Sunday, December 13, 2009

Morning update...

Knee is still puffy, but will still try to walk on a treadmill or something today. I have no trouble walking, but climbing stairs still hurts, but not as bad. I think a treadmill, even with an incline are probably ok. I am only really concerned with the higher speed, as 4.0 is a slow jog for me, not sure if that will be too jarring, or not. We'll see I guess.

After a rare night out with my husband, I made two interesting discoveries. Taco Bell has a new burrito called the Fresco Bean Burrito, and I was pleased to find out that it is a bean burrito with no cheese. It is beans mixed with pico de gallo (tomatoes, onions and cilantro chopped finely.) The book I'm reading on veganism had a section on fast food options for road trips, and they said that a bean burrito from Taco Bell sans the cheese is vegan, so I was pleased to find a burrito that I can order without making any modifications. :)

The other thing was that as we were winding down from our night out, we had the TV on and there was an infomercial for a workout called P90X, which is a pretty intense and extreme workout that combines different routines to confuse the muscles and keep the body from plateauing. It promises visible results in as little as a week. It's an hour a day. I'm soooooo tempted. The exercises reminded me of the ones you talk about doing for Crossfit, Robin... so I'm curious. There's pull ups, plyometrics, ab exercises, yoga, and Kenpo (a martial arts style) in various phases. The only thing I foresee as being a major problem, is the protein intake. The nutrition plan is pretty heavy on the proteins at first, and gradually introduces complex carbs and such. I want to do this, but can I do it with a vegan diet. I guess I need to do some research about protein types and such. I'm sure there are vegan athletes, but I'm dipped if I know how to find that info.

The other consideration is that I think I should maybe start that program when I'm in better physical shape than I am at present. I'm thinking if I started this too soon, I'd probably puke and/or collapse. I dug around online (the product is sold by a group called beachbody) and read lots of reviews about it, and they all seemed to be very positive. The dvd's are kinda spendy though, so I hesitate... I don't want to buy them only to not be able to hack it and have them gather dust on the shelves. I feel pretty good about it now...but isn't that usually how this stuff works? :-P It's a set of 12 dvd's for $130. Which when you break it down, is still cheaper than a gym membership, a personal trainer, exercise equipment, and evens out, in terms of buying exercise dvd's, to being about $10 per dvd. So I am sorely tempted. *sigh*

So this morning's food intake- 1 packet of Quaker instant oatmeal, 16 ounces of calcium enriched OJ (Tropicana), and 2 pieces of whole wheat toast with vegan margarine (Earth Balance brand). I also am sipping on a 16 oz cup of coffee with non dairy creamer and a tsp. of Splenda. So that's a handy bit of info when I'm travelling and there's no Chipotle nearby. :)

P90X site

I am looking through reviews of this product, and will post links to those...

sorely tempted. It has a 90 day money back guarantee, too... so if I am diligent, try it and hate it, I can return it for a refund. *pondering*

1 comment:

  1. P90X is often compared to Crossfit, with some exceptions. I saw an article comparing them recently ... I'll try to find it. The biggest difference is that you're doing P90X in your home and hopefully you're getting the movements right. In Crossfit, you have a coach correcting your movements and it's a group environment and very encouraging.

    Off my soapbox! You know where I stand!

    And yes, most of these programs will stress a high protein diet. My diet is about the opposite of yours right now, but I know there are some vegetarians at our gym.

    Good work! Keep it up!