Tuesday, June 30, 2009

P90X Day 60 With 12 Days To Go

Day 60 P90X Extreme Lean

I have had so many things going in my head lately I don't really have a theme to blog about today. I may have a list, because I like lists and they help me gather my thoughts. I have been making these things priorities, however I do feel you have to keep re-aligning your priorities to make progress. Life changes things happen and you need to keep focused on the goal... but there is nothing wrong with changing the direction to get there. Time flies and you have to do what you can when you can with your priorities before its gone.

1. Jabaz Prayer

2. Gratitudes

3. Praise

4. Clean eating

5. Fitness progress

6. Networking

7. Family

8. Foundation

Now in the back of my mind I am thinking about my trip to visit my sister over the holiday. I love my big sis and I can't wait, I hope everyone has something fun planned for the holiday. I will only have 2 days there and 2 days driving but its worth it. One of the reasons its on my mind is because it is just 12 days from my goal and my sister loves to cook. She is from the south and so I will have to really be focused on my diet and NOT let Starbucks or going out to eat get in the way. This will be tough, but I will prevail.

I will have done P90X for a total of 10 weeks for my goal date.

Next is the following Friday the 10th. It is girls night out to celebrate my birthday. So I must stay aware there as well, because I will do my official weigh in on my goal date of Saturday July 11th. That evening I will be having some special dinner so I won't be too concerned after the stats, just going have a nice dessert. I did good over the weekend at the convention, and this week I will be sure to stay as clean as possible as the clock is ticking!

Then my financial goals to start the foundation next month is also on my mind. What I have planned on how to reach that goal, has to be set up so that I will achieve that by age 50. Time waits for no one.

Here is my workout today:

P90X Week 9 day 5 Lean - Phase 3 - P90X DAY 60

Workout - Core Synergistic

Mood - Oh yeah!

Wt - 116.5

Time of workout - 40 minutes

Cals = ?

I increased my weights on these to the 5lb to 10lb

Stacked foot pushups - 15

Banana Roll Boats - 24

Leaning Cresent Lunge - 24 - 5lb db

Squat run w/5lb DB 1 Min

Sphinx pushups - 15

Boats - 15

Low lateral skaters - 30

Lunge reach w/7lb DB - 30

Prison pushups to max - 12

Side hip raise - 12

Squat X Press w/7lb DB - 30

Plank tatarunga runs - 10 sec switch 1 min

Walking pushups - 10

12 days and counting!

Off to get the Rockstar Body..........

Monday, June 29, 2009

Does P90X Extreme Really Work?

Does P90X Extreme REALLY Work?

Phase 3 P90X - Week 9 Day 3
I wanted to post about my workouts tonight and about my stats since it has been 2 months since I started, plus give some feedback on the 12 cd EXTREME P90X workout program.

I was so exceited to report I broke my body fat barrier AGAIN! Since I started the program I have lost 4.5lbs and almost 3% body fat. Now I am working with a trainer/nutritionist and we have played with some numbers and there is a blessing.......my BODY RESPONDS GOOD TO CARBS! Alright in moderation, but it helped us break some barries and thank you Karen for sticking with me.

I am NOT following the P90X diet, I don't even know it because I bought it off e-bay and it did not come with it. My spark friend Su sent me the pages to follow the program and I thank her as well. Go figure and now I have a beach body site. Also note - I am NOT doing the full program for the full time length. I do try to get in 45 of the 60 minutes but its tough for me. (the yoga is an hour and a half and I have done 1 hour only) If you did the full program time I can imagine (and if it did not KILL YOU) you would loose maybe even more.

I want to also note that I have modified some of the moves, I am a trainer and these moves can be challenging with some of my injuries.

No joke, the P90X EXTREME program WORKS!

No joke, it bores me to PIECES! But I am determined to do the FULL 90 days and reach my goal on my birthday. So if anyone would like to know the moves you can read my blogs, or the notes on my public workouts or ask me. If you like the moves you may like the program. I was told on the last visit I had to my chiropractor, that he is loveing P90X for sending him SO MANY CLIENTS THAT ARE ON THE PROGRAM. Beware, do the moves correct and listen to your body or you can easily get something out of position in your spine.

The warning is: NO back, neck or knee injuries........HELLO T. HAS ALL OF THOSE!

Most of you know I have a love/hate relationship with Tony Horton and I will be happy to tell him that if and when I ever meet him. So just know this, will it work for you.....yes if you stick with it. Could ANY OTHER FULL BODY ALTERNATING DAILY 60 MINUTE WORKOUT ALSO WORK......YES! I rest my case, but I had to see what this program that was written in 2007 that is now so popular in 2009 was all about....and as a trainer to help understand ways to help other do the program and modify it should they need assistance. (Im pretty sure this is why no celebrity endorses this, only grads of this program because it is tough to go the full time and all the moves) But maybe YOU could be the next one?

Here are my results and I am very pleased:
WT - 120
BF - 23.3
BMI - 20.1

6/29/09 WT - 115.5
BF - 20.9 (Can you believe it?)
BMI - 19.8

Week 9 Day 3 Phase 3
P90X Workout - P90X Lean Shoulders & Arms
Mood - GREAT
Wt - 116
Time of workout- 45 mins (still needed to do ab ripper, I did some abs yesterday)
2 sets each 2x15 10lb - Alt shoulder press
2x15 10lb set 2 - In & out bicep curls
2x25 7lb - 2 Arm kick back
2x15 7lb Deep swimmer press
2x15 10lb Supination curls
2x25 Chair dips bent knee
2x20 - 7lb Upright rows
2x16 - 10lb Static arm curls
2x15 - 7lb Flip grip twist back tris

P90X Extreme does really work, if you put the time in and eat correctly.

Off to get the Rockstar Body.......

Thursday, June 25, 2009

P90X Last Day Phase 2

CAUTION....Danger Ahead!

What do you do when you see this sign?
Slow down right? I know I do!

Again I got this message from a pastor, and I know she is of course talking about walking with the Lord however many of these messages, Christian or not fit everyday life. (Yes I am a Christian) See when you are not sleeping.....you should see the sign When you are letting your emotions rule you......you should see the sign When you are stuffing yourself with too many calories or bad food choices...you should see the sign When your drinking too much.....you should see the sign.

While you can abuse the body, it will let your good friend give you a nudge.
Who is your good friend? YOUR CONSCIOUS! You should listen when it sends you messages, that there is danger ahead.

If you keep doing these things, and headed in that direction you are going to head to a danger zone....




Emotional distress


So take the time to listen to your good friend, and know that no matter what when you get this message you can change and avoid the danger ahead. So slow down, take measures to change things that you can control and get on the right road. I had a great time with my girlfriend last night and then my hairdresser stopped by to drop off some products for me. We tried the new little pasta place near the house and it was pretty good. They make home made pizza so we shared that and pasta con broccoli. I had only 1 piece of pizza and 3 bites of pasta which was mostly the broccoli. We had coffee and we each had 3 very small bites of turtle cheese cake. We did not even eat 1/2 of it, we were both very good. All the left overs went to her boyfriend for dinner who works late so we did not even feel like we had to eat it all. I was not suprised to have a weigh in at 116.

Then we were going to take a walk but after waiting for my hairdresser to come it was too late. But the good news is we still had lots of good girl talk and its always nice to spend time with Diane. She is in my videos on Youtube. Tomorrow is a vacation day I will be at the Women of Faith convention. I get 2 weeks with 4 day work week in a row, T is happy!

Here is my workout and tomorrow starts Phase 3.

Week 8 Day 7 P90X Stretch/off day

Workout - P90X Stretch Mood - Relaxed (was going to be off day)

Wt - 116

Time = 40 Mins

Cals burned = ?

Static Stretches: Neck Back up the car Head rolls Chest, back and shoulder stretch combo Topas Wrist, forearm Back wrist Dreya forearm stretch Arm circles Shoulder tris Ballistic stretchs Shake outs Hug yourself high-low Static Stretches: Reaches Back/front stroke Side stretch Roller Seated spinal stretch Cat stretch Glute stretch - I did this hand behind hamstring not knee Wide feet forward bend - I did this arms closed Triangle

Off to get the Rockstar Body..........

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Are You Gambling With Your Body?

This morning I was getting ready to do my workout and I started thinking about what a minister said... "Are you gambling with your body?"
I heard a minister say this statement referring to christianity but just like all things you gamble with, thinking maybe what you do now won't have a repercussion of your actions. Well unfortunately its not true, if you go for the instant gratification now, you may be putting yourself for some "not so good" down the road. She of course was talking in terms of sins but it fits all areas of life in my opinion.
Whether its about a bad choice ie a gamble, it can have steep consequences. If you don't take care of your "temple" your body now, then how can you expect to have a long lasting healthy life without investing in it?
Invest in yourself, and do something everyday to become more healthy and fit. When you are healthy, you have more energy, think more clearly and feel more confident so invest in YOU because you are worth it. Just take a visit to a retirement center, and you can see the return of investment. Your in charge of your life, roll it in the right direction.
Last night I had a carb attack, and had wheat bread with my pasta. I know it was not a good choice and I came in over last night just as I knew I would. Im just like everyone, I have trouble breaking bad habits and pasta and bread is one of them for me.
Do you have that craving too?
Anyway here is my workout today and I feel pretty good about it. I really like warrior and triangle and I am still struggling with runners pose, shesh that is hard for me and my knees.
P90X Lean Phase 2 Week 8 Day 6
Workout - P90X Yoga
Mood - Relaxed
Wt - 115.5 (3 days in a row, can you believe it?)
Time of workout - I did 35 minutes
Cals = ?
Moutain pose
Reverse Swan
Minata Plank
Downward Dog
Runners Pose
Cresent Pose
Warrior 1, 2 and 3
I got 81/2 hrs sleep last night so I felt really good and clear minded for this workout. One more workout and I will be on Phase 3 I can hardly believe it.
Off to get the Rockstar Body........

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Pity or Power?

P90X Week 8 Day 5 Cardio X

Today I did much better on the draya rolls, they are TOUGH! I wish I would have counted how many I did but I tell you its hard to concentrate cause they are killers (in a good way). I can't believe I have made it this long without getting bored, but so far so good.

There are times when T has her own pitty party so today I thought about something I heard a minister say....you can choose pity and be weak, or you can choose power and be strong.

I choose power!

When I get up and I feel the effects of working out and the aging process compared to a few years ago I have this pitty party. I can't do it good enough, perfect or as long. Boo hoo! Yes I can, if I focus on my power to do so, be strong and do my best then I can succeed. Its ok to stray way from the bad stuff and move towards the good stuff...try it. Who wants to be weak, take the easy road....not me. I am all about rasing the bar.

Go for the power.

Here is my workout today
6/23 P90X Week 8 Day 5
Cardio X
Mood - Rockstar
Wt - 116
Cals = ?

50 Minutes total workout:

Yoga warm up - 15 minutes
35 minutes 25 of each:

Hook upper side kicks
Kick front & Back
Ball kick knuckles
Jab, cross, hooks, uppercut
3 Direction kicks
Airborn heisman
Swing kicks
Jump shots
Wide tires
Wacky jacks
Squat cross X
Steam engine -50
Dreya roll
Banana to superman - skipped this today
Squat runs - 1 minute each side (no weights)

Off to get the Rockstar Body..........

Monday, June 22, 2009

P90X Week 8 Day 4 and Down 1/2lb

P90X Week 8 Day 4 Stretch
Its not official till Friday but I am down another 1/2lb is that nuts??? I posted a new pic but it doesn't look much different to me so who knows what is going on until an official measure which is in 3 more weeks.

I know I have my legs together on this shot, its kinda a cheat but getting a picture is hard enough so I take what I can get. I have 3 more weeks until official stats and numbers are in. Its my goal date July 11th and it will be 90 days on the program. I got my hair cut lots shorter and 3 colors put in, some darker then I had before. I feel on FIRE! YES, I AM ON THE HOT TAMALE TRAIN! and a new cut always makes me feel special and fresh.
I am not sure if I will go another round or do ChaLEAN. One thing is that I am getting better at the stretch since I had to do it for 2 weeks during recovery. I really like the "Back the car" which is like your hands are on a steering wheel and you have to look behind you. I like it because I like all things you use in REAL LIFE. My other favorites are Triangle and Cat stretch.
Do you have a favorite stretch?
I also had a chair massage on Sunday it was very nice just 15 minutes but pure pleasure. Money well spent $.
Here is my workout today, and it felt good.

Week 8 Day 4
P90X Stretch
Mood - Calm
Wt - 115.5
Time = 40 Mins Cals = ?

Static Stretches:
Back up the car
Head rolls
Chest, back and shoulder stretch combo
Wrist, forearm
Back wrist
Dreya forearm stretch
Arm circles
Shoulder tris

Ballistic stretchs Shake outs Hug yourself high-low

Static Stretches:
Reaches Back/front stroke
Side stretch
Roller Seated spinal stretch
Cat stretch
Glute stretch - I did this hand behind hamstring not knee
Wide feet forward bend - I did this arms closed

Off to get the Rockstar Body.......

Friday, June 19, 2009

Make a "STOP IT" list

P90X Week 8 Day 1


I have been thinking about this statement, that we are all busy but not disciplined. Its true, we may start something but then where is the discipline to make it better? I hope that you have the discipline, I feel like I am gaining it more and more each day. One way I have done it is by starting a "Stop It" list.
Yes we have all kinds of "To do" lists but what about the things we need to just STOP DOING.
If you look deep down you will see things in yourself that realistically you need to own up to and just STOP IT! For me it is, or was the weekend sabotage, just a bit here and there and BAM not good news on stat day. So today as you do your to do list......take a moment and make a stop doing list. I can almost bet you will see better results with the stop list then the do list. For me it has been successful and I wish the same for you.
Stop It!:
Complaining about things I can NOT change or fix
Making excuses
Wasting time
Talking too much
Worrying about what I "can't" do
So there you have it, and I am ON FIRE to change this.
So I can become more focused, and a better productive person, giving energy where it needs to go. I am still on the HOT TAMALE TRAIN.....ON FIRE! I could not be more pleased with my stats this week!
Here is my workout and my stats, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?
6/19 - Official Stats:
wt -116
bf% 21.2
bmi% 19.9 - My lowest ever!
P90X Week 8 Day 1
Workout - P90X Yoga
Mood - Relaxed
Wt - 116 Time of workout - I did 20-25 minutes
Cals = ?
Again I was going to make this my off day, but I need all the stretch I can get. I did finish the rest of the P90X Stretch X workout last night after work and did a 2 mile run. GO T. That run was so hot and humid....I was soaked!
Moutain pose
Reverse Swan
Downward Dog
Runners Pose
Cresent Pose
Warrior 1
Warrior 2
Warrior 3
Have a wonderful Fathers day weekend all!
Off to get the Rockstar Body..........

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Week 7 Day 7 P90X Stretch

I am SUCH a dork! I got to see my show last night and its called "So you think you can dance"
Its the woman judge that uses the phase the "Hot tamale train...your on FIRE!" So I still get the right channel and I still get to see it, I just need to remember its on Wednesday nights. It was week 2 so far and they brought in a girl choreographer from Canada's so you think you can dance and it was fabulous! Talk about some calorie burning, OMG! Anyway I love that show, and the dancers this year are better then last year or from what I remember. Seems each year they bring more to the show, and I love that its never boring. Its like a runway show, they "push the edge" only its the edge of dance instead of fashion.
Do you like the show?
Here is my workout today, which was either stretch or off day. I always need stretch so I decided to do it and not sleep in. GO T.
I can hardly believe I am going to be on recovery week starting tomorrow! Time is flying by, and I am not even getting tired of my diet. Plain oats, Salads and Boca I am bringing it on FIERCE! Oh I am NOT following the P90X diet, I am working with a nutritionist.
Week 7 Day 7 P90X
Stretch Workout - P90X Stretch
Mood - Relaxed (was going to be off day)
Wt - 116 (Can you believe it??? down 1/2lb)
Time = 40 Min's Cals burned = ?
Static Stretches:
Back up the car
Head rolls
Chest, back and shoulder stretch combo
Wrist, forearm
Back wrist
Dreya forearm stretch
Arm circles
Shoulder tris
Ballistic stretches:
Shake outs
Hug yourself high-low
Static Stretches:
Reaches Back/front stroke
Side stretch
Seated spinal stretch
Cat stretch
Glute stretch - I did this hand behind hamstring not knee
Wide feet forward bend - I did this arms closed
Plow....this one is HARD, HARD, HARD! Since I have a cage in my neck I have to be careful.
Not sure if that 1/2lb is going to stick but I will take it for today, stat day Friday so then it will be official if it does.
Off to get the Rockstar Body.........

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

P90X Week 7 Day 6 - T. is ON FIRE!

Ahh Precious Sleep!
Here is a link for tips on better sleep. http://leisureguy.wordpress.com/2006/08/02/
Last night I was going to get to bed early but I ended up reading till almost 10pm. Sleep is so important, it really can make your workouts better and your life a whole lot happier. No one functions very well or is on top of their game with lack of sleep and lack of energy. They are now proving that it effects weight gain when you lack in sleep, I'm sure it does. Just from an energy level I can see how that would rob you of a good calorie burn. Hey I am no sleep expert, but I do love sleep!
How is your sleep?
You may want to check out that link for some tips. I personally sleep with a fan to muffle the noise out since I am a light sleeper.
I am feeling good about my program and consider myself on the HOT Tamale Train....I am on FIRE! I only wish I could watch the Dancing with the Stars show. I don't have a converter box and that's the only channel that won't come in, go figure. I don't even watch much tv but that show, and sometimes Mondays for 2 and a half men you know for Charlie. I guess our channel 4 went some other direction then HD, so I'm gonna miss you channel 4 buh bye.
Here is my workout today. I hit it like a boxer would NO stopping me now!
Week 7 Day 6 P90X
Kenpo -58 min workout
Mood - Good
Wt - 116.5
Time of workout = I did 40 minutes
Cals burned = ?
This is the boxing one, and I like it very much. The stretch serious is very good and intense, I only did 1/2 today. 25 of each move unless specified 1 set per leg.
Jab twists
Jab upper cuts Jab, cross hooks, uppercut
Jogs, jump rope, jumping jacks, jump X jacks
Step drag punch, punch Jab, cross, switch Hook, uppercut, switch
Knee kicks - 20 slow - 10 doubles fast
Ball kicks - 30 single doubles
Side kicks - 30
Jogs, jump rope, jumping jacks, jump X jacks Back kicks - 25
3 direction kicks - 24
Sword hammer - 15
Claw punch - 25
Jogs, jump rope, jumping jacks, jump X jacks
Off to get the Rockstar Body..........

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

P90X Week 7 Day 5

P90X Week 7 Day 5

I have been on a roll, Trainer T. is on the Hot Tamale Train, she is on FIRE! (got that from Dancing with the stars judge)

I have been blasting away at my workouts and hitting my diet very good. I know it can be cleaner but I am doing what I can each day to get better and better.

Last night I got in an extra 1hour long walk just before the huge storms we had. Its still rain here but I am going to make the most of the day. I did modify this workout, I don't have a pull up bar and I am not doing my bands. So what I have done is exchanged those for pushups. Since I have been coming out of that shoulder injury this has worked well for me.

Each pull up move I just do as wide, close or regular pushups. So far I have done 20 each but feel stronger then I was so I take that as improvment. GO T. Im still not getting in the full time on these workouts, but the results have been good so I am happy about that.

Here is my workout today: P90X Week 7 Day 5

Back and Legs
Mood - Bring it, and bring it AGAIN!
Wt - 116.5
Workout time 40 mins
Cals burned = ?

15 Balance Lunges 5lb
25 Calve raise squats 10lb
20 Pushups
25 Super skaters
90 sec Wall squats
20 Wide pushups
30 Step back lunges 5lb
30 Alt side lunges 5lb
20 Close grip pushups
1 min single leg wall squats switch 10 sec - These are KILLERS!
40 Dead lift squats 5lb

Off to get the Rockstar Body........

Monday, June 15, 2009

I Tried This Product, LOVE It!

I tried this new Boca and LOVE it!
Bruschetta Tomato Basil Parmesan
I really like this boca much better then the new mushroom one I tried last week. It has more a chicken flavor and its very good. I may even like it better then the spicy bean, I am not sure yet. I only added honey mustard and really loved the texture too. Same low cals and high protein as the others so thats why I like Boca over Morning Star.
I got my video up on youtube (trainertfitness) and had a great pot luck at church on Sunday, got all domestic duties on the home front done. Its going to be an awesome week! I did good on diet and my workouts, even got in a walk after dinner last night.
Here is my workout and thank you all for the support and inspiration you give me.
P90X Week 7 Day 4
P90X Yoga - 1hr 30 mins, I have yet to do the whole thing.
Workout - P90X Yoga
Mood - Relaxed
Wt - 116.5
Time of workout - I did 25 minutes
Cals = ?
I was going to make this my off day, but after the 2 - 2 mile runs I did over the weekend I figured I could use the movements so I did part of it. Hence I did NOT want to get up on a rainy Monday! Ugg.....
Mountain pose
Reverse Swan
Downward Dog
Runners Pose
Crescent Pose
I will try to do some more when I get home tonight. Not sure what will happen at lunch since its rain, and more rain.
Off to get the Rockstar Body.......

Friday, June 12, 2009

P90X Helped Me Break The 22% Body Fat Barrier!

Today I am STOKED!

I knew I may have some good stats but I was thrilled, yes thrilled to break the 22% body fat barrier! I can't wait to look like this again, GO T. GO!

I think with diet being cleaner and the variety of the P90X workout I got it DONE!

Most of you know I struggle with diet so much, that's hard at this point in my life because I have done so many things with my fitness levels. At the age of 30 was my last great level of fitness, and I did it and completed the goals I set. Now this year, my goal like last year was to get to 19-20% body fat and get ripped. I had many set backs last year, and injuries (my shoulder which I still battle) and personal setbacks, that goal sadly was not completed.

So this year I was on "MISSION POSSIBLE"

I got a trainer/nutritionist Karen Finch http://fitnessbeginswithyou.com/

and set my path and goals with her. Even though I have not met her expectations YET, I am going to. Ok, I'm kinda hard headed and I like to eat things that are not so clean, chocolate, skinny cows, lattes and lays chips so she has a constant battle of love and encouragement with me. Its a battle T is willing to WIN. Oh I forgot to mention, I am competitive that's why I enjoy pushing myself so the battle of the clean pantry continues.

5K run tomorrow for a Grantie City Ill church.

I took a practice run of 4 miles last night and if you don't know a 5K is 3.1 miles and I did it in a 10 minute mile. My normal pace is about 10-11 minute mile but the run I do is incline up, decline back so I gain on the down side of the last 2 miles. My last race was at 9.33 per mile, lets hope for nice cool morning weather.

Here is my workout today.
I am started week 7 today, so this is the results of 6 weeks of working it on the P90X program.
P90X Week 7 day 1
This is the last week for phase 2.

Workout - Core Synergistic
Mood - Gonna GET it done!
Wt - 116.5
BF% 21.7
BMI% 20.0
Time of workout = 40 minutes
Cals = ?

I increased my weights on these on the 3lb to 5lb and the 5lb to 7lb, ROCKSTAR STATUS!

Tough, but I did it, and my stats reflect my work. I am very happy to be in the 21% body fat range.

Stacked foot pushups - 15
Banana Roll Boats - 24
Leaning Crescent Lunge - 24 - 5lb db
Squat run w/3lb DB 1 Min
Sphinx pushups - 15
Boats to Bow - 15
Low lateral skaters - 30
Lunge reach w/7lb DB - 30
Prison pushups to max - 12
Side hip raise - 12
Squat X Press w/5lb DB - 30
Plank tatarunga runs - 10 sec switch 1 min
Walking pushups - 20

Off to get the Rockstar Body.........

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Do You Like Your Life?

Do you like your life?

If not, or you want to make it better, did you know you can change the channel?
What do you watch and what do you listen to?

Its true, what you put in your mind on the channel of either tv, radio or reading is feeding the brain. Whatever you feed the brain the subconscious will work on delivering to you. In the first few minutes you wake up your brain is at an "alpha" state where the mind is at its most learning state. (I wish I had that all day!)

How do you wake up?

It is by music, or a buzzer? If its a buzzer you may consider changing it to music, because it can change your whole day.


Because if you alter your thoughts, you can change your life. Its true, that's part of the reason I don't watch much tv (but I did watch So you think you dance and it was a GREAT show last night) I don't hang out with people that are "not on the same path" as me, and it's why I believe in a vision board and the law of attraction (The secret).

Every good day you have can be repeated.

Just do what you did on that good day, and before you know it, you have a good year. Try it, it CAN work for you.
I'm not saying you won't have life "happen" to you, that's something you may not be able to control. In some cases you just have to let that go, release it because things you worry about, or can't control, are a waste of time. Worry is thinking about something bad that you are trying to predict that will happen and or, re-living a negative thought. Stop it!

I like to think of it as God has a plan for me, I am not sure how it will unfold but if I take care of my temple (my body) feed my brain good food (bible, praise, worship, positive things) learn something everyday, that I will be ready for whatever comes my way and make my life a blessing.

I wake up to music, give praise and gratitude, then I start my day with a workout and I end my day with prayer & gratitude. During the day I focus on what I can learn, and who I can help, and praise. If I encounter something I don't like that is negative, I change the channel, and move on.....its a great feeling.

So be mindful of what your brain food is, and see major changes in your thinking and greatness become from yourself.

Here is my workout today and then just one more week and I am on Phase 3.

Week 6 Day 6 P90X Stretch
Mood = Lovely

Wt = 116.5 - 2 days in a row....what???

Time = 40 Min's

Cals burned = ?

Static Stretches: Neck Back up the car Head rolls Chest, back and shoulder stretch combo Topas Wrist, forearm Back wrist Dreya forearm stretch Arm circles Shoulder tris
Ballistic stretches Shake outs Hug yourself high-low

Static Stretches: Reaches Back/front stroke Side stretch Roller Seated spinal stretch Cat stretch Glute stretch - I did this hand behind hamstring not knee Wide feet forward bend - I did this arms closed Triangle Camel - YES I did this one today....GO T.

Off to get the Rockstar Body.......

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Skinny Cow Rampage!

I still can't find the information on the new Dark Chocolate Berry High Protein Cereal Bar by South Beach Diet, Kraft....but here is my review.

It has the same protein and cals as all the others:

140 cals

10g protein

10 vitamins & minerals

3 Fiber

7 g Sugar

5 g Fat

15 Carbs (I like this part)

150 mg Sodium

It is very chewy and tasty, sorta like a black forrest cake. If you know that flavor YUM, and I prefer it over the regular chocolate.

Last night I went on a Skinny Cow rampage!

I love skinny cows, the ice cream sandwich and the fudge bars. The new truffels are ok, but not my favorite for the amount you get out of it. The picture on the box looks better then I think they taste, but thats just me. Bring on the fudge bar instead, its richer and only 100 cals.

I had 1 1/2! At 140 cals and 1.5 grams of fat each so NOT good. It was over my limit, but for some reason it was just so good to me. I usually don't even have any reason to have that much, but yesterday with coffee it was perfect for dessert. There are no more in the house, thank goodness!


For some reason I have been weighing in around 117-118 and today at 116.5. I am amazed because I have been over carbs this week. Well maybe its working like a cal cycle right now, I will have to see what happens on Friday stat day. That would put me at 1.5lbs away from goal weight, now if only my body fat will reflect that loss as well. I am hopeful, since all other macros have been on target.

I am feeling tighter and todays workout was good, I enjoy the warmup. I got in my incline walk yesterday at lunch 40 minutes, and should again today. I wanted to do a run last night to get ready for the 5K on Saturday, but it rained AGAIN! 5K Gonna be a tough one without practice runs! Thinking I may have to hit the gym for some blasting last minute cardio, I won't mind coming in at a 10 - 11 minute mile. My last one was at 9.33 but the weather was much cooler so we will hope for a low humidity day. I am not a fast runner, just a distance runner.

Here is my workout today:

P90X Kenpo -58 min workout

Mood - Ready

Wt - 116.5

Time of workout = 40 min

Cals burned = ?

25 of each move unless specified 1 set per leg.

Jab twists

Jab upper cuts

Jab, cross hooks, uppercut

Jogs, jump rope, jumping jacks, jump X jacks

Step drag punch, punch Jab, cross, switch Hook, uppercut, switch Knee kicks - 20 slow - 10 doubles fast

Ball kicks - 30 single doubles

Side kicks - 30

Jogs, jump rope, jumping jacks, jump X jacks

Back kicks - 25 3 direction kicks - 24 Sword hammer - 15 Claw punch - 25 Jogs, jump rope, jumping jacks, jump X jacks.

I am getting addicted to the X jacks, but then again I love plyo and functional training. If you have never tried them, give it a shot you might become addicted too........Jump up and out as you jack, in a single form. Now Tony Horton, thats another story!

Off to get the Rockstar Body...........

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Ear Stitches Are Out...Watch Out P90X!

Today I feel great...Bring it Tony Horton!

I went to the ear doctor yesterday and got out my stitches (stung a bit) and he said the surgery went well and it looks good and healthy. I found out he grafted some skin from the outside to patch the inside, and went in through the front of my ear instead of behind my ear. He did my other left ear, which he re-built my eardrum in 1995 and I have never had a problem. I had a hole in my right ear from infections, so that is why I got it fixed.

For the next month I have to put these drops in 2 times a day to dissolve the packing that is in the ear, then I will be able to hear. I can sorta hear now, its great and I feel good as far as working out he said I CANT hurt it at all. The only way is if something sharp came in my ear......so P90X I'm back!

5 K run this weekend - ON!

I got home at my regular time even though my appointment was at 3pm, traffic and the prescription took up my extra time. I got home just in time to start dinner.

Great workout today:
Phase 2 Week 6 day 3
P90X Back & Legs

Mood - Rockstar!
Wt - 117.5
Time of workout - 40 Mins
Cals = ?

I did pushups instead of pullups

12 Balance lunges
25 Calve raise squats - 10lb
15 Push ups
25 Super skaters
90 Sec wall squats
20 Wide pushups
15 Back leg lunge 5lb
24 Alt side lunge 5lb
15 Close hand pushup
60 Sec Single leg wall squats - 10 sec alt
20 Dead lift squats 10lb
15 Calve lifts 7lb - I meant to grab the 10lbs lol

5 Weeks till goal date....I have to really kick it up a notch! Thank you all for your support and for viewing my videos. I got 115 hits in one day on my desk workout!

Off to get the Rockstar Body........

Monday, June 8, 2009

T's 2 NEW Youtube Videos Are Up

Got my 2 new videos up on youtube....FINALLY! The Desk workout & Knee workout, you can view them at my link:


I enjoy helping people in areas that are usually over looked. When your talking about the body, as a trainer, I feel it is important to work out pro-activly on a wellness level.

I did go out and buy 2 new products that I will share once I try them. One is a Southbeach Protein bar and they don't have it on the site yet. The other is the Boca burger I told you about, I can't wait to try that.

I came in burning over 340 cals then expected this week!

Thats good news and I kept my food pretty clean as well. I had a few chips, and skinny cow but my numbers were very good, as I progress each week. I made sure to get in all my snacks this weekend, thats progress. 5 weeks to go to goal date.

Went to swing dance on Friday, that was fun and I really caught right back on I was proud! I did take one picture but never got time to put it up along with the shrimp I made yesterday. I was so proud of myself I never made wilted spinach but it turned out GREAT! So I had to snap a picture, because I always say "its all about the presentation".

Has anyone ever made this before?

I made it with olive oil and garlic and no salt seasoning then I grilled the shrimp on the forman and placed them on top the bed of spinach, it looked so pretty I had to take a picture. I will try to load that up.

Then yesterday I hit some balls at the driving range, and believe it or not I think I am getting my swing back even in 3" heals. I was wearing them from church to the video shoot to the driving range...T. your so CRAZY!

Here are my workouts:

Week 5 was P90x recovery week
From 5/29-6/5 where I did walking, stretch and yoga only. Per doctors orders that I could resume my workouts on Saturday June 6th.
I am not going to list that its too boring.

Workout - P90X Stretch - 30 Minutes
30 Minute walk
30 Minute Swing dance
Cals burned = 232

Week 6 Day 1
Workout - Cardio X
Wt - 118
Time of workout = 50 minutes
Cals = 486 + P90X Cals?
90 Min walking
45 Min mowing grass

Week 6 Day 2
Workout - P90X Shoulders and Arms & Ab Ripper
Wt - 118
Time of workout = 2hrs 5 minutes
Cals = 268 + P90X Cals?

45 Minute 4 mile walk
30 Minutes golf ball hitting at the driving range

Used 8-10lb dumbbells on all moves
8lb on shoulders & triceps
10lb on biceps

Week 6 Day 3
Yoga - I will get this in after work, since I am leaving early for my doctors appt and had to come in at 7am today.

I am hoping to get all the stitches and packing out of my ear today and have wonderful hearing praise the Lord!

Off to get the Rockstar Body...........

Friday, June 5, 2009

Delicious - I Tried 3 NEW Products

I just got time to tell you about 3 new products that I tried out this week, one was just to be sinfully delicious.....the True Delights so BEWARE!

2 Quaker new products:

The True Delights, I had the raspberry last time, and this time the coconut and honestly I love the coconut with the macadamian nuts, so good. I know 140 cals and its not that "good" for you as far as clean but it is an oat, that taste like a candy bar. For REAL!

Chewy peanut butter protein bar
Now this one, much smaller in size and 110 calories. I am glad they added the extra protein of 5gr but still Southbeach protein bar has 10g for only 30 more calories. I pay usually $3.69 for 6 bars for the Southbeach and these are 8 bars and I paid $2.50 on sale.
But the taste is very good, rich and chewy, and for an "on the run" less expensive bar I still like the product very much for the price value. It's so expensive to eat clean.

Next product is from Boca, I like them better then Morning Star on most products. I like Morning Star chick patties best. For me the flavor and the calories are better on Boca, but its a personal choice. I also like that Boca makes a ground beef too for pasta and stuff like that for cooking.
Savory Mushroom Patty Veggi Boca Burger

g**trans fat
This one was less spicy then some of the other ones, but the flavor was very good. I eat mine with mustard and relish, usually no bread but today I had bread.

Anyway I wanted to share these with you and let you know I enjoyed them and thought you may want to give them a try. Now next week I will try the other new Boca burger Bruschetta Tomato Basil Parmesan Veggie Patty.

Happy tasting.........

Forging Your Strength For Life

I am so excited I get to go back to my workouts this weekend! I have done pretty good this past week with incline walks, yoga and stretch. I feel like this article fits for me, since I was on a prep/rest/recovery week.

Here are this weeks stats:
WT- 117
BMI% 20.1

30 Min incline walk
45 Min after dinner walk

I think I did pretty good this past week but I will have to get cleaner the next 60 days to meet my goal.

I want to continue another blog on Success 90 day fit program. In this section he talks about preparing for the 90 days, he calls "Base Camp" prepping you for your adventure.

Forging Your Strength for Life by Shawn Phillips
Still time to Register:

It’s time to begin the noble climb from out of the ordinary to the heights of extra-ordinary—an elevation few choose to pursue in their lifetimes.

Take the next six days to complete your preparation in Base Camp so that you’ll be rested and ready to enter your 12 weeks—only 84 days—of training.

4 – 21 Day Sprints
Your body is amazingly adaptive. Ask it to be stronger, and stronger you will become. Challenge it to go farther, and farther you will go. Coax it to be more limber, and more limber it will become. Allow it to mold into the seat of a recliner, and—you got it—a recliner seat it will become. Stretch it, push it, pull it; your body is like cellular Play-Doh® waiting for you to be its sculptor.

Think of the next 12 weeks as your training camp for a strong life. For athletes, training camp is a focused, intensive period of time specifically designed to transform them from their off-season condition to their peak in-season self, physically and mentally.

You’ll find that breaking the 12 weeks into four 21-day “sprints” is helpful in maintaining focus and managing expectations. Your experience will be unique, but, generally speaking, you will encounter each of the following stages:

Stage 1 (days 1 – 21): This stage is about momentum. These few weeks are both challenging and absolutely critical to reaching your full stride. This is the time to align your practice, creating your rhythm and rituals of training and nutrition. Take it one day at a time, for 21 days in a row.

Stage 2 (days 22 – 42): It’s common that people express some frustration or concern if they just aren’t feeling or seeing results at this point. When you’ve been in a good rhythm, doing all the right things, your body will resist change for a while, but then, suddenly, it will be almost as if it starts working with you. This reward is usually enough of a boost to finish this 21-day sprint strong.

Stage 3 (days 43 – 63): This third set of 21 days can welcome a slight plateau. Bolstered by the first spurt of results, you can get a little spoiled—and that’s when things slow a little. Now is your time to double-check your practices, make sure you’re reaching training peaks and hone your nutrition in preparation for the homestretch.

Stage 4 (days 63 – 84): In this final sprint, expect to question if you set your goals high enough. When a few weeks earlier you were filled with doubt, suddenly, it’s as if the force is with you. It’s not uncommon for these last 21 days to produce nearly 50 percent of the measurable results.

Beyond the Body
Approach the next 90 days as you would a great life adventure. Enter with an open mind and a light spirit—and seek to enlighten both.

Expect to be challenged, as life may conspire against you. Yes, that’s right. Things will unexpectedly arise, so be prepared and stay your course.

You will be a stronger person in nearly every way for having done it.

Off to get the Rockstar Body...........

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Your Blueprint for Brilliance: Setting Your Vision and Goals

Here is a link I really like and thought I would pass on.


As I follow the 90 day challenge on Success by Shawn Phillips, here is part of it that I thought I would share. It could be true with any 90 day challenge of fitness NOT just his.

Here is what Shawn has to say:

Your Blueprint for Brilliance: Setting Your Vision and Goals
Before you embark on the 90-Day FIT for SUCCESS Challenge, you’ll want to answer a few questions:

What goals do you want to accomplish during the 90 days?
What’s the vision you’d like to create for the next year and beyond?
What will you be able to accomplish for yourself, your family, your community?
Too often, people see vision and goals as one and the same, but they are not. Your vision serves as the compass, your “true north.” Goals, on the other hand, are your markers along the path of life moving you toward your vision.

Together, an inspiring vision and clear goals serve as a blueprint for your lasting success—your choice to live a strong life, however you define it. It’s the life you’re most drawn to live, a brilliant future that pulls you forward each day with great force.

With this process you take the power of transformation far beyond the physical realm. You’re not just increasing the effectiveness of your workouts, but also your ability to excel in life.

Creating Your Vision

Your vision is a gripping narrative or picture of your life one year from today, written in the present tense.

I often find that people tend to focus on the tangible rewards when creating their vision—a new career, home, car or dream vacation. All of these things are terrific, but it’s not just the things you want, but also the feelings and emotions that bring your vision to life.

What impact will your vision have on your energy, confidence, productivity and success?

For example, a one-year vision statement might look like this: I have the energy and stamina I did 10 years ago and my efforts have been rewarded through a salary increase and promotion. I’ve joined Rotary, shaved two strokes off my handicap and next month we’re headed to a beach vacation for 8 days. I feel more energy, joy and fulfillment in both my personal and professional life, with a growing sense of accomplishment.

Goal Setting: One of the Secrets to a Life of Success

With your vision in mind, it’s time to set your goals: the defined, measurable outcomes you intend to achieve in a given period of time, in this case over the course of 90 days.

Goals need to be separate, albeit supportive, of the vision and must be specific, challenging and meaningful, not vague wishes or fleeting desires.

It’s not enough to say, “I want to get in shape.” This is the traditional New Year’s resolution that has no power, no direction behind it. It’s not a goal, but a vague wish.

Instead, if you want to go from a size 14 to a size 8 or from a 38-inch waist to a 34-inch waist within 90 days, those are specific and measurable. Be ambitious, but realistic. What can you accomplish in 90 days?

Set at least two physical goals as judged by objective measurements that can be quantified, such as losing 10 pounds of fat, gaining three pounds of muscle, losing two inches off your waistline, lowering your cholesterol by 50 points, shaving minutes off your triathlon time, etc.

Set at least two goals that focus on your inner strength. These are mental and emotional goals subjectively measured and not as easy to quantify, but are no less important. After all, self-improvement is not just physical.

Focus on improving your outlook, attitude, mood, and information base. For example, you could improve your relationship with someone who holds a significant amount of importance in your life. Or perhaps you’re looking to advance your career or personal growth. You could set a goal of reading a certain number of books, taking new courses or hiring a professional coach to support and challenge you.

One-Year Vision:



90-Day Goals:

Physical Goal 1: __________________________________________

Physical Goal 2: __________________________________________

Inner Strength Goal 1: __________________________________________

Inner Strength Goal 2: __________________________________________

Dare to dream big. One thing is certain: If you fail to define your life, life will define you.

Share your goals. Putting them out there for other people to see often makes us more accountable. Post them in your home. Share them with a friend or your partner.

So there you have it, I think he has some good insight, some things we have been doing on sparks but you can never learn too much.

Off to get the Rockstar Body..........

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Missing My Dumbbells!

I am so missing my strength training right now. I spoke with the doctor and I am able to go back to working out on this Saturday, why does that seem so far away?

Because I like weights, and they make me feel good. I can work up a sweat on my P90X Yoga or feel good with P90X Stretch, but please give me a set of dumbbells! I am in heaven, just watching how your body can change shape is amazing.
I am still on Phase 3 of P90X week 5 day 3 and only doing stretch for now. I can't wait to get back to my KILLER WORKOUTS!

This is a book I really enjoyed that I bought from my chiropractor.
"The 100 year lifestyle"

If you knew you’d live to be 100, how would you change your life?

Learn a high quality of life as you age, without aging in body and mind.

Ideas and methods for nutrition, exercise, mental agility, finances, friends and family, work, community, and achieving a sense of purpose.

If you want to live the long, healthy quality life you deserve, get a jumpstart on the rest of your long life into the centennial years then this is the place for you.

Welcome to the 100 year lifestyle

Enjoy youthful energy at every age

Commonsense strategy

Health care (pro-active)

Creating the ideal environment (internal & external)

Building a solid support system (circle of people)

Quality time living making every moment count balance (Prime time, prep time, play time)

Financing your 100 year lifestyle (capitalize on the past to build future)

Living your legacy (why wait till your gone)

If you get a chance to get this book it has some wonderful insights. Of course as you know we loose muscle mass as we age, so strength training is VERY important.
Last night I also picked up Paul Zane Piltzers "Wellness the next trillion dollar industry". I will let you know my thoughts on this one too.

Off to get the Rockstar Body.......

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Success Mag 90 Day Fit Challenge

Written by Shawn Phillips
The Shape of Your Life

Whether you’re tall, short, thin, curvy or stout—whatever shape you see in the mirror—the shape your life will likely take on is much the same as every other. It rises up, arcs over and slides back down.

If you were to graph the energy and vitality of your life, it would look like a cross section of a speed bump (Figure 1). You’re born weak and helpless, and then you spend the first two decades of life growing stronger and enjoying boundless energy. There’s a leveling off as you reach a comfortable cruising altitude. Then the inevitable happens: In spite of your attempts to ignore it, the gradual decline begins. You spend the rest of your life walking the “tightrope of health,” quietly hoping and praying that you don’t slip back to weak and helpless.

Figure 1
Here’s a simple way to gauge in an instant where you are on the curve of life. Think back to your last birthday: Was it an exciting celebration? Or has it become a dreaded annual event, similar to tax day?

Chances are that at this point your body is in the midst of some disturbing changes, which, up until now, you’ve mostly been able to ignore.

The redistribution of fat, which has been well under way for more than a decade, becomes ever more apparent. Common problem areas, like the midsection or thighs, are expanding at an increasing rate. If you’ve gotten away without paying much attention to your nutrition and exercise up until this point, the neglect is now visible for all to see.

In the absence of a change in lifestyle, the decline continues to gain speed. Anyway you slice it, though, this sort of physical morphing is a major blow to your quality of life: It’s damaging to your health, metabolism, self-image, career and relationships. And it could mean heart disease, diabetes or worse.

The way I see it, it’s quite literally a choice: You can choose to either have a life of abundant strength and energy, or you can choose to live in the gap, far beneath the quality of life you could be enjoying.

You already know the choice you’ve made up to this point. Should you desire any further evidence, here is a checklist of common symptoms you might be tolerating needlessly:

Common Symptoms Experienced in the Gap

Gradual weight gain, especially in your problem areas
Noticeable drop in energy levels after lunch and in the late afternoon
Frequent cravings for snacks, sweets or other junk foods
A reliance on coffee to get you going, and then more to keep you going
Becoming in the evenings, yet being unable to sleep
The feeling that you’ve aged three years in the last 17 months
Are any of these symptoms familiar? If so, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans have come to accept this steep decline, and the needless suffering it causes, as the normal trajectory of life—the “price of aging.” We give it no more thought or resistance than we do the setting sun each evening.

I’ve got some news for you, though: If you’ve been tolerating any of these side effects, you can stop now.

This “normal trajectory of life” I’ve just described that most of us long ago accepted as a given is not accurate. It’s a myth; a story that our culture and history have given life to.

In reality, these symptoms (and the declining body that goes with them) are much more likely to be the results of physical, mental and emotional fatigue from being overworked, over-stressed, overtired, overfed, undernourished and just plain out of shape. But they are all things you can change now and at any age.

Figure 2

No matter where you are in life, you have the choice to stop living in the gap, create a resurgence—a new higher trajectory for your life—and start growing younger, stronger and leaner today and each day forward. I call it creating the “S curve” of life (Figure 2).

By answering the 90-Day FIT for SUCCESS Challenge and with the Strength for Life program, you can create a second coming—a “new you”—and choose a future more brilliant than your past.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Surgery Recovery = P90X Delay

I had my ear surgery on Friday, and I am feeling much better today. I am just sad that I can't continue my P90X program as hard as I like. I did a 45 minute walk at lunch today, and will do what I can on my workout when I get home.

I can't complain, I had one of the best surgeons Dr. James Benecke and I was at a great surgical center. I am not sure when I will be able to go full force with my workouts, and right now I am not truly up to it.

My ear is a nice shade of purple with some swelling but I don't have intense pain or anything just some dizziness and head ringing. The one thing about ear stuff is it throws off your equilibrium to no end. Also it does drain the energy out of you as well, hey I don't recommend it unless like myself it needed to be done. I had this hole in my ear drum and it was causing lots of discomfort and after 2 years of medication it was time.

Of course I can't wait to get home at get some rest since today was my first day back at the office and I am doing this without my medicine. That stuff can make you sleepy and I can't have that on the job.
Lets hope I can get off the recovery week of P90X this week, and start phase 2.

Off to get the Rockstar Body......