That’s the core of the plan, anyway.
My day begins earlier than Rob’s (by choice) and I do a morning yoga practice almost every day. The morning yoga is the foundation for my day and I love it when my body surprises me by letting me do virabhadra. It happens so rarely, it will probably remain a surprise for the rest of my life. LOL! And there are days when utthita trikonasana is difficult.
But every morning I have this opportunity to pause, to reconnect with my body, and to really listen to what it has to say to me today. It is amazing how each and every day it is a little different.
Later, when Rob is awake, whether he is working or not, there is P90. Now, for those of you who have watched the P90X commercials, you know something about the person who created this particular dvd but this one is a milder version. The workout is only about 30 minutes long. It’s actually the exercise plan recommended as a starting point for those who hope to “graduate” to the far more difficult P90X. On days when Rob is working, I am on my own with the dvds. And when we started, I was using 3 and 5 lbs weights. Now I look forward to the days when Rob is working so I can grab his 8 lbs weight. There are even a couple of moves where I can use the 12 lbs weights. Shhhh . . . don’t tell Rob. That’ll be our little secret.
The thing is, I see progress in the weights I am using which is a good thing because I sure don’t see it anywhere else. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve gained weight. I had been doing Body by You by Mark Lauren consistently but I didn’t feel it was very challenging. If you have not done a lot (or any) strength training in a while, you may want to look into his programs because you can easily do the four simple exercises in a few minutes a day and be done. Although I didn’t find it very challenging, it did keep me consistent while Rob and I were still trying to work on being mutually consistent. Once Rob and I were working out regularly together, I honestly didn’t think that this book added any real benefit to what I was already doing.
That was back in February, towards the end of the month.
On most days, I would also do some extra cardio. Yes, even on the days when Rob and I were supposed to do the cardio dvd in the P90 program, I would do something else. I would use the bike or do a walking dvd. Erin actually bought a Leslie Sansone dvd set and let me borrow it. I’ll be writing more about it sometime soon. I am into the second week of this 21 day dvd set and it’s about what you would expect from any of the Walk at Home series—simple, uncomplicated, and easy to use. Sometimes, Rob and I go for a walk around the neighborhood. On Saturdays, I walk with Kanika on the nearby trail.
That’s practically daily. I think there is a day or two each month where I do not do anything but my morning yoga, and there is a day a week when I replace the cardio dvd on P90 with either a longer walking dvd or the bike. The truth is, some of the stuff on the dvd is terribly challenging for my balance (kicking, for instance) and I would rather walk or bike for 45 minutes than bobble through 30 minutes of the other. Plus, let’s face it, 45 mins and 10 miles later, I can read more than a few pages in a book as well which feels like a bonus given that exercising is supposed to be a reward in and of itself. And I can't read a book while following along with the P90 dvd.
So add this up. I do about 45 minutes of yoga daily. With or without Rob I do about 30 minutes of P90 4-5 days a week. Almost every day I do an additional 30-45 minutes of either walking or bicycling 6 days a week. At least I can say that has been my exercise routine since about mid-February. It took a while to get into a rhythm and build it into something that works. Now that it is all in place . . . well, after three months of exercising one would hope to see results. I have. Just not the results I was working so very hard to achieve.
And still I press on. Today, due to anticipated disruptions and having to shower in someone else’s home, I’ll be cutting back to only a 3 mile cardio workout and the P90 abs routine. Only an hour of exercise today because I don’t want to have an interrupted morning yoga practice. Between Rob’s dental appointment and our knowing the plumber will be here but not knowing when, I am just going to do what I can do and shrug off the rest. And in my world, saying I’m only going to do an hour of exercise is taking it easy. Ha!