Those of you who have been reading my blog since the get-go might remember that the origin of “The Kim Challenge” was Self magazine’s three-month diet and fitness plan “The Self Challenge.”  Way back in 2008 I thought I would only be blogging for three-months while I tested out the magazine diet.  When that challenge ended I had lost 9lbs and 6.5 inches.

Two years later I have decided it’s time for another three-month challenge.  I’m not too focused on weight loss this go ’round.  In the last month I’ve lost about 8lbs and I’m pretty comfortable at my current weight, but I’m very interested in increasing my strength.  That’s why I bought this:

P90X

I have a confession…I’m a total slacker when it comes to strength training.

I can run, spin, step, ellipticize, and now even yoga all day long…but when it comes to strength training I kind of do the bare minimum.  That’s why starting next Monday I’m challenging myself to Operation She-Warrior.  For those of you that haven’t heard of it, P90X has the reputation of being a seriously hardcore strength training routine.

I have to say the provided material make the program look a wee bit intimidating…that and the fact that I bought a pull-up bar.  I can not do a pull-up!  At least for now…

The set comes with a diet, but I’m not really keen on diets, especially those focused on rapid weight loss.  I think that since this is primarily a strength centered challenge for me I’m just going to stick with my normal eating habits and focus on my muscle building.

The real challenge I think in all this will be finding time.  The materials say to reserve an 1-1.5 hours a day for the program, and I don’t plan on giving up my normal running/spinning/yoga needs.  But hey, if nothing else, I’m an expert in time-management.

I promise my blog will not become P90X central, perhaps I’ll just do a weekly recap for those that are interested in my challenge status.  For now though, I have another physical challenge to focus on, this Sunday is my very first running race.  I’ve cut back on running in the last week+ because I’ve been battling a cold, which combined with my asthma has wreaked havoc on my respiratory system.  Here’s hoping my lungs and quads are in tip-top shape come Sunday.

Here’s the food:

Breakfast

Breakfast quesadilla with 2 eggs, cheddar cheese, avocado, and a spelt tortilla

Snack

Clementine and a Tazo Passion Tea. This was the first of the three iced teas I got in the mail, I thought it was good and definitely liked the fact it’s sweetened with stevia, but in general “Passion” isn’t my favorite of the Tazo teas so I’m looking forward to trying the other two.

Lunch

Greek yogurt with granola and strawberries
Carrots and hummus

Snack

Apple

Dinner

Stir fry with tofu, broccoli, carrots and teriyaki sauce over brown rice

Tonight after work I tested out a new strength training class to write about this week for one of my jobs.  If I had to describe it I think I would call it techno-yoga, most of the moves were based on yoga but it was very loosely based and there was funny techno music in the background.  Afterward I met with the Swiss guy who invented it and he was awesome and may have had the funniest thing to say about Americans ever, “Americans will hit themselves in the head with hammer then decide it’s a bad idea.”  He was actually trying to be complimentary something along the lines of “You Americans will try just about anything”, but the way he said made my night.  Yes, sometimes I do need to hit myself in the head with a hammer before I realize it’s a bad idea.