just until cheese melts and the egg sets.
191 calories, 3 g fat, 32 g. protein, 7 g carbs. The recipe changes as you move through the program by adding more egg whites and a little more cheese. (3 ounces.)
1/2 Roma tomato, diced
1 C spinach leaves, cleaned and dried
6 egg whites
1 1/2 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
1 TBSP fresh basil, chopped.
In a non-stick pan coated with cooking spray, saute tomatoes and spinach until slightly tender. Remove, and set aside. Whisk egg whites together, add to pan and stir over low heat until almost set. Add veggies back, the cheese and basil. Cook to desired firmness. (I had this today. Num and easy and num.)
239 calories, 9 g fat, 29 g. protein, 9 g. carbs
6 egg whites (see?)
3 oz. chicken breast, cooked and diced
1 1/2 oz. fat-free Parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 TBSP fresh basil, chopped
Coat non-stick with cooking spray, lightly beat eggs, add to pan. Cook, stirring, until half-way set. Add diced chicken and cook through. Add a small amount of salt and some pepper to taste, garnish with fresh basil.
320 calories, 6 g. fat, 49 g. protein, 16 g. carbs
It's not all regimented crap in Case de Stoney, however. Yesterday I drove out to meet crazydiamondsue and hold her leetle baby boy for a few hours while they were in my neck of the woods. Now, I'm the first person that will tell you that I don't like everyone's kids. I'm not that mom. Just because it's a baby doesn't mean I have to like it. :D
I kinda had a hard time letting anyone else hold Jonah. Um, he's totally cute and nommable and he let me zrbit his neck. We also discovered that my package of pink-skull adorned tissue pack was the perfect toy for a teething vunderkind. Who knew? It's always the weirdest things that keep kids entertained. Two hours of adults in a restaurant and he was pleased as punch the whole time. You couldn't ask for a better baby, you know? <3 <3
It is stormy stormy story here today. If I didn't have to leave the house, I would be pleased to sit inside and let it howl, but I have to get out in it, bah. No, no stinking thinking! YAY RAIN. Or something. ;)