The time has come for a lifestyle change! I’m not fat, I’m not pregnant, I’m not depressed….I just need a change! Far too many years of “hitting the gym” has finally taken it’s toll and I’m on to my latest endeavour! Call me nuts (cuz I’ve already called myself worse) but I’m doing the infamous P90X. Apparently it’s been big on the infomercial channels, but that wasn’t my introduction. I’ve been hearing about it for months, and finally, I had a patient come in whom I hadn’t seen in about 3 months and the guys was literally TWICE the size he had been. And I’m talking muscle, not fat. No, I’m not becoming a body builder, but when you get that great of results it’s kinda hard to argue. What is it? Well, you could google it, but let me do my best to explain….

P90X is a 90 day extreme home work out routine. All it requires is a pull up bar, dumbbells or resistance bands, a work out mat, and a whole lot of COMMITMENT! For 90 days, you do a 1 hour workout, 6 days a week with 1 rest day. It’s based on “muscle confusion” which means you will never plateau in your progress because just about the time your body gets used to the work outs (30 days) you switch it up.  But if you REALLY want to get results, you also have to buy in to the nutrition plan. This too is based on a 90 day, 3 phase routine. The first 30 days is “Fat burning” so, high protein and low carbs. The next 30 days carbs and protein are roughly equal, and the final 30 days is “energy boosting” so it’s high carbs and low protein.

I’m going big. If there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s throwing myself into something so here goes!!

I am currently on day 4 of the Lean program. (The Lean program is more based on cardio and endurance then muscle building). Cardio has always been my weak point so although so P90X vets may say this is “easier”, I say, bah-humbug. 🙂  So far, my butt has been royally kicked and I’m loving it! (The fact my core and abs are so thrashed I can’t sit up in bed, has to be a good sign…) The nutrition plan is tough in the way that I’m finding it hard to get enough calories on a high protein diet, but I’ve found when all else fails…more protein powder!

So my stats… Well, I started at 151lbs with a BMI of 21.7. Technically there is nothing wrong with those numbers, I’m just not fit! My resting HR is 60 BPM (again not bad) but my ability to recover from maximal HR – not so impressive. My main goal is to lower my recovery time (significantly) and should I be so lucky, lose a few inches off a few select areas and the rest is bonus!

I am going to try to do a weekly update on my progress and then share with you (who ever “you” are) my final results! So…here goes nothin’! Wish me luck!

Well, it seems since moving in to our new house, I haven’t had much to blog about. I just uploaded some pictures from our Christmas holidays so figured it was as good a time as any to add a new post. We headed to Vancouver on December 18th for the start of a 2 week vacation. On the 24th Andy headed to Vegas to the Bullick Reunion (or “Rebellion”, as they call it.) I spent Christmas with my family and had a baby shower for my sister on the 27th. (I’m waiting with anticipation for the arrival of my new nephew!) I picked Andy up in Seattle on the 28th and we spent the next 2 days at the Salish Lodge and Spa in Snoqualmie for our delayed anniversary/Christmas treat. We flew home to Juneau last night, the 31st on quite possibly the quietest day of the year for travel. We’re looking forward to getting unpacked and reorganized over the weekend and start the New Year off with a bang! Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season!! Happy New Year, and all the best in 2011!

As of today…

September 12, 2010

Ahhhh….what a crazy couple of weeks. We are FINALLY living in our happy little home!!! I’m sorry I haven’t posted any pix lately – I’m going to blame it mostly on the fact I didn’t know where my camera for most of the time! 😉 At any rate, I am getting close to having the house organized and unpacked so I thought I would do a grand finale at that point…maybe in a week? In the mean time, this is what the last couple of weeks held for us…

The house was not ready Aug 27th like it was supposed to be. The vendors told us we could move in that Sunday, seeing as we had to be out of our rental. On Saturday, Aug 26th I came by the house just to check on it, and discovered there was still no hot water, the toilets weren’t working and the fridge was the only working appliance. We were supposed to live here??? So we renegotiated and the vendors put us up in a hotel for an extended period of time, which ended up being an entire week. (The last few days of which, I might add, we discovered we were cohabiting with small rodents!) ACK!

Finally, Tuesday, Sept 7th, we started living here. It has been so wonderful. We love everything about it – the house, the big windows, the view, the very friendly neighbors, and especially all the neighborhood puppies! It is a VERY dog friendly street! We have been doing some general work like paint touch up, window cleaning and mailbox installation – all very fun at this point! The contractor has a few projects left such as painting the garage, enclosing the range vent and adding some floor trim, but other than that, we are pretty much all set. It has been quite the adventure, but SO worth it!

Now we are ready for company!!! Who’s coming first??? 🙂

I will post more pics ASAP…

Finishing continues…

August 14, 2010

Well, we’re getting down to the line. No real answer if we’ll actually be done by closing (Aug 27th) but here’s to hoping…

Most of the light fixtures are up except the ones that have been back ordered. Trim work is done, which, I might add, I love! Thank goodness for contractors that keep up with the trends! What do we have left? Well….still no stairs on the deck leading to the front door, cement pad poured at back door, garage is not drywalled, a couple more wires to pull for light fixture mix ups, counter tops – which then leads to sinks and toilets…much less paint touch up and clean up. Oh ya…and appliance installation. So….keep your fingers crossed that miracles can happen in 2 weeks! 😉

A few extra pictures have been added in to the album

Retaining wall starts!

August 1, 2010

The backhoe finally arrived! It’s a big sloppy mess in front of our house now, but no complaining; The retaining wall has officially arrived! AND! It would seem we WILL have some semblance of a yard. As you’ll see, they’ve flattened and filled everything around the house, and rumour has it, they’ll be seeding it! (Guess that means we need to work a lawn mower into the budget now…) 🙂 As for the interior, the flooring is pretty much all done except the halls and stairs (high traffic areas last), the cabinets are mostly in and they started hanging doors yesterday. The electricians were over and started putting in switches and plugs. More pictures in the album of all this!

Flooring and Cabinets

July 23, 2010

Most of the flooring has been laid – laminate in the bedrooms, dining and living areas. (The hall and stairs will be done at the end to preserve the condition) and tiling in the kitchen, bathrooms and entry. They have the upper cabinets hung in the kitchen and the island put in. I picked out hard ware for the cabinet doors today, which are oil rubbed bronze to tie in with the light fixtures I ordered. We also picked out the appliances which should be ordered in the next couple of days! The deck is still awaiting stairs, but otherwise is complete! Slowly but surely… 🙂

Too many pictures to post on here, so check out my blog for the newest ones! (The most recent ones are mixed in so you can see the progression of each room, so you might have to go through all of them again)

The start of Finishing!

July 16, 2010

Finishing has begun!! It’s SO exciting. They started laying the flooring today – laminate throughout bedrooms and living areas, and vinyl tiling in the bathrooms and kitchens. We are SO exciting with the colors – the little samples looked pretty neat, but seeing in an entire room is even better! This is the laminate all laid in the master bedroom already:

And they’ve started laying the vinyl in the main bath and the kitchen. The cool part of this is that even though it’s vinyl, they lay it like tile and even grout it, so it looks just like tile!!

They even got one lonely corner cabinet hung in our kitchen!!

The bad news however, (there’s got to be at least one glitch in every system, right?!), is that someone managed to put a forklift through our lazy Susan, which means none of the lower cabinets can be installed until we get a new one…which apparently, is 3 weeks out!

Here are some better quality pictures of the deck, which we are SO happy with!

Deck

July 14, 2010

After some research, we decided against rebar in the decking, as with our fabulous rainy weather, the amount of rusting that would happen was worrisome. Rather, we decided on copper piping. I had a really hard time visualizing this, but now that it’s up, I absolutely LOVE it! Thanks to Andy and his uncle for their wonderful idea!! (If you click on the photo, it will open a larger version in a new window to better see the decking.)

Finishing should begin in the next day or so…. 🙂

Paint and decking

July 12, 2010

The paint officially got under way last week, and as of Friday, they had done the ceilings and walls, and just had to cut in and detail the edges. We are so happy with the color we chose…I think everyone thought we were nuts with how dark it looked at first, but it actually dried to be not very dark at all. Pictures don’t do it justice, but you can sort of see the contrast against the white ceilings. For cost efficiency, the painters are only doing the kitchen,

The contractors are making great progress on the deck. We might ask if we can have re-bar replace some of the picketing so the view is not so obstructed. This is the progress they’ve made so far…

To see the whole collection, go to my website.

Ahhhh…my beautiful country! Wish I could be there to celebrate, but here’s my little tribute on her big Day instead!

Happy Birthday, Canada. I miss you! ❤