P90X Legs & Back workout today

This is not my favorite of the P90X videos. The people in this video don’t seem to like each other too much, and Tony Horton just talks way too much in this one, even though I typically enjoy Hortonisms. I can do this video in 35 minutes using the P90X book instead of the video. That’s a LOT of chatting time.

I did this at home today instead of at the gym. The legs portion is hard to do since there is limited floor space for stuff like Siebers speed skaters, and also because I’m trying to do kipping pull-ups now, and that’s kind of embarrassing to do in public.

I found this YouTube video explaining how to do them.

Basically, it’s using momentum to get my chin up to the bar. I can make it about half-way if I kip, so I’m feeling like I’m making some progress.


No more TRX

I still have a few sessions left, but I may not use them (at $20 for 20 classes, I think I got my money’s worth for the classes I did attend). I really like TRX; it’s a lot of fun, but… I’m so used to P90X and the idea that I need to work one or two body parts fully once a week. TRX is a full-body workout, so by working everything, I felt like I wasn’t working anything. Except my core. My core burned after every session. And since it was a class, it’s not like I could tell the instructor that I want to do back today, triceps next session, glutes the session after that…If I had my own TRX, I could do that. Although I’d be afraid of pulling down a wall. I’d have to take it to the park and attach it to a jungle gym or something.

Anyway, it’s back to P90X. I did Chest & Back Monday, and I can still feel it today. I am trying to go heavier with the weights, do as many push-ups on my toes as possible, and I’m using the assisted pull-up machine at the gym to help me get to doing at least one on my own.  Tomorrow I’ll do Shoulders & Arms. P90X is flexible enough of a program that I can keep doing it indefinitely.


Couch to 5K, Week 1 Day 2

I decided to take my run outside today. Results = not great.

Running outside isn’t too much fun. Jumping over uneven pavement, streaming nose, sore feet – what was I thinking when I signed up for a 10K?
I definitely need new shoes, because I am not at all light on my feet. Pound, pound, pound…I guess the treadmill absorbs the shock so it was fine the last time I did C25K. I’ll just have to keep trying.


Product Review – Aromaleigh Pashmina Mineral Foundation

I’m always on the hunt for good mineral foundations. Last week I ordered (and received rather quickly!) some foundation samples from Aromaleigh v.2.

An assortment of foundation, plus a couple of freebies!

I like the numbering-lettering system that Aromaleigh uses – it makes it so much easier to order samples that will come pretty darn close to matching. I have strong yellow undertones, so I knew my shade would be somewhere in the Y (yellow) range. The shade depths range from 1-4 (ivory, light, medium, deep).

Aromaleigh Pashmina foundation 2Y

I’ve worn the Pashmina heavy coverage foundation a few times now, and I like it! My skin is v-e-r-y oily and I sometimes have trouble with foundation – mineral, liquid, powder, whatever – fading and pooling. Pashmina held up pretty well even on a 6-mile walk on a 90-degree day. I even wore it on a day when I had a bit of Retin-A peeling, and it blended right over my flakey bits. Impressive!

Because it’s heavier coverage than I’m used to, I did have to apply more carefully, since I tend to slap on my mineral foundation without paying too much attention. The first time I tried this foundation, I made a cakey mess on my face because I put on way too much. The opacity of this foundation means you don’t really need a lot on your brush (ooh! it’s economical too!)

I will probably repurchase this in a 20-gram jar rather than the full-size 50-gram jar, because I don’t think it’s an everyday foundation for me. It’s definitely worth having around for days I need more coverage, and it works fantastically as a spot concealer. The Aromaleigh website suggests blending a bit of Pashmina foundation into the other formulas to amp up their coverage, so it is handy to have around.

The foundation has a smooth texture and is easy to blend (as long as you don’t pound it on like I did initially). I am excited to try Gossamer and Dewdrop next. Good stuff.


Yesterday’s Workout(s)

Yesterday my fantastic gym was having a party – it was the gym’s 47th anniversary and it was tied in with breast cancer awareness month. So, instead of going to TRX class like I’ve been doing on Mondays, I went to my gym. When I was there I did:  Couch to 5k, Week 1 Day 1 (trying to improve my speed, so I’m starting over); P90X Chest and Back (love doing this at the gym where I can use the assisted pull-up machine); and I went to spin class. After that I walked home.

Here’s my summary for C25K: Not bad, I think, although I ran through a couple of the recovery walks, so I didn’t follow it exactly. I need to learn to trust the program. My goal is a steady 10-minute mile.

Average pace was 12:14 per mile, including walking periods.

It was so much fun at the gym – very festive, even though we were commemorating both the good (gym’s anniversary) and the bad (breast cancer). I think because it’s a women’s gym, breast cancer awareness takes on a new importance.

There was even a DJ!

Hey Mr. DJ play my favorite song