Thursday, September 30, 2010

Before We Get Started...

I (Rachel) wanted to take a minute to go over a couple P90X particulars before we get started on Monday.

First I just want to throw out a short disclaimer: P90X IS HARD SO DON'T INJURE YOURSELF.  In case that didn't fully soak in I will repeat it one more time. P90X IS HARD SO DON'T INJURE YOURSELF.  Kasey and I have debated if we should do the fitness test P90X recommends.  At first we thought we should skip it since we know that we are not in shape and we don't need a fitness test to confirm it.  But on second thought we have decided that we are going to do it because it will serve as a very important reality check.  It will not only help us set our goals and monitor our progress, but more importantly it will help prevent us from crippling ourselves by WAY overexerting ourselves right out of the gate.  Both of us have been minimally physically active for almost a year and just had babies, but we still think of ourselves as the athletes we once were...that is a dangerous combination.  Taking the fitness test not only brings us back to reality but will be our best defense against hurting ourselves.  We highly recommend that you take the fitness test too.  Be smart and set yourself up for success.  Go slow, modify, and adjust as necessary.

This weekend Kasey and I will be taking our measurements and current weight and posting our "before" pictures.  I am absolutely dreading posting my pictures. DREADING!  But like a good girl I will humiliate myself for the betterment of my fellow P90Xers. Even though you won't be posting them, I encourage you to take "before" pictures and measurements as well.  They will inevitably serve as your greatest motivation.  Nothing will make you more proud of yourself than to see the pounds and inches falling off. 

Lastly I want to talk about our diet.  Kasey and I are not going on a formal diet.  We are both nursing babies and feel a calorie restricted diet is not wise at this time.  P90X comes with a recommended eating plan and you are more than welcome to follow it or whatever kind of diet you are comfortable with, but we will be doing our own thing. Our own thing being making good food choices, staying away from junk food and sweets, and drinking plenty of water.  I personally have very strong convictions when it comes to what I eat.  I eat my food as natural and whole as possible and I never eat artificial sweeteners, hydrogenated oils, or soda.  But I do enjoy a good piece of chocolate and I have every intention of enjoying some seasonal goodies when the holidays roll around.  I am sure Kasey will not be giving up her peanut butter either.  Somethings are just not worth going without.

Kasey also has this awesome spreadsheet that will help us record our progress.  She will post it here soon so you can download it. If you have any other questions shoot me a comment.


Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Plan....

I think it's safe to say that Rachel and I are both a little obsessed with health and fitness....  Rachel knows more about herbal supplements, eating right, what is safe, and what is not than anyone I've ever known - if I ever need advice about what type of vitamins I should be taking, Rachel is the person I call.  She is also one of the most determined people I know, able to convince a bunch of non-runners to run a half-marathon.  As for myself, I've always loved working out.  I've had phases where I lift or run...or maybe do only body weight exercises or spin but no matter what phase I'm in, fitness has always been part of my life.  As you would expect, quite often Rachel and I find ourselves talking about the challenges and frustrations of staying in shape while raising a family, getting older and pursuing new challenges in our lives.... 

When we both found ourselves pregnant, we made a promise to help each other get back into shape.  Both of us have experimented with P90X in the past but never completed the entire 3 month program.  We know how effective it can be....well, at least we hope it will be effective...  We decided to set a date after both of our deliveries and P90X our way back into shape.  Then we decided to share this adventure with anyone out there that wants to read about it. 

Hopefully our blog will serve as an inspiration to other moms struggling to shed some post-baby weight.  And hopefully this blog will serve as our inspiration and motivation throughout the next 3 months.  We'll be held accountable through our partnership, our promise to each other and our decision to blog our progress for the world to see. If we skip a workout, I won't just have to deal with it myself....I'll have to tell Rachel and share it with everyone reading our blog.  When we feel overwhelmed with all our other responsibilities, we'll have each other to pull us through. 

It can't be that bad's only 3 months right??

So when are we starting?  Here are the details:

Start Date: October 4, 2010
End Date: December 26, 2010
In Between: Tony Horton kicking our booty!

We will be posting our starting weight, measurements and yes....even pictures.  That might be the most challenging part of this whole thing - taking a picture in a sports bra just weeks after giving birth and posting it for the world to see. Yikes!

As for supplies (in case you care to join us), we'll be using:
- P90X Workout DVDs
- Resistance Bands
- Pullup Bar
- Light hand weights

And finally, here is a list of what we have going on outside of our P90X journey...

- Crazy, active 3 yr old daughter Samantha
- Sweet newborn baby boy Sawyer, born August 25
- Husband deployed to Afghanistan
- Breast feeding my baby boy
- Maternity leave until mid October, then returning to work 3 days a week
- Online Masters courses

-Constantly talking 4 1/2 yr old son Dustin
-Momma to twins Aubrey and Ellie who went to heaven in July 2008
-Darling chubby cheeked newborn baby boy Colton, born July 23
-Military wife, husband currently not deployed
-Post C-section
-Breast Feeding
-SAHM and Entrepreneur getting a new company off the ground

We've made the decision to complete this program, in the midst of our everyday crazy lives.  If we can do this, you can too!

I am so glad that Kasey and I decided to do this (even though we will probably have moments of wondering what in the world we were thinking).  The accountability and support will make it almost impossible for us to fail despite our crazy lives. Kasey undersold herself shamefully in her description above. She left out that she is an amazing athlete and one of the most disciplined people I know. She was who inspired me to run a half marathon in the first place. She is also a fiercely loyal friend.  I don't know what I would have done without her these last two years.  It is a privilege to reach yet another goal together, supporting each other every step of the way.