Plyo X Workout Review

Alright kiddos, how is everyone doing today? Can you believe it’s almost 2014? WHAT? It blows my mind. I don’t really feel ready?

But I can’t complain- I have a lot, a lot to look forward to this upcoming year!

For one, we find out in about 5 days if our Doritos Superbowl Commercial made the top 5. (Remember about a month ago when I told you guys we made top 24?)

Then of course, there’s the wedding! It’s exactly 5 months from today! πŸ™‚

And we can’t forget all of the fun bridal showers, couples showers and bachelorette parties that will be coming my way in the next few months. I can’t wait!

I also have some exciting developments to reveal a little later on as to where my life might be heading in the next year as well…

2014 is going to be an awesome, awesome year. πŸ™‚

I’m not 100% sure what our plans are for tonight, but I do know I’ll be doing something with my sweetheart and maybe something with some of our friends that are in town for the holiday.

We’ll see- either way, it’s always a great time when Shane and I are together. πŸ™‚

Do any of you guys have something exciting planned for tonight?

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So in the spirit of the new year, and health and fitness and all those great “resolutiony” things, I thought I’d leave you this afternoon with my very first workout review!

Woop!

P90x Workout Review

Plyo X

If any of you out there have ever attempted any of the P90x workouts, chances are your go to was never Plyo. Why? Probably because it has a pretty nasty reputation.

Yeesh.

You’ve probably heard something about it at one point or another, if you’re into fitness of any kind, at least once.

I won’t lie- it is rough. Especially if you aren’t used to this particular type of training.

Plyo, after all, is essentially just jump training. Through the 60 minute workout, you’ll do all different types of jumps, spins, hops and leap- really any drill that has to do with power, speed and height, you’ll likely do it at least once.

A large quantity of the moves in this DVD are squat jump variations, which I LOVE. I really, really love squat jumps. I put them in all of my mini circuits because they A) work the largest muscle group in the body and therefor give you the most calorie burn for your buck, and B) they get your heart rate up really quickly, boosting your metabolism.

These 2 things are both very good things, making the squat jump King of all cardio/strength combo moves, in my opinion. πŸ™‚

I also happen to really love training my legs. They’re by far my favorite body part to work.

Long story short, if you’re like me, you’ll probably really enjoy Plyo X- even if it does sort of suck, which…it sort of does. But it is really rewarding once you get through it! And it leaves you a sweaty mess, as evidenced by this lovely post-workout selfie I took after Shane and I did it last week:

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(Duck face..I’m sorry, guys.)

Even if you hate training legs, if you know anyone that has access to the P90x program, I recommend that you give this workout a whirl at least once. You might love it as much as I do!

Even if you don’t- you get to see you made it through “the mother of all P90x workouts”- and that’s a pretty cool thing. πŸ˜‰

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An Exciting Development

TGIF!

This week flew by because we were so, so busy- but I’m super excited it’s the weekend, none the less!

Like I mentioned yesterday, we had our annual work Christmas party last night.

It was a huge success, a lot of fun, and everything just looked gorgeous!

There was some incredible food.

A fully stocked bar.

And loads of very happy people in attendance! It was a great night, for sure.

Needless to say, I’m feeling very sleepy today. Not to mention my feet are killing me- I wore such cute shoes yesterday (black suede pumps, about 5 inch heels) but MAN did they ever do a number on my tootsies.

Yow.

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In other news, I was extremely excited to find this waiting for me when I got home last night.

I was especially excited when I saw that it was their New Years issue! WOO!

Can you guess which “Resolution” I was the most interested in?

(Hint- it’s one of these…)

Well, if you guess “Run Your First Half Marathon”- then you guessed right!

Running has always been something that I’ve longed to be good at. After a couple failed race attempts earlier in the year, I vowed never to sign up for another race again…until I had solidly trained and knew without a doubt that I could do it.

So, I’m working backwards a little bit. I’m going to train for the half marathon…and then sign up for it.

Tricky, huh?

I’ve wanted to tell people that I was running a half for sure this spring, but I held back on this exciting little development until I knew for sure I had the guts to follow through with it!

As far as which race I’ll be running, I’m going to sign up for the Prairie Fire Spring Half MarathonΒ that will be happening here on May 4th.

I’m feeling especially excited about it because after I run it (which I will!) I can say that I ran a half marathon before I got married!

I have no idea why this is important or exciting to me- but it is.

Go figure.

(Fun fact– my little cousin, Chad- who really isn’t so little anymore as he’s a freshman in college- ran the Fall Prairie Fire half marathon and won his age group. Talk about impressive.)

So, in preparation for my race, I’ve downloaded a new app to help me with my training.

Yes, I know it says it’s a 10k training app.

That’s because I have a good 5-7 weeks before I actually need to start the training for the half. That being said, I feel like I should at least be able to run 5-6 miles without stopping before attempting to run 13.1

Just a thought.

Snazzy, right? This thing is great. I plan on trying it out on Sunday- I’ll be sure and let you guys know how it goes!

Sunday Fun day

Well, here we are again another weekend gone, another Monday morning looming ahead. I hope everyone had an amazing weekend! I got to see Hunger Games TWICE, so mine was golden. πŸ™‚

So, if anyone read my post from Saturday night, then you saw my brand new food scale (!!!) which I am clearly very excited about! Well, I needed it for what is printed on this little piece of paper right here.

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That, darluns, is the macro nutrient breakdown that my trainer created for me. It lists the amount of carbs, fats and protein that I need to eat per day to reach my specific goals. It is super snazzy, but requires a bit of work. (ie, weighing my protein and measuring out enough veggies, almonds and PB to last at least 3 days at a time).

Exhibit A

Exhibit A

I got this macro breakdown a month ago, but really haven’t gone all out and followed it the way I should have been. So for the next 2 weeks, I am going to attempt to follow this nutrition program to a “T” (along with the custom training program he created for me) and see what changes I can make. The entire program is actually 6 weeks long, but I did the first 4 weeks without following the macros. :/ Needles a to say, I am really excited to use my food scale and see what meal prep can really do for me!

Exhibit B (sorry for the blur!)

Exhibit B (sorry for the blur!)

SO- in light of me making a “fresh start” tomorrow, so to speak, I wanted to implement a little thing into the blog here that I learned from a favorite of mine,Β MonicaΒ – Sunday Setups.

It might be easier for me to just show you what Sunday Setups are, rather than explain it and THEN show you!

Sunday Setups

Monday- A.M. Β fasted cardio/ P.M. legs, glutes and abs

Tuesday- A.M. fasted cardio/ P.M. chest and triceps

Wednesday- A.M. fasted cardio/ P.M. glutes and abs

Thursday- A.M. back, biceps and 40 min. cardio

Friday- (whenever there’s time) shoulders, calves and 35 min. HITT

Saturday- A.M. glutes, abs and 20 min. HITT

Sunday- rest

So that’all about do it for me this Sunday Setup- time to hang back and watch some Walking Dead πŸ™‚ have a great night!