Archive for July, 2010

Making Progress

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

I’ve been asked a number of times in the last few days how things have been going with P90X… and my Third Quarter Melt Down in general. That’s a pretty good indication that I need to work on my blogging frequency. Sorry about that – I’ll try to be better!

Even though I haven’t been very good about blogging, I’m pleased to report that I’ve been sticking to the P90X program without fail. In fact, I’ve completed the first three and a half weeks without missing a single workout! Some days, it was particularly difficult to ‘push play’ as they say, but I’m committed, and I’m doing this. So there.

I’ve been feeling pretty good, too! I can tell that I’m improving, which is great. I haven’t really lost much weight – only about 3 pounds since July 1 – but I know it will come. I can feel my body getting stronger and my balance and flexibility are improving. Noticing all these differences drives me to keep going and try harder and harder so that I can continue to make these positive changes.

It feels good… It feels really good.

How about the rest of you out there? It’s been a while since you’ve committed to kicking it up a notch; have you been working on reaching your goals? If you’re not proud of what you’ve been doing over the last three weeks, recommit: You can’t go backwards, but you can start again today. Right now. Do it with me!

Third Quarter Melt Down

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

I love that a number of you are with me on the Third Quarter Melt Down! It’s so important to have goals – long term and short term – so I think this will be good for everyone. I’d love to hear about your progress as the weeks go on, so please feel free to keep me updated in the comments, on Facebook, via Twitter (@_kimbolina), or send me an email if you prefer (

It’s now one week into the Third Quarter, which also means I’m one week into P90X. When I started, my weight was 177. This morning, I was 174.5. A 2.5 pound loss this week? I’ll take it!

While I’m sure that has a lot to do with the hour-long intense workouts I’ve been doing each day, I know the other part of that is my diet, which I’m thrilled to announce has been hugely improved over the last few days. I’m once again logging my food (thank you, My Food Diary), which really keeps me accountable for what I put in my mouth. I’ve found that much of what I’ve been eating has been fine, but definitely not everything. Also, many of my portion sizes have been out of whack in the last few months: I’ve reverted to eating as much as my 6’2″ husband. Not cool.

The Third Quarter Melt Down starts off with a bang! If this rate of loss keeps up (I don’t expect it to, but it would be a nice surprise!), I may have to up my goal! Right now, I’ll just enjoy the fact that I only have 10.5 more pounds to go.

How are the rest of you doing? Anyone else want in on this? I’m not staging a contest with rules or anything: The Third Quarter Melt Down is just a personal challenge to use the next 3 months to step up your weight-loss and/or training efforts. Set a goal for yourself and then take the necessary steps to reach them. For me, it’s lose 13 pounds by my birthday (October 5) and I’ll be focusing on my diet much more closely and continuing with P90X.

Let’s do this!

New Goal

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

I’m five days into P90X. So far, so good! I was oh-so-very-sore after Day 1, which was astounding. It was a good workout, but I didn’t expect to feel it quite so much in the days that followed. By Day 3, when I had to do a 15-minute ab workout, it hurt just to get on the floor.

I stuck with it though, and even though it’s only been a few more days, I think my body is getting used to the more rigorous routine. My muscles are still achy, but it’s far more manageable. In fact, it’s kind of nice, actually – reminds me that I’m doing something. Pushing myself. I like it.

Here’s the thing though: I know it’s only been 5 days, and I typically recommend to folks (and myself) not to weigh yourself every day, but each day this week I’ve weighed exactly the same thing. I feel like it should have changed, at least a tiny bit, after doing an intense workout for roughly 60 minutes each day… on top of Kung Fu.

But no. Of course that’s not going to happen… Not with the way I’ve been eating.

I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t put much thought into how I’ve been eating over the last few months. I haven’t thrown everything out the window or anything – even my ‘reckless’ eating is far better than it was a few years ago – but I haven’t been eating in such a way that will cause me to lose weight.

In fact, you may have noticed that I haven’t posted my weight here in quite some time. That’s because I haven’t actively been working to lower it, and therefore, it has instead risen.

My current weight is 177.


At my lowest, I got down to 169 at the end of March. I guess I’ve slowly but surely tacked on 8 pounds. How ridiculous is that?! Clearly I don’t quite have the intuitive eating/maintenance thing down yet, and still need to pay some attention to what I’m putting in my mouth.

I know that doing P90X in addition to Kung Fu and occasional running will be a huge help. But I also need to focus more on what – and how much – I’m eating.

I need a goal. I’m very goal-oriented. And it’s been a long time since I’ve set a goal that had to do with the scale. (In some ways, I think that’s healthy, but clearly I’m not quite there yet as I’ve gained 8 pounds in 3 months…)

So: I started P90X on July 1. That will take me to the end of September, and my birthday is just a few days later on October 5. That got me to thinking that my birthday would be a great target date for this short-term goal.

After crunching the numbers and thinking realistically about what I can do if I really try, I’ve decided to set my goal for October 5 at 164 pounds. That’s 13 pounds in 3 months – more than doable. It seems so doable that I’m almost afraid I’m not challenging myself enough, but I don’t want to set myself up for failure, either.

Besides that, 164 is a significant number for me. When I was young – 14 maybe? – I remember going on a diet with this as my start weight. At 14, 164 is a lot. At 29, it’s a lot more reasonable!

Incidentally, who goes on a diet and then puts on nearly 100 pounds?! Crazy.

So wish me luck, people! I’m going to really put in the effort again. I know what works: Counting calories and exercising. I’ve got the exercise on track, so now it’s time to focus on the food and I know I can do it.

Anyone want to put it into high gear with me for the next 3 months? We can call it the Third Quarter Melt Down… or something :)