Arm Jiggle Blues


Arm Jiggle Blues

I got ’em. Do you?

The past two weeks the “Arm Jiggle Blues” have been getting me down. Honestly, it’s more of a swing than a jiggle (do you know what I’m talking about?). A month and a half ago, I was so excited about launching my P90X workouts, but squeezing in those workouts has been more than a little challenging. Four days out of every week, we leave our house at 7:15 a.m. and get home between 9:00 and 10:30 p.m. Then there are MIranda’s basketball games, more work, and my own homework.

I exercised more on our week long vacation in North Carolina last month than I have since then!

So, what to do? I’m just not willing to give up. After being so gung-ho about getting through another round of P90X, then beating myself up for failing miserably, I think I have a plan that will move me towards getting another full-on P90X cycle in without taking myself out of the game by expecting 5-7 days a week workouts, because those are just not going to happen right now.

Here is the strategy:

1. Pull back to 3 days a week (at least until this semester of school is over). I go into Billings with my husband, Duane, 4 days a week, 2 of those are for school, which ends the end of April. This new 3 days a week workout schedule will take some pressure off for now.

2. Do the workouts I like without compromising the high intensity of P90X. An hour of time is extremely valuable, so if I’m going to carve out an hour to work out, it better be good. It better give me the results I want, and if it’s an annoying, time wasting workout, there is no way I’ll stick with it. I also want to feel like I’m working towards getting into better shape so I can complete a cycle of P90X in a couple of months. Here are the 3 P90X workouts I’ll do:

  • Kenpo X: This is my favorite workout. It is fun, and it is scalable to ability. I don’t feel like I’m going to die when I do it, but can feel it target my flabby upper mama arms and butt. I get great results while I’m imagining kicking someone else’s butt! You should try it.
  • Plyometrics: Cardio, strength, and flexibility rolled into a workout that makes me feel like I am about to play basketball or football like a pro. Again, it is a fun workout, but really focuses on pesky problem areas — especially for women.
  • Yoga X: If I had only one day a week to work out, I would do yoga. It makes me feel so much more balance, gives me energy, increases my flexibility, and I just feel good from all that breathing. I like Yoga X, because it is a great workout while giving me that balance, flexibility, and strength (and oxygen).

Do you struggle with getting yourself to work out, but need to lose weight for health reasons (or want to shave of the droopy arm fat, chunky thighs, or cankles)? I’m going to post short videos of my workouts on our Instagram page with tips on how I got my butt of the couch to do it.

Here are some tips to help you right now:

1. Pick 3 days and times for your workout. Write them down and put them on the calendar on your phone (if you have one).

2. Pick 2 workouts that will really challenge you, and that combine stregth AND cardio training.

3. Find a Yoga DVD or show on cable that you will follow at your 3rd workout time.

4. Start each workout with a protein shake. We have a vegan protein shake that we like, and there are a lot of specialty drinks out there. When you’re starting out, keep it simple. Just make sure the shake is something you LIKE. This is what I tell myself as I’m making our yummy pre-workout shake: “Yay! I get a shake! Ok, once I drink it, I have to work out or this shake is just going to make me fat.” Is it true? That shake represents extra calories that I’m just taking in to give me energy for my workout, then not using efficiently. Once I drink that shake, it’s over. I’m working out.

5. Share your experience with a friend! We all need people who have our backs, won’t judge us, and know just how to pick us up when we need it. That is exactly what we are dedicated to doing. Take us up on it now – before you change your mind.

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Psychology professor Dr. Gail Matthews has advice for those who put ‘stop procrastinating’ on their list of New Year’s resolutions: Share your goals with a friend. Research recently conducted by Matthews shows that people who wrote down their goals, shared this information with a friend, and sent weekly updates to that friend were on average 33% more successful in accomplishing their stated goals than those who merely formulated goals. – from Dominican University, California

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