Thursday, February 11, 2010

Recipe: Protein Shake!

We didn’t buy the protein drinks from Beachbody, but did find a good whey protein powder and started making our own protein shakes. I think it's the Kroger brand.

1 scoop strawberry-flavored protein powder
1 cup low-fat milk
1 cup frozen strawberries

Stick all that in the blender and mix until it’s nice and smooth - tastes just like a strawberry milkshake!

We’re also going to try making our own protein bars this weekend so I'll let you know how that goes.

The Redhead

All caught up on posts...

From today...

So in addition to all the computer problems (that really didn’t get fixed until yesterday because we had to ::ahem:: reacquire the DVDs), the weekend really fucked up our plan. Sunday was the worst - Super Bowl Party + beer = low self-control! On the bright side, we felt so miserable after all the crappy food on Monday that it really motivated us to get back on the original plan. So we went back to the diet on Monday and started with the arms & shoulders workout yesterday. We also did Ab Ripper X for the first time.


That fucking sucked. There’s this dude with absolutely no fat on him just going like a fucking robot on these ab exercises. If you see the video he’s the black dude on the right side of the screen - not that he’s easy to miss! He’s like a fucking machine. He had no shirt on and his abs are fucking incredible!

I normally love ab exercises, but these are so much more extreme than I’ve ever done. I just have to keep thinking “bikini… bikini… bikini…”

By the way, thanks to Cruzer, Ashley1313, lisaab, BlackDahlia, Rodeogal, and bellatrixED for all the support! Keep kicking my ass, ladies - I’m gonna need it! :P

From February 5, 2010

Yesterday, our home computer, Frankenstein (so named because he’s made up of several old, shitty computers to make one halfway decent computer), died. We have my work laptop at home, so it’s not a complete tragedy - all the P90X DVDs are on our external hard drive (edit: turns out that they were on the main drive, after all) - but all the measurements, goals, fitness test, etc were on the main internal hard drive. Which is now fried. We ended up going to see JB, our IT friend, last night to get another hard drive, which we thought was the problem, but it ended up being Frankenstein himself. Instead of exercising, we ended up eating pizza and playing video games. Fail.

Recipe: Chicken Fajitas

Chicken fajitas (for 2 - with probably way too much chicken!)

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 white onion
1/2 red bell pepper
Tortillas (we bought “garden veggie tortillas” - more veggies than the corn and less carbs than the flour)
1 packet fajita seasoning
olive oil

Cut the chicken, onion, and pepper (remove the seeds first!) into strips. Heat about 1 tbsp of olive oil in a skillet and cook the chicken, drain, then sautee the onions and peppers. With everything in the pan, follow the instructions on the seasoning packet to make the sauce. Stir constantly to make sure everything gets coated. Don’t worry - the sauce thickens as it cooks!

Wrap it up with a tortilla and eat! YUM!

Tony Horton is an effective motivator, but an epic douche

I really want to punch Tony Horton in the face sometimes. Every time he says “Bring it!” or “We’re putting the X in P90X with this one!” I die a little inside. Although I do want to check out the Core Synergistics DVD that Ashley1313 was talking about, where he yells "Superman! Banana! Superman! Banana!" I haven't gotten to that one yet...

By the way, here is a great review of P90X by Caustic Muse.

P90X Goals

Also from 2/2/10:

I should probably put up some goals here…

  • I would like to cut at least 2 inches off my waist
  • I want a bikini belly!
  • I want to get rid of the back folds that have been looming and threatening to appear for a long time now
  • I’m aiming for 135 lbs (I’m at 148 right now), but that’s not mandatory as long as I meet the previous goals

I'll get the Bastard to put up his goals, too. If I'm laying this all out here, by jove, he will, too!

The Redhead

2010: A Fresh Start (and late, as usual)

The Redhead here. I'm changing this blog, because as a woman it is my prerogative to change my mind. So nyah. Plus all those awesome bitches on the LSG Anti-Lard Alliance on Ravelry inspired me to post about mine and the Bastard's progress as we embark on this most-decidedly crazy journey, commonly called P90X.


So here's first post, copied and pasted (as most of these posts probably will be) with minimal editing from LSG ALA:

Posted February 2, 2010:

Ok, so the Bastard found this 90-day workout/diet program called P90X. I’d never heard of it, but apparently he’d read all this crazy-awesome stuff about it and really wanted to do it. So, we were able to ::ahem:: get our hands on the DVDs and materials and just started last night.

Hmmm… I say diet program and that really sounds sketchy. It’s more like… training you how to eat and think about your food, although it’s really, really structured at the beginning. I’m used to eating EVERYTHING with rice or pasta, and now I’ve had to cut waaaay back on it (half a bagel in the morning and one small portion of carbs at dinner) but I’m eating way more protein.

But I’m not cutting out the daily yogurt, even though it technically puts me over my carb and dairy allowances. I figure it doesn’t put me over by that much, and a yogurt a day keeps the yeasties away! (Plus, I’ve read in several fitness articles that yogurt helps your metabolism)

For the 1st 30 days, you cut back on carbs, fat, and sugar and eat more protein; the 2nd 30 days, you add some more carbs and scale back the protein a bit; the 3rd 30 days, you cut back a little more on the protein and add a little bit more carbs - which will put me back to about what I was eating before in terms of carb/protein ratios, but hopefully smarter and healthier choices. Oh! I’m also supposed to eat 5-6 times each day in smaller portions, too, which I’ve read over and over again is healthier anyway.

In the meantime, though, we’ve gone through one video (last night) and it kicked my ass!!! It was the Chest & Shoulders video. And I HAAAAAAAAATE push-ups and pull-ups! The weights part wasn’t so bad, but DAMN. I’d want to go run over our pull-up bar with a bulldozer if I hadn’t just bought the thing a few weeks ago!

Anyone else tried the P90X? Maybe some tips? I already know not to get discouraged because I can’t keep up with the video, blah blah blah - and actually I was pretty pleased with myself for doing as much as I did last night. I’m still towards the Wuss end of the Wussification scale, but I’m not quite as wussy as I thought I was!