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Why did personal litters go out of vogue?

I ask because I would just rather have someone carry me around for today. I'm zonked.

Because of the back injury a few weeks ago, my P90X routine was derailed. I actually wish I hadn't stopped my workouts for two weeks, because as soon as I started back up, my back problems went away. I've been doing portions of the yoga routine (Disc 4) every night before I go to bed, and that was almost the only thing that took away the kink in my back. I still walked every day, because in case it's not clear, I have a hard time being sedentary. Stoney like to move.

Today I was back on Week 8 (I repeated week 7 since I took time off, and I didn't want to continue on until I'd mastered some stuff) and it was Day 2: Core Synergistics.

Day 1: Chest, Shoulders, & Triceps, Ab Ripper X
Day 2: Plyometrics (Damn I love this one. LOVE IT.)
Day 3: Backs & Biceps, Ab Ripper X
Day 4: Yoga X
Day 5: Legs and Back, Ab Ripper X
Day 6: Kenpo X (Maybe my most favorite of all. DUDE. Just- it's freaking awesome.)
Day 7: Rest, or X Stretch (Do the stretch - your body will thank you.)

Day 1: Yoga
Day 2: Core Synergistics
Day 3: Kenpo X
Day 4: X Stretch
Day 5: Core Synergistics
Day 6: Yoga
Day 7: Rest, or Stretch X (I recommend always doing the stretch disc. It feels gooooood.)

Holy crap. Crapola. Crapolopomous. I can now do 20 of the staggered hand/stacked feet push ups, and I'm up to 10 of the prison cell push ups. My goal when all is said and done is to be able to knock out 15, no sweat. Speaking of no sweat, I have a habit of weighing myself before I workout so I can gauge how much I'm sweating. (I live in Texas: hydration = staying alive.) I dropped 3.2 pounds from a 58 minute workout today. Anyone that wants to challenge these videos as not being "real exercise" is simply someone who hasn't tried the dang things. I've worked out my whole adult life, all manner of physical activity from extreme kayaking, rock climbing, desert running, etc. These videos kick my butt, but in the best way possible. [And I'm looking at the BFF who's a bi-athlete, who also can't keep up with me on the chin ups and push ups, hem hem]

Also keep in mind if you take these up that this isn't meant to be all you do. You don't pop in a video, do the routine, then sit on your butt the rest of the day. This is to enhance your OTHER physical activity. Still go swimming, running, playing soccer, yoga, whatever you do. Hard core pipe hittin' workouts, yo. LOL.

Mostly I'm just super happy to look down and see some (baby) ripped muscle poking out. My arms have never looked more toned, my quads are popping out, and my stomach is toned. I hung out at pool party this weekend in a two piece. IN A TWO PIECE. I've had three kids, folks. That's a good feeling. :)

okay, enough bragging about my Ahnold Schwartzenegarian musck-les, hahahaha.

In other news, we spent the holiday with our new friends, the ones with the pool. NICE. It's been so long since I've been around fellow suburbanites that didn't surprise you with some weird racist comment, or something randomly ultra-right wing, and then I have to drop them. Sorry, can't abide that stuff. I'm decidedly close-minded when it comes to stupidity, can't help it. :) They READ! They BLOG! The like wine! best of all: THEY SKYDIVE. And I think I know what I'm doing for my upcoming birthday: flinging myself out of a perfectly good airplane with new friends. DUDE. That's been on my list of things I must do since I was a kid. WOOT.

I've been re-watching Arrested Development and marveling all over again at how freaking CLEVER that show is. Man, what an amazing piece of TV that show was.

Random: I feel like making pizza dough today. Oooh, maybe some 7 layer bar cookies for the kids. (I'll have to have a sliver, let's face it. Little sweets = happy me.)

[ETA] OH MY GOD. My son (13.5) just asked if he could go to the pool with his girlfriend, and then! THEN! was it okay for him to have a girlfriend? I'm too young for this. Wait, no, that's him. Well, me, too, let's just keep that one in there, too. !!!! I predict an interesting summer to come... o_0



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Jul. 6th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
I love hearing about your exercise routine. Mine is getting a bit of a boost from uncovering my living room so I can do some of my exercise tapes and DVDs. It's fun and I'm a little sore, so I think it's helping.

Anyway, good for you in your two piece swimsuit!
Jul. 6th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
I felt so narcissistic after posting this, so thank you for feeding into that. Hahahaha. Man, it just feels so good to feel STRONG. And as a result, I feel good in my own skin again. It's been a LONG time.

And good for YOU for getting back into physical shape, too!
Jul. 6th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
Go you and your bad ass exercise routine. I've never even owned a two piece bathing suit! *pokes Pillsbury Doughboy belly and giggles*

I never thought of weighing myself after my walks. If my soaked clothes are any indication, I bet I drop a couple pounds, too. I'm drinking the entire time, though, so I don't keel over.

Mmm, pizza.

Jul. 6th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
LOLOLOL. I was the queen of the swim shorts and tankini top. Now I'm all, check out how hard I've worked, yo! I'm like Kathy Griffin, but 11 years younger. Hee.

Oh, you're so good for bringing water on your walks. I feel unbalanced and constantly switch the bottle from hand to hand, so I just drink a bunch before I go, and then more later. It's amazing how much you'll drop just from sweating...

PIZZA. Whole wheat bread (with some parmesan cheese in it) and fresh tomatoes and basil from the garden. later lunch/early dinner at 5, come on!
Jul. 6th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
Also keep in mind if you take these up that this isn't meant to be all you do. You don't pop in a video, do the routine, then sit on your butt the rest of the day. This is to enhance your OTHER physical activity. Still go swimming, running, playing soccer, yoga, whatever you do. Hard core pipe hittin' workouts, yo. LOL.

I'm always really confused when certain workout programs say this. What if your job is, be definition, an active one? I mean, I can see needing to do something else that's a bit more in the cardio frame of things if you work from a desk all day, but what if your job basically doesn't let you so much as sit down for 7 hours when you factor in your breaks? Like, since I started working at Petsmart, I've been on my feet the entire time I'm at work, running this way and jumping three feet off the ground to pull down a hose to spray the perma-rection humping dog, walking back and forth through the building to collect dogs that are being checked in/out (and god, that requires you develop your arm muscles right quick, as many of the dogs ahve little to no leash training. It especially sucks when you're taking a fully-grown Great Dane that's 2/3 your size out on a lead), s rubbing out the doggie day camp rooms, etc. By the time I'm done, my heart rate has been up for hours, and the muscles in my legs and feet are so tired and twitchy I feel like collapsing. And I know it's not just because I'm overweight, because the people I work with are in various stages of health and fitness, and everyone I've spoken to has said they feel the same way, even after having done it for a few years. ::shrug::
Jul. 6th, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm no expert, I'm just a chick that likes to workout, but typically work on your feet wouldn't be considered a workout. BUT! It means you're not sedentary, which is the real killer. When I was working jobs where I was on my feet all day, I would still workout - it made me stronger for my job, but I wouldn't rely on my job as my exercise. But that's just me.

You do what makes you feel good - that's my philosophy about exercise. It's not about a number on a scale, it's about feeling strong and healthy in your own skin, whatever that means to YOU is a good thing.
Jul. 6th, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
Stoney! I love your exercise posts. I bet you look HAWT. What with the academic meltdown I seem to have dropped a lot, which I don't actually like. BUT, okay, I have arm muscles and calf muscles from the yoga-ing and running and walking. I just feel better, even though everything else has gone to shit. Etc. etc. Plus my bizarre job means eating my lunch at a, well, seminary, so the food is all O HEALTHFUL GREENS AND NON-PROCESSED STUFFS.
Jul. 6th, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
HELLO SWEETHEART. I've been offline all weekend, and I wasn't here for you during your time of need!! Running and yoga are such excellent exercises, am I right? You just feel so strong and lose in the limbs afterward. I love that feeling. I bet you look fabulous, you always do!

Mmmmm greens! you should plant a garden in a big pot and hang it out of your window and nom on deliciousness through out the day! (A girl can dream, can't she?) <3 <3 <3
Jul. 6th, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
Being offline is good for the soooul (yeah, and it's probably no coincidence that the first time I didn't stand there going 'oh my god, my life is over' was when trying to BEAM AND PEP my way through explaining words like 'codpiece', 'Yorkshire pudding', 'airs and graces' and 'inferiority complex' to my students).

I have a friend on chaemo who is exercising like a mofo and she says it's the only way. Yeah, you heard me. On chaemo and GOING FOR RUNS. Which is the biggest inspiration and dose of reality one could need.

Ahahaha, it rained today Stoney, my greens would be deep green seas before too long. Love you!
Jul. 6th, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
Sophie, when I've done the 3-Day breast cancer walk, there have been women getting chemo ON THE WALK. 20 miles a day, undergoing chemo, hard core ladies. You will never hear from me "I can't do it." Not after witnessing that. You know just what I mean. Such a reality check, yes?

Mmmmm, English rains. I bet they don't make the ground steam like here. I just need to find a way to come out and see you and have you show me all the yummy bodegas of food, gardens, etc etc all about. I'm sending you hugs and love from Texas!!
Jul. 6th, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)

I'm about to begin drinking. Either that or rocking in my closet while holding The Boy's baby picture. WHAT!?
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Jul. 6th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
It ended so perfectly, even though it sucked that it came to an end. Wouldn't a film be great?! I would love to see Tobias and Gob and Lucille (and Lucille 2 and the Loose Seal) and Buster and all of them doing new things. :( Damn, that show was great.
Jul. 6th, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC)
I'm half-machine. I'm a monster!
I love how your son's thought process was to FIRST see if he could go to the pool with his girlfriend, and THEN, as an afterthought, clear the whole "having a girlfriend" thing with you. Better to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission, I always say ;-)
Jul. 6th, 2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
"You have to get on your KNEES to start that zipper!"
Hahahaha, I know, right?? Honestly, he's such a literal person (Aspergers) that his thought process was probably 1) I need to seek permission for this outing and 2) possibly mother might not know who I am going with, and so I should fill her in. 3) Crap, I mean, darn, mom hates cussing, I should have told her that I even have one of these things called Girl Friend.

Jul. 6th, 2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
Today's my daughter's 14th birthday, so I'm with ya. Where did that time go? I'm still positively boggled by that.
Jul. 6th, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
Look at my icon! That's my son!! When did he get out of diapers?!?!?!

Solidarity, sister. I'm there with ya.
Jul. 6th, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
Girlfriend! Go A, you little stud. Sorry mom, but it's time for condom talks ;p

Jul. 6th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
LOL. It's like you don't know me!! WE HAD CONDOM TALKS THREE YEARS AGO. Mom showed him how to put one on his father. And I showed him how fem-doms work with the pool boy. I AM A RESPONSIBLE MOTHER.
Jul. 6th, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC)

I forgot how responsible you are, yes.
Jul. 6th, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
Not to mention a viewing of "Behind the Green Door." I'm nothing if not thorough. ;)

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Jul. 6th, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
The girl first befriended #2 when she moved in a week ago. (She moves fast, eh?) She'd been over several times and is cute as a button. She talks like The Boy does - all data and "did you know?" and loves animals and hurts when she sees things that are unfair. I quite like her, but! I mean... ACK!

(He told me he held her hand and got all red-faced. BEEP! Cute but OH MAN.)

Oh, I'll def. have pictures taken! (They're devout atheists, too, so we have fun talking about all of those things in our red/Christian neighborhood. It's about time I found some of our tribe!)
Jul. 6th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
You put in the work, you get the results, so good on you! I've been working very hard this winter to turn myself into a marshmallow so I can melt into a hot cup of cocoa - it's an art instilation and also it's for science. DON'T YOU JUDGE ME!

Exercise is all about getting back intune with the meat puppet that we ride around inside of - plus when it's not agonisingly painful, it feels great! Kind of like eating an entire pizza, but better for you and with a face shiny with good honest sweat instead of grease, you stinky bastard.

Jul. 6th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I can't wait to put you on a cracker over a fire and watch you blacken, your sugar sweetness highlighting the robust flavor of my chocolate! Goodness, that sounded dirty...

I will roast you over an open flame in the name of science, that's how good of a friend I am!

(Also, did Arrested Development come your way? If not, those are additional shows I must add to your package...)
Jul. 6th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
Finally I'll have that all over tan/third degree burns that I always longed for.

I LOVE Arrested Development and you already sent me some copies, not only reaffirming that you are fabulous beyond the speak of it, but that there is some kind of time travelling going on - IT'S THE ONLY EXPLANATION!
Jul. 7th, 2009 01:44 am (UTC)
Good for you, minus the pain. Speaking of Arrested Development, my new manager (corporate side) bears a shocking resemblance to David Cross. It's awesome.
Jul. 7th, 2009 02:10 am (UTC)
When Prince was still an opening act, he used to be carried on a litter by four huge guys onto the stage. So now I see you being carted around, wearing purple and singing "Little Red Corvette".
Jul. 7th, 2009 01:17 pm (UTC)
Oh my... Start counting those grey hairs, my father always blamed them on me and my bro. :-D
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