Monday, May 23, 2011

Thanks to P90X for finishing my Half Marathon

Sorry I am a little late on this posting, but I have had a lot on my plate with training and work. In the past 2 weeks, alot has happened. I finished P90X, which feels great. I didn't finish it the way I wanted because I delayed a few of the workouts because of the half marathon. But I was still working out, I was running instead of doing P90X.

I finished my 2nd half marathon last sunday! I was so happy when I crossed that finish line. It's one of the greatest feelings you can have. You've pushed your body to do something its not used to doing or never wanted to do. Im not built for long runs but I pushed myself and I did it. Even though this was my second half marathon (which is 13.1 miles), I thought I wouldn't get emotional but I did. My eyes teared up and I couldn't help but smile. I just finished 13.1 miles and I was smiling! You must think I'm crazy but it feels so great.

What I'm most impressed with is I didn't train for the marathon this year. Last year, for my first marathon, I ran every day to prepare. I finished in 2 hours and 28 minutes. I had to pause to take my inhaler because of my asthma. My knee was hurt and my hip was out of place. But this year I signed up to walk it and didn't run for training. Instead I did P90X. What a difference! I walked fast for the first 2-3 miles and then decided I wanted to run. So I ran the rest of it. I finished in 2 hours and 38 minutes. So I walked 2-3 miles and ran the rest and still finshed only 10 minutes later than last years and I trained for that one. Plus nothing on me hurt. I was sore, don't get me wrong. But I didn't need to go to the drs. And even more amazing to me is I did not have one problem with my breathing. I never had to stop or slow down because I couldn't breathe. I didn't need my inhaler at all. Moral of the story: Using P90X was the best training I could have ever used for a half marathon. That just proved to me how awesome it is!!!!!!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

15 days left!!!

I cannot believe I have 15 days left of my first round of P90X!!!! I am so excited!!!!!! I cant believe I stuck to a fitness program for 90 days. When I first thought about starting P90X (for the 4th time) I was like 'how on earth will I do this for 90 days?' Now I'm like 'How could I not do this every day?' It is amazing how not only my body is changing, getting stronger and more fit, but my mental state and emotional state is so much stronger than it was before. Dont get me wrong, I've had days where I wasn't feeling it at all. There were some days I just wanted to lay on the couch but my fiancee or Kati Heifner would remind me how much better I would feel if I worked out and they were right. Other days, since I work sometimes 60+ hours a week, I would be running on 2-4 hours of sleep and would rather sleep. Sometimes I could but I noticed when I spent 45 minutes working out, I slept better and felt better even though I was sleep deprived. When I would go with only a few hours of sleep or no sleep and would sit on the couch verse working out, I felt like crap alllllll day long. So it is official, I am hooked to working out!!!

Reflecting on these past 75 days, I know I didn't eat the best, but my eating habits became so much better. So instead of harping on what I did wrong I'm looking at what I did right and how to prevent myself from doing wrong again. I went from eating fast food a few times a week to once every few weeks. I ate a ton of sugar, candy, pastries, etc all day long. Now I hardly eat candy and I havent had a pastries in over two months. THANK YOU SHAKEOLOGY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Shakeology gets all the credit for putting a stop to my bingeful sugar addiction. Shakeology is my lifeline and if I go a day without Shakeology or at least a Shakeology brownie, I am mean. I'm not joking...I get mean, moody, and think about it until I can get some. Sad, but true :) and I love it! So while I'm not where I want to be YET (key word YET) I'm going to keep pushing play and 'Do my Best and Forget the Rest!' and I know I'm going to improve even more and continue to love myself even more

I really want to inspire others to exercise and eat better. I get so many excuses back and I understand why because I was the same way but I hope one day people will see how happy/passionate I am with myself, my body, my progress, and my hard work and they will want to be like that enough that they will push past the excuses and finally step up to the plate. I know people will stumble and fail through this difficult journey (Lord knows I did) but I want to help people to keep pushing forward so they can be as happy as I am. When you are happy with yourself, everything else really does fall into place. When you love yourself, you'll be able to handle your life better and handle stress better. I'm going to keep reaching for my dream of helping others and I hope one day it happens :)