Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Robot walk

Whoopsies. I overdid it on the lunges yesterday. I woke up sore this morning and I thought I should totally run it out and get the pain out of my legs. Um, let me tell you a little story about how well that worked.

My walk is now 3 parts robot to 1 part granny.

I ran it out, but it ran right back about a half hour later. I can't move! I especially can't bend at the knees, sit in a chair, or go down steps. It's comical. I'll give you a minute to picture it. Yeah, pretty good, right?

It felt great to run this morning--I watched an especially Constitutionally thought-provoking (aren't they all?) ep of The West Wing--and I admit it I wasn't feeling the pain of not running last week. It was great, and it didn't get boring or hurt. But nevermind any of that, I'm thinking about adding something huge to my workout routine. Have you heard of P90x? Why not? Do you live under a rock or something?

Okay, if you don't know what it is you probably just don't realize is that right between infomercials for Ron Popeil's pocket fisherman and the Juiceman Juicer, there's this ubiquitous ad called "Get Ripped in 90 days." This is P90x. Now I don't want to get ripped, nor do I think I could "rip" anything other than the seat of my pants even if I tried. But I do know that when I was dancing a lot (even as recently as a few years ago) I was more toned. I miss having muscle definition, especially in my arms and back. Don't even talk to me about my hangy baby skin tummy. That's another issue. But I miss looking toned and running isn't going to do that for me. I've also been watching what I eat for a long time and not seeing results. I can eat really well and not see any loss, and I can eat chicken wings all weekend and not see any gain. Run? Same. Not run? Same. I think I need to do more than just cardio because my body is too good at adjusting to whatever I throw (or don't throw) at it.

So I'm not sure if I'm going to do this P90x thing but we've had the videos for over a year and I might be thinking about it. You heard it here, folks. I might be thinking about it. How's that for non-commitment? I want to still run, but maybe I need to ease up and kick my own ass for a while with some other stuff too. Is that even a good idea? From research it seems like it would build my stamina which would be awesome for running. I may even be able to run and still do it--that's what I'd like to do. But like I said, only thinking about doing it. It's such a time commitment.

The fact remains that I'm not living life in a ballerina body anymore. I'm also not living life in an 18 year old body anymore. Something happened to me at 30. I'm amazed by the shift in my metabolism, energy, all of it--not in a good way. It's time to work for what I've always had. I know I've been running and my heart and lungs and hamstrings are doing great, I just wonder if the rest could look a little better, and I wonder if this might be the way to do it. Then sometimes I wonder if this is just a whim--a lark--that came out of nowhere. But really, so was running. That turned out okay.

The biggest thing keeping me from doing this is fear. I'm afraid it will be too hard and I won't be able to get through a workout. I'm in decent shape, but it's intimidating. It's not like running where I can just go and all the sudden I'm a runner. This feels like something to master. A scary something.

I'll let you know how it goes, or if it goes.


  1. I've heard of it too and frankly, it sounds like a ton of commitment. :) Did I already mention Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred to you? I think it might be a good beginner version since it's basically circuit training and it's all within 20 minutes. You just need light weights and a DVD player... and it will kick your butt!

    Wait, I'm a dork.. I think you just mentioned that video in one of your posts... if that's the case, keep doing it :) I am adding it to my Wellness Challenge and hope I can eventually make it past the first level!

  2. I've heard of p90x and while I believe it could theoretically rip you...no one I know who has ordered it and gotten all hyped up has become "ripped". I think it's too intense for most people right off and the extreme soreness gets most people off track pretty early on.

    It would be interesting if you did it and documented it!

  3. My boyfriend wants us to do P90X when he gets back from his deployment, but its scares me! I was afraid I wouldn't be strong enough to keep up with the work outs, so I did a little research and found a program made by the same company, its called Chalene Extreme. Its circuit training and cardio and it kicks my butt! But I've been doing it for a month and a half now and I definitely see/feel results! I have friends that say I could have just done the P90X series, but this program has helped build my confidence, so I'll be ready once Charlie gets back!