{ the year of the pullup - bring it }

Bring it is the p90x motto... I like it. Bring it.

So, last year (2009) was the year of getting my act together financially - finally paying off all of our non-mortgage debt (school & car loans). This year, is the year of getting my act together fitness wise. Which is why I decided to embark on aforementioned p90x plan...

So tomorrow, Jan. 4th, the p90x challenge begins. I feel like I am in pretty good shape but I have heard this workout routine kicks everyone's A#@. I'm not going to lie - I've got some jiggle and some wiggle. ;) I've posted our Feed ME weekly meal plan above that coincides with p90x's nutrition plan (click on it to enlarge it). It is more protein oriented than normal and eliminates sugars, most carbs, all white flours and all WINE. I made a bunch of this stuff ahead of time today (lentil soup, protein pancakes, chicken for the salads, cut up veggies, etc.) I am using a bunch of recipes from this book that I love. We ate at the author's restaurant/spa when we were down in Tulum and they had amazingly delicious, healthy meals. (This book also contains yoga & exercise routines for those of you interested in a less intense fitness regime than p90x).

So, OUR plan (as I mentioned before I am completely making Will do this with ME)...is as follows. p90x 6 days a week-scheduled and tracked on the Fit ME notepad; lots of healthy, protein rich meals; no sugar (gulp); no bad carbs (white flours, pasta or bread - double gulp), limited dairy and no alcohol (triple gulp). But we are thinking ONE day a week we can have alcohol so we don't go crazy. Maybe on Sundays while watching football and NOT eating chips and dip. This is starting to sound not fun. ;) And NO, I'm not going to post a before picture, although I had contemplated it for about 3 nano seconds. But, if I look 1/2 as good as this (minus the horrid fake tan and bright shiny blue bikini) after my 3 months I will certainly post an AFTER picture.

Get up at 5:00AM. Lord help us. An hour or so before the kids wake up (in theory).
Have workout disk loaded the night before and workout stuff laid out and water bottles filled. Press play and SWEAT. The workouts are 50 minutes.
I am hoping (again in theory) to have 15 - 20 minutes after working out to do a little yoga (if I can still move) and meditate before the kids wake up. We'll see how that goes. If there is no time in the morning then I will move that yoga/meditation routine to the evenings.
Get breakfast going for the us & the kiddos while Will wakes them up (6:15ish) and Samme gets dressed for school (bus picks her up at 7am or I take her in at 7:30). Drink a mug of hot water with lemon in it. Eat EGGS, avacado, salsa, eboost, more water, yerba matte tea, etc.
Snack mid-morning - an 8-12oz green smoothie (spinach, pineapple, whey protein, ice, acai berry juice, etc.) and drink more water
Lunch - Amansala Salad or Red Lentil Soup (both recipes from this book) and water.
Afternoon Snack - a handful of almonds & a clementine and more water (NO DIET COKE HERE - note to self!) drink greenor yerba matte tea instead of diet coke.
Dinner - Protein & Salad & veggies (see meal plan above for more details) & more water (sparkling water with lime & lemon juice)
Evening Snack - 1/2 grapefruit or plain air popped popcorn (I'm sure while I crave something like a Klondike bar - I actually haven't had one of those in about 10 years but I'm sure I'll be craving them soon).
REPEAT at 5am next day.

p90x workout 5-6 days a week.
kickboxing class 1 day a week. (will replace one p90x workout with this class).
hot yoga class 1 day a week. (may replace p90x yoga with this once a week).
30 min. on elliptical 3 days a week. if i can move.
3/4 - 1 gallon of water a day.

So, who's with ME? I know I made this sound so fun!!!! And I know I had you at 5AM, no wine an no pasta! BeachBody.com should make me their next spokesperson! ;)


tracie said...

jenny, this is amazing and i'm completely inspired!!!

while i know i won't be doing the p90x ... i am definitely taking inspiration from you. i can't wait to read your updates and continue to be inspired!


Emily said...

Um, I feel like a bread and pasta eating and wine loving slacker.


Can't wait to follow your progress. You are right, it doesn't sound fun. Somehow, just like not spending, I am sure you'll make it look fabulous at the end.

Wilcox Family said...

YOU know I'm with you 100%. I have already set my alarm and know how easy it will be (grin) to surpass the sugar knowing that you are too and to get my butt out of bed at 5am. I was thinking along the same lines with my yoga and meditation. Imagine that? :) So to inspire me to be 100% committed, I'll post my 90 days pictures with you. BRING it! Do your best, forget the rest!

SO glad to be doing it along with you guys... :) much love, xo Jana

TamiJean said...

I've been lurking for a while, but now I feel the need to delurk to wave some pompoms around.


Having done half (half because of a surgery...no plyo with fresh stitches, folks!) of the p90x program and working my way back up to starting it again, I can testify that you will love and hate this program.

Two bits of advice that I wish someone had told me before I started on mine.

1) The food plan DOES get easier and start to make sense, and it does work. Figuring out not just how many calories I was eating, but also where those calories came from was a huge breakthrough for me, personally.

2) Give yourself breaks! Especially the first week (though trust me, it never REALLY stopped) you will be in a LOT of pain. I know the plan calls for you to work out absolutely every single day, but if you're anywhere near as out of shape as I was/am, you may need to modify your first week to allow one (or even two, if you push yourself too hard during plyo!) days between workouts. Remember, it's a lifestyle change, not an exercise blip on your year's radar. You've got time to make it work. Not a race.

I always cringe a little when I give unsolicited advice, but I don't know if you know anyone who has personally gone through some of the P90X program or not. I hope I managed to phrase it less like "do this!" and more like "this worked for me, I hope it helps!"

Again, congratulations on your decision! *confetti*

One of the reasons I love this blog is for times when you show yourself using your own products - thanks for posting your feedme. =]

Anonymous said...

I ditto what Emily said. You go girl.

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

I have been meaning to try p90x. My brother has been doing it and he loves it! I cant wait to hear how it goes for you.

Anonymous said...

Powerful resolutions! Love the *idea* of waking up before kids get up to exercise. I know this sets your day right. (for now just cheering you on from my bed).

And I am totally intrigued by the idea of paying off mortgage in 5 years. That is one of the smartest financial ideas I've heard yet. Must e-mail you to hear more...

karen said...

you will be amazing at this! i have a sister in law who has one month left (then she moves to double workouts per day - ouch!) i've been thinking about it...but sticking with jillian for the time being. maybe your afters will inspire me to finally start. GOOD LUCK! i wish you nothing but the best & i know with your dedication 5 a.m. will be cake for you!

Kotori said...

Wow - I can't wait to hear how this goes! So inspiring Jenny!

amy said...

go girl. it kicked my a*# today too. see my blog in a few. amy

PS~Erin said...

Very impressive goals. I think that more than half the battle is planning it out. I just heard our friend Dave Ramsey say that "people with goals succeed bc they know where they are going" (I think he was quoting someone else). Can't wait to hear abt your progress.

My fitness goals are a bit less ambitious, but I'm looking forward to it. I aim to work out 3 times a week and walk to/from daughters school at least 3 times a week. It's a start!

(My word verification is 'eated'. Thought that was funny.)

Emily said...

man o man have you left me inspired. i don't have p90 but I'm gonna modify and join in!

xo - Emily


amy said...

just posted a post about it on i am a celiac. XO