Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Off Day

Ugh. Today I just feel blah.

I didn't sleep well last night. My youngest was awake at 1 am with a coughing fit last night- the kind when you inhale wrong or swallow down the wrong tube and you just can't stop coughing.

After that, it all went to heck and I was up and down- awake, asleep, awake, asleep.

Last night I didn't get to do P90X like normal. The boys didn't cooperate with bedtime and by the time we would have been done with the P90X, it would have been 10pm. Way to late! It was the first time I missed P90X and I felt very guilty.

So I made up for it today. I did my P90X Plyometrics this morning. I burned 526 calories from that.

Then I took my boys to their playgroup and when I got home I did the missed P90X routine of chest and shoulders. I burned 377 calories from that. I got most of the way thru the ab routine. The kids are being pistols today and I stopped with about 6 minutes left to deal with them.

Tonight the plan was to go to the gym and run, do CX and then do Body Flow. Aaron has a meeting this afternoon til 4:30 so I am not sure if I will be making it for CX which I am totally bummed about. BUT work comes first.

I don't know. I'm just feeling not really down, but off. Not as energetic for whatever reason. It probably has to do with "that time of the month" Ha. Anyways I am trying to push thru it. As a reminder from yesterdays post, I am determined. I need to stay positive, patient and persistent.

I had my green smoothie today with kiwi, frozen mango, banana and spinach. Good but the kiwi's aren't super ripe yet so it wasn't as sweet of a smoothie as I am used to.

Lunch today is kale chips, 2 hard boiled eggs and a whole wheat english muffin with natural peanut butter. Yummy!

I'm looking forward to hitting the gym tonight. I think if I can get some good music going and a good run on the treadmill, it will help snap me out of my little funk.

Tip of the day: Because I had one in my smoothie, I thought I would share the health benefits of kiwi's- from http://www.kiwiberry.com/nutrition.htm

"KiwiBerries" are a nutritional powerhouse. They are the most nutrient dense of all the major fruits, and are an extremely healthy food source
. Containing almost 20 vital nutrients, KiwiBerries are considered a super fruit! They're not just delicious...they're good for you.

Antioxidants: Are the body's first defense force in fighting disease and they counteract damage to the body by free radicals.

Vitamin C - five times the Vitamin C of an orange

- Nature's immune- boosting defense against colds and flu

- Cleanses the body of impurities, and helps combat the effects of stress and aging

- Helps repair the body and enhance cell growth

Vitamin E - twice that of an avocado with only 60% of the calories

- A good source - extremely hard to find in low-fat food sources

- Helps lower high cholesterol and reduces narrowing of the arteries

Vitamin A - Essential in vision, normal bone, tooth development, reproduction, and the

health of skin

Vitamin B6 - equals the amount of a serving of spinach

- Shortage in the American diet - especially in women using oral contraceptives, those who are pregnant or breast feeding as well as some children and older adults.

- A serving of kiwi has some 4% of USRDA of B6 making it one of the few foods rich in this vitamin

- Important to the immune system to fight disease

- Helps maintain a normal blood sugar level

Vitamin B2 - the same amount as found in 100% fortified breakfast cereal

- Helps maintain a healthy nervous system and red blood cells

Folate (Folic Acid) - For Women

- a B vitamin that protects against birth defects, cancer, and heart disease

- Crucial for women and their babies before and during pregnancy

- Makes healthy replacement blood and skin cells


- KiwiBerries contain carotenoids: carotenes (primarily beta carotene), luteins and xanthophylls. Diets high in foods containing carotenoids have been linked to a reduced risk of cancer, heart disease, cataracts and macular degeneration.

Flavonoids (Higher levels due to KiwiBerries edible skin)

- Another group of phytochemicals, the phenolic compounds, are found primarily in the skin of KiwiBerries. These compounds, such as flavonoids, have received much attention because of their antioxidant, antiallergenic, anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties

Fiber (both soluble and insoluble)

- Soluble fiber protects against heart disease and diabetes

- Insoluble fiber reduces the risk of some cancers, constipation, and diverticulitis

- A good source of dietary fiber, with 4 grams a serving, 16% of the USRDA

- Helps remove potentially harmful substances from the body

Cholesterol and Fat

-Contains no cholesterol and virtually no fat only about 1 gram per serving from the tiny black seeds.

- Helps fight heart disease and high cholesterol

- Great for those on weight-loss programs


Potassium - Higher per ounce than bananas

- A single serving outranks bananas as the top low-sodium, high-potassium fruit

- Critical to maintaining the body's fluid and electrolyte balance

- Assists in the reduction of hypertension and high blood pressure


- Important for bone formation, heart rhythm regulation, muscle relaxation, and nerve function

- Activates enzymes that metabolize food components to form protein and release energy


- An essential to the enzymes involved in our use of protein and food energy, and also in the marketing of body chemicals needed to protect both our respiratory and digestive tracts.

Copper - For Kids

- Vital for infant growth, bone strength, brain development, and building immunity

- A mineral involved in making red blood cells and needed for normal bone formation.


- Essential for normal growth and maintenance of bones and teeth

- Kiwi Berries are a source of calcium without the additional fat of dairy products


- Needed for oxygen-based metabolism

- Small amounts can be meaningful for those with problems of iron-deficiency anemia


- A component of DNA and RNA and an essential element for all living cells


- An essential trace element

- May help prevent cancer by acting as an antioxidant or by enhancing immune activity


- A key factor both in regulating the heartbeat and the body's use of carbohydrates, like sugars and starches, which are our bodies main source of energy

Zinc - For Men

- Important for young boys and men - an ingredient needed to make the hormone testosterone

- Necessary for healthy hair, nails, eyes, and skin


- Kiwi is low in sodium and contains no cholesterol and virtually no fat only about 1 gram per serving from the tiny black seeds.

- Sodium has been identified as having a dietary effect on blood pressure. Fortunately, there is so little sodium in kiwifruit that it can be labeled as zero.


  1. My favorite mantra, when I'm feeling blah and don't want to give it my all, is "Do it for those who can't." With my mom and dad going through so mych last year with their health, they were my inspiration, and still are. I think about my older brother who has to have another hip replacement this year. He would love to be running and back on the ice goaltending, but he can't. I do it for them.