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Have you heard of P90X? It stands for Power 90 [day] Extreme. It is made by Beachbody, a company that is focused on fitness. Well, starting October 1, I’m going to do it.

One of my friends, John, is a Beachbody coach, so I bought the program through him. He’s doing a challenge with a group of people–5-10, he says–to go through the program for 90 days, then to do P90X2 for the next 90 days. I figure it will be good for me, and motivating.

My husband and I are going to work at it together.┬áHe’s already in decent shape–he’s been working out at the gym for a while. I, on the other hand, have a hard time motivating myself to do my workout, even when I get to the gym. I don’t enjoy challenging myself, and my workouts get boring after a while, and I plateau quickly. P90X will solve all of those issues.

I’m not really overweight, but I have some extra “baby fluff” around the middle that I would like to get rid of. Plus I have never been able to do a push-up–not even a girl push-up–ever in my life. And currently I need 80-90 pounds of assistance to do a chin-up. And I only weigh between 130 and 135. It’s what I got down to in my weight loss challenge last year, and I never have gotten lower. I am a bit more fit than I was at the beginning of the summer, thanks to my gym membership, but I have plateaued, and I need something to help get me over this hump.

I’d like to invite you, if you would like to join me in this fitness adventure, check out John’s blog post about the challenge. I’m not doing the shake part of it, for financial reasons, but I wish I could. But I figure there are some things I can do about nutrition anyhow, and I’m really more interested in the┬ácamaraderie and accountability. I’m not a Beachbody coach and would get nothing out of it if one or more of my readers wanted to join the challenge, except mutual moral support.

So what do you think? Care to join me?

Here’s how these are going to work. I’m going to report tell how the previous week went and how I met that week’s goals. Then I’ll share my latest weigh-in and post the next week’s goals.

So here’s how my week went:

Sunday: I think I kind of got off to a bad start. I went out to eat at a Thai buffet and ate too much. Got my first dessert in, also, a delicious coconut milk creation with bits of something yummy in it. Didn’t really exercise either.

Monday: I must have really eaten too much yesterday! I wasn’t hungry until almost 9:00 this morning. Usually breakfast is at 8:00. So I didn’t eat until I was hungry. For lunch I hauled out some pizza crust that I had frozen like over half a year ago… it was whole wheat, but made like pie crust, so probably had too much fat in it. I think I ate too much, but I was trying to use it up. It sure was good, though! I got my exercises in late in the day, but I got them in!

Tuesday: Something I have learned is that I must have at least one meal that has a good strong protein source. For me, this could be a soy souffle with a whole grain (quinoa, millet, buckwheat, for example) for breakfast, or split pea & barley soup for lunch. At least, I need to do that if I am going to only eat two meals a day. Otherwise by suppertime, I’ve got this craving for something, and then I end up eating too much.

That’s what happened today. Breakfast was sweet potatoes and tofu, which on the surface sounds filling, and it was, but the sweet potatoes digest too quickly, and the tofu isn’t as great a protein source as, say, eggs would be. It’s very simple and digests quickly. Fine. But not when lunch is pasta. I ate a handful of walnuts with lunch to try to add in some extra protein, since, thanks to not-buying-so-we-don’t-have-to-take-it-with-us, we have no veggie meats or TVP or anything like that to add to a pasta meal–and beans don’t generally go so well with spaghetti!

So by supper time, I was starving. And ate. Too much. Nuff said. Oh, and it rained so I couldn’t get out for a walk. Bummer.

Wednesday: I got up late this morning (because hubby slept at the new house and the kids slept in too!), so I had a bit of a later-than-normal breakfast. Since it was so late, and since the soymilk in the fridge was 6 days old, I had cold cereal (mostly home-made granola) with juice on it. I haven’t done that in years. I added some nuts to increase the protein and fat content, but it wasn’t that filling of a breakfast! So learning my lesson from the day before, I made a pot of lentils, curry flavored, and served them over steamed brown rice. And I ate heartily. No need for supper today!

Oh, and I did get my exercises in today. Sure, only one set, not two, but it was late, so at least I did it.

Thursday: I definitely got my exercises yesterday! Cleaning the house and hauling heavy appliances made me sore by the next morning, so yes I made it. Read more about that day here. I got my second dessert in today, some coconut custard concoction the lady who made lunch for us cooked up. It was good, but I already have an idea of how to make a vegan version that will taste even better (and actually be healthy enough to eat for breakfast), so watch for that in the near future.

Friday: I’m just too tired and sore today to do anything! At least I only got two meals today. :)

Saturday: Today I had a teeny bit for supper (what my daughter didn’t eat of her supper), but I’m glad I did, because I stayed up late packing, and would have probably eaten more later if I hadn’t had a bit for supper. Didn’t get any real exercise in, per se, but I did pack a bunch.

Sunday morning weigh-in: Well, no matter how I figured it, I couldn’t get the scales to say less than 141. Which means I lost nothing this week. But actually I think I went up because of Sunday, so I did lose, just you can’t tell. I’m going to have to do better than that if I’m going to make my goals!

I probably won’t be able to post anything next Sunday, because I’m going to be at camp meeting. So I’m doing a 2-week goal. I want to lose 3 pounds in the next two weeks. We’re going to be at the new house, and I’m going to be walking up and down the hill or up and down the stairs for 20-30 minutes every day (depending on whether it’s raining or not), so that ought to do something! Plus I don’t have a car anymore, so I won’t be able to go eat out, which will keep me from overeating.

Please let me know if you’re joining in the challenge, share your plans and goals, and we’ll encourage each other! See you back in two weeks or less!