Sunday, December 11, 2011

Health and Whimsy: The Good, the Bad and the Humbling

Hello ladies,

Beginning this past week with my usual four mile (6.4K) walk, I shifted my routine to utilizing my P90X DVDs due to persistent rain on Tuesday and Wednesday. I was anticipating using P90X as a supplement to my walking regimen; I found the program motivating enough to work through a one hour routine each day over five days.

Because the program rotates through a diverse range of exercises, I was able to easily identify strengths and areas for improvement. I was very pleased with my endurance, especially the cardio segments. I discovered I absolutely love plyometrics (jump training). There were jumping intervals during several of the core conditioning and weight training routines. The workouts do not require a jump rope, for which I am thankful. It would be difficult to battle Mermaid for rights to its use.

My biggest struggle throughout the various programs was completing the push ups. There were many sets and complex variations. At times, I simply fought to hold a plank position with good form and that was the best I could do. I also did some of the push ups on my knees when necessary.

The majority of P90X is boot camp style with added yoga and martial arts training.  The yoga portion was like coming home for me and also humbling. I was able to maintain my equilibrium through the majority of the balance postures, which is challenging even for those who practice regularly. My flexibility has really waned. In forward bends, I once was able to stand on my own hands; I am now using a yoga strap to get a little extra reach.

Mermaid appreciates the benefits of new sneakers. 

Always best to try them on for size. 

These laces seem to measure up. 

The Nike trainers have passed Mermaid's strict quality assurance tests. 

While I didn't lose any weight this week, I feel confident I gained muscle. The size large pants I bought a month ago slid down while I practiced yoga vinyasas. I had to pause the DVD and put on the medium pair I had waiting in my closet. A few of my large tee shirts also became too roomy for proper wear. I'm really impressed with the early results of strength training and I'm looking forward to continuing.

Behaviors that helped this week:

  • Maintaining a sense of humor. I was talking with a client about some of her career options and I involuntarily groaned, alarming her. I had to explain I was trying a new workout and it wasn't her career that pained me, it was my abs. 
  • Tenacity. The first few days I was experimenting with new routines, my muscles were aching, which is to be expected. I continued waking up, having breakfast and putting the DVD in the player. A new routine is bound to be challenging at first. The only way to make it easier is through practice. 
  • Acceptance. What I could do with ease a few years ago is not the same as what I can do today. Since I already understand the movements, I should be able to regain strength and flexibility with greater confidence than before. 

Goals for next week:
  • Donate or give away some of my clothes that no longer fit. Since I was able to maintain a lower weight for years, there seems no sense in holding on to things someone else can use and enjoy. 
  • Get some rest! I am continually booking activities into my schedule. Some of this comes as a result of living in a city. There are always friends nearby and something to do. 
  • Pick up a day planner. I think I need the old fashioned paper variety. I want to get a handle on fitting more blogging back into my week because I really do enjoy it! 

How has everyone been doing this week? Are you considering your New Year's Resolutions? 

Health and Whimsy is intended to be a journal of my personal experience. Please consult your doctor before making any changes to your health program. 

Happy painting, ladies!


  1. Mermaid is a gorgeous model. :) Maybe she has an affinity to the Goddess of Victory (Nike). ;)
    I rarely, if ever, step on the scales. I am much happier going by how lose my clothes fit.

    You are staying right on track! Good for you!!!

  2. Mermaid is a beauty! It's sso wonderful that your doing so well on your program. You can only do what your body allows. As you train more your body will respond. I used to love to jump rope when I was a kid. No way could I do that now. My knees are shot. They are bone on bone & very painful. I did lose 3.6lbs. this past week. I'm tryine!

  3. Kimberly: Thanks! Mermaid is very active. If she were channeling the Goddess Nike on a regular basis, I would not be surprised.

    I'm with you on the scale issue. I've been using it more for this feature than I would otherwise, but some readers like to know what activities produce weight loss. I am happy to oblige. :)

    Lucy: Sounds like you had a great week! Mermaid appreciates all compliments and favorable attention. I have a couple of friends with knee issues. Not easy to deal with as you know. I have been trying to go slowly and be deliberate with all the moves both to progress and avoid injury. The second time around on the videos has been a little better for me over the past couple days. Glad I'm getting the hang of it. :)


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